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thank you for being a FRIEND!

As a Friend of New Musicals, you will:

  • help us with our three-year $120,000 renovation campaign
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  • subsidize a portion of our programs to study, create and produce new musicals
  • get special treatment for our events and concerts
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  • be filled with pride you’re helping to preserve America’s unique artform: the musical
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As a FRIEND OF NEW MUSICALS - we are asking YOU to take ACTION to spread the news! Here are just some of the ACTIONS you could take right now:

Go to NMI’s Facebook Page and SHARE a post to spread the love of new musicals!

Visit; find a NEW musical, and make plans to go see it! (If you are not an LA local, find a new musical near YOU)

Click here for some handy text you can use to send an email to one of YOUR friends, asking them to join you as a FRIEND OF NEW MUSICALS.


SEPTEMBER 2018: We were able to use all our new equipment to host over 30 potential new Core Curriculum participants. Nearly half of those folks were joining us via video conference - with participants from Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and even Switzerland and New Zealand!

OCTOBER 2018: Our rental listing on Peerspace is getting LOTS of hits - we are considered a “power host” - and our newly renovated hall is bringing in lots of extra income for us in rentals!

NOVEMBER 2018: We have been greenscreening up a storm - and are about to film one of our 15 Minute Musicals from last season - with costumes, and against a greenscreen background that will eventually become scenery. Stay tuned to hear how that goes!

DECEMBER 2018: We are partnering with the Drama Department at UC Irvine on some of our internet musical shorts!

For more info, please visit the CRESCENDO CAMPAIGN PAGE

coming up at NMI:

Every month, one of NMI’s staff members records a very short video to let you know what’s coming up next: free readings; curriculum news; and other updates. For example:

Sunday, December 9 - 7pm

NMI LIVE! a concert at NMI

PLUS the end of our ONLINE AUCTION!

Thursday, December 20 - 7pm

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC has a concert at the Wallis Annenberg

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featured video:

Khassandra the Psychic: Predicted Bush’s Death

This week’s Featured Video is from “Khassandra the Psychic”, who has an uncanny (and musical) ability to predict the future. In this video, Khassandra proves she foretold George Bush’s passing.

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#17 – THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 1 – THE MOMENT BEFORE

The 17th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. This vlog begins a short series on the work of a scene - beginning with the “moment before”. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at

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our stories:

Gabrielle Wagner
Bookwriter, Core 2011
NMI Member Since 2011

How Gabrielle has been impacted by NMI:

The trajectory of my life changed paths when I embarked on my writing journey with NMI.  It was no coincidence that I saw a show that made me want to write (better than the show I saw;) and called Patricia Zehentmayr who informed me that the new CORE session had JUST started.  She urged me to call Elise.  I did.  And it happened to be kismet that a book writer had JUST dropped out and they were one short.  And the rest is history.  I’m thoroughly enjoying this new addition to my hyphenate.

What's next for Gabrielle:

I’m very excited about a show that I’m writing with David Orris, composer, set in Ireland about the lives of 2 women, one human, one faerie, and what happens when their worlds literally collide.   Also in talks with Mark Folan who composed and wrote lyrics for the Knight in the Museum musical that showed on Thursday evening at ASCAP/DW.

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featured writer:

Dolores DeLuce

Mentored by Divine, of John Waters’ underground film fame, Dolores DeLuce made her theatrical début with the infamous Cockettes at the Palace Theater in San Francisco in 1973. She went on to write and perform with "White Trash Boom Boom," a woman's theater collective that entertained the boys in gay bars and the girls in women's prisons from 1974 -1976. She co-wrote the musical comedy, Broken Dishes, and was nominated for 'best performer in a Musical,' by The Bay Area Credits Association. Creator of a critically acclaimed multi-media musical, The Last Dance of the Couch Potatoes, and played the lead at the Odyssey Theater in LA and the Powerhouse Theater in Venice,.
Grace Happens based on her memoir was a semi-finalist at the Austin Screenwriting competition and she authored a collection of short stories, Gay Widow and three memoirs, in the Counter Culture Diva Series: My Life a Four Letter Word; Blow Jobs, A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or Not!; and The Lazy Gals Guide to Success and Enlightenment.
Dolores continues to write and perform with Queerwise a senior LGBT writers’ collective and is a frequent contributing story teller at Rouge Theater’s Rant and Rave, Taboo Tales, Tasty Words, The Moth, Everybody Loves a Good Story, and Spark, etc.

I'm looking for my music team for Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva.

Synopsis:Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva //Where Hair meets Rent, meets Angeles in America.

When Ru Paul was but a twinkle in his father’s eye, drag queens grew hipster beards, and radical fairies lived in communes outside the box of gender specific definitions. In a land long before the tech revolution, San Francisco’s Counter Culture Diva braved the glittery shores of this magical era with pride and outrageous rebellion through her camp performance.

The Musical: Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva, introduces self-proclaimed, ‘gay widow’ Grace Tempesta on stage in 1988’s performance piece that flashes back to her escaping New Jersey via a Greyhound and landing on the shores of San Francisco’s first gay pride day, circa 1970, on her 18th birthday.

Among a brew of outrageous theater queens Grace finds her true calling and falls for one of her many new roommates, the charming bi-sexual Tommy. Only weeks of living outside the box of gender-bending disco days and nights she discovers she’s carrying the baby of a black boyfriend she left back in Jersey.
When Grace reveals her delicate condition to her Jersey family, her father disowns her but with the support of her new unlikely family and the crazy love of Tommy, Grace finds a safe place to fall.
Grace vamps through this musical comedy/tragedy becoming a mother to her precious bi-racial daughter Viva, and a Diva to be reckoned with until the first appearance of AIDS bringing on the long season of tears, demanding she grow up for real.
By the third act, Grace mends the relationship with her father as he passes away and she cares for Tommy and the many members of her community that succumb to the AIDS pandemic. As Grace faces the music and buries the bodies, she reinvents a new life as a surviving Gay Widow.

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featured performer:

Pilar Walsh

HEIGHT: 5 ft 7 in
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre
AGE RANGE: 55-65


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Irving Berlin – date uncertain. From the New York Public Library collections.

Evelyn Law. Photographer: Macfadden Studio. Published: [191-?]. Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Jerome Robbins Dance Division. From the collection Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923.

blast from the past:

Here is some fun musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:

February 13, 1957     Audrey Hepburn starred in Funny Face, which opened today

February 11, 1979     They’re Playing Our Song? opened on Broadway today starring Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein. With a book by Neil Simon, the show became a hit, though none of the show’s pop tunes ever caught on outside the theater.

February 10, 1898     Dramatist, stage manager and poet, Bertolt Brecht, was born today in Augsburg, Bavaria.

February 17, 1976     Rockabye Hamlet opened on Broadway. Four days later, the show closed. The cast included Meat Loaf and Beverly D’Angelo (her sole Broadway endeavor to date)

February 16, 1956     The movie Carousel premiered today, reuniting stars Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae. Richard Rodgers claimed that the score was his favorite of all his works.

February 21, 1953     Christine Ebersole was born today. Ebersole’s first Broadway role was in Oklahoma! as Ado Annie in 1979.

news feed:

Sneak Peek at the First National Tour of Falsettos
Sneak Peek at the First National Tour of Falsettos

The National Tour of William Finn and James Lapine’s Tony-winning Falsettos launched at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, February 8–9. Directed by Tony winner Lapine, the cast is led by Nick Adams as Whizzer, Nick Blaemire as Mendel, Eden Espinosa as...

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Kristiana Rae Colón’s Good Friday Begins at The Flea
Kristiana Rae Colón’s Good Friday Begins at The Flea

Performances begin February 11 at The Flea for the world premiere of Good Friday, a new play by Kristiana Rae Colón about a group of women who are disrupted by gun fire in the midst of a fierce and funny feminist debate. Kristiana Rae Colón Read: THE FLEA UNVEILS...

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Bookwriters, lyricists, and composers are invited to join our collaborative workshop - the Core Curriculum. Meet new collaborators, hone your skills, become part of a community, and have your 15 minute musical produced at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Sessions begin every September.

do your research

NMI hosts the Musical Theatre Writers Resource Center - an online tool with listings of contests, theatres and producers, public domain ideas; as well as a glossary, insider tips and advice videos, a Writer Bank, and much more.

study online

Hone your skills at your own pace with the Craft Labs offered by our sister site: Courses include the Book Lab, Lyric and Advanced Lyric Labs, Music Lab, Outlining Lab, and the new Core Curriculum online.