How To Write A Musical Script – Eventually, there will come a time in your writing where it feels natural for the characters to sing or dance. When that happens, how do you approach the format and description, especially if the script is NOT a song? If the script is a full musical where the characters burst into music all the time, how do you format it?
These questions come up frequently and we in the library are happy to offer our expertise. This week we thought it might help to cover some musical numbers from popular movies. We’ll also throw in some examples from TV shows.
How To Write A Musical Script
Before we begin, let’s make an important distinction. A bunch of rock stars, roadies and bands sitting on a tour bus singing “Tiny Dancer” is a lot, unlike Julie Andrews spinning on the mountain belt to trees and birds. A lonely moment in your rom-com where the characters hear a favorite song in a tree and start crying is different from a film that continues from a stage musical where the music and lyrics develop the character and push the story forward. In one scenario, the songs are not that important. In others they are important. Then we meet the music biopic, where the numbers always burst naturally but still feel like a song. Figuring out what to do can be difficult and there aren’t always easy answers.
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This blog post should heighten your approach with music/dance/music in your script, consider how to make it feel as innate, or as innate of magic, as possible. Even love
, but we’ll keep our examples contemporary because the track in the movies can be on the page for a while.
It is also reasonable to think from the beginning: Are you the musician? Are you working with a musician? Do you find popular music for this season in your script? Rights considerations will come as your script gets closer to sales/production. This is too much to dive into in this technical blog post, but still an important concern. Now let these scriptures be your guide and write.
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CHICAGO (2002) Screenplay by Bill Condon Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins and book of the play by Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb Music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb
To include songs in your script, you have an idea of what kind of vocabulary goes into describing the time of a song. If you have questions about this topic or about other manuscripts, feel free to email the WGF Librarian at library@.Lyrics can be incredibly difficult to write. Why? Because they need a working knowledge of writing and librettos. Fear not, though: songs are impossible to write. We’ll show you how to write a song by breaking down some music scripts. We will analyze how professional playwrights combine music, dance and dialogue in theater and film. In the end, you’ll have everything you need to build your own.
Before we examine how to write a song, perhaps we should remind ourselves of the challenges involved. Soundtracks are a niche genre of film/theatre. They are aimed at people who a) love music b) love stories and c) love a combination of music and stories.
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In reality, points a and b don’t matter – it’s the combination of music and story that makes music unique.
Writing a song isn’t like writing a song or a story because you can’t tell yourself – excuse my Robert De Niro insert – that’s it. It’s not music or fiction, music and fiction. For most people, that combination is difficult to pull off.
Miranda’s advice is indeed true: you have to tell your story – even if it interferes with group ideas. But isn’t that also true with screenwriting? Yes, of course it is; also differ
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That Miranda should continue the study of Alexander Hamilton and transform it into music and dance.
Literalism is one thing, adaptation is another. Now that we’ve looked at the unique challenges of writing a song, let’s analyze how it’s done.
Soundtracks are some of the most loved and hated screenplays in Hollywood. There are great ones, like Damien Chazelle’s La La Land – and there are poor ones, too
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. To understand what makes a great music script a great music script, we need to start with the basics.
These things are the basis of fairy tales. Consider researching topics like subtext, theme, and context to add the depth of information you need to your story. And when in doubt, consult our complete glossary of mechanical literature.
Songs are usually written in two parts: script and libretto. The script contains all the structural principles discussed earlier while the libretto contains the “music text”.
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For more information on screenwriting, check out our article on how to write a screenplay like the pros.
Now that we’ve looked at some of the detailed requirements involved in specifying a music script, let’s analyze an actual game to see how it all needs to come together.
We fed the La La Land script into screenwriting software to see what Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated screenplay came up with.
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, screenwriter Damien Chazelle blurs the lines between screenplay and libretto. This is because Justin Horowitz, while writing the screenplay, wrote the melodies and musical numbers. In an interview with Creative Screenwriting, Chazelle said:
“I have a close working relationship with Justin, so when I write scenes, he writes melodies and sends me piano demos. I will play them on loop while writing the scenarios. So we’re sending more and more material, and it’s already been a very collaborative discussion. It feels very natural. “
I bring this up to say that you don’t have to be a producer and screenwriter to write a music script. You need to understand the workings of music composition and screen format, but you don’t need to be a master of both. Take a note from Chazelle and Horowitz and consider working with others to bring out your personal strengths.
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In some ways, musical stage plays and screen plays are kind of amazing. In other ways they are remarkably different. First, let’s break down what makes them similar. Both musical stage plays and musical screen plays rely on story partners and the previously defined “meaning of music”.
But while musical scripts tend to conflate the script with the musical book, musical stage plays emphasize the difference between the two documents. The book, or libretto, often (not always) contains the actual sheet music used to produce the music. Sometimes it also has songs. If not, the lyrics are written in italics.
Here is an example of a music level game that shows how the music should be written in the script:
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Writing lyrics in screenplays is not exclusive to stage plays, it is sometimes used in screen plays as well. If you want to use lyrics in your essay, consider writing them in italics in the dialogue section.
And remember: you don’t have to format your music perfectly on the first draft. In the end you will probably have two separate books; one for script and one for music.
Writing the script and libretto is the first step in the process of making a musical. After your script and libretto are complete, you will need to cross all the legal T’s and dot all the material I mine. In our next article, we will show you how to ensure that your music production is successful, with examples of