In 2018, Elspeth Collard and Sam Rosenblatt both began their studies at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. The two clicked instantly as good friends and were thrilled to be paired together in October to write a song for their first year lab. They soon discovered that the ease of their budding friendship carried over into writing collaboration as well; they not only completed the assignment, but also wrote an additional song for fun!
In that moment, Collard & Rosenblatt was born and a beautiful partnership began. Over the past two years, the duo have written over 60 songs together. They have written a full ninety minute musical (A Princess Story) as well as two short-form musicals together.
As two queer female musical theatre writers, Collard & Rosenblatt prioritize writing stories that put women at the helm of the ship. Their stories hope to illuminate queer experiences and to help end the stigma that surrounds mental health. Their style of writing ranges anywhere from classical musical theatre to jazz to pop. They have had songs featured in many NYC venues, such as Dixon Place, The Duplex, and Don't Tell Mama. Their work can also be heard on Zoomfest: The Theatrical Podcast and The Latest Draft.
Marymount Manhattan College New Works Showcase
Elspeth Collard and Sam Rosenblatt will stream twenty minutes of A Princess Story, in the New Works Showcase presented by Marymount Manhattan College’s Musical Theater Association. Having previously presented their stand-alone song, “My Person” (performed by Kyra Anthony in the concert, originally performed by Gabrielle Carrubba), in the inaugural New Works Showcase, Sam and Elspeth were thrilled to be asked back to participate again.
Marymount Manhattan’s Musical Theater Association, an all inclusive club at MMC that brings theater arts to all students, regardless of major, connected the writing team with Tori Hersant, a senior at MMC who will be receiving her BA in Acting as well as in Directing for the Stage and Writing for the Stage this spring, along with six very talented student actors: Jillian Smith, Alondra Olmo, Angelo Harrington II, Qetsiya Babineaux, Sarah Faenhle, and Melina Walko. The team will present a twenty minute excerpt from the ninety-minute show, including four original Collard & Rosenblatt songs.
The excerpt will be presented alongside three other new works: I Don’t Deserve To by Jackie Leon, Two Thousand Miles by Alyssa Williams, and An Average British Evening by Chamberlain Walls and Avery Britt. All four shows will be streamed for free on the Musical Theater Association Facebook page on Monday, November 23rd.
Allen and Gray New Works Concert
On August 27th, Sam and Elspeth were featured in the inaugural Allen and Gray New Works Concert, which streamed on Facebook live. After enlisting six of their actor friends to record for them, they presented two songs from A Princess Story and spoke about the show. Excerpts can be found here!
The Latest Draft Podcast
In an effort to create a platform for themselves and their fellow artists, Sam and Elspeth decided to design a podcast, The Latest Draft, that premieres new musical theatre works from emerging artists. The pair enlisted Noah Mutterperl to be the show's producer and host and began to curate a list of short form musicals and stand-alone songs. The Latest Draft's first season was eight episodes long and releases a new episode every Friday via Apple Podcasts. Read about it in Broadway World here!
The Latest Draft will return in February 2021 with a ten episode season of brand-new musical theatre works from over twenty artists. Each episode will contain either a new short-form musical with an interview or ten stand-alone songs, cabaret style! Sam and Elspeth will continue to promote the work of new artists along with Noah Mutterperl and Joe Badore.
MFA Recipients from Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch
Sam and Elspeth just received their MFAs (Master of the Fine Arts) in musical theatre writing (words and music, respectively) from New York University. Though their graduation was disrupted by COVID-19, the two still managed to celebrate in style, complete with confetti and cupcakes!