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Musical Theatre PodcastWant an inside look at how musicals are written?

Join Beat by Beat writers Denver Casado and Brian Dawson on this weekly musical theatre podcast that documents the creation of a 45-minute musical from scratch.

And the best part is…we want YOU to be involved! Leave your feedback and comments on the individual episode pages below. We’ll take them into consideration and may include them on the podcast!

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EPISODE 1: What Should We Write About?

EPISODE 2: Song Ideas, Opening Number and Subplot

EPISODE 3: 8-bit Music, More Characters and Structure

EPISODE 4: Creating a Protagonist and Writing for Young Actors

EPISODE 5: Scene Breakdown and Video Game Music

EPISODE 6: Writing A “I Want” Song and Musical Theatre Lyrics

EPISODE 7: Scenes 1 to 15 plus a Performance of “The Final Level”

EPISODE 8: The Hero Complex and Yes Music Matters

EPISODE 9: Interview with Writer and Lyricist Betina Hershey

EPISODE 10: Deus Ex Machina (say what?)

EPISODE 11: Pitching the Show to Hollywood Producer Jason Koffeman

EPISODE 12: The Pac Man Song

EPISODE 13: Pop Music vs. Musical Theatre: What happened?

EPISODE 14: A New Opening Number

EPISODE 15: The Villain Song and New Sidekicks

EPISODE 16: The Heroes’ First Number

EPISODE 17: Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite

EPISODE 18: Short Update on Script Work

EPISODE 19: Let’s Talk About “Tut, Tut!”

EPISODE 20: Working Out Scene 2

EPISODE 21 : Update on Script Work

EPISODE 22: First draft? Done.

EPISODE 23: 8-Bit Opening Number Goodness

Baby Update

EPISODE 24: The Hero Song and Sidekick Song

EPISODE 25: Script Adjustments Before First Read-Through

EPISODE 26: LIVE Full Read-Through of PRESS START!

EPISODE 27: Studio Recordings and Publication




  • Joe Ferriero
    Feb 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Love your podcast! Very insightful and informative. I really enjoy the concept of the new musical as well. Should be a big seller!!

    1. bbbpress
      Feb 23, 2015 at 9:56 pm Reply

      Thanks for the comment Joe, glad you’re enjoying!

  • Stacee Tweedlie
    Mar 3, 2015 at 9:10 am Reply

    Only on the second episode but love hearing the process. My studio performed We Are Monsters last year and it was a huge success. Thanks for all you do! Can’t wait to listen more!

  • Kayla
    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Hey i love hove Press Start its amazing i’m doing a school concert and only the 3/4 and 5/6 get to perform because the Spring Concert is held by the highest grade students not the young lazy ones. I love Press Start i’m so exicted because tommorow i will be auditioning for Young Adventurer i hope i get the part i’ve been memorizing the songs and lines forever. Wish me luck.

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