All adult education classes are open to ages 14+ unless otherwise noted.

Musical Theater Workshop:Introduction to Analysis, Craft & Creation


How are great musicals constructed? What tools does one need to build a musical? We will begin to explore these questions, focusing on how effective lyrics are crafted, how songs function in musicals, and how book writers, lyricists, and composers adapt works from other media to the musical theater stage. We will transform our discoveries into creative strategies, crafting lyrics and creating a song or two together. No musical background is necessary to participate in this class. Aspiring actors, composers, lyricists, authors of all styles, and all those with a curiosity about how musicals are made are encouraged to join us for a fun evening of creative exploration and a close look at musical theater masterworks.

Allen Feinstein is a composer/lyricist and Music Supervisor of Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. He is also a member of the music faculty at Northeastern University, where he teaches an Honors class entitled Making a Musical: Analysis, Craft, and Creation. Allen has served as a mentor and editor to composers and lyricists who have had works produced in regional theater and on Broadway.


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