Making a Musical

Beth Fhaner
 | Aug 07, 2017
The Fantasticks

Perry Ojeda, Nate Dendy, Addi McDaniel and Anthony Carillo in SCR's 2014 production of The Fantasticks. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

Light in the Piazza

Erin Mackey and ​David Burnham in SCR's 2014 production of The Light in the Piazza. Photo by Debora Robinson.

Excitement is in the air at SCR, as we gear up for the multi-award-winning musical Once to launch our 2017-18 season! The sounds of beautiful harmonies will soon be heard floating throughout the building as the actors—with their instruments in tow—begin rehearsals. In addition, our various shops (including Scenery, Costumes, Paints, Wigs and Props) are all moving full-speed ahead on their respective duties to support this heartfelt and inspiring season opener.

In order to mount a successful musical, several elements have to come together at the right time including the music, lyrics (of course!), a narrative or story, creative elements (such as set design, lighting, sound), costumes, a director, choreographer, a talented cast and much more. Of course, generous support is required to stage a production (and at SCR, Honorary Producers underwrite our productions), not to mention the behind-the-scenes marketing and media support needed to attract a wide audience.

Learn more about this art form and what it takes to stage a musical in PBS’s essay “The Elements of the Musical.”

SCR has produced a number of musicals throughout its history, starting in 1969 with The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Other notable musicals include The Light in the Piazza (Craig Lucas, Adam Guettel, 2014), The Fantasticks (Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt 2013), Side by Side by Sondheim (Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rogers, Jule Styne, 1979), In Fashion (Jon Jory, Jerry Blatt, Lonnie Bernstein, 1976), Cloudlands (Octavio Solis, Adam Gwon 2012), A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, 2007), Marry Me a Little (Stephen Sondheim, Craig Lucas, 1988) and The Education of Randy Newman (Randy Newman, 2000), among others.

Whether you’re already a devoted fan of musicals or you’re just curious about this celebrated art form, the 2017-18 season-opener, Once is guaranteed to be a fun and engaging theatrical experience. Don’t miss it on the Segerstrom Stage from Sept. 2-30!