A Conversation with Jenny Slattery
Jenny Slattery is currently Assistant Stage Manager for the Broadway musical, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark. Her talk will include her experience in working on this show, which faced a number of challenges in preparation for its opening. She has previously worked on the Broadway productions of Oleanna, Guys and Dolls (2009 revival), Cry-Baby, and Grease (2007 revival). Other recent work in New York includes the 2010 LG Mobile World Cup, the 2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NY. 2022 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Blasted at Soho Rep. She has also worked with a number of regional theaters and companies such as, La Jolla Playhouse, New Harmony Theatre, The Old Globe, Rude Mechanicals, and the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.
Stacy Wolf, Professor of Theater and Director of the Princeton Atelier at the Lewis Center for the Arts, will moderate Q and A sessions with each of the artists, with an eye to exploring their careers and the ins and outs of the musical theater industry.
A recent talk on February 9 with the award-winning Winnie Holzman, librettist for the hit musical Wicked and writer for a number of television programs including My So-Called Life, drew a large crowd and provided an extended opportunity for questions from the audience. An interview with Holzman is the focus of a recent Jersey Arts podcast which can be heard here.
The series of talks and the symposium are part of a Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies course Wolf is teaching this semester called, “Isn’t It Romantic: The Broadway Musical from Rogers and Hammerstein to Sondheim.” The course, which is cross-listed with Theater, American Studies, and English, and the talks, explore how musical theater artists – composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, actors, and designers – work to create this quintessentially American form of art and entertainment built on the basics of love and romance.
“We are very excited about this next step in developing the Music Theater Lab at the Lewis Center,” states Wolf. “We are pleased to bring some of the most prominent artists working in the field to our students and to open this opportunity up to the wider community. It greatly deepens our understanding as audiences of musical theater to have this insight into the creative process behind what we see on stage.”
The series will continue on April 3 at 1:30 p.m. with a lecture by David Román, Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, who will talk about the recent Broadway productions of In the Heights and West Side Story at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio. On April 16 at 1:30 p.m. Tony Award-nominated actress Montego Glover will speak about her career on Broadway in the Class of 1970 Theatre at Whitman College. The free, day-long symposium on April 21 will feature a series of interviews and roundtables with other musical theater artists and scholars.