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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Billy Aberle and Chris Sabol

Billy and Chris are raising money to produce Straight Forward: A New Musical at a professional Off-Broadway theater in Summer 2023, and any donation will help bring it to life. Pivotal Productions will be a producing partner in the next iteration of Straight Forward.


Straight Forward is a new musical based on a true story that follows two otherwise straight men, Mike and Garrett, roommates, who fall for one another while one provides care for the other, who is working through a life-threatening illness. The original story was an article published in 2014 that went viral and attracted attention across social media, particularly in the LGBT community. Billy and Chris both came across the article and were fascinated by its authenticity and message. After doing a bit of research and brainstorming, they had the idea of adapting it for the stage. Billy and Chris reached out to the author and subject of the story, Mike, and requested interviews with both him and his partner, Garrett. We were granted interviews and traveled to Boston for a couple of days to hear their story in person. After talking with Mike and Garrett, all parties agreed that this was worth exploring further, and so we got to work. Almost seven years later, we’ve arrived at a full script and score that tells their story for more people to hear and experience.

Listen to Demo Samples

Still In It - SampleStraight Forward
00:00 / 01:49

Recorded by Andrew King and Greyson Riley

Blinding - SampleStraight Forward
00:00 / 00:49

Recorded by Andrew King

Replay - SampleStraight Forward
00:00 / 01:32

Recorded by Greyson Riley

Doner Levels

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Sponsor Level

Sponsor Levels and Benefits

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Sponsors are handled privately and not through Go Fund Me.  If you have made the decision to become a sponsor, please click the link above which will open a new email directed to Pivotal Productions.  Please indicate which Sponsor level you are interested in and we will make sure your sponsorship is handled as soon as possible.


All donations are 100% Tax-Deductible.

Thank you for helping us bring our original musical to life.


Billy Aberle

Book, Music, and Lyrics


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Chris Sabol

Book, Music, and Lyrics


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