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Friday, April 29 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Stage Write: Creating for Musical Theatre

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Songwriter/composers Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz both come from rock music backgrounds. Trask has also had success in the theatre as composer and lyricist of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and writing for several films. Yanowitz has had great success working with artists such as The Wallflowers and Natalie Merchant as well as with his own band, Morningwood. Now, they are collaborating on two musical theatre projects -- 54, which the two are writing with Jersey Boys book writer Rick Elice, and the musical adaptation of the movie Clueless. Trask and Yanowitz will share their experience working together and will explore what it takes to create and launch a musical on Broadway today.

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Stephen Trask

Composer, Songwriter - Musical Theatre and Film: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Film:  The Back-up Plan , Little Fockers   Since 2003 Stephen Trask has been scoring films on both the independent and studio level for directors as diverse as Tom McCarthy (Station Agent, Miramax Films), Paul Weitz (In Good Company, American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, and Little Fockers, Universal Pictures), Todd Graff (Camp, IFC Productions/Jersey Films/Killer Films) Tamara Jenkins, (The Savages, Fox Searchlight), Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women, Warner Brothers), Robert Benton (Feast of Love, MGM/Lakeshore), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fine Line), Sean Anders (Sex Drive, Summit Entertainment), Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Dreamworks/Paramount), and Alan Poul, (The Back-up Plan, CBS Films). Stephen first came to notice as the co-creator/composer/lyricist of the award winning stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was developed into a feature film release by Fine Line Features and for which Stephen won an Obie Award, the Outter Critics Circle Award for Outstanding off-Broadway Musical, a 1998 New York Magazine Award, Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Lyrics and New Musical, a Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album, two GLAMA Awards, and Entertainment Weekly Best Soundtrack Award for... Read More →
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Peter Yanowitz

Songwriter, Composer - “Nth Degree,” “Carnival,” “Jealousy” Musical Theatre: 54   Peter Yanowitz, also known as Pedro Yanowitz, is an American musician and songwriter born in Chicago, Illinois. Yanowitz was the original drummer of The Wallflowers, and for Natalie Merchant on her first three solo records (Tigerlily, Ophelia, and Live in Concert, at the Neil Simon Theatre). He also played drums for Money Mark, Hand of Doom (a Black Sabbath tribute band), Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Nina Nastasia on her album Dogs... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2011 11:45am - 1:00pm
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

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