The bit that isn’t the songs: book writing for musical theatre
Event with Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
Wednesday July 6th 2016 from 2-3pm
Part of London Writers’ Week 2016
Most people can probably hum a show tune, and musicals are often known by the names of the songwriters, but what about the bits in between? Aren’t the scenes just holding the songs together? How much book is too much book? And why does nobody ever know the name of the bookwriter?
These questions and more will be tackled by accomplished British musical bookwriters. Playwright Catherine Johnson created the original catalogue musical Mamma Mia, for both stage and screen. Writer and director Gurinder Chadha brought Southall into the West End with the stage musical Bend It Like Beckham, adapted from the screenplay. Playwright and screenwriter Joe Penhall wrote the book for the Olivier Award winning Kinks’ musical Sunny Afternoon. American writer and composer Rob Hartmann’s musical books include Vanishing Point and Kelly the Destroyer vs the Springfield Cobras; he also works as facilitator of new musical writing at both New York University and London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Booking: For further information and to book a ticket, please see the event webpage.
Source: Drama Centre / Central Saint Martins