Harvardwood Suggests... Hitting the Right Notes: Writing for Movie Musicals

July 14, 2021 at 4:00pm - 5pm

4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST

The big screen loves a good musical. From the classics by Rodgers and Hammerstein to modern originals that have made a splash on Broadway, the movie musical continues to give everyone surprising ways to tell a story over song.

For this session, The Writers Guild Foundation talks to screenwriters and playwrights about their process for crafting film musicals, how they’ve adapted stage books into screenplays, and their storytelling techniques within the genre.


  • Kay Cannon - Screenwriter (Cinderella, Pitch Perfect series)
  • Jennifer Lee - Screenwriter (Frozen, Frozen II) and Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios

  • Steven Levenson - Screenwriter (tick, tick…Boom!, Dear Evan Hansen, Fosse/Verdon) and Playwright (Dear Evan Hansen, If I Forget)

  • David E. Talbert - Screenwriter (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey) and Playwright (The Fabric of a Man, What My Husband Doesn’t Know)

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