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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.


JULY 2018: The painting is done, and the curtains are installed. If you haven’t come by to see us in a while, you will be AMAZED at how fancy we’re looking!

AUGUST 2018: We held our 2018 BIZ OF THE MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ Conference in our newly renovated space and we looked pretty spiffy! We were also able to use our new switcher, large-screen television, and cameras to include panelists from long distances. Broadway producer Cody Lassen said “This was the most organized video conference I’ve even done (the panelist green room, different camera angle for the questions etc.) Very impressive!!”

SEPTEMBER 2018: We have begun experimenting with shooting our own GreenScreen internet musicals in our space - and over the next few months you will be seeing the results as we begin to release some footage as part of our weekly Featured Videos!

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:

Saturday, September 15
GENERAL WORKSHOP sessions begin!

September 22 and 23
CORE CURRICULUM auditions for the 2018-19 season!

Saturday, September 22

JSeptmeber 2018
We welcome two new part-time staffers: Wayne Self and Makena Metz!

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featured video:

15 Minute Musicals: Bundled Together

“Bundled Together” was presented as part of NMI’s 2018 15 Minute Musicals: THE GREAT DIVIDE.

Book and lyrics by Claire Partin
Music by Kat Zimmerman
Cast: Hannah Madeleine Goodman, Nichole LaMay, Logan Mack, John David Wallis
Directed by Elise Dewsberry
Music Director: Kevin Mathie

Presented at the Broadwater Theatre in Hollywood as part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 21 and 23, 2018.

The annual 15 Minute Musicals are the culminating project NMI’s Core Curriculum program for musical theatre bookwriters, lyricists, and composers. They are conceiving, written, re-written, and produced in a 10-week period at the end of the nine-month Core Curriculum program.

For more info on NMI’s Core Curriculum program, visit and click on STUDY.

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#12 – DEALING WITH FEEDBACK

The twelfth post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … Okay, there WILL be feedback. This video talks about how to DEAL with it. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at

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our stories:

Chana Wise
NMI Member Since 2007

How Chana has been impacted by NMI:

“Joining NMI has been my single most productive move in the furthering of my musical theatre writing career.”

What's next for Chana:

Chana (with Carl Johnson) is currently working on a staged reading of Bagels! the musical, which was showcased by NMI’s 4 x 10 Ensemble, and is the (almost) actual, (partly) factual, story of the invention of the first automated Bagel machine.

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featured writer:

Hazel Jade
Bookwriter, Lyricist

Miss Hazel Jade is a Broadway dramaturg, investor, and co-producer, whose producing projects include Jesus Freak!, The Red Shades, and her own original musical, QUEER. She was also an investor on three Broadway musicals last season that won two Tony Awards, along with two new musicals, thus far this season. Hazel Jade also has a career as a private dramaturg for several musicals, of which she has passion for consulting with writers to see more, developed pieces with strong female leads. In her history, Hazel Jade has worked with: Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Judith Light, Our Lady J, Sara Ramirez, and more.

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featured performer:

Cameron Gilliam

HEIGHT: 5 ft 10 in
UNIONS: SAG Eligible, Non-Union
VOCAL RANGE: Tenor, Bari-tenor, Baritone
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
AGE RANGE: 25-35


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Window card for The Boys from Syracuse. 1938. From the Billy Rose Theater Collection, New York Public Library

Will Rogers, circa 1920’s. From the Musical Theatre History collection of the Library of Congress.

blast from the past:

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

September 23, 1987     Director/choreographer Bob Fosse died of a heart attack, leaving behind an opus of work few of his contemporaries could even begin to compare with.

September 26, 1957     The show created by one of the all-time starriest creative teams – Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), Jerome Robbins (director/choreographer), and Harold Prince (producer) – West Side Story, opened on Broadway.

September 18, 1968     The film version of Funny Girl, which cemented Barbra Streisand’s status as legend of Broadway, nightclubs, recordings, television, and film, premiered today in New York City.

September 16, 1924     Lauren Bacall, star of Applause and Woman of the Year who came to the musical stage after 25 years of movie stardom, was born today.

September 12, 1933     Bela Lugosi, famous for his 1931 film portrayal of Dracula, made his Broadway musical debut in Murder at the Vanities.

September 13, 1948     Nell Carter, Tony Award and Emmy winner for Ain’t Misbehavin’, was born today. Later a television star, Carter’s also appeared in the 1979 film version of Hair and returned to Broadway two decades later to play Miss Hannigan in a revival of Annie.

September 20, 2001     Urinetown, that musical with the title least likely to succeed, opened on Broadway. The darkly comic show won Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

September 10, 2000     Cats closed on Broadway, having run 7,845 performances. The show spent its last three years as the longest-running show in Broadway history, having eclipsed A Chorus Line for that honor on June 19, 1997.

September 22, 1964     Fiddler on the Roof, arguably the last show of the golden era of musical theatre, opened. The original cast featured Maria Karnilova, Bea Arthur, Bert Convy, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Merlin, Julia Migenes, and, of course, Zero Mostel, who won his third Tony in five years for playing Tevye.

September 17, 1933     Dorothy Loudon, who received her first of 3 Tony Award nominations for her breakout role in 1969’s flop The Fig Leaves are Falling – despite its having run only four performances – was born today. The biggest triumphs of Loudon’s long career were her boozy, frowzy Miss Hannigan in Annie (Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and the widow Bea in Michael Bennett’s Ballroom.

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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.