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At New Musicals Inc. in Los Angeles, we develop new musicals.

Here’s our blog, which includes posts and musings on the craft of writing musical theatre, along with our observations about developing new musicals, and how to get them produced.

Want to get involved, as a writer or producer?  See our page about developing musicals.

If you’re looking for classes, visit our sister organization, The Academy for New Musical Theatre.


Featured Videos: Interviews with Joe Barros and Jeff Herbst

NMI’s featured video releases this week are interviews with Joe Barros, Artistic Director of the New York Theatre Barn; and Jeff Herbst, Artistic Director of Nothern Sky Theatre in Wisconsin.

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NMI’s featured video release this week is NMI’s Hollywood Fringe Festival production of THANKSGIVING IN ITHACA; book and lyrics by Mitch Glaser, music by Joseph Blodgett.  This mini-opera is an irreverant retelling of the final scene of the Odyssey. Starring Tedd Szeto, Amber Hurst Martin, Shannon Martinous, Chandler Reed, Robert Leh, Pamela Welky Paul, Kila Packett, and Heidi Elisabeth Appe. Directed by Elise Dewsberry; Music Direction by Emily Cohn; Stage Managed by Morgan Aiken; Cellist - Cameron Stone.  You can also check out an INTERVIEW with the writers, Mitch and Joe.

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NMI’s featured video release this week is NMI’s Hollywood Fringe Festival production of HOLLYWOOD FOREVER; book and lyrics by Robin Share, music by Ross Kalling.  This charming short musical tells the story of two Hollywood teen stars who meet up again 50 years later. Starring John Sparks and Gwen Hillier. Directed by Jessica Snow Wilson; music directed by Jan Roper; stage managed by Jerry A. Blackburn.

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Featured Video: concert reading of SPELLBOUND by Ben Boecker

The featured video release this week is the concert reading of the new musical Spellbound: A F@#&*d-Up Musical Fairytale, written by Ben Boecker. This musical was the winner of the 2017 SEARCH FOR NEW MUSICALS and received a workshop with the Academy Repertory Company prior to the concert reading as part of the STAGES Festival on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Starring Conchita Belisle Newman, Christopher Maikish, Sari Rose Barron, Jordan Goodsell, Elise Dewsberry, Andrea Press, and Lia Peros. With Ron Barnett at the piano. Check back next week for another new musical related featured video. Check it out at

Featured Video: Amy Engelhardt on BASTARD JONES

The featured video release this week is an interview with Amy Engelhardt, co-creator (with Marc Acito) of the recent Off-Broadway musical BASTARD JONES. Amy talks about a unique funding model they used to great success to finance the Off-Broadway production. You can also see an interview with the production’s musical director, Matt Liu. Check it out at

Featured Video: Dames, Dicks, & Butterknives

The featured video release this week is the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival presentation of DAMES, DICKS, & BUTTERKNIVES; with book by Byron Richards and lyrics and music by Clifford J. Tasner.  Bekka, the brilliant secretary to a hapless Private Eye follows him on his search for a killer. Their journey leads them into the dark underbelly of 1940’s LA and into the thrall of a gorgeous songstress and a crime boss and his henchmen in this broadly comedic noir musical. Starring Chelsea Pope, Luke Klipp, Jaq Galliano, Kerr Seth Lordygan, Lauryn Michelle Downey, and Graydon Schlichter.  Director/Choreographer - Allison Bibicoff. Music Director - Jan Roper. Stage Manager- Jerry A. Blackburn. Fight Choreography - Andrew Joseph Perez.  Check it out at

Featured Video: 2017 New Voices Project Concert

The featured video release this week is NMI”s 2017 NEW VOICES PROJECT CONCERT featuring selections from new works by Marina Toft, David Lancelle, Amanda D’Archangelis, Anderson Cook, Jackson Teeley, Jonathan Horn, Luke Davidson, Ariel Mitchell, Edison Hong, Eliot Rhys, Oscar Jacques, Jude Obermuller, David Gomez, and Oliver Houser. Ron Barnett at the piano. Starring Conchita Belisle Newman, Allie Costa, Elise Dewsberry, Jordan Goodsell, Scott Guy, David Holmes, Todd Honeycutt, Gia Mora, Lia Peros, and Lindsay Zana. Friday, July 28, 2017, 7pm, at New Musicals Inc. in North Hollywood.  We’ve also begun to release interviews with some of those writers - starting this week with Jackson Teeley, and the team of Eliot Rhys and Oscar Jacques.  Check it out at

New Featured Video: An Interview with Apples & Oranges Studios Tim Kashani and Pamela Winslow Kashani

Our featured video this week is an interview with TIM KASHANI and PAMELA WINSLOW KASHANI, the master-minds behind Apples and Oranges Studios, producers of the Tony award winning musical An American in Paris (among many others!). Apples and Oranges Studios combines the team’s diverse involvement in the entertainment industry with experience in the tech start-up and enterprise IT worlds to develop and produce new musicals in cutting-edge ways. Utilizing revolutionary tools and complex data analysis to build audiences and drive business, Apples and Oranges Studios endeavors to tell compelling stories with strong commercial viability. View the interview on NMI’s YouTube channel:

New Featured Video: Chaturbate!

This week’s FEATURED VIDEO is CHATURBATE: THE MUSICAL! (written by Dan Margules, David Jayden Anthony, and Chris Edgar). Broadway hopeful Laura London has figured out how to pay the bills while waiting for her big break…and it ain’t by waiting tables. (Mature audiences only!)

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Check out Chaturbate at #HFF17 #NMIfringe

Chaturbate: The Musical!

Where Broadway Gets Off!

Book by Dan Margules, music by David Jayden Anthony, lyrics by Chris Edgar
Saturday, June 10 at 8:30
Wednesday, June 14 at 11:00
Thursday, June 15 at 6:00
Sunday, June 18 at 4:30
Friday, June 23 at 11:00
At the Hollywood Fringe Festival - June (tickets go on sale May 1)