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Musical Theatre: The Secret Life of the American Musical (Spring 2019)

  • 31 Mar 2019
  • 05 May 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 31 Mar 2019, 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
  • 07 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
  • 14 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
  • 21 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
  • 28 Apr 2019, 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
  • 05 May 2019, 1:30 PM 4:30 PM
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Musical Theatre: The Secret Life of the American Musical
Instructor: Dramatists Guild Chicago Regional Representative Cheryl Coons

Based on Jack Viertel’s landmark book, The Secret Life of the American Musical, this 6-week class offers participants a chance to tune up their musicals-in-progress, as well as gain insight into what makes great musicals work. Participants share work for feedback in a supportive class atmosphere, and study examples from musical theatre masterworks from Gypsy to Hamilton. Each class session includes a balance of course content and presentation of participants’ work. Flexible weekly assignments allow participants to use the class presentation time in the way that is most valuable for them, by sharing work from existing projects, creating new work based on optional suggested exercises, or presenting revisions of previous work for response. Experienced writers gain new tools for refining their musicals, and newcomers to musical theatre writing gain a “big picture” perspective.


Sessions/Weekday 6 Sundays
Start/End Date Mar 31 - May 5
Timeslot 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Notes

About the Musicals Track


The Musicals track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing musical theatre. It consists of four courses:

  • Musical Theatre Writing: The Secret Life of the American Musical
  • Musicals in Process
  • Musical Theatre Bootcamp
  • Lyric Lab

Musical Theatre Writing is a prerequisite for Musicals in Process. Musical Theatre Bootcamp and Lyric Lab may be taken out of sequence with the other two courses.

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