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Artistic Director Scott Miller has been directing musicals since 1981, and he founded New Line Theatre in 1991. He has written the book, music, and lyrics for nine musicals, as well as two non-musical plays. His play Head Games has been produced in St. Louis, Los Angeles, London, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. His 2006 musical Johnny Appleweed was nominated for four Kevin Kline Awards.
He was honored in 2014 with a St.
Louis Theater Circle award for his body of work with New Line, and American Theatre
magazine wrote, "Miller is, in his quietly ornery Midwestern way, advancing and
reifying the American musical-theatre form as it has come kicking and screaming
into the 21st century." He won the Outstanding Director Award in 2015 for
Bonnie & Clyde.
For fifteen years, he co-hosted the
radio show Break a Leg: Theatre in St. Louis and Beyond on KDHX, and now
he hosts the theatre podcast
Stage Grok, available on iTunes.
Scott's Amazon Author Page
Scott's Theatre Blog
Subject Index to Scott's Blog
Scott's blog, The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre...
a short artistic autobiography
a post about Scott's earliest musical theatre influences
a look at Scott's years at the Muny and its influence on his work
a look back at Scott's first rock musicals
QUOTES FROM THE PRESS
"I'm constantly amazed at the way New Line Theatre is able to find so many hidden gems among the countless shows that play on or off Broadway, exposing all of their true beauty and charms in newly imagined stagings. You begin to wonder how critics could be so misguided in their initial assessments, but then you begin to realize that artistic director Scott Miller truly understands, and takes the time to dissect, the reasons behind a good show's commercial failure. And then he fixes it."– Chris Gibson, BroadwayWorld
it comes to challenging St. Louis theater audiences, to stretching them,
exposing them to new stimuli, hardly anyone is in a class with Scott Miller.”
– Joe Pollack, KWMU-FM
“Scott Miller and his New Line Theatre continue to bring St. Louis challenging, refreshing musical theatre that you simply can’t see anywhere else.” – Steve Callahan, KDHX-FM
“Scott Miller's productions always are small in scale, but the imaginative scope of these recent shows has impressive depth. . . [Into the Woods] offers perspective instead of self-indulgence, imagination instead of ego.” – Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Director Scott Miller has made his New Line Theatre a St. Louis institution. Besides his deep understanding of musical theatre, Miller's chief gift, I think, is for the gathering of outstanding talent.” – Steve Callahan, KDHX-FM
“The New Line Theatre production, directed with keen intuition and appropriate reverence by Scott Miller, beautifully underscores the inherent nobility and passion of [Man of La Mancha] with a masterful presentation. . . a stunning triumph.” – Mark Bretz, Ladue News
“Miller has written four marvelous books. If you don't know them, get all of them right now. Right now. Start reading and I'll bet you'll soon agree that Miller is one of our best musical theater minds.” – Peter Filichia, TheaterMania.com
“Miller's insights and analyses are consistently fresh and fascinating.” -- Encore
“I have a feeling from this book [Deconstructing Harold Hill] that there is one American director who is imaginative and daring with his new productions of classic American musicals: Scott Miller. I’ve got to get out to The New Line Theatre in St. Louis.” -- Peter Filichia, Theatre.com
“Miller's opinions are occasionally provocative, and wholly engaging, written from the perspective of a director and a performer. Anyone with an interest in musical theater will be fascinated with Miller's latest work [Rebels with Applause], and the serious aficionado will find new insights to ponder. Above all, this mesmerizing new book will have you thinking and talking about the selected shows like never before.” -- Stage and Screen Book Club
“Miller makes no apology for allowing his own social and political views to influence the discussion of each of his subjects’ themes and content. In fact, it is these highly informed yet robust opinions that are the appeal of his work.” -- Mark Jennett, CultureVulture.com
“His profound disclosures are likely to imbue even the most casual fan with a new appreciation and understanding of musical theatre.” -- Stonewall News Northwest