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Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas Conference – “Crossing Borders” June 21 – 23, 2018 The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre – Toronto, Ontario (Canada) Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas was founded in 1985 as the volunteer membership organization for the professions of literary management and dramaturgy. LMDA is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization with members throughout North America and abroad. LMDA holds the belief that theater is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities and that dramaturgy is central to the process of theater-making. Registration Information All full-conference registration fees are per person and include one banquet ticket. LMD...

#TBT: May 3rd – Birthday of Lyricist Betty Comden

Throwback Thursday: May 3, 1917,  Broadway & Hollywood lyricist and librettist Betty Comden is born. “A risk was taken with ‘On the Town’, and look what happened: Betty and Adolph burst onto the scene. A shout-out to Comden & Green!” (Title of Show). Lyricists and librettist Betty Comden, of t Comden & Green, was born May 3, 1917. She and Adolph Green are known for several works, such as On the Town (1944), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), and Bells are Ringing (1956). Together, this duo’s musical comedy talents became theatrical classics that are still performed and beloved today. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Comden had always considered herself a performer, and she was first seen on the stage at the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School (jwa.org). Comden went on to major in drama at New York U...

Sarah Ruhl – On Happy Endings

BY SARAH RUHL via www.breakingcharactermagazine.com On happy endings Happy endings are not in vogue. I have noticed that ambivalent endings are in vogue — the equivalent of a character hopping on one foot as the lights go down. Playwrights might be wary of happy endings because these are not happy times. Or maybe we are wary of happy endings because we are wary in the contemporary theatre of unmixed genres — a full-out comedy, or a full-on tragedy. In Shakespeare, comedies end happily with a marriage, and tragedies end with a body pile up.  But unmixed genres are now the province of Hollywood, not theatre. Our American stages are more full of dramas than they are of comedies and tragedies. So what of a title like How to Transcend a Happy Marriage? That seems fairly bold given the climate. ...

3 Musical Theatre Writers win $100,000 Kleban Prize

BY: PETER LIBBEY via www.nytimes.com In his will, Edward Kleban, the Tony Award-winning lyricist of “A Chorus Line,” made provisions to underwrite two cash prizes for musical theater writers whose work shows great potential: one to a lyricist and one to a librettist. This year, however, there are three winners of the Kleban Prize, each of whom will receive $100,000, payable over two years. Alan Schmuckler and Amanda Yesnowitz were given the lyricist prize, while Christian Duhamel is the recipient of this year’s librettist award. Mr. Schmuckler wrote, along with Michael Mahler, the music and lyrics of “Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Musical,” which premiered at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 2016. Ms. Yesnowitz wrote the lyrics for “Somewhere in Time,” a 2013 musical adaptation o...

How “SpongeBob SquarePants” Writer Kyle Jarrow Found the Story for the Stage

BY: BETHANY RICKWALD via www.theatremania.com There’s nothing quite like the world of Bikini Bottom that’s currently bubbling to life onstage at Broadway’s Palace Theatre — including the Bikini Bottom that’s been delighting television audiences since 1999. “There was the process of getting the SpongeBob world and then there was the process of getting our SpongeBob world and it’s not exactly the same,” said book writer Kyle Jarrow. “Figuring out ‘What is our stage version of that tone and that pace and that energy?’, that took a while — that took a couple years.” For Nickelodeon, the trick was in finding the right SpongeBob guy to partner with director Tina Landau in breathing a breath of fresh sea water into the suboceanic w...

Tree Hugger

 A New Musical by Matt Wolfe and Bruce Monroe  Are you a fan of national parks? For several years now, I’ve been working with Bruce Monroe and some extremely talented friends to develop a musical about the life of John Muir, without whom the parks wouldn’t be what they are today. He was an adventurer with a poet’s heart, writing prose about nature that rivaled anything Thoreau or Emerson dared, and he spoke about America and its future with an authority and wit as sharp as Twain. At a crucial moment in American history, he was there to speak of the need for the beauty of the earth to be preserved, not just for survival’s sake, but for the soul’s. It’s a conversation that never goes away, and it’s certainly timely now. I finally finished a website f...