Ben West is a musical theatre artist and historian. His book, The American Musical, will be published by Routledge in 2024 and chronicle a detailed and comprehensive history of the art form’s artistic evolution. He created twenty “Timeline Walls” for the Museum of Broadway that trace the history of the Broadway stage from 1732 to 2021 and spotlight more than 500 productions and 100 artists. He has worked in various capacities on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally, and created and directed Unsung Carolyn Leigh for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. West has lectured and spoken at several institutions including Yale University, University of Michigan, the Dramatists Guild, and the Shubert Organization.