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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
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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 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.
FEBRUARY 2018: We repainted our Main Hall - including a GREEENSCREEN WALL - and shot our first experiments with greenscreen musicals for the internet.
MAY 2018: Our new curtains have been installed and not only do they look fantastic, they have also warmed up the sound in the Main Hall!
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:
Monday, July 9
BOOT CAMP classes begin!
Monday, July 15
Search for New Musicals submission DEADLINE
Saturday, July 21:
Our first NMI LIVE presentation of new songs
The BIZ of the Musical Theatre BIZ Conference!
July 28 at 8pm
A concert presentation of our SEARCH winner BRAVO
INTERVIEW: an interview with Michael Rubinoff (Canadian Musical Theatre Project)
An interview with Michael Rubinoff of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project where Tony-award winning COME FROM AWAY was developed. This interview is part of a series with producers and writers of new musical theatre, originally streamed live during the 2017 Stages Musical Theatre Festival.
How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#10 – BIOGRAPHIES
The tenth post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … This video talks about what to consider when planning a musical that is about a real living or historical character. 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.
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer
COMPOSER / MUSIC PRODUCER
TXT – Composer [Fencesitter Films, 2018 release]
WINNIE MANDELA - Original Song [Ironwood Films, Equinox Films]
DRIVEN - Composer [Archcreek Productions]
STRANGE FRUIT – Composer, includes Score and Original Songs [Fencesitter Films]
GLORY ROAD - Composer/Producer, Incidental Music [Bruckheimer / Touchstone]
LITTLE RICHARD STORY - Music Producer & Arranger/Composer additional music [Fox]
THE PRINCESS DIARIES - Composer Additional Music / Production Music Supervision [Disney]
REMEMBER THE TITANS – Composer & Producer Additional Music [Bruckheimer / Touchstone]
THE TEMPTATIONS - Producer, selected songs & On Camera Music Supervision [NBC]
KNOCK OUT - Composer, Score and Original Songs [Renegade Entertainment]
SELENA - Music Supervisor / Song Producer / Composer Additional Music [Warner Bros.]
SUGARTIME – Composer / Music Supervisor / Song Producer & Arranger [HBO]
VEGAS, CITY OF DREAMS - Composer & Music Supervisor [DMG Entertainment]
THE OTHER SISTER - Composer Additional Music / Production Music Supervision [Disney]
NORMA JEAN AND MARILYN - Music Supervisor / Song Producer / Composer Additional Music [HBO]
SISTER ACT II - Producer & Arranger selected songs [Disney]
SWING KIDS - Production Music Supervision, Supervisor On Camera Music [Touchstone]
ROMY and MICHELE: IN THE BEGINNING - Composer Original Songs, Music Supervision [ABC]
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT – Music Supervision, On-Camera Sequences [Touchstone]
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU - Song Production [Touchstone]
BUG BUSTER - Composer [DMG Entertainment]
200 CIGARETTES - Producer & Arranger, selected songs [Paramount]
SEX AND THE CITY - Composer, selected cues [HBO]
THE MISERY BROTHERS - Score Composer / Song Producer [Loco Motion Pictures]
KEEPING THE FAITH - Song Production & Arranging [Touchstone]
PAINT & PROCESS - Composer & Sound Design [Artist Productions]
STORYBOOK - Composer & Music Supervisor [ Loco Motion Pictures]
Additional Feature Film Music Credits: ‘LORD OF WAR’, ‘STATESIDE’, 'FANTASIA 2000',‘TALL TALE’, ‘SNEAKERS’, ‘FATHER OF THE BRIDE II’, ‘THE BODYGUARD’, ‘ROCKETEER’, ‘PRETTY WOMAN’, ‘DANGEROUS MINDS’, ‘ED WOOD’, ‘100 GREATEST MOMENTS IN L.A. SPORTS’, ‘CROSSROADS’,
‘DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS’, ‘NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VAN WILDER’, ‘MR. WRONG’,
‘ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM’, ‘JOE SOMEBODY’, ‘BORN YESTERDAY’, ‘SHOUT’, ‘PRINCESS DIARIES 2’, ‘DICK TRACY’, ‘THE COMPETITION’, ‘SO FINE’, ‘THE REAGANS’, ‘ANNIE’
Original Music Included in: ‘THE BIG BANG THEORY’, ‘ER’, ‘SMALLVILLE', ‘MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE',
‘THIRD WATCH’, ‘DAMAGES’, ‘THE WRITERS HOT LIST’, ‘TRAVEL IN STYLE’, ‘GIRLFREINDS’,
‘THE BEST WEEK EVER’, ‘TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, ‘WEST WING’,‘THE WOMEN OF CAMELOT',
‘MTV UNDRESSED’, ‘CHICAGO HOPE’, ‘PUNK’D’, ‘THE OSBOURES’, ‘ED’,
‘INSIDE HOLLYWOOD’, ‘EVERWOOD’, ‘SISTER, SISTER’, ‘GLOBAL BUSINESS’, ‘JIMMY GLICK’,
‘NO ORDINARY FAMILY’, ‘AMERICA’S UGLIEST KITCHENS’, ‘TART’, ‘CREATURE COMFORTS’,
’THE 50 BIGGEST CELEBRITIES’, ‘TRU CALLING’, ‘NERO WOLF MYSTERIES’, ‘TIMELOCK’,
‘ALWAYS GREENER’, ‘STATESIDE’, ‘FAMOUS CRIME SCENE’, ‘SHARK’, ‘ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’,
‘HOW DO I LOOK’, ‘MY SUPER SWEET 16TH’, ‘LIFE’, ‘THE COMPANY’, ‘IN STYLE’,
‘NO ORDINARY FAMILY’, ‘BOOMTOWN’, ‘DESIGN RULES’, 'MAX KEEBLE’S BIG MOVE',
‘CLEAN HOUSE’, ‘STUDIO 60 ON SUNSET’, E!, CNN, MTV, WB NETWORK
Music Production with Artists that Include: JENNIFER LOPEZ, BETTE MIDLER, HEATH LEDGER, MADONNA, TONY BENNETT, MANDY MOORE, LITTLE RICHARD, ANNE HATHAWAY, MIRA SORVINO, THE TEMPTATIONS, JULIE ANDREWS, MANDY POTIMKIN, CHRISTINA RICCI, KIM BASSINGER,
BRITTANY SPEARS, MARY LOUISE PARKER, STAN GETZ, ED NORTON, DIANNE LADD,
WOOPI GOLBERG, CHUCK BERRY, ANGELA BASSET, LAURENCE FISHBURN, JOHN TRAVOLTA
Professional Memberships Include: THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS AND LYRICISTS,
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MUSIC ARRANGERS AND COMPOSERS, DRAMATISTS GUILD OF AMERICA
HAIR COLOR: Black
HEIGHT: 6 ft 4 in
VOCAL RANGE: Tenor, Bari-tenor, Baritone
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
AGE RANGE: 18-25
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature
SIGHT SINGING SKILLS: Good
Method Acting - LSTFI - Lola Cohen, Tim Crouse
Tai Chi - LSTFI - Ron NaVarre
Singing - NYU Steinhardt - Jennifer Smolos; Rene UrbanovichSPECIAL SKILLS:
George Gershwin, 1937. From the Musical Theatre History collection of the Library of Congress.
H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan – date uncertain. From the New York Public Library collections.
blast from the past:
Here is some fun musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:
July 22, 1949 Alan Menken was born. Composer of Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and The Little Mermaid.
July 18, 2003 Hairspray played its first preview in New York.
July 1, 1941 Twyla Tharp was born today
July 14, 1918 Arthur Laurents was born. Bookwriter for West Side Story, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, amongst others, and also director of such hits as La Cage aux Folles and revivals of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and, currently running in NYC, Patti LuPone.
July 24, 2003 Acclaimed revival of Big River opened at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Produced by NAMT member Deaf West Theatre with The Roundabout Theatre Company in association with NAMT member Center Theatre Group, the revival combined hearing and deaf actors.
July 25, 1975 A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre with no stars, no set, no conventional storyline. It became one of the most beloved musicals of all time.
July 2, 1987 Michael Bennett died today at the age of forty-four. He left behind a legacy of two decades worth of Broadway choreography. After five Tony noms, he finally won for Best Choreography for Follies.
July 15, 1905 Dorothy Fields was born. Lyricist who collaborated with Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Bob Fosse, and Cy Coleman. Among her most famous songs: “The Way You Look Tonight”, “A Fine Romance”, and “Big Spender”. Also bookwriter for Annie Get Your Gun.
July 19, 1962 Film version of The Music Man premieres.
The St. Louis Muny summer production of the Tony-winning musical Annie, starring the previously reported Tony nominees Jennifer Simard (Disaster!; Hello, Dolly!) and Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical, Spamalot) as Miss Hannigan and Daddy Warbucks, respectively,...read more
1856 Birthday of prolific producer Charles Frohman who, often in collaboration with his brothers Daniel and Gustave, produces dozens of Broadway shows including Sherlock Holmes, The Czarina, Pasteur, The Texas Nightingale, and Zander the Great. In one busy stretch,...read more
Broadway favorite Mara Davi (Dames at Sea, Smash) opened July 12 in The LEXington Theatre Company’s production of The Music Man at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, Kentucky. Take a look at highlights from the production in the video above. The mounting of...read more
The American premiere of the Yiddish-language adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, which began performances July 4 in an all-new production from National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, has been extended an additional week. Helmed by Oscar and Tony winner Joel Grey,...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.