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Past Artists and Speakers

2011 - 2012 Speakers and Artists

Conversation Series – in conjunction with Stacy Wolf's class:
THR 369/GSS 365/ENG 365/AMS 365

Isn't It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim
Song. Dance. Man. Woman. These are the basic components of the Broadway musical theatre. How have musical theatre artists, composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, choreographers, and designers worked with these building blocks to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment? Why are musicals structured by love and romance? This course will explore conventional and resistant performances of gender and sexuality in the Broadway musical since the 1940s. Course Syllabus

Winnie HolzmanConversation with Winnie Holzman

Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Please join us for a conversation with Winnie Holzman, creator of My So-Called Life, and writer of the internationally acclaimed musical Wicked in the Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall.



John DoyleConversation with John Doyle

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 from 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Please join us for a conversation with John Doyle who staged Sweeney Todd in London and on Broadway, as well as a production of Sondheim's Company. 

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio


Jenny SlatteryConversation with Jenny Slattery

Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Please join us for a conversation with Jenny Slattery, Assistant Stage Manager on Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio


David RománLecture by David Román
"'The Hydrants are Open': Latinos on Broadway in the 21st Century"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 1:30 - 2:50 PM

Please joins us for a lecture by David Román, Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California.

Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio


Montego GloverConversation with Montego Glover

Monday, April 16, 2012 from 1:30 - 2:50 PM

Please joins us for a conversation with Montego Glover, star of Memphis

Class of 1970 Theatre in Whitman College


Making Broadway Musicals: Artists and Scholars in ConversationMaking Broadway Musicals: Artists and Scholars in Conversation
Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10:00 - 4:00 PM

James M. Stewart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street


2010 - 2011 Speakers and Artists

Mark Eden HorowitzLecture by Mark Eden Horowitz

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Please join us for a conversation with Mark Eden Horowitz on the Musical Theater of Stephen Sondheim in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street.


Heiner GoebbelsComposition Colloquium: Heiner Goebbels

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM

To look & to hear. Heiner Goebbels will give a presentation as part of the Princeton University Music Department's Composition Colloquium Series on Monday, March 21 at 4:30 PM in the Room 102 Woolworth.  This event is cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts Music Theater Lab. Photo credit: Theater der Zeit


Marni NixonMaster Class and Conversation with Marni Nixon

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Please join us for a master class and conversation with Marni Nixon featuring students in the Certificate Programs in Musical Performance and Theater plus a Post-Performance Discussion on Singing the Roles of Anna Leonowens (The King and I), Maria (West Side Story) and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady) in Hollywood cosponsored by the Department of Music and the Program in Musical Performance.


Ian Marshall FisherLecture and Demonstration with Ian Marshall Fisher

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:20 PM

Mr. Fisher will describe LOST MUSICALS' mission and its effect on current U.S./U.K. theatre, present an overview of the research and production process to explain how the project works, and share examples of the work with Princeton students as performers.


Annette NiemtzowConversation with Annette Niemtzow

Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM

Please join us for a conversation with Annette Niemtzow on Producing Jane Eyre & Leap of Faith on Broadway in Room 010, East Pyne.


2009 - 2010 Speakers and Artists

Jeffrey SellerA Conversation with Jeffrey Seller

Please join us for a conversation with producer Jeffrey Seller, the winner of three Tony Awards for Best Musical: Rent (1996); Avenue Q (2004); and In the Heights (2008). Sellar has also produced and/or developed De La Guarda (1998), Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party (2000), Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini's La BohËme (2002) and High Fidelity (2006).


John WeidmanA Conversation with John Weidman

John Weidman has written the books for a wide variety of stage musicals, three in collaboration with Stephen Sondheim: Pacific Overtures, Assassins and Road Show. In 1999, he co-created the Tony Award winning musical Contact with choreographer/director Susan Stroman and he is currently completing a screen adaptation for Miramax. He coauthored, with Timothy Crouse, the book for Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. He has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Book for a Musical three times. Since 1986, he has written for Sesame Street, receiving 11 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program. Weidman is president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Weidman’s new musical, Take Flight, will open at McCarter Theatre in April.


Valisia Lekae and Quentin Earl DarringtonValisia Lekae and Quentin Earl Darrington in Conversation: On Being Musical Theater Artists

Valisia LeKae is currently playing the role of “Sarah” in Ragtime at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago. LeKae was last seen on Broadway in the recent rival of Ragtime at the Neil Simon Theatre, where she understudied and performed the role of Sarah. Her other credits include the Broadway revivals of 110 In The Shade and The Three Penny Opera and national tours of All Shook Up and Mamma Mia. LeKae’s regional credits include Big River, Little Shop of Horrors (nominated for a 2009 Kevin Kline Award), Caroline, or Change, Dreamgirls, Godspell and Smokey Joe’s CafÈ.

Quentin Earl Darrington graduated from the University of South Florida and began his professional career in Florida’s bay area with the Center Theater Company and Ruth Eckerd Hall. He recently debuted on Broadway, starring as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in the revival of Ragtime. His other credits include national tours of The Color Purple and The Lion King and regional productions of Ragtime at the Kennedy Center and Paper Mill Playhouse, A Little Night Music, Abyssinia at the Goodspeed Opera House, Dreamgirls, and Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.


James LapineA Conversation with James Lapine

James Lapine has written and directed the plays Table Settings, Luck, Pluck and Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. He has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into The Woods and Passion. With William Finn he has collaborated on March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later presented on Broadway as Falsettos and A New Brain. On Broadway he has directed Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Amour, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He has directed several other productions off- Broadway as well as three films. Lapine also conceived and directed “Sondheim on Sondheim”, now appearing at the Roundabout Theatre.


2008 - 2009 Speakers and Artists

Stephen SchwartzA Conversation with Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of many musicals including Wicked, Pippin and Godspell will be discussing his work.


John RandoMusical Theater Master Class with John Rando

John Rando, director of Urinetown: The Musical (2002 Tony Award, Best Director and Outer Critics Circle Award), the 2006 Tony nominated musical The Wedding Singer and The Toxic Avenger (now playing at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick), will be teaching a master class on Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Room 105 Woolworth Hall. Mr. Rando will work with students individually on audition songs. Any student may participate. Please bring sheet music and be acquainted with the musical from which your song is taken. Duets are fine. Observers are welcome, too.


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