Musical Theatre Nerd Alert–Ep. 2

Hey, nerds!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!  This holiday weekend is a perfect time to share the second episode of Musical Theatre Nerd Alert, because today Liv is telling us everything we need to know about Irving Berlin.  Jerome Kern–someone we learned about in the first episode–once said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music; he IS American music.”

So happy birthday, America!  Celebrate with some Irving Berlin!

Check it out and share with all the musical theatre nerds you know.

PREVIOUSLY:  Episode 1–Jessica on Jerome Kern

UP NEXT:  Episode 3–Courtney on Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Theatre Nerd Alert Goes Live!

Hey, nerds.  It has been too long.  Seriously.  Too.  Long.

Though the road to H-E-double-hockey-sticks is paved with good excuses, here are mine:  I was finishing the first year of grad school, revising my new musical, and doing two shows.  It kicked my A-double-snakes.  Sorry for the hiatus, but I do have some fun things to show you over the coming months.

In a previous post, I shared a number of photos of the MFAs creating a new web series called Musical Theatre Nerd Alert.  This series is now live, and we will be releasing new webisodes throughout the summer.  These cheeky little vids are crammed with facts about your favorite musical theatre creators along with a few–maybe more than a few–jokes.  We start with Jessica nerding out over Jerome Kern, the “Father of American Musical Theatre.”  Check it out and share it with all the nerds you know!

UP NEXT:  Episode 2–Liv on Irving Berlin

#sdsumtmfa16 on the Blogosphere


It’s no secret that I go to school with ridiculously talented–and take a look at that photo, BEAUTIFUL–people at SDSU.  But aside from being performers, educators, creators, and scholars, we are also bloggers.  This week’s post is a little shout-out to them.

First up is Liv, our resident Dane.  On her blog–which you can read here–she documents her adventures in America and provides some quirky Danish perspective.  She will also be part of a huge new musical work in Denmark this summer.  I can’t wait to read all about that creative process.

Next is the social media guru himself, Kikau.  After you learn how to properly say his name–that’s KEY-cow–you should learn that this a man to follow.  He’s been doing the New York thing for awhile and once he finishes at SDSU, this guy is going to take the director/choreographer world by storm.  Find his daily thoughts here.

Lastly, there’s Jessica.  Though the baby of the #sdsumtmfa16, she has brains, talent, and chutzpah in spades.  She recently joined the roster of bloggers for, and her most recent post–which you can find here–just went up today!

A couple of others in our cohort have some things in the works, and so you may be hearing about some of those projects in future posts of mine.  Also worth mentioning is that if you haven’t checked out the blog for The Great American Trailer Park Musical,find it here.  Our dramaturgs and cousins in MFA-land–Andrea and Shane–have been working hard on sharing all sorts of hilarious content in preparation for our opening this Friday.  Speaking of opening, I need to get back to combing my mullet.

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