Structure! The Musical, or Everything You Need to Know About Musicals You Can Learn from Star Wars

Structure! The Musical, or Everything You Need to Know About Musicals You Can Learn from Star Wars

at PTC Performance Space

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Experience how classic screenplay story structure can help us create better musicals. 

What do Mrs. Lovett and Darth Vader have in common? In this class/performance/ Q&A by award-winning librettist, screenwriter, and NYMF alumnus Sammy Buck, learn how classic screenplay structure from a variety of movies translates into memorable characters, song moments, and stories of musical theatre greats – old, new, and yet-to-be.

**This seminar is not affiliated with or endorsed by Lucasfilms, The Walt Disney Company or the Galactic Empire. 

Sammy Buck

Sammy Buck (Seminarist)

Sammy Buck is an award-winning writer and story consultant. He and composer Daniel S. Acquisto are the 2012 winners of the MAC Dottie Burman Award. Together they have written seven shows, including …And Then I Wrote A Song About It (Luna Stage, Diversionary), The 7-Year B*tch (NYMF ’07) and Like You Like It (NYMF ’04), which won the 2009 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Best Musical. Soon to be published by Playscripts, the show has played regional theatres, high schools and universities in the US and UK. Their show StinkyKids® The Musical (Vital Theatre) won the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show and is licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. As bookwriter/co-lyricist of Small Town Story (NY Theatre Barn) with composer/lyricist Brandon James Gwinn, he was awarded a NAMT Writers Residency Grant. Other credits include the movie Red Hook (Phase 4 Films), a circus and two of NYMF's dance shows (Common Grounds '06 and Andy Warhol Was Right '09). He's currently working on a new project for the Leonard Bernstein Office. A 2002 Jonathan Larson Dramatists Guild Fellow, he received his BFA from USC's Filmic Writing. An Emmy winner for his work with TVLAND.COM, Sammy has been a script analyst for clients including Sony Pictures and AMPAS, and has mentored for the Rubicon Theatre's Young Playwrights Festival. He is a member of BMI and The Dramatists Guild, Inc.