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November 1, 2022

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Creators on the Teen Edition

We chatted with the creators of the West End hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie about the new Teen Edition: advices on putting on and performing in the show for the teachers and students. Put on your heels and step into the world of Jamie New.
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October 31, 2022

A Conversation with the Creators of ELEANOR – An American Love Story

Eleanor – An American Love Story chronicles the remarkable journey of Eleanor Roosevelt, the shy, insecure aristocrat who was destined to become First Lady of the World. We spoke to the musical’s creators about the show’s inspiration, development and continued appeal.
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October 28, 2022

Edgar Degas in Paris: Interview with Historians and Authors Rosary O’Neill, PhD and Rory O’Neill Schmitt, PhD

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of iconic French artist Edgar Degas’ visit to New Orleans and New York, Degas in New Orleans playwright Rosary Hartel O’Neill and her daughter, Rory O’Neill Schmitt, discuss Degas, Paris, and their new nonfiction book, Edgar Degas in New Orleans.
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October 27, 2022

Celebrated Virgins: Q&A with Creators Katie Elin-Salt & Eleri B. Jones

Celebrated Virgins creators Katie Elin-Salt and Eleri B. Jones discuss their creative process in adapting the true story of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, lifetime partners who were cast off by society in late 18th-century Ireland.
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September 30, 2022

Thank You, Teachers

To honor the wonderful educators who motivate young theatre artists, Concord Theatricals authors thank their most inspiring teachers.
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September 20, 2022

Reimagining Shakespeare for the Modern Stage: Q&A with Author Andrew Shepherd

The Bard’s classic and timeless characters have been reimagined by author Andrew Shepherd in his epic, romantic, tragic, sci-fi comedy, The Shakespeare Conspiracy. In this conversation, Shepherd shares his love of Shakespeare and explains the creative process behind his ‘real’ and ‘theatre’ worlds.
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September 19, 2022

A Fractured Folk Tale: Creators Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross Discuss LUCK! A Musical

We had the good fortune to chat with bookwriter/lyricist Mark Waldrop and composer Brad Ross, co-creators of LUCK! A Musical, a hilarious, fast-paced show based on a short story by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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September 13, 2022

Strong Female Roles by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie wrote female characters who were often as ambitious and independent as the masterful mystery writer herself. Dive into this article to discover Christie’s maverick women, and where you can read more of their stories.
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September 12, 2022

A Conversation with Playwright Charlie Josephine

We interviewed playwright Charlie Josephine for their latest works – the critically acclaimed I, Joan and Monologues for ‘Others’. Find out more their inspirations and creative process behind these titles.
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August 23, 2022

In Focus: Ryan Scott Oliver on 35mm

In celebration of the ten years since the premiere of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, we sat down with the rockin’ composer Ryan Scott Oliver to dig into his artistic process and chat about the collaboration that inspired the show.
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July 5, 2022

Bully No More! – A Conversation with Creator Elaine Davida Sklar

Bully No More! explores the repercussions of bullying and celebrates the power of individuals to band together and stand up for what’s right. An updated 2022 version of the musical is now available, so we spoke to the show’s creator about its themes and impact.
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June 28, 2022

120 Facts About Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers, composer of The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Oklahoma! and other beloved musicals, was born 120 years ago. To celebrate, we’ve compiled 120 facts about the legendary composer.
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June 27, 2022

Sex Cells: A Conversation with Playwright Anna Longaretti

Sex Cells, a funny and poignant play set in the busy call centre for a sex toy manufacturer, has delighted audiences worldwide since its London debut in 2013. Playwright Anna Longaretti discusses the play, its themes and its continued relevance.
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June 10, 2022

May Queen: A Conversation with Playwright Frankie Meredith

Playwright Frankie Meredith, author of May Queen, discusses her play, her inspirations and her relationship to Coventry.
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May 16, 2022

Richard Rodgers: The Sound of PEGOT

Richard Rodgers was the first person to obtain a Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Here’s a look at the decorated works that earned Rodgers his PEGOT status.
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May 10, 2022

Bob Merrill: Broadway Composer/Lyricist

Concord Theatricals celebrates the career of Bob Merrill, the talented and prolific composer/lyricist behind Funny Girl, Carnival!, Sugar and other hits.
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April 22, 2022

The Grinning Man: A Conversation With the Creative Team

The hit musical The Grinning Man is a fairy tale love story streaked with pitch-black humour, lashings of Gothic horror and swashbuckling adventure. The show’s creators discuss the show’s development, themes and message.
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April 11, 2022

10 Reasons You Should Know Michael Stewart

When it comes to hit Broadway musicals, Michael Stewart wrote the book… literally. Here are ten reasons you should know this musical theatre great.
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March 29, 2022

Pravin Wilkins on Writing Moreno

Pravin Wilkins discusses his play Moreno, which won the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award.
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March 21, 2022

Pioneering Women at the Olivier Awards

Concord Theatricals proudly champions female authors in the UK and beyond. Here’s a list of women who have received nominations and wins at the Olivier Awards.
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March 11, 2022

The Musical Brilliance of Sweet Smell of Success

Marvin Hamlisch’s brassy score brought the noir classic Sweet Smell of Success to life on the Broadway stage 20 years ago. We reminisce on the shadowy world of ambition, betrayal, and genius musical motifs.
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February 28, 2022

Ruthless! A Q&A with Joel Paley and Marvin Laird

Ruthless!, the outrageous and hilarious off-Broadway sensation, premiered at the Players Theatre on March 13, 1992. Co-creators Joel Paley and Marvin Laird celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary in a conversation about talent, ambition, tap shoes… and homicide.
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February 18, 2022

The Origin of Hair: James Rado on the Landmark Musical

More than 50 years after its creation, the rock musical Hair continues to celebrate the ‘60s counterculture in all its glory. Co-creator James Rado reflects on the creation of this groundbreaking theatrical sensation.
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February 17, 2022

Crazy For You® at 30: An Interview with Librettist Ken Ludwig

Crazy For You®, the hit Broadway musical featuring a trunkload of Gershwin tunes, premiered on Broadway 30 years ago, in 1992. Book writer Ken Ludwig discusses the musical’s development, history and enduring appeal.
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February 8, 2022

Black Voices in Theatre Before and After A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun was a turning point in the history of the American Theatre, but little is often written about the work of the Black writers who preceded Hansberry. This article takes a look at what came before Raisin, what changed with the legendary play’s premiere, and what came after.
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January 27, 2022

Community and Growth: A Conversation with 26 Pebbles author Eric Ulloa

26 Pebbles, playwright Eric Ulloa’s powerful response to the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, premiered at the Human Race Theatre in Ohio in February 2017. Five years later, we caught up with Ulloa to discuss the play’s development and legacy.
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January 18, 2022

Funny Girl: “The Most Horrible Experience Of My Life”

In an essay first published in 1966, bookwriter Isobel Lennart hilariously reflects on the arduous creative process that led to the worldwide success of Funny Girl.
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December 10, 2021

Adrienne Kennedy In Five Plays

Explore the dizzying work of one of the most innovative and subjective American playwrights to come out of the 1960s.
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December 1, 2021

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”: The Melancholy Megahit

Berlin’s taut lyrical masterpiece was, in his own words, “the greatest song anybody ever wrote.” Here’s an in-depth look at the song’s genesis and legacy.
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November 15, 2021

‘S Wonderful: Highlights from the Ira Gershwin Songbook

Learn the history behind the simple and timeless lyrics of Ira Gershwin, many of which have become staples of the American songbook.
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September 9, 2021

Breaking Barriers and Transforming Lives: A Conversation with Andrea Green

Award-winning playwright, composer and music therapist Andrea Green creates musicals for young performers that deliver important messages on tolerance, inclusion, understanding and respect. We sat down with Andrea to discuss her career, her philosophy and her future endeavors.
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September 7, 2021

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor on Flowers for Mrs Harris

Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor discuss adapting Paul Gallico’s novel for the stage.
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