President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein Ted Chapin, author of Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical “Follies,” will discuss the work of Hal Prince and Michael Bennett on Follies on Monday, September 26. Chapin has spearheaded over twenty award-winning Broadway and London revivals, as well as several film and TV movie remakes and numerous recordings. Chapin’s visit is part of Tony Award-winning director John Doyle’s fall course, “Luminaries of American Musical Theatre.” The talk will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. Free and open to public.
Supported in part by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Council of the Humanities.
As President of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company, TED CHAPIN has spearheaded over twenty award-winning Broadway and London revivals, as well as several film and TV movie remakes and numerous recordings. Chapin is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Theater Wing, and was chairman of the Advisory Committee for New York City Center’s Encores! series from its inception. In addition, he serves on the boards of New York City Center, Goodspeed Musicals and New Music USA. He has been a guest lecturer at NYU, Yale, Columbia, Lawrence University and St. Catherine’s College at Oxford. He was a Tony Awards nominator for two seasons and is currently a member of the Tony Administration Committee. Prior to joining R&H, Chapin served as, among other things, musical director for the National Theatre of the Deaf, Associate Director of the National Theater Institute, and Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. For three years, Chapin served as Associate to Alan Arkin which included Assistant Director on the original production of Neil Simon’s THE SUNSHINE BOYS. By the time he graduated from Connecticut College in 1972, he had amassed more than five years of Broadway credits as production or directorial assistant. In 2003, he turned his observations working as the Production Assistant on the original production of the Stephen Sondheim/Harold Prince musical FOLLIES into an award-winning book, Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical “Follies,” which was published in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf and in paperback by Applause Books.