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Preparing for Submissions….
One of the most important and most difficult steps in producing a new musical is preparing the show and the material for submissions. Submissions to festivals, competitions and other producers. Once your show is at the first draft stage – or mostly complete – it is important to get feedback from your peers. That is […]
Why the “I WANT” song??
One part of the fun of being Associate Producer at CPA Theatricals is the contributions my skill offers. But another part is how much I am learning, given that I have no background as a theatre professional. As a life-long audience member, I always knew what I liked and what I didn’t. But I think […]
Musicals with funny lyrics
I have been asked by a reader to please write something funny….I think it is a great time to do so…. so here goes. I LOVE going to the theatre and laughing. LOVE it. I prefer comedies to sad stories. I want to see well rounded, true to life characters in hysterical circumstances. But it […]
A Sky full of butterflies and a big white dog
Recently, I went on a yoga retreat in the mountains of Thailand. I was so looking forward to it – yoga twice a day in the cool mountains, vegetarian meals and silent walks. Time to replenish the soul, spirit and imagination. My yoga teacher turned me onto this place when she sent me a link […]
Part of developing a new musical is creating demo tracks of the music. Why is it important? Who listens to them? When is the best time to create the demos? Glad you asked…… First, I should say that there are different kind of demos. The most basic demo is what the composer records after they […]
A Word from the Associate Producer…
After over 150 blogs and almost three years of writing, Larry Little is demanding a bit of team participation. So, I am coming out from behind the curtain to join the theatrical conversation. I’m Tim O’Connell. I’m Larry’s life-partner for the last thirty years – and spouse since 2011. So, it’s not surprising that I’v […]
Ambition and Intelligence
I just read a quote from Jay Leno and it went something like this: “Ambition wins over genius 99 percent of the time. Sooner or later, the other guy is going to have to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, or take a vacation, and that’s when I catch him.” Ambition is something that I […]
As a CPA I consulted with many business clients about marketing, staffing issues , organization charts, etc. Many of these clients were distraught, frustrated and just plain out of ideas. I would always tell them the same story. It went something like this: I live a few blocks from my office. Every morning, I plan […]
After a lot of work on GRACE & THE ISLAND OF MISFITS these past few weeks, I was thrown into a production meeting of GIRLHOOD. Actually, I was thrilled to shift gears a bit, listen to some “different” music and dive back into the world of teen girls. (We had just seen the movie Eight […]
Grace and New York City
Our last reading of GRACE & THE ISLAND OF MISFITS happened in New York City a couple of weeks ago. Now, I had never organized a reading in NYC, so I had a lot of logistics to work out. And, I was doing it all from Chicago. I had to hire the actors (thanks to […]