Production company Bad Kids launches its year-end preview party for HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART


The newly launched production company focused on changing the way theater is developed, Bad kids (“a new way to Broadway”), will present a year-end listening party to the concept album for the new musical, HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART, on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 8pm. The special event will be hosted by Tik Tok star JJ Nieman (Broadway’s Book of Mormon) and will feature members of the cast and creative team. The event is FREE. To book a digital ticket, please visit and will be broadcast on Facebook and Youtube.

The Bad Kids is also proud to announce its new partnerships with Transcending streaming (Kyra Bowie and Leanna Keyes, Founders) to create the special event and Tumult theater will co-produce the event as well as the MECHANICAL HEART license for development productions across the country and finally Broadway in a Box (a subscription-based Broadway merchandising company operated by POC) will be offering free giveaways to attendees!

How to Fix a Mechanical Heart is an original musical based on the novel by JC Lillis. A quirky modern take on a classic romantic musical, this witty and warm show is about first love, fandom, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Brandon and Abel, two very different guys, met in an online fanfiction group devoted to their favorite sci-fi TV show, Castaway Planet. During a weekend-long adventure that changed everything, the guys, along with Brandon’s best friend and skeptic Bec, hit the road in a motorhome to attend a fan convention for Castaway. Planet. Along the way, Brandon and Abel uncover secrets about each other, fight with an online community of fanfiction writers, meet their idols on TV, and maybe fall in love. But as Brandon’s conservative upbringing and Abel’s painful romantic past conspire to keep them apart, the two must find a way to mend their own hearts and the other’s.

“We are delighted to present our company with this special end of year event. What if the exciting upcoming musicals found a way to premiere, much like the movies? What if a show tries to find a fan base early in development? It’s one way The Bad Kids aims to change the landscape of commercial theater. “- Les Méchants, Marc Erdahi

Based on the novel by JC Lillis, the musical adaptation of HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART is designed and produced by Marc Erdahi. It includes a book and lyrics by Jay Falzone, music by Trent Jeffords with musical direction is by Julianne B. Merrill

The concept album features Troy Iwata (Broadway ‘Be More Chill; Netflix’s “Dash & Lily”) and Chris Medlin (Broadway’ Diana, Mean Girls; Netflix’s “Sweet Magnolias”), Trey Harrington (Regional: The Little Mermaid) , Maria Habeeb (NY: Songs for a New World), Lily Talevski (Regional: Hedwig & The Angry Inch), Stephen Smith, Mara Jill Herman (NY: RENT), Ben Roseberry (Broadway’s Lion King), Ben Bogen (Broadway’s Frozen ), John Jeffords (regional: Man of the La Mancha), Katelyn Lauria (NY: Once Bitten), Pilar Martinez (regional: Cabaret) and John Rodney Turner (NY: Days of Rage).

JJ Niemann is a New York-based Broadway artist, content creator, choreographer and coach. JJ received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Elon University and soon after joined the Broadway cast of the Book of Mormon. Most recently, he was involved in the online phenomenon and world premiere concert production of Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical. JJ also recently performed in the development workshops and the world premiere of the new musical BLISS. JJ was named one of BroadwayWorld’s Top 10 TikTokers and has been featured on CBS’s “Greatest Home Videos”, as well as on Daily Mail, Theatrly, Onstage Blog and Buzzfeed.

Bad kids is a production company that aims to create a community platform that funds, develops and promotes new and original theatrical works. We do this in accordance with contemporary ethical standards while providing an affordable and accessible way for a diverse group of participants at all levels of funding and interest to participate and influence the development of new productions that theatergoers want to see. !


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