Not many musical theatre composers have such an impressive (and varied) canon of musicals credits like Jeanine Tesori. She is the most prolific and honoured female theatrical composer in history, with five Broadway musicals and five Tony Award nominations under her belt. As we prepare for the Toronto premiere of FUN HOME, we look back at the sensational musical works of Jeanine Tesori.
Hi all! It’s your Associate Artistic Director Kevin here, but wearing my writer hat instead! Joining me for this blog post is the mahhhvelous Julie Tepperman, book writer for our upcoming show, The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel, which recently won the Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre and will be at the Toronto Fringe this July! (Ahhhhhhh!!!!!) We just got back from a wonderful week-long retreat where we worked exclusively on act one of Polly Peel at Thousand Islands Playhouse, thanks to the incredible support of The Musical Stage Company and the Playhouse. More
I’ve never been someone to get wrapped up in year-end reflections. Since a theatre season follows the academic calendar, the “new year” typically starts for me right after Labour Day, making the December 31/January 1 transition fairly irrelevant. However, as we say goodbye to 2017, I am more nostalgic than usual, reflecting on our first 12 months as The Musical Stage Company. Here are some personal highlights: More
To celebrate our first year as The Musical Stage Company, we are sharing a gift with you in the form of some favourite moments from UnCovered: Dylan & Springsteen, recorded live at the concert! We hope that you enjoy this token from our company and share widely among your friends and family in the spirit of the holidays. More
For most musical theatre composers, lyricists and bookwriters, creating musicals is a passion, but earning a living pursuing that passion can be elusive. Understanding how to translate creativity and hard work into a way to pay the rent isn’t easy, or straightforward. Between grand rights, performance rights, publishing contracts, grant applications and the mysterious machinations of producers and artistic directors, looking after the business of your creations is enough to make your head spin.