A short post to welcome people to the blog.
This blog is meant to chronicle the experience of writing a musical when one does not have the knowledge or experience to do so. Early on, you will probably see a lot of posts about the research I’m doing, thoughts on books I’m reading, and analyses of musicals I’m watching in order to get a basic idea of what a musical is, how it’s structured, and what makes it successful.
At the same time, I’m a firm believer in bucking norms and breaking rules. The only reason I’m doing this research and putting so much work into understanding what makes musicals tick is so that I know exactly what rules I’m breaking and how I’m breaking them.
It’s almost guaranteed that my show will not be a “typical musical,” if only because I’m really flying by the seat of my pants. I will assure all of you that what I’m doing is “wrong” in some way. Maybe my dialogue scenes are too long; maybe my songs are too trite and/or too complicated; maybe Act I is incredibly long; maybe I include an Act III, which is virtually unheard of!
All I want is for this musical, whatever it ends up being, to be the best one I can write. My goal is for completion by the end of 2017. It doesn’t need to be performed, though I would like at least a few parts to be workshopped and polished. I just want a completed project.
I hope this journey is as exciting and enlightening for you as it is for me. Hopefully I’ll see you all at a future performance.