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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.
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
Here’s what we’ve accomplish so far: In 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.
Our next three goals:
- Renovate our Main Hall ($20,000)
- Produce multiple musicals at 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival ($28,000)
- Shoot a musical webseries (summer) ($25,000)
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:
Sat. Feb. 3:
Musical Theatre Evensong Service at 7:00pm
Wed. Feb. 7:
NMI Member Michael Shapiro featured at ASCAP Workshop
Thurs., Feb. 15:
Submission deadline for the New Voices Project
F**ked-Up Fairy Tales
New Musicals Inc. produced twelve musicals at Hollywood Fringe this year. Short musicals, some are goofy, some serious, and some are for mature audiences only! “F**ked-Up Fairy Tales” is a satire on contemporary political policy (ahem). Book & Lyrics by Grace Jasmine, Music by David Jayden Anthony
Jack - Michael Steven Mraz
Giant - Tyler Stouffer
Jiminy Cricket - Joey Hunt
Cinderella - Megan Rees
Maleficent - Lia Peros
The Beast - James Braxton Sherrill
Rumpelstiltskin - David Epstein
Ice Princess - Tayla Jan Schaffner
King Midas - Matt JJ Miller
Director - Denis McCourt
Music Director - Kevin Mathie
Stage Manager - Morgan Aiken
How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #5- STRUCTURE PART 1
The fifth post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … This video talks about using FLASHBACKS and FRAMING DEVICES in your musical. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/
Search Winner 2016
How Ben has been impacted by NMI:
“Working with New Musicals, Inc was a very formative experience for me both for my project, and as a writer in general. Elise and Scott are excellent dramaturgs, and their feedback was invaluable to the development of my show. They put on a talented and professional reading of my show, but by far my favorite thing about working with New Musicals Inc was their willingness to take risks. They made me feel safe to push myself to the limit as a writer, and it helped me learn a lot.”
What's next for Ben:
Ben is presently developing, “Spellbound! A Perfect Musical Fairytale,” at the BMI Workshop, as a member of Ken Davenport’s Writers’ Group, and in Andrew Lippa’s Writers’ Bloc. He hopes to do a full production of the show within the next two years. Additionally, Ben is working in collaboration with Laurel Haines on “Marisol: the Mail-Order Country Music Star,” a musical that tells the story of Marisol, a girl from the Phillipines who comes to America as a Mail-Order Bride in order to pursue her dream of becoming a Country Music Star.
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer
I have performed In Paris, Germany, and Poland. With workshop productions in the city of Poznan of "The Cherry Orchard." I also had a workshop production "Angel City Diamond Case" at the Los Angeles Dance Center in the 80s. Presently working on Emma B. a musical version of Madame Bovary.
Presently, I am looking for people to record an original studio album of "The Cherry Orchard." Singers with a very strong acting background.
HAIR COLOR: Brown
HEIGHT: 6 ft 2 in
UNIONS: AEA, SAG-AFTRA
VOCAL RANGE: Soprano, Mezzo, Alto
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock, Classical
AGE RANGE: 25-35
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature
SIGHT SINGING SKILLS: Good
Larry Moss Intensive … Scene Study Master Class … Larry Moss
Beverly Hills Playhouse … Advanced Scene Study … Art Cohan, Allen Barton, Gary Grossman
Upright Citizens Brigade … Improvisation … Julie Brister
Broadway Theatre Project … Broadway Training … Nancy Dussault, Donna McKechnie, Ben Vereen etc.
Vocal Arts Symposium … Broadway Training … Martile Rowland, etc.
Colorado Jazz Dance Company … Training & Performance … Zetta Alderman
Colorado College … Bachelor of the Arts, cum laude … Tom Lindblade (advisor)SPECIAL SKILLS:
VOICE: 15+ years, D3-C6
DANCE: Jazz, Modern, Tap
DIALECTS: British, Southern (OK, GA, TX, AR), New York (Brooklyn), Irish
SPORTS: Basketball (College, center), Scuba Diving (certified), Softball, Volleyball
FIGHT/WEAPONS: Stage Combat, Action, Kickboxing, Sword (Single Rapier), Firearms
MISCELLANEOUS: Ear wiggling, Horse canter SFX
Players Cigarettes from the H.M.S Pinafore production – date uncertain. From the New York Public Library collections.
The New Yorker – 1934. From the New Yorker Cover Gallery Website.
blast from the past:
Here is some fun musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:
February 17, 1976 Rockabye Hamlet opened on Broadway. Four days later, the show closed. The cast included Meat Loaf and Beverly D’Angelo (her sole Broadway endeavor to date)
February 10, 1898 Dramatist, stage manager and poet, Bertolt Brecht, was born today in Augsburg, Bavaria.
February 21, 1953 Christine Ebersole was born today. Ebersole’s first Broadway role was in Oklahoma! as Ado Annie in 1979.
February 13, 1957 Audrey Hepburn starred in Funny Face, which opened today
February 11, 1979 They’re Playing Our Song? opened on Broadway today starring Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein. With a book by Neil Simon, the show became a hit, though none of the show’s pop tunes ever caught on outside the theater.
February 16, 1956 The movie Carousel premiered today, reuniting stars Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae. Richard Rodgers claimed that the score was his favorite of all his works.
1859 Sholem Yakov Rabinowitz is born in Ukraine. Under the pen name Sholem Aleichem (1859–1916) he writes many stories in Yiddish, several of which are adapted for the stage, most notably Fiddler on the Roof. 1915 Blossom Seeley, Nora Bayes, and Joe Jackson are Maid...read more
Dan Butler has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning Travesties in the role of Lenin. He replaces Nicholas Woodeson, who has departed the production due to scheduling conflicts. The play is set to arrive on Broadway in the...read more
Music and memory are undeniably linked. In fact, the non-profit organization aptly named Music and Memory helps to develop music programs and provide resources for those with cognitive impairments to listen to the music of their time to unlock their pasts and...read more
Two-time Tony nominee Harry Connick, Jr. will star as Henry Gondorff in the world premiere of The Sting at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey this spring. The new musical is based on the 1973 Oscar-winning film, with a book by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), music...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.