Music Theater Archives

Thumbnail for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins named next Roger S. Berlind Playwright at the Lewis Center for the Arts

Obie Award-winning playwright, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, and Princeton alum Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has been commissioned by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University to write and develop a new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bakkhai. The commission is being supported through the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Playwright-in-Residence Fund. The new play will premiere at the opening of the new Lewis Center for the Arts complex in October 2017.

Thumbnail for American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter Terrence McNally at Princeton University

The four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally will discuss his work and his collaborations with musical theater luminaries Harold Prince and John Kander and Fred Ebb in a conversation with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Monday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, this event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Award-winning composer, arranger, and musical director Paul Bogaev at Princeton University

Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer, arranger, and musical director Paul Bogaev will give a musical theater vocal master class on Tuesday, November 15 in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new Program in Music Theater, the master class is a part of Princeton University Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf’s fall course “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public to observe.

Thumbnail for Musical Theater Orchestrator and Composer Jonathan Tunick at Princeton University

The Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning orchestrator and composer Jonathan Tunick will discuss his collaborations with Stephen Sondheim and most of the great composers of the American musical theater in a conversation with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Monday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, this event is free and open to the public.

Rema Webb, a Broadway performer who has starred in critically acclaimed musicals such as The Color Purple and The Lion King, and Lorraine Goodman, Princeton Class of 1983 and a Broadway performer who has appeared in Cats and Les Misérables, will visit Princeton University to take part in Theater Professor Stacy Wolf’s course “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” Both events will take place on Tuesday, October 25 in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. The conversation with Webb focusing on her 18-year career, will begin at 1:30 p.m. and Goodman’s workshop on performing musicals across gender, “The MisCast Masterclass,” will begin at 3:00 p.m. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new Program in Music Theater and cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Tony Award-winning performer Donna McKechnie at Princeton University

Tony Award-winning dancer and singer Donna McKechnie, an original cast member of the musicals A Chorus Line, Company and Promises, Promises will discuss her extraordinary Broadway career and her work with legendary director/choreographer Michael Bennett, as well as other choreographers, with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The discussion will take place on Monday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street as a part of Doyle’s fall course, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, this event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for American musical theater scholar Elizabeth Wollman lectures on “Broadway and the Generation Gap in the 1960s”

Elizabeth Wollman, American musical theater scholar and professor at Baruch College, will present a lecture on “Broadway and the Generation Gap in the 1960s” as part of Theater Professor Stacy Wolf ‘s fall course “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new Program in Music Theater and cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts presents “Curtain Up: Celebrating Music Theater at Princeton”

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will mark the launch of a new Program in Music Theater with a day-long symposium on Princeton’s music theater past, present and future on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public. Princeton alumni, faculty and students—singers, actors, dancers, scholars, and composers who are making their creative marks on the opera world and on and off Broadway—will come together to participate in a series of panels on the art form and its importance at Princeton and beyond. The symposium is organized by a committee of Princeton faculty, alumni, students, and staff, led by Princeton Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf, who directs the new Program in Music Theater.

Thumbnail for Film and television producer Debra Martin Chase at Princeton University

Founder of Martin Chase Productions and executive producer of films such as The Princess Diaries and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Debra Martin Chase will discuss her work as a television and film producer in a conversation with students as part of Theater Professor Stacy Wolf ‘s fall course “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 219 at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater and cosponsored by Princeton’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for President of the Rogers & Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin at Princeton University

President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization Ted Chapin will engage in a conversation on the musical Follies with Broadway director John Doyle, a professor in Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, focusing on the work of the show’s producer/director Hal Prince and co-director/choreographer Michael Bennett. The discussion will take place on Monday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street and is part of a fall course Doyle is teaching, “Luminaries of the American Musical Theater.” Presented by the Lewis Center’s new Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public.

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