Making a Musical

Beth Fhaner
 | Dec 16, 2019
Jamey Hood and David St. Louis in Sweeney Todd
Jamey Hood and David St. Louis in ​SCR's 2019 ​production of ​Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Photo by Jordan Kubat.
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 She Loves Me, a romantic, charming, musical comedy, to launch the new year on our Segerstrom Stage—and the first production helmed by Artistic Director David Ivers! The sounds of beautiful harmonies will soon be heard floating throughout the building as the actors begin rehearsals. In addition, our various shops (Scene, Costume, Wigs and Props) are all moving full-speed ahead on their respective duties to support this heartfelt and joyous play.

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.

Theatregoers can 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 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, 2019), Once (Enda Walsh, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, 2017), 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).

Whether you’re already a devoted fan of musicals or you’re just curious about this celebrated art form, She Loves Me is guaranteed to be a delightful and engaging theatrical experience. Don’t miss this nostalgic Broadway hit that was inspired by the story that gave us The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail (Segerstrom Stage, Jan. 25-Feb. 22).

Learn more and buy tickets to She Loves Me.

Learn more about SCR’s 2019-20 season.