2月 2022年23日12:15分
戴恩瑟尔

New Musicals Workshop: A True Experience – Takes 2 and 3

Musical theatre majors who decide to embark on their academic journeys to Millikin University are immersed in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities once they arrive on campus, 从表演到幕后工作. Among those opportunities that take place in the early goings of the spring semester is an innovative program that often leads to "real-world" outcomes called the New Musicals Workshop.

成立于2007年, the New Musicals Workshop is exactly how it sounds … it's a workshop for musicals. But it's more than that – it's a collaborative experience. Students work with actual professional writing teams to develop new musicals intended for commercial production.

Left to right: Brandon James Gwinn and EllaRose怕羞的

米利金戏剧学院 & 跳舞 is one of only a few institutions around the country to have a program such as this, 这已经不是什么秘密了. The program has been recognized by the Broadway community as an opportunity for established writers to develop new musicals destined for Broadway and beyond.

在过去的几年里, we've recapped some of the latest workshops to get an idea of what the program is all about. 然而, 今年一月(2022年), we took a new approach to tell the New Musicals Workshop story with a series of "takes" from the faculty, 作家和学生的看法.

马修·韦伯斯特

今年1月, 纽约作家布兰登·詹姆斯·格温, EllaRose怕羞的, Taylor Ferrera and 马修·韦伯斯特 were welcomed to campus to work with students on their new musical concepts.

Take 2: Writers EllaRose怕羞的 and Brandon James Gwinn 

EllaRose怕羞的 (she/her) and Brandon James Gwinn (he/they) are an award-winning writing team specializing in stories that take a fresh look at the LGBTQ+ community with cutting-edge music.

Chary's work has been recognized as a Kleban Award Finalist, NYFA奖学金进入决赛, 入围克诺德新剧奖, Great Plains 剧院 Conference's PlayLab playwright and an artist in residence at Harvard College (where she was also a guest lecturer).

James Gwinn is also known for his work as a music producer. He produced and performed on the albums "Two Birds" and "One Stone" by Trixie Mattel (winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 3), 排名第一的.1 on the iTunes Top Albums and Billboard Heatseekers Albums charts. He also directs and produces music for Alexis Michelle (Drag Race Season 9) and produced her debut album "Love Fool" for Broadway Records.

While working with the students at Millikin University, Chary and Gwinn's project title was "The Spell of Red River," an "intergenerational witch story" as Gwinn describes it.

“随着抒情诗人, I don't hear the music in my head like Brandon does … when we write a group number, and to hear that from 10 voices is incredibility unique and usually something happens much later in the process,仔细的说. 更多关于Chary和James Gwinn的信息可以在 brandonandella.com.

第三例:作家泰勒·费雷拉和马修·韦伯斯特

马修·韦伯斯特对BG集团来说并不陌生. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, BG集团戏剧学院 & 跳舞 performed an original musical, "Kingdom Come," written by Webster. 生产, 韦伯斯特将其描述为“小型音乐剧”,包含几个小的, interconnected stories about different characters and memories regarding the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

韦伯斯特曾在9月拜访过米利金. 2021 to workshop "Kingdom Come" alongside Millikin students. Witnessing the production performed by the students was a personal and emotional experience for him.

Webster's relationship with Millikin goes back even further to January 2020 with a show that he and Taylor Ferrera wrote called "Propaganda! 的音乐" which was developed during Millikin's New Musicals Workshop and later released as a podcast musical.

“我非常感谢Lori (Bales)和Kevin (Long), they have created a wonderful program and it's an amazing experience to watch these young people put sound to what we have created, 很了不起的,韦伯斯特说:.

Webster says "it's not the norm" in college programs to develop new musicals. "Most college programs want to do box office hits and they want to appease their audiences and community with shows they already know. But Millikin has led the charge on challenging their community to accept new musicals and that is really the future of musical theatre,”他说.

Webster noted, "I'm honored that Millikin is doing this work and they are letting us be a part of it."

韦伯斯特是一位屡获殊荣的演员和作家. He has performed all across North America and was named Best Actor in 2018 on BroadwayWorld.com. 他的戏剧和音乐剧在纽约演出过, 在欧洲地区剧院和国际舞台上演出. Webster is currently a faculty member at the New York Film Academy where he is a resident playwright and teaches acting.

泰勒·费雷拉是一位作家、表演者和教育家. Her satirical songs on YouTube have over a million views and have been featured in the Huffington Post, on NBC and for Stephen Sondheim at the New York City Center (The Lobby Project). Her writing credits include "Broadway Does Mother's Day,”“罩衫,”“灰姑娘,”“民主, 第一天,“乡村集市-乡村歌舞表演。,”“有问题的选择," "Community Theater: Seinfeld the Musical" and "Propaganda! 的音乐."

Take 4 of New Musicals Workshop: A True Experience coming soon.