2021 StageStruck Conference

Below is a draft conference schedule as of March 17, 2021. Schedule is subject to change slightly. Attendee registration for the Academic community is now open. Register here.


Please note that all session times below are listed in Eastern Standard Time. For reference, the conference will take place live each day from:

  • 5:00pm - 7:30pm GMT
  • 9:00am - 11:30am PST
  • 11:00am - 1:30pm CT
  • 12:00pm - 2:30pm EST


Wednesday, May 12th:


12:00 - 12:15pm EST - Introduction by Dominic McHugh and Lisa Lobdell


12:15 - 12:45pm EST - Panel 1: Themes of the Golden Age 

  • Julianne Lindberg - Re-evaluating George Abbott's Legacy
  • Jamie O'Leary - "With so Little to be Sure of" Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, and the Twilight of the Golden Age Musical
  • Walter Frisch - Arlen and Charnin's Softly: The Show That Never Was


12:45 - 12:50pm EST - In the Archives with Michael Feinstein and Lisa Lobdell


12:50 - 1:20pm EST - Panel 2: Form & Aesthetics in the Golden Age

  • Elizabeth Wells - 'Something Has to Happen There': Sondheim and the 11 O'Clock Number
  • Alex Badue - The Golden Apple and the Golden Age: Reframing a Musical's Historiographical Placement
  • Bret McCandless - Lehman Engel and the Perpetuation of Golden Age Aesthetics


1:20 - 2:00pm EST - Industry Panel TBC


2:00 - 2:30pm EST - Archival Perspectives - Mark Eden Horowitz & Doug Reside


Thursday, May 13th:

12:00 - 12:30pm EST - Panel 3: Representing Identity in the Golden Age

  • Jim Leve - Disability and Lateness in Musical Theater
  • Gus Gowland - "You Gotta Have Heart: Tab Hunter and those Damn Queer Yankees."
  • Joel Galand - Love Life


12:30 - 1:00pm EST - Panel 4: Archival Approaches

  • Laura Lynn BroadhurstTracking the Cowardly Lion: The Assembly-Line Creation of 'If I Were King of the Forest
  • Katy Jayasuriya"Camelot was finally a hit": Camelot and Convention
  • Hannah Robbins - "So I went off to become a wife..." interpreting female representation, archival practice, and the Golden Age Musical


1:00 - 1:05pm EST - In the Archives with Michael Feinstein & Lisa Lobdell


1:05 - 1:35pm EST - Panel 5: The Business of Broadway

  • Arianne Johnson Quinn - "Was She Prettier Than I?" Exploring Noël Coward's Place in Broadway's Golden Age
  • Dean Adams - The New Business Model of Golden Age Musicals: "Seven Rings" are "My Favorite Things"
  • Jonas Westover - Fool's Gold: Broadway's 'Golden Age' Through the Lens of Business Practice (1870-1970)


1:35 - 2:15pm EST - Keynote: Silk Stockings by Geoffrey Block


Friday, May 14th:

12:00 - 12:40pm EST - Panel 6: Critical Approaches to Editing Musicals

  • Joel Galand 
  • Tim Carter
  • Kim Kowalke
  • Mark Clague


12:40 - 1:10pm EST - Panel 7: Unsettling the parameters of the Golden Age

  • Laura Milburn - The West End: Golden Age Aesthetics in 1920s London
  • John Graziano - Whose "Golden Age" Do You Mean? Re-thinking a Much-Used Sobriquet
  • Stephanie Ruozzo - An Early Glimmer at the Princess: Jerome Kern's Leave It to Jane as a Golden Age Musical


1:10 - 1:15pm EST - In the Archives with Michael Feinstein & Lisa Lobdell


1:15 - 1:45pm EST - Panel 8: Staging Race in Golden Age Musicals

  • Michael Bennett - Poor Jud is Black: 'Colorblind' Casting at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre
  • Megan Woller & Shawn Clerkin - Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Asian Musicals" in the 21st Century [panel]: "A Reconsideration of South Pacific and The King and I" & "Music and Characterization in Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and I


1:45 - 1:50pm EST - Break


1:50 - 2:30pm EST - Industry Panel: TBC


Saturday, May 15th: 

12:00 - 12:40pm EST - Keynote: "Dance as 'a piece of the dramatic story' in Golden Age musicals" by Kara Gardner


12:40 - 1:10pm EST - Book Launch Panel: Including a celebration of new books by Shana Redmond, Julianne Lindberg, Megan Woller, Tim Carter and others


1:10 - 1:15pm EST - In the Archives with Michael Feinstein & Lisa Lobdell


1:15 - 1:45pm EST - Panel 10: Disparate Strands

  • Andy Buchman - "Fade out - Fade In (1964): Keeping the Golden Age Going"
  • Rebecca Schmid - American Opera on Broadway
  • Scott Warfield - Hints of a New Direction? Rock 'n Roll's Emergence in Broadway's Golden Era
  • Don Gagnon - Reframing the Golden Age Musical


1:45 - 2:15pm EST - Reflection led by Kim Kowalke and Dominic McHugh