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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

What Do I Learn From ‘Wicked’ The Musical?

Wicked_LogoHaving spent some time previously musing about the relative non-success of ALW’s The Woman in White, I thought I’d turn to a brief reflection on the Musical phenomenon that opened the year before TWIW on Broadway:  Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s Wicked – The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.

I was fortunate to see this show again last Saturday in London at The Apollo Victoria Theatre – especially so in that I just ‘rocked-up’ and said “I’d like to buy a ticket please?”  Given that the theatre was full for the Saturday Matinee; in a theatre that has just over 2,300 seats, I thought myself a bit fortunate in hindsight! Continue Reading →

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