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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
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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
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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)

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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:

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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How to Get NO Feedback from Elise Vlog 18 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 2 – PLOT

The 18th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part 2 in the short series on the work of a scene - discussing exposition, plot, and action. 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:

Paul Edward Schultz
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

I was an editor and writer at the New York Daily News for 26 years, and have worked at Newsweek, Newsday and Scholastic as well. I am an alum of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop and have written five musicals, four of which were produced. Two of them were in the NYC Fringe Fest (2009, 2010). The 2009 show, "Eat, Drink and Be Merry," got decent notices (4 stars in TimeOut). It was about food, and followed Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden thru to modern day NYC. My earlier music background is in rock and country; I played in bands, basically.

As far as my tastes go, I like a lot of stuff: rock, country, pop, R&B, folk, early music such as Renaissance polyphony and John Dowland, classic American songbook, and show tunes. I particularly like catchy, melodic songs and the use of humor. So I like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, the Beatles, the Ramones, Mann and Weil, Goffin-King and Frank Zappa. As far as newer musical theater writers, I like Joe Iconis, Jason Robert Brown and Lin-Manuel Miranda. I also respect the Swedish producers and artists, like Max Martin, and Per Gessle of Roxette. One of my faves that not many people know is Moon Martin. I live in Queens, NY.

Here are the shows for which I'm looking for collaborators:
1. “Where There’s a Will,” musical comedy based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Music and lyrics are about half written, book is about half written. It’s set in academia, and the music style so far is folk-rock. I’m looking for a composer and librettist. Totally willing to work with composer-lyricist too.
2. “Rainbow Dreams” or “Hopelessly Caucasian,” musical comedy in the vein of “Memphis,” “Dirty Dancing.” Set in a sort of parallel universe of pre-Beatles 1960s. Music style is rock/pop/R&B. Protagonists are a pair of Brill Building songwriters, Mutt and Jeff team: African American lyricist and skinny white dude composer. Rough draft of libretto is done but it needs help. About half the songs are done. Looking for composer and librettist. Willing to work with composer-lyricist as well.
3. “Gruff,” family musical based on folk tale Three Billy Goats Gruff. This was developed through the BMI Musical Theater Workshop where it began as a 10-minute musical. Music is done, and there’s a rough outline of book. Need librettist to complete the book, hopefully using songs that are written. Music style is melodic show-tune/Broadway. Here's a Dropbox link to a concert of the songs:
I'm willing to send samples of the above, or previous work.

Looking for a composer and/or librettist to complete one or more musical theater projects.

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featured performer:

Stephanie  Leah  Zushi

HEIGHT: 5 ft 4 in
UNIONS: Not specified, Non-Union
VOCAL RANGE: Not Specified, Soprano, Mezzo, Alto, Belter
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
AGE RANGE: 25-35
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature


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H.M.S. Pinafore, 1879. From the Musical Theatre History collection of the Library of Congress.

Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin and Oscar Hammerstein II, seated in back is Helen Tamiris. They are watching hopefuls who are being auditioned on stage of the St. James Theatre, 1948. 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:

March 29, 1951     Rodgers and Hammerstein solidified their position as the premiere writers of musicals with the Broadway opening of The King and I.

March 24, 1994     A revival of Carousel opened on Broadway. More important than the show itself was the Broadway debut of the actress playing Carrie Pipperidge: Audra Ann McDonald.

March 22, 1948     Pop rock musicals would never have been the same or maybe they would never have been at all. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born today.

March 10, 1954     The Threepenny Opera opened at the Theater de Lys off-Broadway today. It was the first major American production of the jazz and opera-infused musicals by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

March 21, 1869     Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. was born today in Chicago. The 1936 Oscar-winning ‘The Great Ziegfeld’ immortalized his life and marriages.

March 31, 1943     Rodgers, Hammerstein and de Mille all but gave birth to what we now know as a ‘musical.’ Oklahoma! opened today.

March 1, 1979     Attend the tale: Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway today.

March 3, 1975     Goodtime Charley opened today. Playing opposite Joel Grey was Ann Reinking. The 104-performance flop lost $1.1 million.

March 8, 1921     Cyd Charisse was born today. She achieved stardom as Gene Kelley’s dance partner in Singin’ in the Rain. The other highlights of her relatively brief career included The Bandwagon, Brigadoon, It’s Always Fair Weather, and Silk Stockings. At 68, Charisse made her Broadway debut as Elizaveta Grushinskaya, the aging Russian ballerina in Grand Hotel.

March 22, 1930     Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim was born on this day, in New York City, to Etta Janet (nee Fox) and Herbert Sondheim.

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Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: March 19
Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: March 19

1872 Birthday of singer and actor Anna Held, future wife of Florenz Ziegfeld, and the classic sexy French flirt of her era. She plays that role in a series of musical vehicles including La Poupee, The French Maid, Mam’selle Napoleon, The Parisian Model, and Miss...

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13 Televisions Show Starring Big Broadway Names
13 Televisions Show Starring Big Broadway Names

More than ever—and in the age of peak TV—more and more theatre actors cross over into work on television and streaming series. With upcoming pilots and new seasons already underway, familiar Broadway faces make their way to TV. Check out the list of highlights below...

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Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: March 16
Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: March 16

1914 Female impersonator Julian Eltinge is lyricist and star of The Crinoline Girl. Otto Hauerbach provides the book and Percy Wenrich the score. The show twirls at the Knickerbocker Theatre for 11 weeks. 1918 Actor-manager Sir George Alexander dies in London at age...

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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.