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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Sound

So once in a while, I write parody lyrics. As a working writer and lyricist, I think of it as good exercise. Some of these parodies are surely funny only to me. But I always try very hard to stick exactly to the rhythm and scansion of the original lyric, and to comically dip into the original lyric now and then just for fun. Here's one I wrote during the Great Pandemic, only a totally random whim. I just came across it, and it made me laugh, so I thought I should share... If you really love R&H...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Performing Arts, Broadway, Dick, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Scott Miller, Musical Theater, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hammerstein Sound, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound, Ockie Fox, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound Major, Rodgers Hammerstein Sound Slightly

Lloyd Webber says he will risk arrest to reopen his theatres on 21 June

Impresario is determined his production of Cinderella will start this month in London as plannedAndrew Lloyd Webber has said he is determined to open his theatres on 21 June regardless of whether rules are relaxed, and is prepared to be arrested if authorities try to intervene.The composer said he may have to sell his six West End venues if the government does not remove restrictions that have forced venues to run with reduced capacities. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Cinderella, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lloyd Webber, Coronavirus

Plays & Musicals for Pride Month

If you’re looking for plays and musicals to include in your drama classroom library, look no further — here are 35 plays and musicals featuring LGBTQ+ characters, stories, and themes. Introduce these plays and musicals to your students, read them as a class, and check out performances of them (many have filmed or movie versions).  […]
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Lgbtq, Plays, Teaching Drama, Pride Month

Strong to the Finich: In Defense of Popeye the Musical

I’m working on a new book called Play / Back: A Different History of Movie Musicals, and it’s been such a fun exercise for two reasons. First, I’m discovering incredibly weird, cool movie musicals I had never heard of before, like Madam Satan, Volga-Volga, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Zachariah, and lots of others. Second, I’m really studying films that I have seen before, but I’m seeing them with entirely new eyes, and finding so many wonderful new details. Especially with those films that ...
Tags: Hollywood, Musicals, Film, Robin Williams, Theatre, Disney, Cinema, Williams, Nashville, Robert Evans, Vanity Fair, Paramount, Malta, 1980s, Robert Altman, Harry Nilsson

‘We even performed it in front of the pope!’ – how we made Godspell

‘Religious groups didn’t like Jesus wearing a Superman shirt or the lack of a resurrection. So we told them the curtain call was the resurrection – when Jesus runs on and takes a bow’Godspell opened in London in November 1971 and ran at the same time as Jesus Christ Superstar. It was the Rolls-Royce to our Ford Fiesta. I was 23, had just left the Bristol Old Vic company and was auditioning for everything. There were 30 of us lined up along the stage for the audition. I was on the end and taller ...
Tags: Books, London, Musicals, Religion, Theatre, World news, Culture, Christianity, Stage, Broadway, The Bible, Jesus, Bristol, West End, Jesus Christ, Jeremy Irons

Patti LuPone meets Jonathan Bailey: ‘You’re the biggest star in the world!’

The stars of Netflix’s Bridgerton and Hollywood talk about singing in the shower, the alchemy of the theatre – and why no one in Stephen Sondheim’s Company would ask LuPone to dancePatti LuPone and Jonathan Bailey starred in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company in London in 2018. The pair, who had lockdown Netflix hits with the series Hollywood and Bridgerton respectively, caught up to talk about rehearsal-room nerves, the best night of the week to watch a musical and the Covid crisis...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Musicals, Theatre, Netflix, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, West End, Johnny, Patti LuPone, LuPone, Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey, dancePatti LuPone

Organize Your Information, ‘Til We Rise to the Occasion

I created this blog on January 1, 2007. Not long ago, it surpassed one million visitors. That's more than a bit mind-blowing, the idea that so many people have read my opinions, discoveries, revelations, both here and in my books. Thank you!The initial purpose of the blog was to document our creation process on each show we produce, both our progress through the process of learning music and blocking, polishing the show, etc.; but also my progress as I discover what makes the show tick, and als...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Theatre, Alabama, America, Broadway, Morgan Freeman, Npr, Theater, Hamilton, Mitchell, Broadway Musicals, Lin Manuel Miranda, David Evans, Adam Bradley, Scott Miller

COVID Baby (with apologies to Mr. Sondheim)

(to the tune of Sondheim's "Broadway Baby") I'm just a COVID Baby,Isolating all day long,Fearing the infected throng,Surviving somehow.COVID Baby,Learning how to work from home,Like I'm sealed inside some dome;Apocalypse Now!Gee,It seems to meWe should agreeTo take on this task;It's true, The one thing youJust have to doIs wear a damn mask!COVID Baby,Captive of conservatives,Left to wonder just what gives,And why they're so mad. Hey! COVID denier!Your country's on fire!You and QAnon --You fell...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Live, Stephen Sondheim, Performing Arts, Broadway, Theater, Sondheim, Scott Miller, Musical Theatre, Follies, Pandemic, Broadway Baby, COVID-19, Schwartz Dietz, UberEats Cause

Anthony Head’s teenage obsessions: ‘The Rocky Horror Show ignited something in my core’

The Buffy and Gold Blend actor, who stars in the new film School’s Out Forever, on his love for Judi Dench, Lord of the Flies – and playing Dr Frank-N-FurterMy parents were desperate for me to like classical music, but I just couldn’t buy into the length of the pieces. Then they played me Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber and it was so beautiful, I cried. My school music teacher, Mr Vassal, asked for our favourite composers; I said Samuel Barber and he laughed at me. But eventually everyone ca...
Tags: Music, Musicals, Film, Theatre, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Judi Dench, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Acting, Buffy, Paul Newman, Samuel Barber, Anthony Head, Frank N FurterMy

Tim Rice: 'Evita was a bonkers idea'

As the great songwriter prepares to take Jesus Christ Superstar on a 50th birthday tour, he talks about penning hits, his idea for a new musical – and drinking from Lloyd Webber’s Georgian wine glassesTim Rice had a hunch the Oscar was in the bag. After all, he and Elton John had been responsible for three of the five nominations in the best song category. But, as he walked on stage that night in 1995, after Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King won, the tall, slightly awkward-looking...
Tags: Music, England, Hollywood, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Elton John, West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Middlesex, Rice, Compton, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita

'Twas a Year Full of New Line, 2020 Pandemic Edition

'Twas a year filled with New Line, well, okay, not "filled;"Our season chopped off at the knees, Covid killed. Our Urinetown canceled, and our Something Rotten,Such wonderful shows! May they not be forgotten! So here is my poem, because it's tradition,An annual event, like our annual audition,But this year, a shorter, Pandemic Edition.So last January -- remember pre-doom?When people could gather, all in the same room?We hosted a reading of my newest show,Called Bloody King Oedipus! (Wouldn't y...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Theater, Scott Miller, New Musicals, Musical Comedy, Musical Theatre, Rock Musical

Craig Revel Horwood: 'I'm a baddie in panto but on Strictly I'm just being honest'

The Strictly Come Dancing judge reveals which contestant surprised him the most and why he’s looking forward to getting booed twice a day in Robin Hood You’re a panto regular – what do you enjoy most about it?I love live theatre – it’s where I started my career back home in Australia and I got into it as soon as I arrived in the UK. As much as I love my screen career, you simply can’t beat helping an audience to suspend their disbelief for a few hours and enjoy a shared experience live and in re...
Tags: Reality TV, UK, Television, Musicals, Media, Australia, Theatre, Bbc, Dance, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Strictly Come Dancing, Panto season, Craig Revel Horwood, Panto

The Prom review – is Ryan Murphy's musical the first film of the Biden era?

Taste the treacle as Nicole Kidman’s Broadway liberals rebuke a rural high school – and learn a few things about themselvesLike High School Musical on some sort of absinthe/Xanax cocktail, The Prom is an outrageous work of steroidal show tune madness, directed by the dark master himself, Ryan “Glee” Murphy, who is to jazz-hands musical theatre what Nancy Meyers is to upscale romcom or Friedrich Nietzsche to classical philology.Meryl Streep and James Corden play Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, ...
Tags: Musicals, Kerry Washington, Film, Theatre, Indiana, Culture, Nicole Kidman, Television & radio, Meryl Streep, Stage, Broadway, Biden, James Corden, Barry, Ryan Murphy, Elisabeth Moss

We Need Some Light

I often think about theatre songs in terms of categories, I Want songs, I Am songs, Eleven O'Clock Numbers, Act Two Openers, etc. But a while back, my friend Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Broadway producer, author, and artsy wonder woman, posted (seemingly randomly though you never know with Jen), this post:My favorite kinds of musical theatre songs, ranked:1. Song about being a cowboy, inventor, explorer, etc. that is secretly about being a musical theatre writer2. Large ensemble number with counter...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Rob, Theater, George, Jen, Little Shop, Mushnik, Scott Miller, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Broadway Musical, Lippa, Wild Party, Bukowsical, Man of La Mancha

A Great Big Cloud of Smoke

If anyone from federal law enforcement is reading this, it's purely a work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual musical theatre artists, stoned or not, is purely coincidental. Now that I got that out of the way. If you're my Facebook friend, or if you've known me for longer than ten minutes, you know I smoke pot. And I'm very vocal about it. In a weird way, stoners are kind of like gay people thirty years ago (and in some cases, still today) -- in both cases, it's relatively easy to "...
Tags: Facebook, Musicals, Marijuana, John Lennon, Superman, Theatre, Paul Simon, America, Cannabis, Artists, Paul Mccartney, Pot, Theater, George W Bush, Yoda, Johnny

Be Careful Not to Lose the Way

We were in the middle of a sold-out, critically acclaimed run of Head Over Heels. It was truly one of the coolest, most original shows we've ever produced. And that's saying a lot!And halfway through the run, the pandemic hit and the theatres were closed down.At first, I didn't know what to feel. What could I do with the idea that the only thing I've ever cared about in my life, the thing on my mind literally every waking minute -- the musical theatre -- is now deadly. My whole life's work has ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Musicals, Horror, Life, Theatre, Broadway, Jazz, Herald, Carol, Spelling Bee, Hamilton, Bethlehem, Scott Miller, Broadway Musical, Musical Comedy

13 Tales of the Weird

I love musical theatre more than anything else in the world. But I also really love horror. New Line has brought the two together on several occasions, with Night of the Living Dead, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show, In the Blood, Lizzie, and The Zombies of Penzance. Depending on your definition, I might include on that list Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, Love Kills, Sweet Smell of Success, and Assassins.Even before the pandemic hit, but especially now, I'm always looking for new writing pro...
Tags: Musicals, Horror, Stephen King, Theatre, Broadway, Mystery, Terror, Theater, George Romero, Canterbury, King, Hamilton, Robert, Todd Haynes, Mary, Lizzie

Bubbling Brown Sugar

It is true that historically the American musical theatre has been dominated by white artists and white stories. There have been a couple of periods of increased activity and evolution in the black musical, in the 1910s and 20s, and again in the early 1970s, but only recently have black artists and stories taken a more active, more visible role in moving our art form forward.New Line has produced Passing Strange but no other explicitly black musicals. We are proud that our casts are always dive...
Tags: New York, Musicals, Theatre, America, History, Chicago, New York Times, Amsterdam, Broadway, African American, New Orleans, Savion Glover, Theater, Buffalo, Alice Walker, Black Lives Matter

We Can Make It Our World

The credits for Head Over Heels say "Based on The Arcadia, by Sir Philip Sidney." But it's so much more complicated than that.First of all, there are two Arcadias. Sidney wrote it, then later substantially rewrote it, and the two versions are called The Old Arcadia and The New Arcadia. And there are some huge differences between the two.But also, to say that Head Over Heels is "based on" Arcadia is only vaguely true. Maybe "inspired by" would be more accurate. The show's creators, Jeff Whitty a...
Tags: Politics, London, Musicals, Theatre, America, Sexuality, Broadway, Theater, Shakespeare, Arcadia, Aristotle, 1980s, Delphi, Mira, Plato, Pamela

We Are Alive. We Got the Beat.

In Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical A Little Night Music, Madame Armfeldt tells Fredrika that the summer night smiles three times -- "The first smile smiles at the young, for they know nothing. The second at the fools who know too little. And the third at the old who know too much."It's a wonderful way to start this beautiful musical about music in triple time and humans in love triangles.But it occurs to me that it applies to Head Over Heels too. Maybe because it's more of a univers...
Tags: Politics, Musicals, Theatre, Earth, Sexuality, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Theater, Shakespeare, 1980s, Mira, Pamela, Scott Miller, Gilbert Sullivan, Hugh Wheeler, Musical Comedy

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels is sui generis.I love that term, sui generis. It means it's totally unique, literally, "of its own kind." So many shows New Line has produced fit that description -- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bukowsical, Threepenny, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Yeast Nation, Assassins, Celebration, Lizzie, Jerry Springer the Opera, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Man of La Mancha, Spelling Bee, Floyd Collins, Hair, Forbidden Planet, Hedwig, Sunday in the Park... I could go on for days.Head Over Heels is ano...
Tags: Politics, Musicals, Theatre, Sexuality, Broadway, Theater, Shakespeare, 1980s, Sondheim, Pamela, Scott Miller, Michael Mayer, Musical Comedy, Rock Musicals, Jeff Whitty, Go-Go's

You still hear the people sing: Les Mis protest anthem blazes from France to China

The defiant lyrics to the classic Les Misérables track are reverberating through uprisings in Hong Kong and ChinaIt has soared during an airport sit-in, united street protests and drowned out the Chinese national anthem at a school assembly. Do You Hear the People Sing?, the defiant chorus from the musical Les Misérables, has become a song of protest in Hong Kong and, more recently, mainland China. Explicit references to Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor censured for his warnings about the coronavir...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Musicals, France, China, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Les Miserables, Wuhan, Weibo, Les Mis, Herbert Kretzmer

Best NYC shows with LGBTQ characters

There’s no place like home — just ask Transparent star Alexandra Billings, who recently became the first openly transgender actress to play Madame Morrible in the Broadway production of Wicked. After her inaugural performance, Billings wrote on Instagram, “Last night I had the honor to be placed gently and with loving hands into the glorious Land of Oz…Where home is defined by truth and the power of chosen family.” Wicked, the girl-power prequel to The Wizard of Oz, has always had a home in ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Hollywood, Musicals, Wales, New York City, Theatre, Bette Davis, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Theater, Plays, Lily, Busch, Peppermint, All

'Twas a Year Full of New Line, 2019

'Twas a year full of New Line, a wild cavalcade,A trio of shows, like a misfit parade,Exploring the Others, the Different, the Weird;Yes, all of the folks that the mainstream has feared.And watching those Misfits and Others succeedAgainst primal forces of hate and misdeed,Spun lessons those people in power should heed.La Cage is a classic, subversive, old thingThat we shrunk to human proportions last spring.It isn't a comedy, deep in its heart;It's a drama of family and love and of art.It teach...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Theater, Scott Miller, New Musicals, Musical Comedy, Musical Theatre, Rock Musical, John Waters Baltimore

The SpongeBob Musical – Review

(aka SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical) Touring Company Performance at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL – 1 Nov 2019 I have never seen an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. I’m sure many of you are gasping at your screen and calling for an oxygen mask. But hey, there’s a lot to watch these days. Anyway. When I heard that there was an impending Broadway musical based on the cartoon, I was not surprised. The Law of Relative Development was long ago updated to include the fact that everything w...
Tags: Reviews, Music, Texas, Musicals, Theatre, Karen, Broadway, Spongebob Squarepants, McIntyre, Sheldon, Sandy, Eeyore, Moe, Bowie Eno, Looney Tunes, Nick Fury

It's Not TV. It's HBO.

Sometimes, certain things that have nothing to do with musical theatre teach me wonderful new lessons about storytelling in general, but also by extension, about musical theatre. I think we too often forget how much the various storytelling forms have in common. The Top Two among those certain things would be the PBS docu-series, The Power of Myth with Joseph Campbell (now on Netflix and Amazon Prime); and also Burno Bettelheim's brilliant book The Uses of Enchantment. Those two things are my h...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, New York, Musicals, Drama, Cable, Amc, Theatre, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Showtime, David Chase, Adult, Theater, Pbs, St Louis

You Could Drive a Person Crazy

Years ago, I wrote a blog post about the various types of people who show up at auditions. It was a fairly hostile post, when I look back at it, but my intent was to write a funny, cautionary post -- in other words, don't be these people. And that post is now my most visited post ever, with about 7,300 hits so far. I hope it spares me, Dowdy, and other directors some abuse, unintentional though it may be...Now, as a sequel to that list, here's a top ten list of the kinds of people we encounter ...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Actor, Theater, Director, Rehearsal, Don, Scott Miller, Casey Nicholaw, Musical Theatre, Audition, Rock Musical

More Complex Emotions to Reveal

Why bring back a show we've already produced? That's a good question.We haven't repeated a show since 2012, when we produced High Fidelity for the second time. And we've only repeated a very few shows over our 28-year history: Hair (2000, 2001, 2008), Assassins (1994, 1998, 2008), Bat Boy (2003, 2006), and High Fidelity (2008, 2012). This season we'll add two more: Cry-Baby (2012, 2019) and Urinetown (2007, 2020).And there are a handful of others I'd still like to return to: Hands on a Hardbody...
Tags: Musicals, Race, Theatre, Broadway, Camelot, Theater, Oklahoma, 1950s, Social Justice, Rock And Roll, John Waters, Lenora, Baldwin, Sandy, Scott Miller, Allison


We are about to start work on New Line Theatre's 29th season (holy shit!) of cool, wild, alternative musical theatre, and I couldn't be prouder of what we've lined up for you. Not just three fascinating musicals, but also a reading of a (deliciously fucked-up) new musical, and a cool new film series to accompany our shows, plus our annual trivia night fundraiser and our annual holiday dinner.We've cast all three mainstage shows and we are so happy with the amazing people we get to work with thi...
Tags: Amazon, New York, London, Musicals, Theatre, Season, Broadway, Johnny Depp, Lea, Theater, Musical, 1950s, 1980s, John Waters, Mack, Brecht

It's True, So Nu?

I can't believe I've been doing musicals -- if we go all the way back to middle school -- for forty-two years. Holy shit. And directing and writing them for thirty-eight years. Hang on while I sit down a second.The good part of that is everything I've learned -- from other people, from the shows, from many mistakes, and just from doing it. Here are a few truths that I think are important, that make me happier and make our creative process less stressful and more creative.I hope some of them wil...
Tags: Musicals, Boston, Theatre, Actors, Broadway, Theater, Ben Kingsley, Directors, Sondheim, Larry, Scott Miller, Michael Bennett, Audiences, Hal Prince, Lucie Arnaz, Stella Adler

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