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WHY SHOULD YOU PRODUCE A MUSICAL?


Whether in school, college, or in your community, singing, acting and dancing introduce young people to music, language arts and physical education. The creation of backdrops, costumes and props introduces young people to the visual arts. Computer-driven lights, sound and projections introduce young people to the digital arts and provide students with cutting-edge, twenty-first-century skills. That's the power of musical theater.


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At Samuel French, we are constantly on the look out for great videos and articles. In 2012, PBS Released *Broadway: The American Musical* Series, hosted by Julie Andrews. It tells two stories: the 100-year history of musical theater, and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life, from the immigrant experience at the turn of the century to today's Broadway, where big budget new productions and revivals of classic favorites compete for box office success. Check out the series, education tools, and purchase here.

Our friends at the Dramatist Guild Fund have created The Legacy Project which serves to heighten awareness of writing and composing for the stage and are intended for an audience of students, historians, aficionados of the theatre, and the public in general. They provide a unique window into the thinking of America's most prominent and promising playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists. Visit their website for more information, to purchase the DVD sets, and find out which episodes you can purchase on iTunes.