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As a Friend of New Musicals, you will:

  • help us with our three-year $120,000 renovation campaign
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  • 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
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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.


SEPTEMBER 2018: We were able to use all our new equipment to host over 30 potential new Core Curriculum participants. Nearly half of those folks were joining us via video conference - with participants from Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and even Switzerland and New Zealand!

OCTOBER 2018: Our rental listing on Peerspace is getting LOTS of hits - we are considered a “power host” - and our newly renovated hall is bringing in lots of extra income for us in rentals!

NOVEMBER 2018: We have been greenscreening up a storm - and are about to film one of our 15 Minute Musicals from last season - with costumes, and against a greenscreen background that will eventually become scenery. Stay tuned to hear how that goes!

DECEMBER 2018: We are partnering with the Drama Department at UC Irvine on some of our internet musical shorts!

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:

Sunday, December 9 - 7pm

NMI LIVE! a concert at NMI

PLUS the end of our ONLINE AUCTION!

Thursday, December 20 - 7pm

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC has a concert at the Wallis Annenberg

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featured video:

Manson’s Girls: Gratitude

This week’s Featured Video is from “Manson’s Girls,” the story of the Manson Family murders, told from the perspective of the girls. In this clip, the Girls remind a wavering cohort what they’ve done for her and what they expect in return.

“Manson’s Girls” was nominated for Best Musical at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival and voted Best Musical by Tvolution and Pick of the Fringe by Combined Art Form, with music by Ron Barnett, lyrics by Mitch Glaser, and book by Scott Guy. Directed by Scott Guy with Music Direction from Ron Barnett. This excerpt features Megan Ruble as Sadie Mae, with l. to r.: Lauran Dewey (Squeaky), Christina Anatone (Marioche) and Lia Peros (Big Patty).

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#15 – TRANSITIONS

The 15th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. This vlog covers another picky technical issue - scene transitions. Productions today are very cinematic in the flow of scenes - how can you make sure your script flows from scene to scene in a stageable way? 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:

Dolores DeLuce

Mentored by Divine, of John Waters’ underground film fame, Dolores DeLuce made her theatrical début with the infamous Cockettes at the Palace Theater in San Francisco in 1973. She went on to write and perform with "White Trash Boom Boom," a woman's theater collective that entertained the boys in gay bars and the girls in women's prisons from 1974 -1976. She co-wrote the musical comedy, Broken Dishes, and was nominated for 'best performer in a Musical,' by The Bay Area Credits Association. Creator of a critically acclaimed multi-media musical, The Last Dance of the Couch Potatoes, and played the lead at the Odyssey Theater in LA and the Powerhouse Theater in Venice,.
Grace Happens based on her memoir was a semi-finalist at the Austin Screenwriting competition and she authored a collection of short stories, Gay Widow and three memoirs, in the Counter Culture Diva Series: My Life a Four Letter Word; Blow Jobs, A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or Not!; and The Lazy Gals Guide to Success and Enlightenment.
Dolores continues to write and perform with Queerwise a senior LGBT writers’ collective and is a frequent contributing story teller at Rouge Theater’s Rant and Rave, Taboo Tales, Tasty Words, The Moth, Everybody Loves a Good Story, and Spark, etc.

I'm looking for my music team for Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva.

Synopsis:Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva //Where Hair meets Rent, meets Angeles in America.

When Ru Paul was but a twinkle in his father’s eye, drag queens grew hipster beards, and radical fairies lived in communes outside the box of gender specific definitions. In a land long before the tech revolution, San Francisco’s Counter Culture Diva braved the glittery shores of this magical era with pride and outrageous rebellion through her camp performance.

The Musical: Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva, introduces self-proclaimed, ‘gay widow’ Grace Tempesta on stage in 1988’s performance piece that flashes back to her escaping New Jersey via a Greyhound and landing on the shores of San Francisco’s first gay pride day, circa 1970, on her 18th birthday.

Among a brew of outrageous theater queens Grace finds her true calling and falls for one of her many new roommates, the charming bi-sexual Tommy. Only weeks of living outside the box of gender-bending disco days and nights she discovers she’s carrying the baby of a black boyfriend she left back in Jersey.
When Grace reveals her delicate condition to her Jersey family, her father disowns her but with the support of her new unlikely family and the crazy love of Tommy, Grace finds a safe place to fall.
Grace vamps through this musical comedy/tragedy becoming a mother to her precious bi-racial daughter Viva, and a Diva to be reckoned with until the first appearance of AIDS bringing on the long season of tears, demanding she grow up for real.
By the third act, Grace mends the relationship with her father as he passes away and she cares for Tommy and the many members of her community that succumb to the AIDS pandemic. As Grace faces the music and buries the bodies, she reinvents a new life as a surviving Gay Widow.

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featured performer:

Hannah Naiditch

HEIGHT: 5 ft 4 in
UNIONS: Non-Union
VOCAL RANGE: Soprano, Belter
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre
AGE RANGE: 18-25


BA in Musical Theatre (California State University, Chico)

Elizabeth Mestnik Acting Studio (Meisner Intensive, Scene Study)


Dialects (British RP, Cockney, Northern Irish, Southern)

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Playbill for Oklahoma – 1943. From the New York Public Library collections.

Ed Wynn, 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:

December 1, 1945     Bette Midler, the recording and film star who began her career playing Tzeitel in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, was born today

December 8, 1925     Rat-packer Sammy Davis, Jr., who starred on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful, a revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, and Golden Boy (for which he received a Tony Award nomination, was born today. A dancer since the age of five, he also made movie musicals, including Sweet Charity and Porgy & Bess.

December 9, 1897     British comedienne Hermione Gingold, who stole scenes in the musical movies Gigi and The Music Man and received a Tony Award nod at the age of 75 for A Little Night Music, was born today. (She also appeared in Harold Prince’s ill-fated film version of …Night Music.)

December 23, 2005     Broadway theatre going more-or-less returned to normal following a two-day New York City Transit Workers strike. It was the first such transit strike in New York in 25 years.

December 6, 1896     Lyricist Ira Gershwin was born today. On Broadway, he worked almost exclusively with his brother George on shows like Lady Be Good, Funny Face, Oh Kay!, and Rosalie. After George’s premature death, he also collaborated with Kurt Weill on Lady in the Dark and The Firebrand of Florence. For the movies, he also collaborated with Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen.

December 24, 1893     Harry Warren, composer for most of the iconic movie musicals of the 1930s – including 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, 1935, and 1937, and Go Into Your Dance, all written with lyricist Al Dubin – was born today. He died in 1981, a year after his music was immortalized on Broadway in 42nd Street.

December 26, 1931     Of Thee I Sing, a depression-era musical satire of American politics, opened on Broadway to rave reviews and terrific box office numbers. Penned by Moss Hart and George and Ira Gershwin, it became the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

December 2, 1914     Ray Walston, who appeared in Me and Juliet and House of Flowers before originating the role of a lifetime as Applegate in Damn Yankees – and winning a Tony Award for it – was born today.

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Go Inside the New York Stage and Film Winter Gala
Go Inside the New York Stage and Film Winter Gala

The cast of The Prom, Santino Fontana, and more came out to celebrate actors Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig, as well as outgoing NYSAF Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer at New York Stage and Film’s winter gala December 9 at the Plaza Hotel. Flip through photos of 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.