May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

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  • Hal Prince….again…

    Hal Prince…one more time.  Here are some of the wonderful things I learned from the PBS biography on the award winning Broadway producer, director, stage manager, consultant, etc. – Hal Prince. Angela Lansbury tells the story of the first preview of SWEENEY TODD. The first time everything comes together – costumes, sets, orchestra, makeup and […]

  • Twenty-One Tony Awards!

    Twenty-One…..that is how many Tony Awards Hal Prince has won.  More than anyone else.  Producing, directing and special awards were the categories.  He has always been a hero of mine, and as I was watching the PBS special about him recently, I was struck by several of the things he said. First, he traced his […]

  • Thanks in the theatre world….

    We were in the elevator, returning to our condo in the early evening.  I was emotionally exhausted and my body ached.   The thought of cooking dinner made me a little nauseous, but it seemed like the best idea — and the fastest because I was hungry.   We had just finished our first workshop of GIRLHOOD, […]

  • The Show Goes On……

    Readers of the blogs get regular updates on our projects to develop new musicals and about what we’ve learned along the way.  But the goal of all this theatrical work is not really to develop shows.  It’s to have them on the stage! I suppose that’s fairly obvious.  But it’s not always so clear.  At […]

  • GIRLHOOD workshop….it starts….

    The texts and emails started the day before.  A bit of a panic it seemed.  “I don’t think we can realistically do 6 numbers in 4 hours!” “I cannot teach choreography before they learn the song.” “Four more students will be showing up and they don’t have the material.” “I won’t be able to com […]

  • NAMT 2018

    Last week, I was fortunate to be in NYC for the 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals.   It was presented by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.  This is a great organization that works to advance musical theatre by nurturing the creation, development and production of new musicals.  The festival is two days of activities […]

  • Preparing for Submissions….

    One of the most important and most difficult steps in producing a new musical is preparing the show and the material for submissions.  Submissions to festivals, competitions and other producers.  Once your show is at the first draft stage – or mostly complete – it is important to get feedback from your peers. That is […]

  • Why the “I WANT” song??

    One part of the fun of being Associate Producer at CPA Theatricals is the contributions my skill offers.  But another part is how much I am learning, given that I have no background as a theatre professional.   As a life-long audience member, I always knew what I liked and what I didn’t.  But I think […]

  • Musicals with funny lyrics

    I have been asked by a reader to please write something funny….I think it is a great time to do so…. so here goes. I LOVE going to the theatre and laughing.  LOVE it.  I prefer comedies to sad stories.   I want to see well rounded, true to life characters in hysterical circumstances.  But it […]

  • A Sky full of butterflies and a big white dog

    Recently, I went on a yoga retreat in the mountains of Thailand.  I was so looking forward to it – yoga twice a day in the cool mountains, vegetarian meals and silent walks.  Time to replenish the soul, spirit and imagination. My yoga teacher turned me onto this place when she sent me a link […]


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