Writing the Musical Book


Study and create the dramatic text of musical theater. Course starts with grounding in the basics of text writing by studying outstanding examples of book writing, from Arthur Laurent's 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.)
Curriculum Codes
  • W
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • ENGLISH 228S
  • MUSIC 220S
Typically Offered