Bring Back The 3 Act Musical!

Date January 4, 2012

Here’s what we know… Fact: Our audience’s attention spans are getting shorter. Social media, video games and TV are actually re-wiring our brain’s attention span. Seriously. Fact: Our audiences are addicted to technology and get downright agitated if they can’t get a regular fix of email, facebook, sports scores, twitter, etc. Fact: Musical theater is [...]

Inspiration is for Amateurs

Date November 27, 2011

I love talking with my good friend, lyricist Don Black, because like anyone who makes a living with words, he’s full of fabulous quotes and anecdotes. One of his favorites, and now mine, is: “Jule Styne, the great Broadway composer, once said a great thing to me: ‘Inspiration is for amateurs.’” And Mr. Black and [...]

Why Debbie Reynolds Can’t Save Your New Musical

Date June 16, 2011

You may be a brilliant musical composer, lyricist, or writer but my real question today is CAN YOU SING? This is an important question because you will be in the spotlight time and time again and whether you like it or not, there will be no Debbie Reynolds or Marni Nixon hiding behind a curtain [...]

Musical Moment: An Interview with Matthew Sklar

Date March 11, 2011

The story of composer Matthew Sklar’s career sounds like a Broadway backstage musical. Discovered at just 15 by Marvin Hamlisch, Sklar played keyboards in the pit for Les Miserables at 18 and conducted that same show at 21. After laboring on ten shows as pianist or conductor, he went on to compose his first Broadway [...]

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