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Musical Monday: Heathers: The Musical

Name: Heathers: The Musical Credits: Music, Lyrics, and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Summary: A musical version of the 1988 movie “Heathers,” a dark comedy in which a brainy teenage misfit teams up with a rebellious outsider to … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Les Misérables

Name: Les Misérables Credits: Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel. Book by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Summary: Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is set in 19th century France and … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: West Side Story

Name: West Side Story Credits: Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Summary: Inspired by Shakespeare’s play “Romeo & Juliet,” West Side Story is a musical set in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Wicked

Name: Wicked Credits: Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Winnie Holzman. Summary: Based on “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” a best-selling-book by Gregory Maguire (1995), the musical tells the “untold story” … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Sweeney Todd

Name: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Credits: Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Summary: The musical takes place in 19th Century England and tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a barber unjustly imprisoned … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Evita

Name: Evita  Credits: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Book by Tim Rice.  Summary: The musical focuses on the life of Eva “Evita” Duarte de Peron, an Argentinian actress who rose from poverty to become the wife … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: Chicago

If you’ve read my previous posts about musicals (here and here), you’ll know I’m a huge fan of musical theatre. When I last checked, I had over 560 songs from various soundtracks/cast recordings on my iPod, which is more than 24 … Continue reading

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Five Days in Muncie: #MWW15

For the past five days, I was at a writing conference in Muncie, Indiana, called the Midwest Writers Workshop (known on Twitter as #MWW15). This is my third year attending, and, as always, it was an amazing, emotional, exhausting experience. … Continue reading

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Return to India, Part 2: Mumbai

To continue with the India narrative (the first post is here, in case you missed it)—after visiting Chennai, we flew to Mumbai for a four-day visit. When I originally planned our India trip—back in the spring—I thought it might be … Continue reading

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Return to India, Part 1: Chennai

For the last six months, I’ve been working on a new book—a young adult contemporary novel set in Chennai, India. The story was inspired by my family’s experiences there in 2009, when my husband participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. … Continue reading

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