Music-Theatre Grouphas announced special interviews with Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal as well as Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, to be moderated by Thomas Schumacher (Producer and President, Disney Theatrical Group).
All four of these influential and essential Music-Theatre artists enjoyed seminal moments in their early careers at Music-Theatre Group. The talks will take place on Thursday, May 17th (Taymor and Goldenthal) and Thursday, June 7th (Paulus and Weiner) at the Dimenna Center for Classical Music (450 W. 37th Street between 9th and 10th) at 7:30 p.m.
“The legacy of MT-G is inextricably linked with the artists who have worked with us over the years,” said Diane Wondisford in a statement. “We couldn’t be prouder of our association with Julie, Elliot, Diane and Randy, and these talks will very much feel like a homecoming.”
Four of this country’s most daring music-theatre artists will be interviewed by Thomas Schumacher on topics ranging from their launch as collaborative artists, to making their art on Broadway, to collaborating in film, opera, and circus. Between them, Julie Taymor and Diane Paulus have three shows currently running on Broadway: The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (Taymor) and Porgy and Bess (Paulus) All four are alumni of Music-Theatre Group’s generative process of turning inspiration into art: Taymor & Goldenthal, Juan Darien (off-Broadway, on world tour and in 1996/7 at Lincoln Center Theater, nominated for five TONYs including Best Musical); Paulus, director of Diedre Murray and Cornelius Eady’s Running Man (finalist, 1999 Pulitzer Prize); Paulus and Weiner, Swimming With Watermelons (2000-01), Best Of Both Worlds, composed by Diedre Murray (2002-05), and Death And The Powers (finalist, 2012 Pulitzer Prize) with composer Tod Machover and librettist Robert Pinsky. Music-Theatre Group produced all of these works.
For ticket information and to purchase, go to www.musictheatregroup.org.