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Celebrating the wonderful world of Alan Menken

July 22 is the 70th birthday of Alan Menken, the prolific songwriter behind many of Disney’s greatest hits and several twenty-first century Broadway smashes. Whether you are new to his work (and hiding under a Disney-shaped rock!) or a big fan of his luxurious scores, welcome to the wonderful world of Alan Menken!

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Who wears the pants? A brief look at cross-dressing in opera

Historically, cross-dressing in the theater is fairly common-place, and in opera, this is no different. In our latest blog post, we take a look at the tradition of cross-dressing in opera, how it changed during the reign of the castrati, and the prevailing practice of ‘pants’ roles. Enjoy!

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Big Women of Opera: Celebrating female opera creators

For centuries, the world of opera creation has been very much a boys’ club and it can seem that even in 2019 very little has changed. However, our latest blog post takes a look at at some of the creative roles that women take on in opera, featuring three female opera creators: a composer, a conductor, and a director. Happy reading!

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Top 10 Musical Theater Composers

Stephen Sondheim

Imagine a world without the dulcet songs from Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Little Shop of Horrors.  Undoubtedly, musical theater composers have changed Western culture for the better.  Amongst musical theater composers, there are an elite few who have become world renowned.  These are the composers who have written the musicals we … Continue reading Top 10 Musical Theater Composers

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