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In my last blog I wrote about this great book I am reading, Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadways Most Memorable Songs by Gerald Nachman. I found myself devouring this book to the point that I finished it in just a couple of days. But, as promised, here are some more fun stories that […]
What are “Showstoppers?”
I am reading the wonderful book Showstoppers!: The Surprising Backstage Stories of Broadway’s Most Memorable Songs by Gerald Nachman. It seems every few pages I am finding myself saying, “Hmmm, I never knew that!” So, I thought I would share with you some of his information. First – GYPSY. This musical is a gangbuster musica […]
The world and the “I want”…
Over a year ago, 57th NATIONAL MATHLETE SUM-IT (formerly NUMBERS NERDS and now available for licensing through Theatrical Rights Worldwide) was accepted to the Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU) workshop in New York. TRU is a great organization that helps develop and create new musicals. It offers workshops throughout the year to help with various elements […]
Stories in Musicals!
Creating and developing a new musical is magical and exciting. It is also painfully difficult. The great musicals (HAMILTON, HELLO DOLLY, OKLAHOMA!) all took a great deal of time and work. And even then they are also not perfect. (When I heard Lin Manuel Miranda say that there were a bunch of things that […]
Villains in Musicals!
What do an octopus, a mad nuclear scientist and a man-eating plant have in common? They are all great villains in musical theatre. As we are working on our Christmas show, we are looking to create a villain for our story. I love villains in the theatre. The more colorful, meaner and more angry they […]
Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway…
I read an article today that reported that for the first time in a long time a show Off Broadway opened and made money. Of course, there have been long running shows Off Broadway that have made a great deal of money (BLUE MAN GROUP, STOMP, etc.) but those opened a few years ago. As […]
Musicals that are song cycles.
As I was wrapping my brain around one of the new musicals that I am working on, it suddenly hit me…maybe this show is really a song cycle and not a musical with a full book. Over the past year I have been to four different shows that were song cycles. Recently I discussed this […]
What is a jukebox musical? I heard someone ask this question the other day….and this person was a regular theatre goer. When I started to explain to them what it was and what some of the more popular Broadway musicals were, a big smile came on her face. “Oh, I get it! I love them!&rdquo […]
What makes GREAT Choreography?
I was meeting with a director/choreographer recently and I asked the question – what makes “great” choreography? We then had a long talk about what each of us valued in choreography and how choreography plays a vital role in musicals today. As a producer, I look at choreography in the “big picture” mode. Here ar […]
Next new musical?????
Since 57th National Mathlete Sum-it has been given to Theatrical Rights Worldwide, I have been lucky enough to start working on my next project. Truth is, I have been thinking about this next project for a while, but not a lot. My mentor, Ken Davenport has been urging me to start moving and get t […]