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friends of new musicals

helping us create new musicals

thank you for being a FRIEND!

As a Friend of New Musicals, you will:

  • help us with our three-year $120,000 renovation campaign
  • receive a quarterly members-only Musical Theatre Insiders e‑newsletter
  • subsidize a portion of our programs to study, create and produce new musicals
  • get special treatment for our events and concerts
  • get your name listed on our website and in our programs
  • be filled with pride you’re helping to preserve America’s unique artform: the musical
  • receive a receipt for your 100% tax deductible donation to our 501(c)3 number (FEIN 01-0745909)
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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 22 SONG SPOTTING AS A FUNCTION OF THE BOOK

The 22nd post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A discussion of song spotting as a function of the book. 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:

Elias James Matthews
Bookwriter, Lyricist

Elias is a bookwriter/lyricist just getting into the business. He is currently a student attending college and is going to continue learning playwriting techniques from teachers and peers. With his growing knowledge and already decent knowledge of musical theatre greats, he is hoping to write something that can speak to audiences. "I am open to any and all critique as long as the working relationship retains respect for one another."

I currently have the first draft of the book for a musical complete, I am searching for a collaborator to compose the music to my lyrics. I also have plenty of other shows in different planning stages.

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featured performer:

J Quinton Johnson

Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

HEIGHT: 6 ft
VOCAL RANGE: Bari-tenor
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
AGE RANGE: 18-25
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature


2 years at the University of Texas at Austin under a Musical Theater initiative.


Composition, basketball, football, a bit of counter tenor, strong movement ability, music notation

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Cover of the score for The Yankee Doodle boy, by George M. Cohan. 1904. Illustration: Hirt. Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Music Division

Photographer: Klein. 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:

July 19, 1962     Film version of The Music Man premieres.

July 18, 2003     Hairspray played its first preview in New York.

July 1, 1941     Twyla Tharp was born today

July 24, 2003     Acclaimed revival of Big River opened at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Produced by NAMT member Deaf West Theatre with The Roundabout Theatre Company in association with NAMT member Center Theatre Group, the revival combined hearing and deaf actors.

July 2, 1987     Michael Bennett died today at the age of forty-four. He left behind a legacy of two decades worth of Broadway choreography. After five Tony noms, he finally won for Best Choreography for Follies.

July 14, 1918     Arthur Laurents was born. Bookwriter for West Side Story, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, amongst others, and also director of such hits as La Cage aux Folles and revivals of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and, currently running in NYC, Patti LuPone.

July 22, 1949     Alan Menken was born. Composer of Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and The Little Mermaid.

July 25, 1975     A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre with no stars, no set, no conventional storyline. It became one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

July 15, 1905     Dorothy Fields was born. Lyricist who collaborated with Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Bob Fosse, and Cy Coleman. Among her most famous songs: “The Way You Look Tonight”, “A Fine Romance”, and “Big Spender”. Also bookwriter for Annie Get Your Gun.

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Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 19
Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 19

1951 Dolores Gray and Bert Lahr lead a cast of 75 in the revue Two on the Aisle, opening on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre for a run of 276 performances. Abe Burrows directs the show with sketches and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Jule...

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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.