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a techtacular new musical

book and lyrics - Anne Nygren Doherty

music - Mark Mendelson

arrangements by Jonathan Drougas

Music Video Release and Score

Help us raise money for a fully realized album and more videos.  Both will help develop our audience and pave the way for this amazing show to reach a broad audience.

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What is GoldRush2.0?


A timely and uplifting musical comedy with an exciting electronic pop score.


In it, three desperate 22-year olds team up to strike it rich with an innovative travel app. What are they willing to sacrifice to make it big or make an impact? 

Scroll down for videos, score and picture gallery.


Videos to date

Human - featuring Kamryn Mahaney
Give Back  featuring Melissa Rivera with vocals by Elizabeth Curtis
Mark M and Anne D

Anne Nygren Doherty (book/lyrics) created the long-running SF hit – Absolutely San Francisco, playing 146 performances at two Union Square venues. Once a protege of legendary Broadway lyricist and composer, Bob Merrill, she founded New Musical Theater of San Francisco to the develop original musical theater by emerging Bay Area talent. Most notably, the award-winning musical play CHANCE, by Richard Isen with direction by Tony Award winner Robert Kalfin. The December 2018 reading of her playThe Most Wonderful Afternoon featured Tony-nominee/Drama Desk winner Veanne Cox, with direction by Gabriel Barre. Though Anne works primarily as a writer, teacher, and story analyst, there was a time she made a living as an actress. In one capacity or another, she has worked with luminaries such as John Belushi, William J. Petersen, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfus, director Frank Galati, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Milan Stitt.


IMark Mendelson (composer) is a Bay Area-based composer and designer. In addition to GOLDRUSH 2.0, he composed music for THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS, GREENRIDGE: A MASTERPLANNED MUSICAL, and THE AYANA HAMPTON SHOW, which was performed at REDCAT and Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles and Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City. He wrote the music for the award-winning movie-musical ZOMBIE LOVE and a Bravo TV series. He composed and musical directed 15 episodes of the live 1940s-style radio variety show THE HIGH STREET BROADCAST, played piano for live weekly improv shows at Comedy Sportz San Jose for four years, and developed music for an interactive attraction for Disney Imagineering Blue Sky. As a set designer, Mark has created environments for over 100 musicals, winning Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards and many nominations.

Thank You

Thanks to all the people who've made GoldRush2.0 come to fruition thus far:

Daren Carollo, 42nd Street Moon, Josselyn O'Neill Ryder, Kevin Singer, Brad Crooker, Zac Schuman, Katie Trim, Rachel Robinson, Jon Gallo, Berkeley Playhouse, Kamren Mahaney, Elizabeth Curtis, Melissa Rivera, Daniel Lloyd Pias, Don R. Williams, Danny Quezada, Jonathan Drougas, Pernilla Qvarfordt, Miles Lassi, Molly Proffit, John Doherty, Richard Isen


To get the world excited about the score,  Anne and Mark shot three music video in February 2020, taking advantage of San Francisco's amazing locations - such as the Embarcadero Center (above), the Golden Gate Theatre (left), Twin Peaks, Civic Center Plaza, and the Embarcadero. 

Michelle Rodriguez played Ashley; Kamryn Mahaney played Josh. Thanks to 42nd Street Moon for use of Moonspace. 

Check out the photo gallery below.


Melissa and Mark on Embarcadero curved walkway

Golden Gate Theatre

Mark coaches Kamryn in front of the Golden Gate Theatre's colorful poster wall.

Bay Bridge

Mark checks the camera while Melissa preps lyrics


Thanks to Moonspace and 42nd Street Moon for letting us shoot there!

Civic Center

Civic Center - another gorgeous location

Twin Peaks

Up on Twin Peaks - breath taking views and breath taking shots.

Join the Chorus

Mark M and Anne D kick up a storm in The Past Sucks

Anne D at Playland

Anne vamps at a faux Playland by the Beach in The Past Sucks

Credit card no good?

"There's that expression of frustration and despair - if only we could change the Human Race" - The Past Sucks

Beauty! Beauty!

The past really did suck - but minks is so devine.

Mark M and Nappy

Now we know why Napolean lost at Waterloo

Got a dime?

Mark M and Anne D riff on the near yet distant past in The Past Sucks.

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