Women Writing Musicals

Women Writing Musicals

by Jennifer Ashley Tepper


Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on May 1, 2022


Women Writing Musicals: The Legacy that the History Books Left Out is the first-ever book about female musical theater writers. Read the fascinating stories of over 300 inspiring women who wrote Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals.

Did you know that Clara Driscoll, who saved the Alamo, also wrote a Broadway musical? Or that in 1924, Broadway saw its first all-female writing team of a musical? (Where was that story in the theater history books?) What about Micki Grant who, in 1972, became the first Black woman to write book, music, and lyrics for a Broadway musical—which became a giant hit?

From the women who pounded the pavement selling their songs in Tin Pan Alley at the turn of the 20th century…to the women who broke new ground writing shows during the Great Depression…to the women who penned protest musicals fighting for social justice during the 1970s…

From prolific and celebrated writers in the theater canon like Betty Comden and Jeanine Tesori…to women who wrote musicals but gained fame elsewhere like Dolly Parton and Sara Bareilles…to women you've never heard of but should have…

Discover what women were writing about and how their innovations impacted the art form. Celebrate their accomplishments and explore their struggles. This treasure trove of stories about women who wrote musicals will make you look at theater history in a whole new way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493065240
Publisher: Applause
Publication date: 05/01/2022
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series, creative and programming director of Feinstein's/54 Below, and producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love in Hate Nation, recent projects that are part of a decade-long collaboration with Joe Iconis & Family. She is the conceiver of The Jonathan Larson Project, historian consultant on the upcoming tick, tick… BOOM! movie, and co-creator of the Bistro Award-winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute. She lives in New York City.

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