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Scott Miller has been directing musicals since 1981. His favorites include Hair, Bat Boy, The Cradle Will Rock, The Wild Party, Return to the Forbidden Planet, A New Brain, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 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 has written several books about musical theatre, including From Assassins to West Side Story, Deconstructing Harold Hill, Rebels with Applause; Let the Sun Shine In: The Genius of HAIR, Strike Up the Band: A New History of Musical Theatre; and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Musicals. He has also written one novel, In the Blood, and contributed to five other books, including Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook, a collection of essays by the leading musical theatre experts in the country.
Scott also writes for newspapers, national theatre magazines and arts websites, and has composed music for film, television and radio. His writing has been published in USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as in 88 newspapers in 33 states. He is also the author of the nationally syndicated newspaper serial The Ocean Chronicles. He co-hosts, with Deborah Sharn, Break a Leg -Theatre in St. Louis and Beyond on KDHX-FM in St. Louis, and he lectures frequently on the American musical theatre. Before starting New Line Theatre, Scott ran CenterStage Theatre Company for eight years, was the development director for Dance St. Louis for seven years, and ran Very Special Arts Missouri for three years. Scott is a graduate of Harvard University and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. You can email Scott Miller at Scott@NewLineTheatre.com.
A few select posts from 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
Read Scott's Essays About...
QUOTES FROM THE PRESS
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
“Director Scott Miller and a talented ensemble meaningfully reinterpret for today this stirring hymn to individualism [Man of La Mancha] from the experimental theatre movement of nearly forty years ago. . . The entire company's approach and embodiment of Wasserman's and Cervantes' quest for truth in illusion inspires admiration. With Miller's moving yet focused direction, each performer contributes talent and conviction throughout.” – Nancy Crouse, KDHX-FM
“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
“A gripping production [of Hair] from New Line Theatre. . . The in-the-round presentation, with actors running through the audience, suits director Scott Miller's intense style. His production moves with the studied emotional focus of a dream – or a memory.” – Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post Dispatch
“At once outrageous and courageous, Scott Miller’s production [of Passion] . . . has the audacity and insight to strip away the layers of pretension and seriousness that enveloped the original New York production.” – Mike Isaacson, The Riverfront Times
“New Line’s artistic director Scott Miller, who has staged a number of Sondheim shows, directs this one [Anyone Can Whistle] with verve and intelligence.” – Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Scott Miller directs the New Line production [of The Rocky Horror Show] with a grand sense of theater that showcases the campy wit of the musical while still maintaining a necessary discipline to the process.” – Mark Bretz, Laude News
Scott Miller's inspired direction of this sung-through musical [A New Brain] keeps the show galloping at a brisk pace with restful interludes. - Sheila Schultz, KDHX-FM
“[In Head Games, playwright Scott] Miller provides an intelligent and interesting context, genuinely witty and clever lines, and a wholesomeness and honesty both unexpected — under the circumstances — and exhilarating. . . This, besides the verbal brilliance, is where Miller takes Head Games well beyond the genre. His director's program note and the piece in last week's RFT tell the audience in advance what Miller is going to do, but it's like a magician's explaining a trick before he performs it and still amazing his spectators.” – Harry Weber, The Riverfront Times
“The New Line Theatre production of Passion is a triumph for director Scott Miller and his company. . . Miller’s cast and crew supply the fervor and understanding required to bring out the haunting melancholy of Lapine’s book and Sondheim’s words and music.” – Gerry Kowarsky, St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Under director Scott Miller, Sweeney Todd appears in a completely different light, pared down and bitterly funny. . . Miller’s treatment makes sense and the tiny, peculiarly shaped St. Marcus Theatre is exactly the right setting for it. . . To be honest, I’ve seen Sweeney Todd before and never liked it. But this production made me consider it from a different perspective; I appreciate that.” – Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post Dispatch
“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