Will Butler Writes Songs for New Play "Stereophonic" on Broadway
Tony Award nominee Will Butler poses for a portrait on Monday, June 3, 2024, in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

Will Butler Writes Songs for New Play "Stereophonic" on Broadway

June 10th, 2024

Will Butler is a man who makes music. He used to be in a band called Arcade Fire. Now he is in another band called Sister Squares. Will has a new job. He writes songs for a play. The play is called "Stereophonic." It is about a band like the band Fleetwood Mac. They make songs and have problems. Will has to write a special song for the play. The song must be like a song from 1976. It must be funny and exciting. The play is on Broadway. This is a place in New York where people watch plays. "Stereophonic" might win an award. Will met a man named David Adjmi ten years ago. They became friends. David writes the play. Will makes the music. It takes a lot of work. They work with other people too. They make the songs better together. The people who act in the play pretend to be a band. Some of them know how to play music already. They practice a lot. Now they sound good together. They sing beautifully. Will likes working on the play. He knows about music and bands. The story of the play feels real to him. The actors like being in the play. They feel like a real band. Will is happy because many people like the play. The play is doing very well. The play and the people who work on it might win Tony Awards. These are big awards for plays in New York.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What does Will Butler do for his new job?
. Where is the play 'Stereophonic' performed?
. What might the play 'Stereophonic' win?

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🌐 Cultural context

The article is from the United States, where Broadway in New York City is famous for theater. Arcade Fire is a well-known band in America. Fleetwood Mac is a classic rock band also famous in America. Tony Awards are prestigious theater awards in the U.S.

🧠 Further reading

Broadway theatre
Broadway is a place in New York City with many big theaters. It is in a part of the city called the Theater District and near a place called Lincoln Center. The theaters are very big. They have 500 seats or more. Broadway is famous and many people like to watch plays there. Broadway is not just one street. It is a big area. Most theaters are not on the street called Broadway. They are on other streets nearby. Big plays are called Broadway plays. Smaller plays are called off-Broadway or off-off-Broaday. People from all over the world come to see plays in the Broadway area. Lots of people saw plays there in 2018 and 2019. They spent lots of money on tickets. There is a new museum about Broadway. It opened in 2022. It tells the story of Broadway. Many shows on Broadway are musicals. Musical shows have songs and dances. They are very popular. People love Broadway musicals!

List of film director–composer collaborations
Some movie directors and music makers like to work together many times. Ali Abbasi and Martin Dirkov made these movies together: - "Shelley" in 2016 - "Border" in 2018 - "Holy Spider" in 2022 - "The Apprentice" coming in 2024 Lenny Abrahamson and Stephen Rennicks have worked on these projects: - "Adam & Paul" from 2004 - "Garage" in 2007 - "What Richard Did" in 2012 - "Frank" in 2014 - "Room" in 2015 - "The Little Stranger" in 2018 - "Normal People" in 2020 Andrew Adamson and Harry Gregson-Williams made music for these movies together: - "Shrek" in 2001 - "Shrek 2" in 2004 - "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" in 2005 - "Shrek the Third" in 2007 - "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" in 2008 - "Shrek Forever After" in 2010 - "Mr. Pip" in 2013 Ben Affleck and Harry Gregson-Williams made these movies with music: - "Gone Baby Gone" in 2007 - "The Town" in 2010 - "Live by Night" in 2017 Pedro Almodóvar and Alberto Iglesias have made many movies with music, like: - "The Flower of My Secret" in 1995 - "Live Flesh" in 1997 - "All About My Mother" in 1999 - "Talk to Her" in 2002 - "Bad Education" in 2004 - "Volver" in 200

Broadway Theatre (53rd Street)
There is a big theater in New York City called the Broadway Theatre. It is an old theater that opened in 1924. It is on Broadway street near 53rd Street. The theater is very big and has 1,763 seats. It was first a movie theater but now they have plays there. Inside, there are two main parts where people can sit and watch the plays. The outside of the theater has changed over time. It used to look like an old Italian house, but now it looks more modern with shiny stone. A long time ago, on Christmas in 1924, the theater opened for the first time. At the beginning, people went there to watch movies. Later, they started to have plays and different kinds of shows. Since 1940, a family called the Shubert family has owned the theater. They use it mostly for plays and sometimes musicals. Many famous musicals have been at the Broadway Theatre, like "Evita," "Les Misérables," and "Miss Saigon." People have enjoyed these shows for a long time at the Broadway Theatre.