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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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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:

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 20 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 4 – PLANTING SEEDS

The 20th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part 4 in the short series on the work of a scene - discussing “planting seeds” that will pay off later in the plot. 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:

Ggreg Snyder
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

Ggreg is a native of the Bay Area, and has a BA in Theatre from San Francisco State. He has had productions of six stage plays, and his collaborative effort Alone In A Deserted Mind was performed on the Public Radio Network by the Shoestring Radio Theatre of Berkeley, CA. He has recently finished the first draft of a musical, Gehenna. It is the story of a group of survivors struggling to exist after a nuclear war, set in 1963. It pays homage to such films of that era as On The Beach, Fail Safe, Panic In Year Zero and Dr. Strangelove. An album musical of the score is being produced, which will be released as a free download when finished. Other staged plays include Year Of The Dog, (Rice Not Included) and Seizure Boy and the Winchester Mile. Ggreg has released two albums of original songs, Vittles For Thought and Perilous Lizards, which are in an style (a fusion of country, worldbeat and Broadway) and are available for purchase on ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby and all streaming outlets. He has also written for National Lampoon magazine and The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno. As an actor, Ggreg has appeared on Beat The Geeks, The Man Show, USA: Up All Night, Trekkies 2 and numerous commercials, including national ads for and Xerox. His stage work includes forty years of productions, specializing in classical and musical theatre. He has worked with regional theatres, including Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Western Stage and Knightsbridge Theatre.

Yes. I do book, music and lyrics, but since I have no formal musical training (and can't read or write music,) I would prefer someone who has knowledge in that discipline.

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featured performer:

J Quinton Johnson

Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

HEIGHT: 6 ft
VOCAL RANGE: Bari-tenor
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock
AGE RANGE: 18-25
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature


2 years at the University of Texas at Austin under a Musical Theater initiative.


Composition, basketball, football, a bit of counter tenor, strong movement ability, music notation

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The Black Crook Company,1893. The first American musical company based on European practice of using females in male roles. 4 “couples” in evening dress drinking champagne. 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:

May 2, 1984     Stephen Sondheim bounced back after the debacle of Merrily We Roll Along (sixteen performances), Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway today.

May 8, 1892     Italian baritone Ezio Pinza was born today. Primarily a star of opera, he gained lasting fame at the age of fifty-seven as the man Mary Martin wanted to ‘wash right out of her hair’ in South Pacific.

May 10, 1899     Fred Astaire was born today.

May 23, 1921     After decades of white actors doing blackface, Shuffle Along, the first show written by African Americans, opened on Broadway in 1921.

May 24, 1966     Mame opened on Broadway today starring Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Jane Connell, and Frankie Michaels.

May 12, 1988     One of the most ill-fated musicals of all time opened: Carrie. Three days later, it closed.

May 11, 1888     Israel Isidore Baline was born today, but we know him better as Irving Berlin.

May 21, 1959     Gypsy opened on Broadway

May 16, 1946     Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway today, and it became the biggest hit for composer Irving Berlin, running for nearly three years.

May 7, 1937     Shall We Dance premiered today, pairing America’s favorite dance team for the seventh time. Fred Astaire introduced the classic ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me,’ which was nominated for an Oscar, while Fred and Ginger danced and sang on roller skates to ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.’

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

1924 The Marx Brothers star in I’ll Say She Is at the Casino Theatre in New York. The revue, with a book by Will B. Johnstone and music by Tom Johnstone, takes the boys through murder, mayhem, and a visit with Napoleon and Josephine. It runs beyond the season....

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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.