Podcast Episode 192 — Six-Time Tony Nominee of The Prom and more, Book Writer/Lyricist Chad Beguelin!

Imagine you have a poster up in Shubert Alley of a show you wrote that is supposed to open on Broadway in just a few months.

Then imagine that show suddenly gets canceled.

It might make you want to pack it all in, move back to the small town you’re from, and become a lawyer or doctor or anything but a musical theater writer.

And no one would blame you for it.

Well, that happened to Chad.  But he decided to tough it out and double down on his desire to write for the theater.

And we’re all luckier for it.

The show was The Rhythm Club (it was terrific, by the way).  Chad, the multi-talented and multi-nominated book writer/lyricist of shows like AladdinThe Wedding SingerElf, and this season’s breakout original hit, The Prom, talked about that difficult experience as well as:

  • The pros and cons of writing original musicals versus adaptations of big, branded source material.
  • How he settles “differences of opinions” with his collaborators . . . from Alan Menken to Matt Sklar.
  • The importance of having confidence as a writer, even when you are just starting out, and when those around you have more experience.
  • What award season is like when you’re up against your friends and peers.
  • What he looks for in a producer and why.

Enjoy the podcast here and wish Chad luck on Sunday night!

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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.