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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
- 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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CALL TO ACTION:
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 LAStageTix.com; 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.
CRESCENDO CAMPAIGN UPDATE
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
COMMERCIAL PIPELINE projects begin
We welcome two new part-time staffers: Wayne Self and Makena Metz!
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 http://nmi.org/ and click on STUDY.
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 http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/
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.
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.
HAIR COLOR: Brown
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
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult
SIGHT SINGING SKILLS: Moderate
TRAINING: SPECIAL SKILLS:
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.
Metropolitan Opera’s 2018–2019 Season Opens September 24 With Samson et Dalila, Directed by Darko Tresnjak
The Metropolitan Opera kicks off its new season September 24 with a new staging of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. The production, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (Anastasia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) in his Met debut, stars Roberto Alagna...read more
Songwriting team Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick collaborated with librettist Joseph Stein to write a musical based on stories by Sholom Aleichem. The result was Fiddler on the Roof, which told the story of Tevye, a Jewish milkman in early 1900s Russia (and father of...read more
Songwriter Jim Vallance takes readers through his and Bryan Adams’ score for the musical adaptation of the classic movie. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show is currently running at the Nederlander Theatre and the cast album is available for...read more
The cast of Center Theatre Group’s production of Luis Valdez’ Valley of the Heart has been announced. Mariela Arteaga, Moises Castro, Melanie Arii Mah, Derek Mio, Theresa Murray, Randall Nakano, Joy Osmanski, Rose Portillo, Christy Sandoval, Scott Keiji Takeda,...read more
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.
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.
Hone your skills at your own pace with the Craft Labs offered by our sister site: WritingMusicalTheatre.com. Courses include the Book Lab, Lyric and Advanced Lyric Labs, Music Lab, Outlining Lab, and the new Core Curriculum online.