Curt Columbus, Judith Lynn Stillman present ‘Musicals in the Making,’ Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Judith Lynn Stillman
Rising-star composers and professional performers from Boston and New York City will present innovative collaborations, and unveil selections from new musical theatre works across the country in the Wednesday Chamber Music Series event, “Musicals in the Making.”

This concert will be presented twice on Wednesday, Dec. 7 – at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Judith Lynn Stillman – world-renowned pianist, professor of music and the artist-in-residence at RIC – has teamed with Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company, to present this unique show.

The production represents a climax of several aspects of the creative process, and allows the audience to decide which of these musicals may be on their way to Broadway, Stillman said.

Curt Columbus
Stillman will serve as the musical director, and Columbus will moderate commentary and discussion with composers and lyricists.

The audience will have a chance to engage in the dialogue during a question-and-answer session following the performance.

Stillman has won 18 piano competitions, been a soloist at the Avery Fisher and Alice Tully halls at the Lincoln Center in New York City and was awarded the First Annual Claiborne Pell Award winner for Excellence in the Arts. She has been visiting artist-in-residence at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Prague Conservatory of Music in the Czech Republic.

Columbus joined Trinity as artistic director in 2006. A few of his directing credits there include “A Christmas Carol,” “The Odd Couple” and the world premiere of Stephen Thorne’s “…Poe.” Several of Columbus's own plays have debuted at Trinity.

This event was funded by RIC’s Performing and Fine Arts Commission.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information about this event, visit the “Musicals in the Making” Facebook page at