Originality in Musicals

January 10, 2017

This guest blog post explores original ideas for musicals as discussed at the New York Musical Festival/ ASCAP 2016 educational panel discussion. The article has been published in conjunction with Musical Writerzine issue 36. Takeaways From NYMFs “For the Love of Originality” Panel By Donald H. Sanborn III As I recently reported for HowlRound, the 2016 […]

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Starting Point: Judging Ideas for Musicals

December 30, 2016

Practical Points about Ideas for Musicals from Elise Dewsberry, Artistic Director of New Musicals Inc. At New Musicals, Inc in Los Angeles, Elise Dewsberry and her colleagues help writers and producers get new musicals on their feet. In October 2016, I interviewed Elise about ideas for new musicals. Carol de Giere: When people are launching what could […]

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New Musicals at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts

December 28, 2016

Drive an hour and a half northeast from the commercial Broadway stages of Manhattan and you’ll find another kind of theater: the all volunteer non-profit, community theatre company, The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (“TBTA”). This sixty-year-old theater group is thriving in its own permanent venue in the picturesque town of Brookfield (population of 16,000), […]

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Battle of the Christmas Musicals

December 28, 2016

New Musicals Submissions Opportunity Submissions window: January 15 – April 30, 2017 The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts in Connecticut is seeking submissions of new musicals suited to the winter holiday season. To be considered, a show needs to express some aspect of the holiday spirit such as generosity, acceptance, or family harmony. On Saturday […]

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Inspiration from “Something Rotten!”

October 22, 2016

A Musical about Writing a Musical The hit Broadway musical comedy Something Rotten! may be coming to a theater near you when it tours the USA. The popular show will leave Broadway January 1, 2017 after a solid run of nearly 700 performances and 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. One reason musical writers […]

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Director and Choreographer Ilana Ransom Toeplitz

September 12, 2016

Ilana Ransom Toeplitz on Video Casting and More By Carol de Giere In the business of new musicals in New York City, so much depends on who you know. Ilana Ransom Toeplitz is one of those popular directors known for her skill in guiding new works, especially musical comedy. In turn, she knows many actors, […]

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Freelance Director Jonathan Cerullo

September 12, 2016

Offering “Transparency” on New Musical Readings and Productions By Carol de Giere For director, executive producer, and choreographer Jonathan Cerullo, presenting a new musical involves clear communication with the show’s authors. He has made this part of his approach to the dozen or so new musicals that have filled his work schedule for the past […]

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Showing Short Pieces: Part of the Musical Writing Journey

July 12, 2016

Short Takes Perfecting a musical can be a multi-year, sometimes wearying project. That’s why experienced musical writers often keep themselves encouraged through short presentations. They either submit their work to an established program that showcases excerpts or they organize their own opportunity. Being part of a short-format program may also help further a show on […]

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Showcasing Your Musical Online

June 10, 2016

Trudee Lunden, Singer/Songwriter/Lyricist/Librettist, knows her way around the online music world. In this article she shares tips for musical writers. (For more about new musicals, see the Musical Writerzine.) Showcasing Your Musical Online by Trudee Lunden Showcasing your musical online has never been easier. In addition to creating a website for your new musical, innovative digital platforms […]

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Song Rewrites – Tips for the Musical Writing Journey

May 18, 2016

PHOTO: Lyricist Susan Birkenhead and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz at the 2016 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in NYC, discussing recommended rewrites for a new musical. Photo by Carol de Giere. Many Drafts…. It’s All Part of a Musical Writer’s Job Anyone creating a new musical needs a strategy or attitude to carry them through what may seem […]

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