The act opens with Steve, the earnest but immature CEO-to-be, getting
Great Idea in his garage. Why not create a web site to sell
knock-offs of top European designer fashions to average Americans
and cut the designers in on the profits? His best friend Bob, a
stylish sales rep, soon joins him for a duet, You
Think It--I'll Sell It! Steve and Bob adjourn to a local coffee
shop and meet Liz, a hardworking MBA. The three of them tell what
they think it takes to be successful entrepreneurs, singing Luck
and Sweat and Style. Liz helps the guys get their business plan
together soon enough to present it to Gil Buckston, a noted venture
capitalist, who stops by with his entourage and raps on how to make
Bucks Bucks before giving the Softwear.com team ninety million
dollars in startup funding. Jubilant, Steve, Bob, and Liz return
to the garage and start hiring.
Liz recruits Dot as their office manager, and they sing
Could Tell You to explain why working for a dotcom is so special.
Bob and Steve go for another coffee run and fantasize about the
Softwear.com Fashion Show--a big production number complete with
swimsuit and lingerie models. Steve can't stop thinking about Liz
and pictures her in several tasteful ensembles. The guys return
to the garage to meet Gil's proposed executive management candidates.
Jasmine, the VP of Marketing candidate, overwhelms everyone with
a showstopper, "That's Marketing!" and breezes out. A
Hell's Angel type rides up on a motorcycle and Steve is afraid he's
the new Chief Technology Officer candidate, but instead he's looking
for his son, Chip, a 14-year-old technical genius, who rides up
on a Razor scooter and sings a 50s-inspired boogie, "Go C.T.O."
Following two big numbers we meet Conner, a fast-talking salesman
who tries to get on Dot's good side. She likes him, but doesn't
like his high-pressure sales tactics and tells him so in their bantering
duet, "You Name It--I've Got It." Steve is itching to
spend big money on something really impressive for their new corporate
headquarters and everyone contributes their ideas in the first act
finale, "The Taj Mahal."
Cast of Characters
|Steve Childs, mid-20s
||A CEO with a great idea
|Bob Sellers, mid-20s
||Steve's best friend & Sales VP
|Liz Good, mid-20s
||A dedicated MBA student
|Gilford M. Buckston, 40s
|"Dot" Newell, early 20s
||Receptionist & Office Manager
|Jasmine Jones, 40s+
|| VP of Marketing
|Charles "Chip" Kidd, 14
||Chief Technology Officer
|Katerina Sforza, 29+
||Italian fashion designer
|Conner Mann, early 20s
||A persistent salesman
At least 6 men and 6 women, singers and
Brass quintet: 2 trumpets, trombone, baritone,
Plus keyboards and percussion
Softwear.com the Musical,
including 19 original songs
is available for production.
The act opens in Softwear.com's expensive new headquarters filled
with privileged web developers who sing that management ought to
I Took This Job!" Conner complains that Dot won't buy anything
from him and she tells him the only thing she's interested in is
Softwear.com. Steve is caught playing computer games instead of
working, and then cheerfully writes hundreds of checks to a cautionary
counterpoint from Liz in "Sign Sign Sign." Chip shows
off a new invention--a pink t-shirt with built-in sensors to monitor
heart rate, respiration, and so on, that can tell if a developer
needs more caffeine to maintain peak productivity.
Bob has been in Italy wooing fashion designers and has just returned
with Katerina, a talented Milan designer. Bob learns from Liz that
he's likely to be worth well over a hundred million dollars when
Softwear.com goes public and sings "A
Hundred-Millionaire." Katerina warns him not to be too naive
and trusting with her interleaved slow ballad, "You
Innocent Young Lamb."
Steve, Bob, Liz, and Jasmine frenetically sing "Road Show / IPO"
as they visit 25 investor groups in 18 cities over 10 days to promote
their IPO. At the end of the song Liz collapses and the guys carry
her to Steve's hotel room. Bob leaves to meet Katerina and Steve
sits by the soundly sleeping Liz and sings "I
Could Tell Her" how much he loves her if only she didn't report
to him. Exhausted himself, he falls asleep by her side. After an
awkward awakening in Steve's hotel room we return to company headquarters
for a simultaneous site launch and IPO party. Thanks to Jasmine's
high priced marketing, the company's stock goes through the ceiling
when it launches and Gil and his fellow VCs cash out.
Then everything falls apart. There are more bugs than revenues,
as the developers rap in "Bugs Bugs Bugs." Steve, Bob, and Liz are
left with worthless options and a penniless company. Steve begs
Gil for more money, but Gil sings, "You'll have to go bankrupt--Pink
slip them all!" Liz muses over a salad at lunch that she's "Twice
as Good as a Man," but doesn't have much of a life. She cares
deeply about Steve, but he's all play and no work. Steve resignedly
calls a company meeting and informs everyone that Softwear.com is
closing its doors. While the developers are packing up their desks
everyone sings about "grand dreams" of "oversized cash streams"
in the melancholy ballad, "Dot
Conner and Gil then march on stage--clearly having just concluded
a business deal. Conner has purchased the bankrupt company from
Gil and gives it to Dot on the condition that she'll marry him.
Dot gleefully accepts and the two of them put their heads together
to talk privately. Bob and Katerina enter, announcing that they've
just gotten married and plan to have lots of bambinos.
Steve realizes that Liz no longer reports to him and asks her to
marry him. Liz loves him, but won't marry him, because he's all
play and no work. Dot and Conner then offer Liz and Steve jobs with
the new Softwear.com as CFO and VP of New Product Development. Liz
says that Steve was a terrible CEO, but now understands he was just
in the wrong job. As a VP of New Products, when he's playing, he's
working! She accepts his proposal. Steve has a great idea for Softwear.com's
new products. He'll use Chip's t-shirt sensor technology to make
smart baby clothes, using Katerina's designs, to track kids' vital
signs over the web. It's acclaimed as a great idea. All sing an
a capella reprise of "A Great Idea."