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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.


AUGUST 2019: We hosted the 21st STAGES Festival of New Musicals including readings from six new musicals and the presentation of our annual GOT MUSICAL event of excerpts from new musicals in development.

SEPTEMBER 2019: As we begin our new fiscal year, we are thrilled to announced that our outside rental income for fiscal year 2018-19 EXCEEDED our own rent due for that period.  Having our outside rentals cover our own rent, while still being able to use the hall for all of our own needs, has been a big boon to our budget!

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 20 and Sunday, September 21 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
The launch of our 2019-20 CORE CURRICULUM for bookwriters, lyricists, and composers

Monday, September 30 at 7:00pm
The first of our new monthly MONDAY NIGHT READINGS. First up - a reading of the new musical WHITE ROSE by Jennifer Rosenfeld.

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featured video:

Trunk Songs: Chattering

At Channel 5678 we asked our network of composers and lyricists to share with us their Trunk Songs–great tunes that haven’t (yet!) made it into a published musical–and we’re proud to present them to you!

This week’s Trunk Song, Chattering, is about a guy who’s in way over his head–in the Himalayas!

Produced by New Musicals, Inc (, this short film appears as part of our new initiative, Channel 5678, where we explore the emerging art form of web-based musical shorts! To see a new video EACH WEEK, SUBSCRIBE today!

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 24 – THREE TYPES OF SONGS ELISE DOESNT MUCH LIKE

The 24th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A discussion of three types of songs that aren’t necessarily the strongest choices for your musical. 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:


Carlos Benson

Experience music composer that needs lyrics to great melodies and title ideas.

Experience music composer that needs lyrics to great melodies and title ideas. AND I'm able to put great music to great lyrics.

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featured performer:

Monica Howe

Bookwriter, Lyricist

HEIGHT: 5 ft 10 in
UNIONS: Non-Union
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
AGE RANGE: 35-45


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A scene of the German-American Operetta Company in the operetta “A Waltz Dream” presented at Weber’s Theatre in 1912, featuring Theodor Lamberg as Joachim XIII. From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

September 2, 1910     Kitty Carlisle Hart, who appeared in numerous vaudeville shows and Broadway musicals – as well as on film with The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera – was born. Also well known for her 20 year leadership of the New York State Council on the Arts and as the wife of My Fair Lady and Camelot director Moss Hart. She died in April 2007 at the age of 97.

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 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.

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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.