May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

The latest news and theatre tips from!

  • 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 […]

  • Demo recordings…

    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 […]

  • Many paths…..

    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 […]

  • Trios

    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 […]


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