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Writing WICKED (WORTH WATCHING)

Welcome back. I’m writing from Manchester (UK). This viedo discussion panel/interview (about 48 mins. duration) is really a masterclass in writing Musicals from Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz (co-writers of Wicked). It was recorded at the 2nd. Dramatists Guild Conference in Chicago about a week ago. I didn’t get to see this session as Ned Ginsburg and I were doing a parallel session in another room discussing the composer/orchestrator collaboration process, so I am really pleased that this session was filmed for a broader audience.

I needn’t say more. If you’re interested in how great Musicals come about, then “watch, listen and learn”, as the saying goes.

NB. The insightful questions from ASCAP’s Director of Musical Theatre, Michael A. Kerker, in directing the conversation to a packed room of conference attendees – the man is a living encyclopedia in all things related to American Musical Theatre!

Take care,
Kevin

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Sondheim Reveals His Secrets in O.C. Appearance

Sondheim_KerkerThis is reprint of an article in the Orange County Register newspaper from the 14 July 2012.  Eloquently written by Paul Hodgins, the piece was occasioned by the ‘Up Close & Personal’ series concert of Steve Sondheim, interviewed by Michael A. Kerker, (Director of Musical Theatre, ASCAP) with the incomparable vocal artistry of Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell.  The concert took place at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Los Angeles on 13 July.  Enjoy. Continue Reading →

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