From Page to Stage: How Books and Ideas Transform into Musicals

Sean Hartley – Kaufman Music Center

Most of Broadway’s greatest musicals started out in another art form: Before South Pacific, the musical, there was James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific. Before Man of La Mancha, there was Don Quixote.

In this concert, we will explore how the words on a page become a song or a musical scene, and how one medium expresses a thought as opposed to another. In addition to the musicals mentioned above, we will explore other classic Broadway musicals and their sources. Selections are not set yet, but among those being considered are: Smiles of a Summer Night/A Little Night Music; Guys and Dolls/The Idyll of Sarah Brown; Fiddler on the Roof/Tevye and His Daughters; My Fair Lady/Pygmalion; Carousel/Liliom; West Side Story/West Side Story; Rent/La Boheme; Hamilton/Hamilton; Annie/Little Orphan Annie; Oliver!/Oliver Twist; The Wild Party/The Wild Party/The Wild Party. Musical direction by Greg Jarrett.