The Question & Answer section is a forum where Nan responds to questions that people have sent in about her career or
one of her projects. Due to Nan's busy schedule, Q&A's are posted infrequently and we are not actively taking new
questions at this time. You can still reach Nan's webmaster through the Contact
Form if you wish.
Below is a list of all of the Questions & Answers that have been posted on this website to date.
You can also find Q&A's and similar material organized by topic, on the Related Items pages for
The Scarlet Pimpernel,
Saturday Night Fever,
the pages for Nan's other projects, and the
Thoughts and Advice on Writing Page.
Nan offers some advice on how to get started in the
musical theatre industry.
Nan discusses some of the deeper themes -
including history, ambiguity, love and mistakes - in Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the meaning and history behind the song
Nan discusses some of the international possibilities for
Pimpernel and Camille.
Nan offers suggestions on creating minimalistic sets for
shows like Pimpernel.
Nan offers some audition tips for the role of Marguerite
in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the current status of Camille Claudel,
and the lyrics for "Trembling Man."
Nan discusses the financial performance of The
Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, and the 10th anniversary of the show.
Nan gives an update on the status of Camille
Claudel, and discusses the issues of tragedy, reality and optimism as they relate the show.
Nan discusses the origin of the idea for a love
triangle between Percy, Marguerite and Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the ways that Pimpernel
relates to current events and issues from the 90's and today.
Nan discusses an alternate set of lyrics for
"You Are My Home", and some thoughts on making changes to the Pimpernel script in
Nan discusses her thoughts on how far Percy and
his men should go with acting like fops, in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan offers advice for songwriters, and thoughts
on women in the field of songwriting.
Nan offers advice on how to prepare for a career
in performing, including training and the audition process.
Nan talks about the pepper and snuff scene in
Pimpernel, and about writing humor.
Nan discusses the role of Percy in The
Nan discusses the audition process and the
importance of structure in playwriting.
Nan discusses trying to include the
"Richmond" chapter from The Scarlet Pimpernel in the show.
Nan provides updates on Camille Claudel,
including issues with releasing music and lyrics, and the possibility of a production.
Nan discusses the lyrics to "When I Look At You"
Nan offers some advice for people who want to
Nan discusses the opportunities in writing for
theatre at her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College.
Nan discusses the reasons for setting The
Scarlet Pimpernel in 1794.
Nan discusses variations on the script of The
Nan discusses contributions by women to the
masculine, dual-identity hero genre, which began with The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses her love of poetry, and some of
the poets and lyricists that have influenced her.
Nan discusses Chauvelin's character and the song
"Falcon In The Dive".
Nan's webmaster discusses sheet music for the
songs "I'll Forget You" and "Lullaby" from Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the main characters in The
Scarlet Pimpernel, especially Marguerite.
Nan's webmaster discusses the possibility of an
international production of Camille Claudel.
Nan discusses the past leading performers and her
favorite songs from Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the moment when Marguerite
discovers the Pimpernel's identity.
Nan discusses the current possibilities for a
production, recording or sheet music for Camille Claudel.
Nan discusses songs and lyrics from
Pimpernel and Camille, and how to work past creative blocks.
Nan discusses the French lyrics in the song
"Storybook" from Pimpernel.
Nan discusses her favorite version of The
Nan's webmaster discusses the availability of the
script for The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the preparations for the workshop
of Camille Claudel in New York.
Nan discusses changes that were made to The
Scarlet Pimpernel and Marguerite's character, and whether a video might be released.
Nan discusses her involvement with the musical
Vienna, including a surprise for Pimpernel fans!
Nan discusses the changes that have been made to
Saturday Night Fever since its original production.
Nan discusses the use of the Pimpernel
songs "You Are My Home" and "Believe" at weddings.
Nan discusses the availability of sheet music for
the full version of the song "The Scarlet Pimpernel."
Nan discusses some of her non-theatrical writing
Nan discusses her work with Howard Marren
(Snapshots and Open House).
Nan discusses the meaning behind the lyric
"golden pretending" from Pimpernel's "Storybook".
Nan discusses the two musicals she is developing
with Howard Marren: Snapshots and Open House.
Nan discusses the changes to "You Are My Home,"
"Believe" and "I'll Forget You" in The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses writing with the critics in
Nan discusses the audition process for Broadway
readings and productions.
Nan discusses the writing process, including
research and inspiration.
Nan discusses the writing process and allowing
actors to improvise.
Nan discusses the value of audience feedback
when developing a new musical.
Nan discusses writing with Linda Eder in
Nan discusses how she approaches the writing
process for musicals and plays.
Nan discusses how the casting process works.
Nan discusses her collaboration with Frank
Wildhorn and how it has changed over the years.
Nan reveals some of her favorite musicals,
composers and songs.
Nan discusses the process of collaboration for
musicals, and how to start writing one.
Nan discusses the origin of the idea for a
musical about Camille Claudel.
Nan discusses The Scarlet Pimpernel's nemesis
Chauvelin, and "Falcon in the Dive."
Nan discusses the development of Camille
Nan discusses why "Only Love" was removed from
The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses working with rhymes in song
Nan discusses collaborating with performers and
making changes to songs once rehearsals start.
Nan discusses the first time she read The
Nan discusses why Percy and his friends are
referred to as "The Bounders" in Pimpernel.
Nan discusses the reading of the musical
Nan discusses how to write "singable"
Nan discusses how she finds and develops ideas
for songs, including "Where's The Girl?" from Pimpernel.
Nan discusses her "big break" and how she became
the lyricist for The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Nan discusses how she got started as a writer,
and where she finds inspiration.
Nan discusses the early development of
Camille Claudel, and what attracted her to the subject.
Nan discusses changes that were made to
Saturday Night Fever between the Broadway run and the first US tour.