So Why Write a Musical?

By marcfolan, Jun 26 2016 07:55PM

A composer's thoughts through the minefield of writing a show, taking it to NYC and then… starting all over again!

In the Spring of 2014 my musical “A Little Princess” was picked up by a young Off - Broadway producer/director and staged at the Signature Theatre on 42nd St in NYC. The producer had first staged it at a little Black Box theatre downtown but then extended the run and took it to the larger theatre, two blocks from Alladin! on Broadway.

From Barnet to Broadway!

So, you might well ask a series questions:

How did a little known composer from Barnet in North London get to have a show on 42nd St?

What made me write it in the first place?

How did I go about the process?

What did I learn about musical theatre while I was there?

Why on earth would I go back to the drawing board and start all over again?

So I feel now that I'm half way through a total re-write that it may be time to put pen to paper (virtually) and start tracking the process.

This may be of interest to other writers, composers in that maybe my turns and mistakes may save you time in the long term.

It maybe of interest to lovers of new work - most people in the creative field are and I count myself in that group. I'm obsessed with seeing... everything!

And it may be interesting to anyone who wants to understand why people like me do what we do... for very little reward...

Over the next few blogs I'll try and unravel what I do, how I do it and why I do it. I may even learn something about myself...

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