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Working in the Theatre
An acclaimed fixture on New York television and in the theatre community for 30 years, the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre offers an unprecedented forum for the meeting of theatrical minds.
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This theatre interview show brings together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the interviews offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see and hear the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 900 past guests, the interviews have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

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Working in the Theatre is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

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Composer and Lyricist
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Susan Birkenhead - Lyricist
Fred Ebb - Composer and Lyricist
Marvin Hamlisch - Composer
John Kander - Composer and Lyricist
Don Schlitz - Composer and Lyricist
Peter Stone - Moderator
Isabelle Stevenson - Host

Oscar, Emmy and five-time American Theatre Wing Tony Award winner, Peter Stone moderates this discussion with lyricist Susan Birkenhead (Triumph of Love, Jelly's Last Jam), composers/lyricists John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Woman of the Year, Steel Pier, The Act), composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, The Sweet Smell of Success), and award-winning country songwriter/composer Don Schlitz (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer). The panel talks about the process of musical songwriting, collaboration with other writers, writing songs in conjunction with the book, learning from influential composers, through-composed shows compared to book musicals, pros and cons of workshops, their backgrounds, and their first shows.

Originally taped - September, 2000
Running Time - 1:30:00

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