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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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July 29, 2021

Lorraine Hansberry In Five Plays

Despite her early death at age 34, Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground with dynamic, challenging plays that took Broadway by storm. Explore the work of this trailblazing playwright and activist.
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June 9, 2021

Terence Rattigan In Five Plays

One of Britain’s greatest playwrights, Terence Rattigan created a wealth of comedies and dramas that triumphed in the UK and US. Explore these five selected plays demonstrating the breadth of his talent.
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June 1, 2021

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For PEGOT

Marvin Hamlisch is the only other person in history, after Richard Rodgers, to have won the PEGOT: the Pulitzer Prize and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards. Here’s a look at each of Hamlisch’s PEGOT accolades.
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May 17, 2021

Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter – From Stage to Screen

Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter creators Stevie Holland, Gary William Friedman and Richard Maltby, Jr. discuss the musical’s history and upcoming world premiere on Broadway on Demand.
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May 17, 2021

Motivation, Authenticity and Equity: My Journey as an Asian Playwright

Damon Chua, author of Film Chinois, The Emperor’s Nightingale, Incident at Hidden Temple and other plays, discusses his experience as an Asian writer of plays.
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May 11, 2021

Writing For Two Audiences

Madhuri Shekar, author of A Nice Indian Boy, In Love and Warcraft and Queen, among other plays, discusses writing for “mainstream” and South Asian audiences.
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April 29, 2021

Irving Berlin: A Man of Many Seasons

No matter what time of year, it’s always a perfect time for an Irving Berlin tune.
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April 13, 2021

Samuel Beckett In Five Plays

Darkly comic and incredibly idiosyncratic, Samuel Beckett’s work strikes a chord with anyone who encounters it. From his fast-moving monologues to the full-length masterpiece Waiting For Godot, here’s a list of some of Beckett’s most memorable works.
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March 6, 2021

Great Collaborations

From Rodgers & Hart, Kaufman & Hart and the Gershwin brothers to Strouse & Adams, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and the Five Lesbian Brothers, great teams have been making theatre for over a century. Check out these hit plays and musicals co-created by collaborative groups or pairs.
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March 4, 2021

Mary Rodgers: Anything But “Shy”

Writer Mary Rodgers, composer of Once Upon a Mattress and author of Freaky Friday, was an elegant raconteur of exquisite taste and infinite humor. In this profile, we explore the life and legacy of the groundbreaking artist.
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February 19, 2021

Alan Bennett In Five Plays

From his infamous Talking Heads monologues to witty depictions of real people, discover the breadth of Alan Bennett’s work through five selected plays.
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February 10, 2021

August Wilson’s American Century Cycle: 10 Plays About the Black Experience in the 20th Century

August Wilson’s American Century Cycle — ten plays for each decade of the twentieth century — chronicles the lives of the Black community in Pittsburgh. But there’s even more to know about this crowning achievement of the American Theatre. Read more to find out!
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December 10, 2020

QUIZ: Which Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical Are You?

From Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music, each musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein has its own personality. Which one matches yours?
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November 25, 2020

Writing from the heart: Q&A with playwright James McDermott

Discover the inspiration behind writer James McDermott’s Time and Tide and Rubber Ring and what he hopes audiences gain from experiencing his work.
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November 6, 2020

Adapting The Boy Who Kicked Pigs: A Q&A with Kill The Beast

We talk to Kill The Beast about their adaptation of Tom Barker’s The Boy Who Kicked Pigs – a brilliantly dark and funny story of a very naughty kid whose tricks quickly spiral out of control and lead to his comeuppance.
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November 3, 2020

Bringing The Girl on the Train to the Stage: Q&A with Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel

From a best-selling novel to Hollywood, and then to the theatre, The Girl on the Train has lived many lives.Discover how Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel adapted this fantastic drama for the stage.
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October 30, 2020

The Ever-Evolving Fugitive Songs

Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, co-authors of Fugitive Songs, discuss their decision to update the show.
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October 7, 2020

Harold Pinter In Five Plays

Spanning over 50 years, Harold Pinter’s work has made a mark on not only the theatrical world, but the literary world as well. Celebrate his legacy with this list of some of his most memorable plays.
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September 10, 2020

Women’s Prize for Playwriting: Meet the Finalists

Get to know the eight finalists for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Playwriting, proudly sponsored by Concord Theatricals.
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July 28, 2020

Beau and Emily Bridges on Acting: The First Six Lessons

“One of the things both my grandfather and dad have both talked a lot about is belonging to the ‘Family of Actors.’” Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges present their musings on writing Acting: The First Six Lessons.
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July 28, 2020

Collaborative Friendships

To celebrate International Friendship Day, some of our writing teams answer the question, “What’s the key to a lasting collaborative friendship?”
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July 22, 2020

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella: Through the Years

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella has graced many a stage – and many a screen – since it first premiered in 1957. R&H President Ted Chapin delves into the history of the perennial musical gem.
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July 22, 2020

Exploring Family Dynamics: Max Dickins on Kin

Playwright Max Dickins gives an insight into the inspiration behind Kin – a wonderful play about the varied nature of family relationships.
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June 22, 2020

David Almond on Writing for Young People

Explore the inspiration behind David Almond’s Skellig, Heaven Eyes, The Savage and My Dad’s a Birdman, and find out how they were adapted from page to stage.
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June 11, 2020

Where We Are Now: Jaki McCarrick on Art in a Time of Crisis

“I seemed to be drawn to works that I already knew were explorations of crisis situations, possibly looking for answers there.” Award-winning writer Jaki McCarrick discusses her go-to artworks during the lockdown period.
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June 9, 2020

DROOD: 150 Years Later, Dickens’ Unfinished Novel Remains A Mystery

Charles Dickens died while writing Edwin Drood, and the story of his unfinished novel’s development is almost as intriguing as its contents.
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May 26, 2020

Degas in New Orleans: Rosary O’Neill’s Play Slated as a Film Project

Rosary O’Neill’s play Degas in New Orleans is making its way to the silver screen. Read more about its journey from stage to screen.
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May 21, 2020

A Single Light: Kait Kerrigan on Art in a Time of Crisis

“We used to gather round a single light / To tell a lie so true it could ignite.” Writer Kait Kerrigan shares her thoughts on theatre and the pandemic.
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May 4, 2020

The King and I: A Brief History

Ted Chapin, President and Chief Creative Officer of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, looks back on the development of the groundbreaking musical.
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April 28, 2020

Some Hopes: Sarah Ruhl on Art in a Time of Crisis

“I hope that whatever this gestation brings is better than what came before.” Award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl shares her thoughts and wishes.
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