Looking Back to Look Forward

David talks about the musical HAIR and how it remains a contemporary musical 50 years later.… Read More Looking Back to Look Forward

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7 Notes for Writers, from 3 Directors of Note

 by Timothy Huang Writing musicals can be a lonely, hilarious, cringe-worthy, awesome, depressing, exhilarating thing. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you’ve written the next “Take Me Or Leave Me”, only to have colleagues in your workshop take it, stomp all over it, then leave it twitching in the streets awaiting EMS. But… Read More 7 Notes for Writers, from 3 Directors of Note

The View from the Pit: Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

For a couple years now, we’ve been discussing the craft behind writing and performing contemporary musical theatre. We’ve interviewed dozens of writers and performers about their process, but we’ve yet to interview a very important group of people who make musicals happen: the pit musicians. That changes now with this new series! We sat down with Mairi… Read More The View from the Pit: Cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

Musical as Vehicle for Social Change, Part II

This blog is a part of The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, found online at www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com.  __________________ Last week we explored the three musicals comprising City Center’s new ENCORES!: Off-Center series, running July 10-27. In each case, the themes the show powerfully resonated with social issues effecting our society. This week, I’ve interviewed three of… Read More Musical as Vehicle for Social Change, Part II

Musical as Vehicle for Social Change, Part I

This blog is a part of The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, found online at www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com.  __________________ We all know the old adage: art imitates life. Of course, sometimes it’s the other way around. Were any of us surprised when sales of George Orwell’s “1984” went up over 6,000% after Edward Snowden snitched on the… Read More Musical as Vehicle for Social Change, Part I

An (Annual) Open Letter to My Graduating Seniors

This blog is a part of The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, found online at www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com.  __________________ It’s hard to believe yet another year has passed and it’s time for me to send my senior musical theatre students graduating from Marymount Manhattan College and Wagner College out into the world.  This is always a very… Read More An (Annual) Open Letter to My Graduating Seniors