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WEBLINKS ON HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL Edit

You can find everything on the internet... well nearly everything! There's certainly a wealth of information available online. But don't forget the old adage that nobody learnt to swim by reading. Can one learn to write a musical by reading articles from the internet? Probably not. Yet perhaps it may be worth a try?! (Disclaimer: The authors are not responsible for the contents on the linked websites.)

INTRODUCTIONEdit

How to Write a Musical (John Kenrick)
The Book (John Kenrick)
Writing a Musical (David Reiser)
How to Write a Musical (Richard Andrews)

WRITING THE STORYEdit

Online Course on Writing Musicals 101
Playwriting Course 101
Creation of a New Musical Pt 1 (Adapting to Music)
Creation of a New Musical Pt 3 (Preproduction)
Creation of a New Musical Pt 4 (Writer-Composer Collaboration)
Creation of a New Musical Pt 5 (Writer-Composer Collaboration)
Creation of a New Musical Pt 6 (Rights)
BBC on Songwriting Guide
Collaboration
Collaboration
Personality Pages
Writing a musical
Writing Tips
Interactive Instant Plot Creator
Plotting: Dramatic Situations, Conflicts, Master Plots
Creative Writing Prompts
Creative Writing Portal

WRITING THE LYRICSEdit

Word Play: Writing Lyrics 1
Word Play: Writing Lyrics 2
Word Play: Writing Lyrics 3
Word Play: Writing Lyrics 4
Word Play: Writing Lyrics 5
Things to consider when writing lyrics
Songwriting Course on 9 CDs
Stephen Schwartz on Songwriting
How to write lyrics
BBC on How to Write Lyrics
Craft of Writing Lyrics
Berklee Guide on Writing Lyrics 1 (pdf format)
Berklee Guide on Writing Lyrics 2 (pdf format)
Overcoming Lyrics Writing Hurdles
Development Write Better Lyrics: Verse Development
Write Better Lyrics
Links to lyrics writing sites
Collection of Lyrics
Songwriting Course

MUSIC AND SONGWRITINGEdit

Songwriting Educational Resource (good articles)
Songwriting Basics
Songwriting Articles
Writing Melodies
Don't be a schnook, get to the hook
Addicted to Songwriting
The Love Duet
Notes on Songwriting
Creating a musical
Songwriting Tips 1
Songwriting Tips 2
Song Form 1
Song Form 2
Song Form 3
Song Form 4
How I Write Songs
Easy Songwriting
Rewriting Your Songs

BULLETIN BOARDSEdit

Writing Musicals Bulletin Board (free registration)
Writing Musicals 1 by Marci - Listen to musicals
Writing Musicals 2 by Marci - What to avoid
Writing Musicals 3 by Marci - The Theme
Musicals Bulletin Board
Talkin’ Broadway’s All That Chat
Writers’ Dock
Songwriting Collaboration

BOOKSEdit

Words With Music by Lehman Engel (revised 2006)
Writing Musical Theater by Allen Cohen and Steven L Rosenhaus (2006)
The Musical Theatre Writer's Survival Guide by David Spencer (2005)
Writing the Broadway Musical by Aaron Frankel (2000)
Making Musicals by Tom Jones (2004)
The Musical from the Inside Out by Stephen Citron (1991)
Second Act Trouble : Behind the Scenes at Broadway's Big Musical Bombs by Steven Suskin (2006)
The Art Of The American Musical: Conversations With The Creators edited by Jackson R. Bryer & Richard Allan Davison (2005)

SPECIALIST SHOPSEdit

Dress Circle Musical Theatre Shop, London
Footlight, New York
Moonstruck Drama Bookstore

INTERESTING ARTICLES AND RESOURCESEdit

The Golden Rules of Songwriting
Online Rhyming Dictionary
Musical Magazines
Self-Analysis
Are Revivals Killing Musical Theatre?
Plays and Musicals UK
I Write the Music
Theatre Resources

NEW MUSICALS DEVELOPMENT AND FESTIVALSEdit

New York
Chicago
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
Mercury New Musicals
Charlottetown, Canada
Cardiff Sadly this festival may no longer carry on.
Singapore

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