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How to Write a Musical That Works: Reckoning and Resolution

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How to Write a Musical That Works: Reckoning and Resolution

Time: August 5, 2018 all day
Location: Studios 150, 150 W. 46th Street, 7th floor Studio 7.5
Event Discipline: theatre
Organized By: Michelle Tabnick Communications
Latest Activity: Jul 31, 2018

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces How To Write a Musical That Works feedback workshop #3: Reckoning and Resolution on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 10am-6pm at Studios 150, 150 W. 46th Street, 7th floor Studio 7.5. Submission deadline is extended to July 27, 2018. Applications are available at Details of the workshop may be found at Submission fee is $10 for TRU Members ($20 for non-members); if accepted, additional participation fee is $80 for new TRU Member and non-member participants ($55 for returning TRU Members, $60 for returning non-members). Additional collaborators are $25, and Observer fees are $35 for TRU Member ($55 for non-members). TRU will match you with a music director for your presentation, and help with casting.


This 3-part workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. "Part 3: Reckoning and Resolution" will focus on the last scenes of a musical and how songs help resolve the story and the characters' journeys. Up to ten teams will present a song and scene from their shows to a professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers, including:  


  • Margot Astrachan, producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day...), Vice-Chair: NYMF The New York Musical Festival;
  • Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer), Audelco Award winning playwright (Maid's Door);
  • Peter Filichia, theater reviewer, author of six books on musicals, including Let's Put on a Musical!;
  • Skip Kennon, composer/lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades


Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.


We will focus on three main aspects of a show: 1) songs that express the resolution of a character's "want," or the overcoming of obstacles, and how it leads to a final choice; 2) "eleven o'clock numbers," the big dramatic show stopper that sums up the (usually) main character's journey; 3) the finale, an effective and emotionally satisfying way of concluding your story. We will discuss the function of songs, with special attention paid to the way they move the action. In addition, we will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song. 

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