James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight

Playwright's Spotlight with Michael Gordon Shapiro

May 31, 2022 Michael Shapiro Season 1 Episode 16
James Elden's Playwright's Spotlight
Playwright's Spotlight with Michael Gordon Shapiro
Show Notes

In this episode, I speak to musical theatre composer and lyricist Michael Gordon Shapiro. Michael's insight into the genre is expansive. We discuss the method and elements of a musical, what functions songs play, and the traps to avoid. We also delve into compensation, publishing, and finding opportunities in the realm of musical theatre. I very much enjoyed recording this episode and hope you find it as informative as I did.

Michael Shapiro is an active composer for musical theatre. His children's show Super Sidekick: The Musical is published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals and has been performed in front of young audiences throughout the United States, including Off-Broadway in 2012. His family musicals Gideon and the Blundersnorp and The Bully Problem have won numerous awards and nominations, including (for Gideon) Best Musical at the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He is a graduate of the film-scoring program at USC and studied at the ASCAP Film Scoring Seminar.

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Links to sites and resources discussed in this episode -

New Musicals, Inc. -

ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop -

Concord Theatricals -

Samual French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival -

BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop -

Tisch NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing -

Links to Michael Shapiro's Website and Musicals -

Michael Shapiro

Super Sidekick: The Musical

Gideon and the Blundersnorp -

The Bully Problem -

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Punk Monkey Productions -

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