To be a good musical theatre writer, you must be collaborative by nature. You must genuinely believe that having other artists at the table makes for better work. We are not novelists, creating entire worlds alone in private corners for others to enter only when they open the spine of the book. We are not even playwrights, generally crafting a full draft with a beginning, middle, and end before collaborating with directors, designers, and actors. As musical theatre writers, we say, “I have an idea,” and entreat others to join us in transforming that idea into a musical.
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