WRITING FOR MUSICAL THEATER, How an Idea Becomes More, with Bob Garrett

Bob Garrett was a Broadway star, a hit writer, a Motown staff writer, and vocal coach to the stars (Katy Perry, Jessica Lange...). He has advised on countless musicals (The Color Purple, etc) and has co-written his own, in development. Learn from Bob and some recent graduates of his class about the journey of figuring out when an idea might be bigger than just one song, and how to grow that idea into an entire show.

Bob Garrett is the rare mentor who has "done it all." We are so proud to have him as part of this community, guiding and inspiring the next round of creators to realize their visions and potential. Want to know why we haven't run Bob's Musical Theater class since the Fall of '20? Because a core group of 6 members of that class voted to extend the class and continue working with one another and with Bob--for 16 additional weeks! That class ran 26 weeks and resulted in a showcase where each member presented 3 songs, an overview, and a potent, professional pitch.

You'll hear from two of those recent graduates in this conversation, Diane Currie Sam (and her show Olivia O) and Adeylnn Mejia (and her show Phoenix and the Fox). Bob and his students take questions and inspire us to dream bigger--and act on those dreams.

Even if you are not interested in writing for musical theater (yet!), you'll get a lot out of this conversation about the process of dreaming and doing, writing and rewriting, iterating and refining, to get to something you're proud of.

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