Author Spotlight: THE PROM’s Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar

It’s been a good couple of years for Chad Beguelin & Matthew Sklar. Their last two collaborative efforts with Tony®-winning writer Bob Martin have come to fruition. First, it was the East Coast premiere of HALF TIME at the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse. The new musical about professional basketball’s first-ever aged 60-and-older dance team opened last June with Tony®-winning director & choreographer Jerry Mitchell at the helm. Then in November, THE PROM opened on Broadway, marking their third musical collaboration to hit the Great White Way.  The musical racked up rave reviews, seven Tony® nominations and five Drama Desk nominations, taking home the Drama Desk for Best Musical. While its run at the Longacre Theater ended August 11th, THE PROM is living on with a YA novel adaptation, a Netflix movie…

Brothers Musical Arnoud Breitbarth

Catch a Feeling with TRW’s Latest British Musical: BROTHERS

BROTHERS entered my life and I got the feeling. The feeling that this musical had the power to change somebody’s world. With Music, Lyrics, & Books by Arnoud Breitbarth, BROTHERS follows the journey of 18-year-old Luke who discovers a diary of his recently deceased brother, Marius. He and his mother relive joyful and painful memories and through this, they embark on a personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance. I began reading the script with the sole intention of reading mini sections per day. Thirty glorious minutes later I had cried, laughed and audibly gasped like an excited audience member at a Christmas Panto! I couldn’t put it down! Work that explores issues of identity, speaks to me personally. In my own time, I advocate for the equality of all and wish to see these ideologies reflected on stage.

Three Teenage Bohemians with the one in the center with a guitar

WE WILL ROCK YOU Gives Students and School Rock Star Chance

It’s been a long road for Hammond Academy of the Performing Arts in Hammond, Indiana. The Academy was established in 2010 as part of Morton High School. In the 1980s, Greg Easton, the current principal of Morton, teamed with various neighboring teachers and administrators to start a performing arts school in Hammond. Among the schools in…

Drawing My Own Conclusion with Andrew Lippa’s New Musical

By Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar “My parents named me after the song “Sherry” and “My wedding song was ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’” are statements I’ve heard many times. These songs that touch the lives of millions, my own included, were written by my father, a Jersey Boy. Music has been an integral part of my life…

The Addams Goes Dutch

One of the most acclaimed international productions closes on March 31st. Produced by TEC Entertainment and directed by Paul Eenens, the Dutch premiere of The Addams Family has been taking the Netherlands by storm for the past five months. The production started picking up leads of five star reviews from severally leading publications including De Volkskrant, heralded…