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Post Anyone here written musicals of their own?
As the title suggests, I'd love to see who here has created some of their own. :mrgreen:


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I'm writing one now. :)

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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
Peritombry wrote:
I'm writing one now. :)


Same here.


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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
I'm writing my own as well. It's called Princesses Don't Swordfight; and the closest thing I can give to a song from it is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIWVRoxLhME (lyrics are in the description)


Some advice. Musicals are a collaborative effort. If you do the book, music and lyrics all by yourself then not only will take ages but something will be compromised. Rarely do you get a Stephen Sondheim or a Cole Porter. Most people are weaker in one or two of those areas, especially with the workload of doing everything yourself. For example, I'm weaker in the lyrics department, and after looking back at what lyrics I've written; I decided they all need rewriting. Rewriting them until they're good is a slow process and even the song I did rewrite to decency still has a couple of iffy lines. So I decided I need to recruit a lyricist.

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I agree. I'm actually stronger on the lyrics side of things myself. :)

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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
Thanks for responding so quickly, everyone. Much appreciated!

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I'm writing my own as well. It's called Princesses Don't Swordfight; and the closest thing I can give to a song from it is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIWVRoxLhME (lyrics are in the description)


Some advice. Musicals are a collaborative effort. If you do the book, music and lyrics all by yourself then not only will take ages but something will be compromised. Rarely do you get a Stephen Sondheim or a Cole Porter. Most people are weaker in one or two of those areas, especially with the workload of doing everything yourself. For example, I'm weaker in the lyrics department, and after looking back at what lyrics I've written; I decided they all need rewriting. Rewriting them until they're good is a slow process and even the song I did rewrite to decency still has a couple of iffy lines. So I decided I need to recruit a lyricist.


I see. How would you recommend about finding the correct collaborator? The ideas I've written down, I love, but it's the lack of any experience in musical theater besides playing guitar in the pit that I'm completely blind with. I initially joined this forum in the hope I could potentially seek someone out to help me write the lyrics as well as a guideline on writing a musical as I'm usually a guitarist first and foremost.

Also, I'll check your one out too. I'll drop you a message more on it. :)


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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
Well I don't really know the best way to get collaborators, otherwise I'd have them by now. Bear in mind I'm only an 18 year old student, not a professional.

But try putting up some adverts, or asking people you know who are into musical theatre and/or are creative

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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
I would love to write lyrics and librettos for musicals, and I've tried several times to write some, but the thing is without a composer collaborator, I can't do much, since I would like to write something where music and words are deeply linked and not a starnge written novel. But try find a composer who wants to write musicals in french (nothing against english, but there's enough french songwriters who prefers to write bad english lyrics rather than good french lyrics) when you're a 18 years old girl !
Maybe there are some other forums on the internet where you can find some collaborators...

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You could always try posting ads on sites based in Quebec or Louisiana or other French speaking areas. :) I'm not sure how similar the dialects are though. I can barely even speak a few sentences of French.

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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
Thanks for the advice ! I will probably try when I have a little time (I have exams in two weeks).
I didn't even know there were french speaking people in LOuisiana ! :) as for Quebec, there are some different words and different accents but we understand each other perfectly.

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You're welcome. :) I don't know how much like regular French the language used in Louisiana is, but they do have a French Quarter in New Orleans and there are a lot of French names etc. there, so it could be worth looking into.

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Post Re: Anyone here written musicals of their own?
I've co-written a musical comedy called "Sympathy Jones" (I wrote the book, my collaborator did music/lyrics). The truth is that it's a lot of hard work - not just the writing, but then the development phase where you're re-writing and trying to get it produced.

Fortunately, if you're looking for some guidance, there are a lot of resources out there (I'm linking to just a few places/resources that might get you started below). Finding the right collaborator can be tough, but coming to this forum is a good start (I found my first collaborator through similar means). There are also workshops, classes, seminars, and other networking opportunities that you should try out, as those can help you find potential collaborators (see below).

Good luck!

http://www.musicalwriters.com/index.htm
http://www.anmt.org/homepage.asp?quadrant=Writers
http://www.amazon.com/Musical-Theatre-W ... 0325007861

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