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.
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 is eight episodes long and releases a new episode every Friday via Apple Podcasts. Read about it in Broadway World here!
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!
A Princess Story Zoom Table Read
On May 16th, 2020, Sam and Elspeth held a Zoom Table Read for their ninety-minute Theatre for Young Audiences musical, A Princess Story. A Princess Story defies and denies the “damsel in distress” trope, choosing instead to put the princess front and center as the main heroine of the tale. Following Princess Annalise in a quest to slay a dragon, our story features an LGBTQ+ love story, a dynamic pair of strong leading female characters, and a boy band of knights. Click here for more info!