Women In Music presented yet another educational and inspiration-packed panel on July 10, 2014, this time focusing on the unique art and craft as well as the unique issues and challenges facing women writing for musical theatre. The amazing panelists included Amanda Green (Tony-Nominated composer: Hands on a Hard Body, Bring It On, High Fidelity); Sara Cooper (composer of Loving Leo, The Memory Show, Emergency Contraception, Tenth Floor); Katie Kahanovitz (Composer of Breaking Through and Stage Moms); and Debra Barsha (Composer of Cookin’, Radiant Baby (Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award/produced at The Public), and Sophie, plus associate conductor for Jersey Boys).
Moderated by WIM President Neeta Ragoowansi, these expert panelists discussed issues ranging from the classic question “What comes first, the music or the lyrics?”, to the business of getting a show off the ground, finding the right collaborators, collaborator and producer politics, the creative process, and their approach to gender politics. Genuine, generous, funny, and incredibly informative, these panelists shared tips and insider information into the craft and business of writing for musical theatre and explained what sets composing music and lyrics in this genre apart from other genres. Their real-life anecdotes and opinions gave guests a behind-the-curtain look at what writers face when shooting for the Great White Way and other theatres.
Special thanks to our panelists and everyone who attended!