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Stagestruck! 2024: Nostalgia and the Hollywood Musical

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Stagestruck! 2024: Nostalgia and the Hollywood Musical

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In-person conference registration is has been extended through April 29. Virtual registration will remain open through May 10. Please select REGISTER to proceed with registration or continue browsing this page for further pricing, conference schedule and hotel group rate information.


StageStruck! 5: Nostalgia and the Hollywood Musical

May 15 - 17, 2024 | Hybrid | Carmel, Indiana


Hosted in partnership with the University of Sheffield, this international conference explores how the Hollywood musical has acted as a vehicle for nostalgia from the very beginning and reveals the pains and pleasures of looking backwards in time through song. 



Dominic Broomfield-McHugh (University of Sheffield)


Keynote speakers

Maya Cantu (Bennington College)

Desirée Garcia (Dartmouth College)

Hannah Lewis (University of Texas at Austin)

Julianne Lindberg (University of Nevada, Reno)


Celebrity guests

Patricia Ward Kelly

Lorna Luft 



Schedule is subject to change. Unless noted, all sessions will be held in a hybrid capacity for in person and online presenters and attendees. 


Download Conference Schedule


Registration & Pricing

In-person registration for StageStruck! 2024 will remain open through April 29, 2024. Online participants can register through May 10, 2024.


The Songbook Foundation would like to thank the City of Carmel for their generous support of this conference, which allows for more affordable fees and financial aid opportunities for participants. 


Based on participation type, the following pricing options are available:


In Person: Full conference pass – $230 | Single day pass – $70

Virtual: Full conference pass – $90 | Single day pass – $30

Student*: In person (full) – $80 | In person (single) – $20 | Virtual and IN students – FREE


*Undergraduate and graduate students must email proof of enrollment (at least half-time for the current semester) to for a fee waiver.




Full conference pass – $230: Includes in person access to all sessions and hospitality (daily coffee/lunch), as well as complimentary access to all evening activities including film screenings* on May 14 and 15, a private conference dinner on May 16, and a special concert honoring the legendary Tony Bennett featuring Michael Feinstein and the Carnegie Hall Big Band on May 17. Register now for full in person access.


Single day pass $70: Includes in person access to sessions and hospitality (coffee/lunch) on the following dates.

Film screening pass:
A special film festival, open to the public, will coincide with this academic conference on May 14 and May 15 featuring screenings of Singin' in the Rain and Meet Me in St. Louis. Special guests include Patricia Ward Kelly and Lorna Luft to share memories and insights into the legacies of Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. Access to these screenings is included in the full conference registration and is free for the public to register at




Full conference pass – $90: Includes virtual access to all sessions and hybrid social opportunities from May 15-17. Register Now for full virtual access.


Single day pass – $30: Includes virtual access to sessions and hybrid social opportunities on the following dates.




Aligning with our inclusivity strategy to provide affordable access for students, we are proud to waive all conference-related costs for all undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at least half time at the time of their registration and the semester leading up to the May 2024 conference. The only associated fees cover any hospitality expenses if the student is participating in person. If this is still a barrier, please reach out to our staff for further financial assistance.


Please note: Due to local support, we are able to offer students at universities located in the state of Indiana complimentary access to the in-person conference.


All students should email with proof of enrollment to receive a student discount code prior to registering. Please note how you plan to attend (i.e. in-person vs. virtual).


Student In person (full conference pass) – $80

Student In person (single day) $20

Student Virtual (full or single day) FREE



We understand not everyone is able to afford the registration fees and would like to offer the opportunity for individuals, especially those with limited access to resources or from groups underrepresented in our field, to apply for a fee waiver to attend this conference. Financial support is intended to diversify participation in this conference and ensure inclusivity in our community. We believe cost should not be a barrier for participation, and the more voices we can include, the more valuable our conversations will be around the topics and industry challenges presented at this conference.


If you are interested in applying for financial support for the 2024 StageStruck! Conference, please fill out this brief application form by March 10, 2024. A panel will review requests and alert all applicants of an opportunity for a full or partial fee waiver by March 15 (2 months before the start of the conference) to allow recipients the best opportunity to secure affordable travel. 


We will accept requests for support beyond March 10, but funding opportunities may be more limited after this date.



Hotel Accommodations & Travel
Special rates are available to conference attendees at three local hotels offering room nights from May 14 through May 18:


There are also many other hotels in the near vicinity that offer a variety of nightly rates.


Participants traveling by air should fly into the Indianapolis International Airport, which is located approximately 30 minutes from the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN (conference site).


For those traveling by car, the conference site is located in Carmel, Indiana, which is just 30 minutes north of Downtown Indianapolis. Carmel is easily accessible from Highways 31, 32, 37 and 38 as well as I-69 and the Indianapolis beltway I-465.


Conference Address:

The Center for the Performing Arts
1 Carter Green
Carmel, IN 46032


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Additional details

The conference will include a showcase of the Great American Songbook Foundation’s holdings on musicals, which include the collections of Meredith Willson, Liza Minnelli and Gus Kahn. It will take place alongside a mini festival of the Hollywood musical at the Songbook Foundation, including screenings of Singin' in the Rain and Meet Me in St. Louis and discussions with special guests Patricia Ward Kelly and Lorna Luft, and a special concert by Michael Feinstein at the Center for the Performing Arts.


Previous Stagestruck! Conferences have been held at the University of Sheffield (2014, 2016), at the Great American Songbook Foundation (2018) and online (2021). View panel discussions and conference program from the 2021 conference.