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Weekday Classes

Writing for Musical Theater

Ongoing Classes - Starting November 9

Wednesday Mornings 10am-12pm

$45.00 per class




Writing for the Musical Theater takes aspiring composers, lyricists and librettist through a six-week course in Musical Theater creation with an emphasis on light verse and the balance of text and music known as prosody. Creators will try their hand at elements of the all American musical while learning some of the history and techniques of the form's finest creators.




Andrew G. Hager is the author of nine published books on the history of popular American music and of several produced, award-winning plays and musicals. He has worked as a director on stages throughout Houston, Texas, and as an educator created and implemented the Musical Theatre performance program within the Theatre department of the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. As a performer, Hager spent four years touring with New York-based Big Iron Skillet, an Americana six-piece band (Sony Music Studios, 1997).


Among his musicals, Musiqa Remix was commissioned by Musiqa Composers Forum and has so far been awarded six grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent musical, Run Like Hell (for which he wrote the book, music, and lyrics) will be performed as a staged reading by the Landing Theater Company in January, 2017.


Of his books, Song & Dance, a retrospective of the history of Broadway musicals, was published by Barnes & Noble Press in conjunction with Sony Music Special products and sold over 30,000 copies.


Hager received a full scholarship to attend Bennington College in Vermont where he acquired a BA in Playwriting and Acting, and continued his education at New York University’s Musical Theatre Writing Program, There he received his MFA along with fellowships from the E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Jan Peerce Foundations.


For more information on the works of Andrew G. Hager, please visit his website at

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