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March 4, 2018
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I was interviewed by Michael Paulson of the New York Times in a conversation about how problematic gender stereotypes are in revivals of classic musicals. We should also talk about racism in this context, but this article is specifically about the way female characters are/were written and the compounding problem in such portrayals when there are so few (no) women on the creative teams. Click here to read more, and thanks for engaging!

Jill Abramovitz and Anika Larsen Host Prospect’s ‘Good to Go’ Concert

March 1, 2018
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Lyricist, bookwriter, and Broadway performer Jill Abramovitz and Tony-nominated actor Anika Larsen (Beautiful) will co-host Prospect Theater Company’s upcoming Good to Go Songwriters’ Showcase: a concert celebrating new works-in-process created or co-created by women writers. This special one night event will be presented on March 10, 2018 at 8pm at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st, NYC). The evening will feature interviews with and new work by Masi Asare (The Family Resemblance); Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda (Marie in Tomorrowland); Christine Toy Johnson (Barcelona); Dana Levinson & Stacey Weingarten (5th Republic); Stacey Luftig & Jennie Redling (My Heart Is the Drum); Mary Liz McNamara (Body & Soul); and Georgia Stitt (Snow Child). The Alaskan wilderness, the architecture of Barcelona, and a small village in Ghana are among the diverse worlds explored in the selected new musicals. Read more here… 

‘Wrapped in Lyrics; Music of Women Composers’

February 28, 2018
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Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Music will host a performance titled “Wrapped in Lyrics: Music of Women Composers” Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. The performance features Minnesota State Mankato Department of Music vocal instructor Stephanie Thorpe, soprano. The recital performance, in honor of Women’s History Month, is a culmination of Thorpe’s extensive research of contemporary classical women composers and contemporary commercial composers. This unique combination of women composers has often been researched and performed, but rarely together and by the same performer. Through the words and music of female composers, this recital is an adventure in storytelling and highlights a variety of styles and genres. The majority of the composers chosen for this recital are advocates for the arts, activists for a variety of causes, and are unique artists in their own right. The first section of the recital is contemporary, featuring repertoire by Georgia Stitt, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlile, and Sara Bareilles, with lyrics found in everyday situations or miniature life adventures. Read more… 

Writers Announced For 2018 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed

January 9, 2018
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In what has become an annual ritual, a total of 38 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists will converge on the Goodspeed campus from mid-January through mid-February 2018 to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing 19 new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration. The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed is an unparalleled, long-term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing. Read more…