Philly actors prepare for online musical as part of Fringe Festival

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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is known for experimental work, and this year's artists are proving that.

The festival kicks off this week, with mostly online or outdoor content. One particular show is leaning into those limitations.

"It was a challenge that kind of turned into an opportunity for us. We said, 'Hey, let's look at the show and let's see how we can turn this into something and be fully online and be better for it,"' said Danielle Moore, a New York actress and composer.

Moore wrote the complete score of "Crossover," a musical about a TV music competition. Think American Idol or The Voice, said Philly actress and producer Chelsea Cylinder.

"In this show, there are four women who have tied in the regional competition and now they reluctantly opt to perform together as a girl group for the national broadcast," she described.

The two are part of an all-woman cast. 

"The underlying themes are about celebrating women, relationships between women. We have an all-woman production staff," said Cylinder. 

And all but Moore are from Philly. "(I) haven't met anyone in the cast besides Chelsea and we've been working on music for several months now, so it's been really, really fun," said the actress and composer.

Crossover premieres September 24, with four shows running over three days. But the show is interactive, so each ending can be different.

"There's definitely a potential for difference in outcome of viewership and the voting for sure," said Moore. "So our audience will have the opportunity to vote from all the different locations in which the character is going to perform, to who will be crowned Crossover champion."