Ted Leo tries his hand at musical theatre, with a little help from some friends

On Friday, punk-rock-with-pretty-heartser Ted Leo posted to his blog an entry titled "MAJORLY MASSIVE CAREER TRAJECTORY NEWS! YOU MIGHT SAY, "PARADIGM SHIFT," EVEN!!".

Being one of those guys who retains a massive amount of cred in addition to making great records, it got everyone talking (it got me listening to UK Subs for the whole day, but that's neither here nor there). The gist of the missive was reminiscence, Leo waxing turgid about his long career and its short nosedive thanks to the state of music affairs in 2010.

But the real gist was that he...loves musicals? And made one? And then another?

Here's a snippet from the beginning of his post, to give you an idea of where his autobiographical novella heads:

So, I've started talking a lot, recently, here and in interviews, Twitter, etc., about my version of what is actually a pretty universal struggle - put simply, trying to make a living doing something that you enjoy doing. We all wish we could somehow wind up at the intersection of "want" and "need." I might get a little romantic about it and go so far as to say that for some who have chosen to make an attempt at doing that via the arts, what constitutes "want" and what constitutes "need" are often overlapping, if not actually joined at the hip from the get-go, and at the VERY least, are not, as it's usually presented to us, mutually exclusive until that point of convergence - doing what I do as a "life choice" was really not much of a choice at all - I don't feel even remotely (well... o.k. - a little remotely...) embarrassed when I say that it's been a natural progression since I popped out of the womb, covered in blood and other effluvia...

Sheesh. It's actually an interesting read, if you can spare the time. And we're assuming you can't, so here's the buried nugget:

To make a long story a little less long by cutting down the details from here on out, we were already filming a documentary sort of thing with our friends Rob "Hatch" Miller and Tom Scharpling, when I was approached by a gentleman named, perfectly (I don't think he'd mind me saying), Reginald VanVoorst about working on ANOTHER piece of musical theatre, and with cameras rolling, as luck would have it, I accepted.

...we proceeded, and have, in fact, already COMPLETED the project, and I am hereby announcing that it will be debuted this coming Monday, August 23, 2010, on another web site that must as yet remain unnamed, but which will be revealed ON Monday (with a link here, obviously, duh), and which you will be able to watch in its entirety, and comment on extensively!

I am so proud of what we've achieved here, and I can't wait for you to see it!

It is, hopefully, the new direction I've been seeking and a new path that I hope you'll walk with me.

As it turns out this was just a lovely little ploy to drum up some interest in Leo's new video, directed by The Best Show on WFMU host Tom Scharpling and featuring cameos by Paul F. Tompkins, John Hodgman, and Titus Andronicus singer Patrick Stickles. The long and short of it: it's a great video.

As a bonus, here's one of my favorite Ted Leo songs (whoa, Matt Pond PA! Who's thought of them in years?):

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