Posted in Theatre

How to Mount Any Golden Age Musical

Warning: Massive tongue-in-cheekiness ahead!

It’s a question directors have pondered for decades: how does one successfully create a musical reminiscent of the Golden Age of Broadway? Well, my friends, ponder no more! Today, I’m going to demonstrate how to shape an old-fashioned show for the ages, in just six easy steps.

Step 1: Find subject matter that is both heartwarming AND tragic. Theatergoers dig those stories.

Step 2: Give your leading male any name that starts with the letter B. Not optional.

Step 3: Incorporate showbiz into the plot somehow.

Step 4: If the chorus doesn’t do have a big signature dance number, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Step 5: You must have a woman of a certain age for the Act 1 finale in which she inspires the leading lady.

Step 6: Make sure the music has a perfect balance of soaring ballads and fast-paced comedy songs. And remember…



"I am a seagull, I am an actress." -Anton Chekhov (And sometimes I like to write stuff, too.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s