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Music for Plays is a “how to” article laying out the entire step by step process for a composer creating music for a play. This is the guide I wish I had when I started my career. From contracting to opening night, this is the story about how a composer listens to collaborators and brings the necessary layers of craft and creativity to each show.


This article also has value for artistic directors, directors, production managers, stage managers and playwrights. 

I’d like to thank Rob Weinert-Kendt, editor-in-cheif of American Theatre Magazine, for his interest and support.

Also, a warm thank you to my very tough personal editor, Zoe Jennings


You’re welcome to share this with anyone who’d benefit.


Wonderful article. I think all theatre artists can find takeaways from it.

You called it right. Very handy for people who have real questions.

Thank you for this concise master-class of the many requirements and

nuance of a successful musical contribution.

Upcoming composers will no doubt be forever indebted to you for sharing your knowledge.

Great article. Seems like you’ve covered all the bases. Lots of practical advice.

This is a great article. Succinct, informative and instructive!

Great article. It’s all very clear and easy to follow.

Thank you for sharing this information.

Richard Jennings an award-winning composer with scores for over 50 professionally produced plays

(30+ Shakespeare) for theatres tiny to Tony Award-winning. His credits include original musicals, revues,

operas, art installations, music for network TV, film, PBS and Disney. 

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