Why Canadians Can't Write Musicals

Jim Betts


The Canadian Musical Theatre community may include talented writers, directors and producers, but it does not exist in a properly functioning professional environment. In some respects, the Canadian Musical Theatre is closer to an "oral tradition" than a 21st Century art form. The community lacks leadership, focus, and resources. There is a significant need for effective training programs and realistic, well-supported development opportunities. The history of the Canadian Musical Theatre has some similarities to the history of the American Musical Theatre, but its development may lag about 50 years behind.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26522/br.v12i2.403