In part two of our three part Sondheim special, host Luisa Lyons chats with musical theatre historian Margaret Hall all about the filmed live musical Pacific Overtures. Topics include how the original Broadway production came to be filmed, and why we have the proshot, appreciation for Alvin Ing, appreciation for the brilliant women in Hal Prince’s office (and our pitch for a new play, “Lesbians in the Prince Office”), and a breakdown of the proshot song by song. Make sure to also check out part one, where we give an overview of all filmed live Sondheim musicals! You can also find a list of where to watch those musicals here!
Margaret Hall is one of the foremost emerging theatre historians of her generation. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama (Musical Theatre) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently obtaining her Masters in Musical Theatre History from New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the first degree of its kind to be granted worldwide. Margaret is currently the Night and Weekend Editor for Playbill.com, in addition to her work as a teacher of musical theatre history. Her first book, Gemignani: Life and Lessons from Broadway and Beyond will be released Spring 2022. @itsmargarethall
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