Past Artists and Speakers
Lecture 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.
Composition 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
Master 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.
Lecture 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.
Conversation 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
A 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).
A 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 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.
A 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
A Conversation with Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of many musicals including Wicked, Pippin and Godspell will be discussing his work.
Musical 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.