How Can Musical Theatre Be Saved?

It’s like clockwork.  Every 3-4 years, in the midst of a weaker season, reporters in our biz start ringing the death knell for musical theater.

Leave it to the optimistic and smarty Scotty Brown from NY Magazine to not let us stew in the muck, however.  In a terrifically fun and insightful article that ran last week, Scott interviewed a whole bunch of producers and writers from Robyn Goodman to Andrew Lippa to Maury Yeston and asked them . . . “How Can Musical Theatre Be Saved?”

Click here to read their answers.

My favorite response, btw, was from Scott Rudin, who said, “There are a lot of stories that do not need to be musicalized.”

I’ve always believed that so much of a show’s success begins with the seed of an idea, before a word is written.

If the seed is bad, no amount of fertilizer will help it grow.

Thanks for the terrific article, Scott.  And if you have an idea on how musical theatre can be saved, comment below!


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