PLAYS IN PROGRESS INSTRUCTOR: MUSICALS
“I want to help you to write the show YOU want to write. Your artistry, passion, and vision have already gotten your musical to where it is now. In my experience, most remaining issues are merely organizational. While honoring YOUR intentions for your piece, let’s see how together we might implement techniques to maximize clarity, pace, focus, and theatricality, allowing your vision to come through with greater economy and specificity.”
Interests: structure, story, clarity, theatricality, integration of themes and narrative, economy
ANDY MONROE is a New York based librettist, lyricist, and composer. His original musical, Drive, won a BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre and was a NAMT finalist. He composed the score for a musical adaptation of Dan Savage's comic memoir, The Kid (with lyrics by Jack Lechner and a book by Michael Zam), which premiered off-Broadway at The New Group under the direction of Scott Elliott where it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. It also won a BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre and was nominated for multiple Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk awards. In addition, he wrote the music and lyrics for The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (book and additional lyrics by Blair Fell), which was selected to be a part of the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). His musical short, The Life and Times of Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow, has been produced regionally as well as in New York City, and he also wrote the short musicals Sally Peaches, La Rhonda, and Elevator Music as part of his participation in 4@15 at The York Theatre, where he also participated in their NEO4 Concert. He co-wrote the song, My Science Project (lyrics by Jack Lechner), which was sung by Rosie O'Donnell on her HBO special, A Family is a Family is a Family. His work has been performed three times in the annual Bound For Broadway Concert at the Kauffman Center, NYC. He is the recipient of a BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and has also received a Jonathan Larson Grant from the American Theatre Wing. He was a Dramatist Guild Fellow and has also participated in the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed where he was invited to continue development of his original musical, The Clearing. He is a member of both the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Composer-Lyricist Workshop (where he is a frequent guest moderator) as well the BMI Librettists Workshop.