Writing the Musical Book


Study and create the dramatic text of musical theater, the ‘book’ that creates characters, structure, and narrative thrust. Course starts with grounding in the basics of text-writing by studying outstanding examples of bookwriting, from Arthur Laurents’ Gypsy to Brian Yorkey’s Pulitzer-winning Next To Normal. Students write a series of short scenes (5-10 pages) to be read aloud and critiqued in class, with ultimate goal of completing an original or adapted book for a one-act musical (30-60 pages.) Instructor: Bell, Rogers
Curriculum Codes
  • W
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • ENGLISH 228S
  • MUSIC 220S
Typically Offered