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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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NMI is a registered charitable organization (FEIN #01-0745909). Your donation, whether recurring or one-time, will be 100% tax deductible.


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.


Here’s what we’ve accomplish so far: In July 2017, we acquired a fancy “switcher” box and three cameras which allowed us to streamcast our entire 51-hour-long Stages Musical Theatre Festival. We saw the amazing possibilities - but we know we need better sound, lighting, overhead microphones and a few more cameras.

Our next three goals:

  • Renovate our Main Hall ($20,000)
  • Produce multiple musicals at 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival ($28,000)
  • Shoot a musical webseries (summer) ($25,000)

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:

Sat. Feb. 3:
Musical Theatre Evensong Service at 7:00pm

Wed. Feb. 7:
NMI Member Michael Shapiro featured at ASCAP Workshop

Thurs., Feb. 15:
Submission deadline for the New Voices Project

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featured video:

F**ked-Up Fairy Tales

New Musicals Inc. produced twelve musicals at Hollywood Fringe this year. Short musicals, some are goofy, some serious, and some are for mature audiences only! “F**ked-Up Fairy Tales” is a satire on contemporary political policy (ahem). Book & Lyrics by Grace Jasmine, Music by David Jayden Anthony

Jack - Michael Steven Mraz
Giant - Tyler Stouffer
Jiminy Cricket - Joey Hunt
Cinderella - Megan Rees
Maleficent - Lia Peros
The Beast - James Braxton Sherrill
Rumpelstiltskin - David Epstein
Ice Princess - Tayla Jan Schaffner
King Midas - Matt JJ Miller
Director - Denis McCourt
Music Director - Kevin Mathie
Stage Manager - Morgan Aiken

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #5- STRUCTURE PART 1

The fifth post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … This video talks about using FLASHBACKS and FRAMING DEVICES in your musical. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at

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our stories:

Ben Boecker
Search Winner 2016

How Ben has been impacted by NMI:

“Working with New Musicals, Inc was a very formative experience for me both for my project, and as a writer in general.  Elise and Scott are excellent dramaturgs, and their feedback was invaluable to the development of my show.  They put on a talented and professional reading of my show, but by far my favorite thing about working with New Musicals Inc was their willingness to take risks. They made me feel safe to push myself to the limit as a writer, and it helped me learn a lot.”

What's next for Ben:

Ben is presently developing, “Spellbound! A Perfect Musical Fairytale,” at the BMI Workshop, as a member of Ken Davenport’s Writers’ Group, and in Andrew Lippa’s Writers’ Bloc. He hopes to do a full production of the show within the next two years. Additionally, Ben is working in collaboration with Laurel Haines on “Marisol: the Mail-Order Country Music Star,” a musical that tells the story of Marisol, a girl from the Phillipines who comes to America as a Mail-Order Bride in order to pursue her dream of becoming a Country Music Star.

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featured writer:

Robert Cawthorne Roberson
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

I have performed In Paris, Germany, and Poland. With workshop productions in the city of Poznan of "The Cherry Orchard." I also had a workshop production "Angel City Diamond Case" at the Los Angeles Dance Center in the 80s. Presently working on Emma B. a musical version of Madame Bovary.

Presently, I am looking for people to record an original studio album of "The Cherry Orchard." Singers with a very strong acting background.

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featured performer:

Rachael Meyers

HEIGHT: 6 ft 2 in
VOCAL RANGE: Soprano, Mezzo, Alto
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock, Classical
AGE RANGE: 25-35
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature


Larry Moss Intensive … Scene Study Master Class … Larry Moss

Beverly Hills Playhouse … Advanced Scene Study … Art Cohan, Allen Barton, Gary Grossman

Upright Citizens Brigade … Improvisation … Julie Brister

Broadway Theatre Project … Broadway Training … Nancy Dussault, Donna McKechnie, Ben Vereen etc.

Vocal Arts Symposium … Broadway Training … Martile Rowland, etc.

Colorado Jazz Dance Company … Training & Performance … Zetta Alderman

Colorado College … Bachelor of the Arts, cum laude … Tom Lindblade (advisor)


VOICE: 15+ years, D3-C6
DANCE: Jazz, Modern, Tap
DIALECTS: British, Southern (OK, GA, TX, AR), New York (Brooklyn), Irish
SPORTS: Basketball (College, center), Scuba Diving (certified), Softball, Volleyball
FIGHT/WEAPONS: Stage Combat, Action, Kickboxing, Sword (Single Rapier), Firearms
MISCELLANEOUS: Ear wiggling, Horse canter SFX

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Players Cigarettes from the H.M.S Pinafore production – date uncertain. From the New York Public Library collections.

The New Yorker – 1934. From the New Yorker Cover Gallery Website.

blast from the past:

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

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

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

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 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.

news feed:

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: February 18
Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: February 18

1859 Sholem Yakov Rabinowitz is born in Ukraine. Under the pen name Sholem Aleichem (1859–1916) he writes many stories in Yiddish, several of which are adapted for the stage, most notably Fiddler on the Roof. 1915 Blossom Seeley, Nora Bayes, and Joe Jackson are Maid...

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Dan Butler Steps Into Travesties on Broadway
Dan Butler Steps Into Travesties on Broadway

Dan Butler has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning Travesties in the role of Lenin. He replaces Nicholas Woodeson, who has departed the production due to scheduling conflicts. The play is set to arrive on Broadway in the...

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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.