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PODCAST EPISODE 4 – TERRENCE MCNALLY

Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally is celebrating his 50th year on Broadway, and you can bet he learned a lot of what to do and what not to do along the way. And he shared some of that with me, so I can share it with you. In addition, hear him talk about . . .

  • How he spent his first night in New York City (I’ll give you a hint – he saw a show)
  • The difference between writing a play and a musical
  • How new playwrights can get discovered

. . . and so many more pearls, he’d make an oyster jealous. Read more.

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“There is talent, sure, there is luck, but you’ve got to be prepared when the moment happens.” – Terrence McNally, Writer

PODCAST EPISODE 52 – LYNN AHRENS

What I love about Lynn’s lyrics is that they just look/sound so easy. That, of course, is the sign of a true master of any art form, when the work they create looks as if anyone can do it.

But oh no, not anyone could have written the lyrics to Ragtime, Once On This Island, My Favorite Year, Anastasia, and so many more. And I don’t care what people say, I think lyrics are the hardest element of the musical to write. Lyrics have to tell story, build character, provide tension . . . and rhyme, all within an appropriate number of syllables. Read more.

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“Artistic passion is number one for me. If I know that somebody just cares so much about this project that they will put their heart and their love into it, they’re for me.” – Lynn Ahrens, Writer

PODCAST EPISODE 51 – STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

If you didn’t know I was from Massachusetts, then I’m sure the pun-intended title of this blog gave it away, for sure.

But the truth is, talking to Stephen Schwartz makes my Masshole musical theater fanboy come out to paaaaaaahty.

I first met Stephen when we started putting together the revival of Godspell and was immediately blown away by his ability to get to the heart of any musical moment and mine it for all that it’s worth . . . but at the same time he had an innate understanding of the business of Broadway. Read more.

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“It’s just coming across an idea and thinking, ‘This is something I would really like to see myself.’ It’s a world or an idea that I want to be in for 5 years.” – Stephen Schwartz, Writer

PODCAST EPISODE 65 – BOBBY LOPEZ

How shall I say this? Well, I guess it’s as simple as saying . . . some of the most successful musicals of the last ten or so years have come out of this guy’s brain.

Avenue Q: Remember that time it beat Wicked for the Tony Award?

The Book of Mormon: Remember that time it sold over 102% of its capacity last week, grossing over $1.3 million in a 1,100 seat theater, 5 years after it opened? Read more.

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“What is going to speak to the people? Because that’s what I want to do. I don’t want to write stuff that’s ethereal, I really do like to connect with an audience.” – Bobby Lopez, Writer

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