five mistakes (almost) every musical makes
…mistake #3: songs which don’t forward the action
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“Five Mistakes (Almost) Every Musical Makes.”
Musical Theatre Songs should forward the ACTION.
This video is an excerpt from a keynote speech at a conference for musical theatre writers, hosted by New Musicals Inc.
The topic of the speech was “Five Mistakes (Most) Every Musical Makes”. Here is Mistake #3…your musical theatre song doesn’t forward the action. Songs in a musical want to include part of the story, or demonstrate some change in a character.
Scott Guy (Disney, NBC, Warner Brothers, and NMI’s Executive Director) discusses some consequences of making this mistake, and how to avoid it.
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The Lyric Lab
The Lyric Lab is a hands-on class packed with videos, exercises, tests, handouts, and assignments, guiding you through essentials of writing musical theatre lyrics. The course is hosted by Emmy-nominated Scott Guy (Disney, NBC, PBS, Warner Brothers), with feedback from Larry Todd Cousineau (All That He Was, Flies! the Musical, 40 is the New 15).
The Lyric Lab has been helping hundreds of lyricists for a decade. And now it’s been completely updated, drawing from examples from contemporary Broadway musicals like Hamilton, Evan Hansen, Hadestown, as well as classic musicals from Golden Age.
In Lyric Lab I - Fundamentals, you’ll focus on key areas of craft, including musical theatre song structure, telling your story through lyrics, perfect rhyme and near rhyme, matching the accents of lyric to the music, how to decide which songs to write, and how to format your musical to get it ready to submit to theatres and producers.
You can take this course at your own pace. It’s designed for one unit a week, but you can take it faster or slower; from anywhere in the world. It’s all online.
Fill out the info form, and we’ll tell you how to get started on the Lyric Lab today!
Musical Theatre Writers' Resource Center
You might also be interested in NMI’s Musical Theatre Writers’ Resource Center. This is a FREE page provided by New Musicals Inc. We’ve gathered in one place lots of info we think will be useful to writers of musical theatre. Lists of contests, producers, theatres, tips and tricks, musical theatre history, and a fantastic Idea Generator filled with plays, stories, and idea-springboards yours for the taking (no rights restrictions!).
Fill out the info form, and we’ll tell you how to get access to the free Resource Center.