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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.


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:

Friday, August 9 at 8pm and Sunday, August 11 at 9pm
The EXTENSION of our award-winning production of THE BULLY PROBLEM at the Arena Theatre

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

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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 23 – THE POWER OF SONG

The 23rd post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A discussion of the POWER of song in a musical. You’re writing a musical, right? So take advantage of the POWER of music and let the SONGS do most of the heavy-lifting. 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:

Sean Yauk

HEIGHT: 5 ft 10 in
UNIONS: Not specified
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre
AGE RANGE: 18-25
CHARACTER RANGE: Child, Young Adult


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Advertisement in The Playgoer for Me for You, the pre-Broadway title of Heads Up!, at the Shubert Detroit Opera House (Detroit, Mich.) September 15,1929. From the Billy Rose Theater Collection, New York Public Library. From the Digital Gallery Collections of the New York Public Library.

Ruiz and Bonita. Photographer: Age-Lis Studio. “‘Ruiz and Bonita’, S. Amer. foremost dancers, who are at present held[?] over [at] K[eith] A[lbee]’s western circuit”–Hand-written on verso. 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:

August 25, 1980     The stage version of 42nd Street opened on Broadway. Gower Champion, the show’s director/choreographer, died just prior to the opening curtain.

August 12, 1919     Michael Kidd, the innovative choreographer and sometime director was born today. His Broadway credits included Finian’s Rainbow, Love Life, and Can-Can; his film work included Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Bandwagon; and he worked on Guys and Dolls both on stage and screen.

August 31, 1918     Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist and bookwriter of many classic musicals, including My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Gigi, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Paint Your Wagon, was born.

August 19, 1938     The movie Alexander’s Ragtime Band opened across America, giving Ethel Merman one of her best film vehicles and the chance to belt Irving Berlin’s “Heat Wave” and “Blue Skies”.

August 8, 1975     Liza Minnelli took over the role of Roxie Hart in the original production of Chicago, having had just six days to learn the role following Gwen Verdon’s hospitalization.

August 23, 1912     Dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, and director Gene Kelly was born today. He started out on Broadway in 1941 in Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey.

August 22, 1932     Theoni V. Aldredge, one of the busiest costume designers in musical theatre history, with more than 100 Broadway shows and 3 Tony Awards to her credit, was born today.

August 16, 2000     A big day for musical diva birthdays! Ann Blyth (Kismet), Eydie Gorme (Golden Rainbow), Julie Newmar (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Anita Gillette (Carnival!), Carole Shelley (Wicked), Dee Hoty (Footloose), Kathie Lee Gifford (Saving Aimee), and Madonna (Dick Tracy), all were born.

August 29, 1964     The film Mary Poppins opened across America, and children of all ages fell in love with Julie Andrews, the ultimate nanny who could dance, fly, and clean up a messy house in no time flat.

August 14, 1975     The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cult classic to end all cult classics, premiered today in London.

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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.