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Learn How to Take a Musical from 'Page to Stage' at EAG's Anatomy of a Musical Industry Panel

Tony Award-winning producer Margot Astrachan (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) is joined by a panel of musical theatre industry veterans on Wednesday, April 19 at 7pm for an insightful discussion about how musicals come together. Topics will include moving a work from concept to full production, and how musicals are selected for prestigious showcases like the New York Musical Festival.

As a special treat, composer Michael Roberts will perform several songs from his hit musicals! If you have a musical or play, or have thought about writing one, this is the event for you.

Anatomy of a Musical will be followed by a reception. All proceeds from the evening's performance will go to support EAG's charitable work.

Dan Markley has been a theater producer, manager, owner, and investor for over 25 years in New York City. He is currently Executive Director & Producer of the New York Musical Festival. Among his varied consulting activities, he has recently provided services in the areas of theater design, management, and programming for both the Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center and the White Heron Theatre on Nantucket. For the past several years he has also worked with Peter Buffett on Mr. Buffett's one-man show, Life Is What You Make It, and his Native American dance theater show, Spirit The Seventh Fire. On and Off Broadway Mr. Markley co-produced Oleanna (original), STOMP (Obie & Drama Desk Awards), Damn Yankees (Tony nomination), On The Waterfront,The Vagina Monologues, Lifegame, Shockheaded Peter, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, High Fidelity, Family Secrets (revival), and Something Roten! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations). He also co-produced the feature film Jeffrey and a feature length documentary about D-Day entitled Bedford: The Town They Left Behind. As an investor and investment manager, he has participated in over forty commercial productions.

Michael Roberts Composer/lyricist: Golf: The Musical (3 productions Off Broadway, 40 U.S. productions, 8 international productions), The Fartiste (Winner "Best Musical" NY Fringe Festival, Off Broadway, West End), Greed (New World Stages) and the upcoming Goldstein (Off-Broadway, Fall 2017). Incidental music: My Secret Garden (Davenport Theater), Tidings Brought to Mary (The Storm Theatre), Jewtopia (West Side Theater). TV and Film composer: Tri-Star'sLove Walked In (starring Dennis Leary), Emmy Award-winning sitcom Remember WENN (3 Seasons). Additional television credits: ABC, CNN, ESPN, Golf Channel, and Bravo. Pianist/music director: Betty Buckley, Donna Murphy, Rupert Holmes, Richard Kind, Leslie Gore, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills, Peter Noone, Bobby Sherman, Joan Rivers, and The Capitol Steps. Awards: two-time recipient of the ASCAP PLUS AWARD for his work in musical theater, nominee for a 2012 Broadway World Award for his work in musical direction.

James Vagias is one of the three co-founders of The American Theater Group, a professional regional theater originally performing out of the Hamilton Stage Theater in Rahway, NJ and now located at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. As ATG's Producing Artistic Director, he has produced over one dozen professional productions during the company's first four seasons, and has instituted a highly successful educational outreach program with Rahway High School, as well as a state-wide DramaFest. Vagias' other regional theater experiences included serving as Managing Director of the South Jersey Regional Theater; Treasurer of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance; and a nine year tenure as Executive Producer of the American Stage Company, during which he produced over 40 new and classic plays and musicals, including 14 world premieres, 6 of which successfully transferred to Off-Broadway (such as I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and Swingtime Canteen).

Margot Astrachan Broadway Producer credits include Clear Day, Nice Work, Busker Alley, Ghost the Musical (national tour), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award), The Realistic Joneses. Concert: Evening Primrose - James Goldman, Stephen Sondheim. London: American Artistic Director; The Kings Head Theatre, Jermyn Street Theatre. Member: The Broadway League, APAP, BAFTA. Board Member: The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Kaufman Cultural Center Theater Advisory Board, The Episcopal Actors' Guild. Chair: Advisory Board: The American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; TRU Advisory Board.

The Episcopal Actors' Guild, established in 1923, is a charitable organization offering emergency assistance and career support to professional performers "of all faiths, and none." We also host a full calendar of events and fundraisers including concerts, variety shows, play readings, and professional workshops. Learn more at

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