I like creative people.
I like smart people.
So I like creative, smart people. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many in my life, both as a performer and as a teacher, and to be friends with quite a few as well. I saw this quote by Albert Einstein, and I couldn’t agree more:
Right now I am working on Sunday’s presentation for my musical theater history/performance course, From Tin Pan Alley to Today. This is week 4, and my focus is on the 1970s-1980s, and what is referred to as the “Concept Musical,” as well as on the “Mega Musical.”
The former is linked to my favorite composer, Stephen Sondheim. As I discussed in a recent blogpost, Sondheim has a very specific approach to composition from which I think most of us could benefit in areas other than art. His concepts for shows are specific and often a little unusual. I think most of his shows would make excellent fodder for the Facebook game, “Explain the story of a musical badly.”
- Man turns 30, can’t decide who to marry
- Old showgirls never die, they just cheat on their husbands
- Vengeful barber kills unsuspecting clients while his practical landlady cuts them up for pies (gives a whole new twist to the idea of mincemeat)
- Unattractive woman becomes obsessed with hot soldier
You have to be both intelligent and creative to make musicals like these work, and work beautifully.
Honestly, I could spend the entire class on Sondheim alone (I could spend the entire course on Sondheim alone), but I suppose I should give some time to Claude-Michel Schönberg, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Maury Yeston, because they wrote a few things during this time period as well as well (and they pretty much embody the idea of the “mega-musical”).
What composer or writer or actor (or non-arts person – creativity is not only to be found in the arts) inspires you the most? Feel free to comment below!
If you want to have fun and find your voice while being smart & creative, there are a few openings in Mezzoid Voice Studio, either as a voice studio or in one of my upcoming courses. Touch base with me here to get more information.