Hairspray

The Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Shrek leads Dramatics magazine’s list of the most-produced musicals in U.S. high schools. MTI is proud to represent 8 of the top 11 musicals  (including ALL of the top 7)! We’re proud of our authors, our catalog, and of course our customers for having fabulous taste when picking shows! Read the [...]

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In a way, it’s THE PRODUCERS and LES MISERABLES combined. At first glance, that may seem to be a strange way to describe CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, the 2011 musical with a book by RAGTIME’S Terrence McNally and a score by HAIRSPRAY‘S Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. But there really are parallels with the [...]

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It only ran 63 days in 2002, but THE LAST FIVE YEARS has lasted far longer than the last 11 years. online writing service Jason Robert Brown’s musical, which has had countless productions around the country, is now enjoying a first-class revival at Second Stage in New York City. It must be the production that [...]

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Her name was Stella. She was a heavy-set girl who was a techie in the high school drama club for which I was an advisor. Between scenes of every show, you could see, if you looked carefully through the dimmed lights, Stella’s unmistakably large figure whisking around the stage. Despite her weight, Stella was faster [...]

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Tracy Turnblad travels from Baltimore to Jerusalem where Encore! Educational Theatre brings HAIRSPRAY to the stage to feature 32 Anglo-Israeli and Ethiopian-Israeli singers, dancers and actors to share the story of empowerment, freedom, confidence and equality. Director Eli Kaplan-Wildmann explains, “Our cast is made up of people who face these issues today in their own [...]

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As Jane Krakowski so eloquently sang in GRAND HOTEL, “I Want To Go To Hollywood!” She could, in fact, be speaking not just for herself but for many of today’s musical theater hits. Seeing the fantastic LES MISERABLES film this week inevitably got me thinking about musical theater and movies. For as long as Hollywood [...]

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Last summer, Des Moines Community Playhouse, a community theater in Des Moines, Iowa, did something they had never done before – a main stage production of a musical running in repertory with a full-blown kids’ musical. The shows? HAIRSPRAY and a pilot production of HAIRSPRAY, JR. (score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (SMASH), book [...]

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Combine picturesque mountains with superb theatrical performances, and what do you get? Summertime in Western Utah. This summer, consider journeying to the Tuacahn Center for the Arts and the Utah Shakespeare Festival for exciting upcoming events. Both are “destination theatres.” In other words, people go on vacations in the area, take advantage of the myriad [...]

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The crowning achievement of the art of musical theater is the ability to use song, dance and comedy to entertain, while conveying a moving and important message. Women’s History Month is the perfect time to spotlight three MTI Shows (two featuring women writers) – 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL and HAIRSPRAY [...]

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Turn on the television, glance at fashion magazines or theatre marquees, and it seems that the sixties are back in swing. And Sunday night, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT EVEN TRYING premieres at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York. The production stars Daniel Radcliffe in his Broadway musical debut as J. Pierrepont Finch, and [...]

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