Were you bitten by the musical theater “fame monster?”

Date November 7, 2012

I attended a new musical reading recently where I had the great pleasure of meeting the show’s unlikely writers. You may have heard of them – Stephen King and John Mellencamp. First of all, congrats to these incredibly talented artists for taking a stab (pun intended) at musical theater with their new show Ghost Brothers [...]

Get Off Your Musical Theater High Horse

Date April 2, 2012

I was sitting in on tech of a Broadway show the other day and I got to hear the fabulously talented director give the cast some words of wisdom before their first preview. His advice…? DON’T BE SMUG. He reminded them that audiences can tell when actors are feeling like they are smarter than everyone [...]

A Reality Check From Sondheim And Lloyd Webber

Date February 21, 2012

The UK’s Mark Shenton wrote an enlightening article recently that I was compelled to pass along to you: http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/shenton/2012/02/from-sondheim-and-lloyd-webber-to-ivor-n/index.html Mark points out that Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, two of the most famous musical theater creators of all time, though still prolific, haven’t written a truly successful original musical in over 25 years. For [...]

Inspiration from an Icon: Legendary Lyricist, Don Black

Date October 31, 2011

I had the great pleasure of having dinner recently with the legendary British lyricist, Don Black. Besides being known for some of musical theater’s most eloquent and memorable lyrics in shows ranging from Sunset Boulevard and Tell Me On a Sunday to Bombay Dreams and Bonnie and Clyde, he’s also responsible for 100′s of pop [...]

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