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This edition: Composer/Lyricist (Fall 2000)





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Episode Details

Original tape date: November 1, 2000.

Oscar, Emmy and five-time American Theatre Wing Tony Award winner, Peter Stone moderates this discussion with lyricist Susan Birkenhead ("Triumph of Love", "Jelly's Last Jam"), composers/lyricists John Kander and Fred Ebb ("Cabaret", "Chicago", "Woman of the Year", "Steel Pier", "The Act"), composer Marvin Hamlisch ("A Chorus Line", "They're Playing Our Song", "The Sweet Smell of Success"), and award-winning country songwriter/composer Don Schlitz ("The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"). The panel talks about the process of musical songwriting, collaboration with other writers, writing songs in conjunction with the book, learning from influential composers, through-composed shows compared to book musicals, pros and cons of workshops, their backgrounds, and their first shows.

Guest List

Susan Birkenhead Lyricist

Fred Ebb Composer

Marvin Hamlisch Composer

John Kander Composer

Don Schlitz Composer/Lyricist

Isabelle Stevenson Host, American Theater Wing

Peter Stone Moderator