Category Archives: People: Joshua Logan

MIAGD: September Song

MIAGD: Make it a great day Around 1984 I first heard Kurt Weill (composer) and Maxwell Anderson’s (lyricist) beautiful song, “September Song,”  while spending time with my directing mentor, Joshua Logan. Mr. Logan directed the original 1938 Broadway production, KNICKERBOCKER … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Lady America & The Ball State University Singers

While growing up in Central Indiana I always attended the spring event, SPECTACULAR, a dynamic, two-hour theme park style concert presented by the internationally known, Ball State University Singers. Several times, I heard the theme song in the medley, “Lady … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: A visit to Salzburg

Friday night I got to see one of my favorite musicals on stage at The Schuster Center, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. This is one of those musicals that can either too dramatic that it feels like painful constipation or too … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: There’s No Business Like Show Business….

There’s no business like show business Like no business I know Everything about it is appealing, Everything that traffic will allow Nowhere could you get that happy feeling When you are stealing that extra bow. There’s no people like show … Continue reading

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MIAGD: “September Song”

MIAGD: Make it a great day September Song (sung by Willie Nelson) is generally the first thing to cross my mind every year on September 1.  In fact, it sticks to me most of August 31. I was introduced to this … Continue reading

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

In 1997, when I was in New York City casting/directing THE WIZARD OF OZ, the producer wanted me to see Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on Broadway.  Ugh.  For me, the very idea sounded like Chucky Cheese with music. I … Continue reading

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Gearing Up For The Weekend…

This week has been relatively quiet, even mundane.  I completed a good deal of writing, and research, created more meals in the crock pot, taught three new students, and watched several movies with Quintin. Tonight, we will see one of … Continue reading

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Theatrical Structure Explained

Producer: Leaps Tall Buildings In A Single Bound Is More Powerful Than A Locomotive Is Faster Than A Speeding Bullet Walks On Water Gives Policy To God Director: Leaps Short Buildings In A Single Bound Is More Powerful Than A … Continue reading

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A wonderful adventure…

What an incredible evening! Dinner at UNO’s with Quintin was loaded with good humor, and great food.  I love eating at UNO’s prior to a show at The Victoria Theatre, or The Schuster Center, because there is that familiar electricity … Continue reading

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Theatre In The Miami Valley

I found a great article in The Dayton Paper that lists all the upcoming shows but they were listed under the various companies. I made up a list of shows by their dates. Keep in mind that I only entered … Continue reading

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Logan… 16 years

16 years ago today, I got my cat, Logan. I don’t know why this date has stuck with me, but perhaps it is because Logan was the first pet I acquired as an adult. At first, she was Mr. Logan, … Continue reading

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What does a Producer Do?

This is a really neat article about Broadway producers. Take time to read What does a Broadway Producer do? Over 100 Producers respond. The article can be found at THE PRODUCER’S PERSPECTIVE A producer is a rare, paradoxical genius: hard-headed, soft-hearted, … Continue reading

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"September Song"

Every September 1st, I think of this beautiful song by Weill & Anderson. The first time I heard “September Song” was in the mid-late 1980’s when Mr. Logan played a recording of it. I cannot remember who sang it but … Continue reading

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…Back To Blogging…

God, how many times have I written that title over the past few years I have blogged. My cousin, Dana, and my friend, Jeff, are tremendous, faithful bloggers. I always try to use these two as role models with cooking, … Continue reading

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…Sailing the South Pacific…

Sunday, May 17th, we held auditions for SOUTH PACIFIC. I was so impressed with so many of the teenagers, and there were a few that blew me away – I had not seen that level of performance from them. I … Continue reading

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…SOUTH PACIFIC… and we are off!

Well, last night the production team officially met for the first time to prep SOUTH PACIFIC for Beavercreek High School’s new summer stock production company, Summer On Stage. This production team is on fire, and over the past three weeks, … Continue reading

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…Out of the PAJAMAs and into a… grass skirt?…

Sunday afternoon, the production of THE PAJAMA GAME at Beavercreek High School ended. I am generally a little teary-eyed following a production, but this time I was relieved. April 14th, the orchestra conductor was fired and I was handed the … Continue reading

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Joshua Logan – 100 (original post, 2008)

Today is the 100th birthday of my hero in directing, Joshua Logan. Joshua Lockwood Logan III (October 5, 1908 – July 12, 1988) was an American stage and film director and writer. Logan was born in Texarkana, Texas. His father … Continue reading

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I Feel Like A Musical Theatre Character…

For the past several months, or so, I have been experiencing a feeling – as John Adams called it in the musical 1776 – “discontentment.” As I was writing a good friend earlier this afternoon, I feel like all these … Continue reading

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Two great legends….

Today is an anniversary for two of my heroes… one died, and one was born…. JOSHUA LOGAN – (October 5, 1908 – July 12, 1988) was an American stage and film director and writer. Broadway Logan began his Broadway career as … Continue reading

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