April 27, 2023


Episode 106; ITAMAR MOSES — From THE BAND

A Conversation with the TONY Award Winning Playwright

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My guest this week is playwright Itamar Moses, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical” for his beautiful work on the Tony Award winning “Best Musical”, The Band’s Visit. 

His other theater work includes the plays Bach at LeipzigThe Four Of UsCompleteness, and The Whistleblower, and the musicals Nobody Loves You, and The Fortress of Solitude. He has also written for several acclaimed television series including Boardwalk Empire and The Affair.

His current project, and the main subject of our conversation , is his new stage adaptation of the hit 1986 animated film, An American Tail, for which he has written the book and co-written the lyrics of the new songs. Performances began yesterday, April 26, at the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis where it will play through June 18, 2023.

As you will hear, in this episode Itamar Moses and I also discuss his own family and childhood connections to the story of An American Tail/; how he was came to be a playwright in the first place; the differences between writing plays and writing musicals, as well ad the many challenges of musical adaptation and much more!

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