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Friday, July 21 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
That Wouldn't Fly Today: The Art of Revising Revivals

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For those of us who are enthusiasts of Golden Age musicals, especially lesser-known ones, it can be disappointing to find out that the show you love has some problematic elements, be they structural or political. Luckily, there are theater artists who stop these shows from being totally forgotten. This panel will consist of artistic directors of companies that decide when these revisions are necessary and librettists who do the rewriting themselves.

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Lear deBessonet

LEAR deBESSONET is a Tony-nominated director and the Artistic Director of Encores! at New York City Center. She directed Into the Woods on Broadway following its engagement at Encores! Other recent directing includes Oliver! (Encores), Hercules (Disney Theatrical Group), and Annie... Read More →
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Robert W. Schneider

Original Programming Producer, Feinstein's/54 Below
JOHN WEIDMAN has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures, Assassins and Road Show, all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact, co-created with  director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, Take... Read More →
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Amanda Green

Amanda Green is a two-time Tony nominated, Grammy Award nominated lyricist/composer and writer. She is a winner of Frederick Loewe Award for Composition, and the Jonathan Larson Award. Her musicals include Mr. Saturday Night, Hands On A Hardbody, Bring It On, High Fidelity and upcoming... Read More →
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Charles Kirsch

Charles Kirsch is the 15-year-old host of the Broadway podcast Backstage Babble, which has presented 150 in-depth interviews with leading figures in the theater industry such as Harvey Fierstein, Chita Rivera, and Joel Grey. In 2022, Kirsch produced a Backstage Babble Live! Concert... Read More →
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Schele Williams

Schele Williams is a director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work with authentic representation on stage and off. Profiled in Variety’s Top 10 Broadway to Watch, she is currently directing the upcoming Broadway revivals of Aida (Disney Theatrical Group) and... Read More →

Friday July 21, 2023 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Soho Complex