Song, Stage and Screen XIV

Call for Papers – Deadline: Sunday 9 December 2018

(Re-)Inventions: Adaptations and New Directions in Musicals on and between Stage and Screen

University of Leeds School of Music
and School of Performance and Cultural Industries
26-29 June 2019

Musicals on stage and screen continue to take novel and diverse forms, sometimes challenging the apparent boundaries and established understanding of what a musical is. Adaptation is often at the centre of new works, whether in the form of the subject matter – be that Hamilton’s interpretation of American history, or the adaptation of personal lives at the core of Fun Home and The Greatest Showman – or the process of creation – from stage to screen or, in increasing numbers, screen to stage. Indeed, there is a trend in the latter category of making stage musicals out of non-musical films that appears to be on the rise.

This conference explores all aspects of adaptation and new directions in stage and screen musicals, to considering how (re-)invention is changing what musicals are, and how they are created, produced, consumed and engaged with. As such, contributors are encouraged to interpret ‘musical theatre’ as a broad term encompassing musicals for, on and between stage, screen and beyond.

Topics for papers and presentations may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Adapting from, to and between page, stage, screen and real life
  • Defining the musical and musical theatre
  • New musical theatre
  • Diversity and gender in musical theatre
  • Verbatim musical theatre
  • Directing musical theatre
  • Audience engagement and musical theatre
  • Funding new musical theatre

Abstracts of no more than 200 words (PDF files, without your name or affiliation) for papers of no more than 20 minutes should be sent by Sunday 9 December 2018 to (subject line: SSS XIV) for blind review by our international program committee. Prospective participants will be notified by the end of January 2019.

“Song, Stage and Screen” is the official conference of Studies in Musical Theatre (,id=119/), and has been held annually in international locations since 2006.