Broadway Official Online Masterclass presents

Musical Theatre Composing / Writing Series

Musical Theatre Composers series for writers working on their own musicals

An opportunity to look back at shows that are structurally sound and give  examples and tools for moving forward

Each week we will dive into a part of the writing process, from song structure to where songs fit in the musical as a whole.

We will study and discuss shows in the canon, both shows that have succeeded and shows that have struggled

An opportunity to examine what makes a song work; what some of the techniques to songwriting are within the content and forms of musical theatre

Week 1: With Micah Young

Micah will be our host for the series

Broadway composer and MD – Fun Home, Spring Awakening, Mary Poppins, Bea and Ben: A New Musical

*Various song structures (AABA, ABAC) within musical theatre writing, with examples. We will be taking a closer look at when characters need to sing, and the various genres of songs within a musical.

Week 2: With John McDaniel

Broadway orchestrater and composer, Grammy and Emmy award winner. Tony Nomination – Annie Get Your Gun, Rosie O’Donnell Show, Catch Me if You Can, Bonnie and Clyde, Brooklyn.

*What we want songs to accomplish. When to transition from speaking to singing

Week 3: With Bill Russell

Broadway lyricist, book writer and Tony nomination Side Show, Pageant, Up in the Air, Elegies for Angels

*Understanding the mechanics of rhyme schemes and scansion. We will discuss the importance of meter, syllabic phrasing within lyrics and setting up the lyrical ‘game’.

Week 4: With Chris Dimond

Emmy nominated Book writer / Lyracist Vampirina, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes

*Various ways to move from scene to song, and how to accomplish this. Establishing the conceit of the musical: the vocabulary, colors and sounds used to tell the story.

Week 5: with Rob Rokicki

 Drama Desk Nominated and Broadway Writer/Composer The Lightning Thief, Monstersongs, Love NY

*The nature of adaptation: taking a book, movie, or play for adapting into a musical.

Week 6: with Andrew Lippa

 Broadway Composer. Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Winner – The Wild Party, Addams Family, Big Fish

*The process of rewriting. Taking in notes for considerations, the responses from audiences. Working the show from readings, workshops, out of town, etc.

550 per person

The course, run over 6 weeks, will have a guest teacher each week. 

6 Week Course

October 17th – November 21st 2020

Saturdays: 11AM EST (4PM GMT) with guest teachers

Class Duration: 3 hours and 15 minutes

Tuesdays: 5PM EST (10PM GMT) to review and incorporate

Participants must be 15 years or older


Each class will include time for you to present your work with feedback from the guest teacher

550 per person