Episodes

Coming Soon - The Late Morning Show with Missy Hardy

The Late Morning Show with Missy Hardy is a brand new podcast coming soon with tips, strategies and encouragement to help book writers and songwriters create musicals.

Ep.1 - The Why For Musicals

To kick off the series, Missy Hardy will present a piece called The Proclamation For Musical Theatre. If you’ve ever wanted to hear a reason for musicals and their purpose in life, you may want to listen to this episode.

Ep.2 - Choosing a Story to Tell (Pt.1)

Musicals come from ideas that turn into stories. In this episode, Missy Hardy will discuss three of the seven story archetypes and how you can use them in writing your musical.

Ep.4 - Choosing a Story to Tell (Pt.2)

Musicals come from ideas that turn into stories. In this episode, Missy Hardy will discuss four of the seven story archetypes and how you can use them in writing your musical.

Ep.5 - Reflection and a Future

Racism is not okay. This episode includes some insight and a word of encouragement from Missy Hardy.

Ep.6 - What’s Up With The Journey?

Ever wonder why some stories just work? Like, all the pieces are there. There’s a reason for this. In this episode, Missy Hardy discusses the 12 stages of The Hero’s Journey and how you can use it to help you write your musical.

Ep.7 - The Sound of Your Show

When preparing to write songs for a musical, there are some things to consider within and without the script. In this episode, Missy Hardy discusses some essential elements to remember as you compose your songs.

Ep.8 - The Gateway to Opportunity

Writing musicals is about more than just coming up with the book, music and lyrics. It’s also about growth but more importantly musicals are steeped in helping people.

Ep.9 - Outlining vs Just Writing

There are two approaches that book writers can take as they approach writing their musicals. Outlining and just “free flow” writing. Discover which approach is the best practice for you.

Ep.10 - What Comes First? Lyrics, Melody or Harmony

Songwriting often consists of three elements: lyrics, melody and harmony. And each element is uniquely inspired with every musician. Learn which comes first in writing for musical theatre.

Ep.11 - The Inaugural Antonyo Awards Tonight

Tonight marks The Inaugural Antonyo Awards which will be live at 7 PM (EST) on Broadway Black’s YouTube channel. Highlights from today’s episode include the nominees for Best Book and Best Original Score.

Ep.12 - Developing Your Main Character

Creating characters that audiences resonate with doesn’t have to be a difficult task. This episode delves into how to create a dynamic main character to help enhance your musical.

Ep.13 - Creating and Using Motifs

The motif is a small yet important composition element in music. This episode describes how motifs are created, ways to implement them in your musical and why they’re necessary.

Ep.14 - The Knowing Mindset

Sometimes dreams may be put on hold. At other times, it may seem like your dream is completely shattered but if you believe you can, you will.

Ep.15 - Developing “The Bad Guy”

In the dramatic arts, not every story has a character that is known as “the bad guy”. However, when the bad guy is written into the story, there are some tips to help keep that character fresh.

Ep.16 - Which Instrument Should You Compose With?

The instrument that each songwriter composes with is unique unto them. Every songwriter is different and so is each song that we create. This episode explores that.

Ep.17 - What Now?

A word of encouragement during this week of learning that Broadway will remain closed for the rest of 2020.

Ep.18 - Naming Characters

An important part of character development, in story, is naming characters. This episode includes five tips to help with this in your book writing.

Ep.19 - Writing the Ballad

A type of song found in musical theatre is the ballad. In this episode, Missy Hardy discusses ways to create a memorable ballad.

Ep.20 - Will The Big Sound Return?

Musical theatre continues to have a history of great music with musical styles that have changed and developed with the times. In this episode, Missy Hardy shares her thoughts on the possible return of “The Big Sound."

Ep.21 - Pacing in Storytelling

Pacing is an aspect of storytelling that can easily be overlooked and forgotten in the grand scheme of story. However, pacing is very important to consider as you write your musical.

Ep.22 - Sounds That Soar

In music, there are various voicings, harmonies and keys that have the ability to take a song to the next level. This episode shares how to use such techniques in your own songwriting.

Ep.23 - Creating Conflict in Scenes

Conflict in scenes goes a long way. In this episode, Missy Hardy explains ways to add conflict in scenes and its importance in story.

Ep.24 - Coming Up With Melodies

As you write your songs for your musical, something to consider is melody. In this episode, you’ll learn how to create melodies that enhance your lyrics.

Ep.25 - How to Get Started in Songwriting

In this episode, Missy Hardy gives some tips and suggestions on how to get started in writing the music and lyrics for your first song.

Ep.26 - Season 2 Trailer

A new season of The Late Morning Show is returning soon! Tune in to learn more.

Ep.27 - Preface

Songwriting in musical theatre is essential. In this episode, Missy Hardy shares its importance and gives encouragement to help you write songs for a brand new musical.

Ep.28 - The Wonder of the Minor 4 Chord

The 4 chord in songwriting is a very important chord. Learn how to play with it’s texture in chord progressions to help add more seasoning to your music.

Ep.29 - Black Creators in Musical Theatre Writing

Musicals have been written by people of all races. In this episode, learn more about Black history in musical theatre writing and the history that’s being made today.

Ep.30 - Creating Helpful Scene Distractions

If you’re looking to add another element of seasoning to your scene, you may want to try adding a helpful scene distraction. Learn more about this writing technique in today’s episode.

Ep.31 - MI: “Believe in Yourself”

“Believe in Yourself” written by Charlie Smalls from the musical, The Wiz is an exceptional piece of music that composers can learn from. In today’s episode, we check it out.

Ep.32 - Passing Chords

Passing chords can help glue chord progressions together. This episode includes a lesson on the passing chords of diminished and augmented chords and how you can use them in your music.

Ep.33 - Native American Writers in Musical Theatre

Native American theatre writers have been creating great art for quite some time but unfortunately there hasn’t been much representation of their stories in musical theatre. Nevertheless, they’re making an impact and it’s not only exciting but also encouraging.

Ep.34 - Linear vs Non-Linear Storylines

When it comes to writing a script, something to consider is the arrangement in the order of events. This episode gives insight and help for choosing which storyline style is best for your production.

Ep.35 - MI: “See I’m Smiling”

“See I’m Smiling” by Jason Robert Brown from the musical, The Last Five Years is a well thought out song that uses some cool composition techniques. In today’s episode, we check it out.

Ep.36 - Modulation Technique: Parallel Key Modulation

Parallel key modulation is a way to change the key of a song. In today’s episode, you’ll learn about two ways to incorporate parallel key modulation in your music.

Ep.37 - Pedro Pan and Beyond

The musical and the power of story has the ability to help a lot of people. Today’s episode not only highlights Pedro Pan the musical but also the impact of musicals written by inspiring individuals around the world.

Ep.38 - Adapting a Musical

Writing a musical that’s being adapted from a published book/story is exciting. Today’s episode includes tips to help you write a musical adaptation.

Ep.39 - Soft Rhymes vs Hard Rhymes

Rhyme is a tool that songwriters can use to help write great lyrics. This episode gives insight into some rhyme types to help in your songwriting.

Ep.40 - Robert Lopez and You

Robert Lopez is a writer in the musical theatre community that has accomplished more than awards. Find out what he has to do with you in this episode.

Ep.41 - The Character List

When preparing your script for the stage, the character list is a page you don’t want to forget. Learn how to make it happen in this episode.

Ep.42 - MI: “Into the Unknown”

“Into the Unknown” from the musical, Frozen 2 written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, is a song with some exciting composition choices. In today’s episode, we check it out.

Ep.43 - Contrapuntal Harmony

Contrapuntal Harmony is a composition technique that can really help to elevate a song if you’re looking for an extra dash of seasoning in the music. Learn more about this technique today.

Ep.44 - Ladies Writing Musicals

From the creation of the libretto to the origination of the score, ladies have been bringin’ it in musical theatre writing history.

Ep.45 - Secondary Storylines

When writing a great script, an element that can help is to add one or more secondary storylines into the plot. Learn more in today’s episode.

Ep.46 - MI: “Ten Minutes Ago”

“Ten Minutes Ago” written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, from the musical, Cinderella is a beautiful piece that has become a classic. In today’s episode, we check it out.

Ep.47 - The 9 Chord

A type of chord that songwriters can use in their creative work is the 9 chord. In today’s episode, we discuss what it is and some ways to make it work in music.

Ep.48 - A Show of Firsts

The musical, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is a show of various historic firsts. In today’s episode, we check it out.

Ep.49 - Gimme’ A Beat

In dramatic work, beats are an important part within scene development. Learn more about them today and how you can use them in your musical’s book development.

Ep.50 - Season Two Finale

As we prepare for the end of the year and get ready for the new year, this episode gives a glow to something BIG.

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If you'd like a step by step guide for writing a musical, I teach a course called Writing the Musical Adaptation where I go in depth showing you my process for writing a musical in that category. It includes assignments to help you get from idea to the completion of book, music and lyrics.

To learn more, visit wtmacourse.com.