The Role of a Supervisor, Arranger & Orchestrator on a New Musical

By: Lynne Shankel

I got an email this spring from two lovely women who were co-producing a new show called Life After.  They were looking for a music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator and I had been recommended to them by a colleague of mine. First off, you’re probably wondering “What the heck does all that mean? Supervisor? Arranger? Orchestrator?” Welcome to my weird, wonderful world. 
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In Conversation with Britta Johnson

Life After opens this Saturday! Do you have your tickets yet? Don’t miss this exciting new Canadian musical by our inaugural Crescendo Artist, Britta Johnson.

We sat down with Britta to discuss the development of Life After and how her creation process varies from project to project.

 

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The Role of a Director on a New Musical

By: Robert McQueen

When Britta Johnson contacted me in December of 2015 to say that she had been awarded the Toronto Fringe Festival’s Paul O’Sullivan Award for her new musical Life After I was, of course, thrilled for her. I had first heard Britta’s theatre composition a year earlier when she participated in our annual Noteworthy session, and immediately I had became an ardent admirer of her work;  so, when shortly after our first conversation, she rang me again  and asked if I would direct the Fringe production,  I was thrilled. More


Musical Musings: 525,600 Minutes with Kevin Wong

#KevintheIntern here, just over a year since I started my tenure as the Metcalf Foundation Intern Artistic Director here at The Musical Stage Company (then Acting Up Stage). Time flies!

Since I’ve started working at the company, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some incredible projects. I thought, to wrap up the end of my internship, I’d finish with some of my most favourite #InternMemories, plus a few ludicrous #InternFails for amusement. More


The Great Controversy of 1812

While Broadway controversies rarely make headline news, last week’s Mandy Patinkin/The Great Comet saga sure got a lot of ink. More