Beautiful Sunset of Los Angeles Downtown Skyline and Palm Trees

It's May 2002 when Jaz, a Juilliard grad who is desperately trying to break into the LA music scene, lands on an outrageous TV talent show that's about to become a national sensation (any resemblance to American Idol is purely coincidental, we swear).


But even if Jaz manages to conquer countless obstacles and win the show, will the entertainment juggernaut really let her make the album she and her sister have been dreaming of? With an early 2000's-influenced pop-rock score, Star Machine is a reflection on art versus commerce and the endless roller coaster ride of the creative life.



THIS IS

STAR MACHINE!

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

OVATION FESTIVAL APRIL 2023

BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

OVATION FESTIVAL APRIL 2023

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Music & Lyrics by Gideon Temple and Hank Temple

Book by Hollee Temple and John Temple

John and Hollee met in a newsroom in the 1990s and have been writing together ever since. Gideon and Hank, who are students at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, have assisted with multiple television and feature projects, including adaptations of John's non-fiction books.


Star Machine is our first musical as a family writing team. John and Hollee are represented by The Gotham Group.

Gideon and Hank Temple are award-winning composers and filmmakers. In their early teens, the Temple Brothers began studying songwriting with Scott Simons (America’s Got Talent, Little Big Shots, X Factor). They also have studied composing for musical theater with Andrew Lippa, Bill Russell, and Michael Kooman & Chris Dimond. Their first musical comedy, You’re the Worst, debuted at Pittsburgh Musical Theater in May 2021. They have placed in multiple Pittsburgh 48-Hour Film Projects, where they also won Best Original Song. Their shorts have screened at festivals in Pittsburgh and Cleveland.


Check out their debut EP, Kinda Sorta, on Apple Music and Spotify!



Hollee is a producer, lawyer, nonfiction author, and Broadway enthusiast. In 2021, HarperCollins released a 10th-anniversary edition of her parenting book, Good Enough Is the New Perfect. A serial entrepreneur, Hollee once owned a salon and also created a nonprofit musical theater program for kids. Fun fact: Hollee made her professional debut alongside Billy Porter in a 1991 production of Dreamgirls.

John is an author, journalist, screenwriting professor, and most recently, a staff writer on Waco: The Aftermath (Showtime). He is a veteran investigative journalist whose books tell dramatic stories about significant issues in American life. John has written for the Washington Post, Daily Beast, HuffPo, and appeared on major national news outlets. He is a writing professor at West Virginia University and a member of the Writers Guild of America.