R166. Writing for Musical Theatre: The Collaboration & Collision of Disparate Crafts

Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Arguably, the “book musical” is America’s most original contribution to world theatre. However, few writers can agree upon how a book musical is written. With its primary focus on text, this panel will discuss ways of collaborating with colleagues who speak, necessarily, different languages of craft and ways of teaching the convergence of these crafts to create effective and polished book musicals.



Anton Dudley's plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at major regional theaters around the country. A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Drama, he has received new play commissions from Manhattan Theater Club, Cherry Lane Theater, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Kellen Blair is the co-creator of Murder For Two, the murder mystery musical comedy that debuted off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown in 2013. In 2011 he received the Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder For Two as the Best New Musical Work in Chicago.

Charlie Sohne has written several musicals as both a bookwriter and a lyricist. His shows have been seen at The O'Neill, New York Stage and Film, and the Yale Institute for Music Theater. His songs have been seen at Second Stage, Joe's Pub, and 54 Below. He teaches as part of Lincoln Center's SISP.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center