Paul Leschen (Composer- right) and Fred Sauter (Book and Lyrics- left), met in March 2007 via mutual friend, filmmaker Laura Terruso. They quickly bonded over their love of the film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch as well as early John Waters movies.  In one night they came up with the basic plot and all the characters for their first show Sleep Tight (formerly titled Bedbugs!!!.)   Their beloved sci-fi musical was critically acclaimed, both in its initial developmental run in NYMF in 2008 and its Off-Broadway run in 2014.  The New York Times called it "A theatrical breath of fresh air."    

Together, they have also written the hysterical and truly twisted Astronaut Love Showas well as their satirical take on the Broadway jukebox musical genre in '90s inspired Karma Kills, and the fun-loving church parish hall food-fest Potluck Party.   In 2015 they formed Leschen & Sauter Musicals, LLC and self-produced a workshop of Astronaut (thanks to the donations of family, friends, and fans!)  They are currently working on their new show Pond Scum, as well as rewrites of Sleep Tight, which has been optioned by a new producer.

 

Paul's band is:  Kingship.

Fred's other musical projects:  fredsauter.com