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NMI’s RESOURCE CENTER for musical theatre writers

…producers, theatres, contests, ideas, feedback, definitions, links, glossary, insider tips and advice, and free videos

Welcome to the musical theatre writers’ Resource Center.

This is a FREE page provided by New Musicals Inc.  We’ve gathered in one place lots of info we think will be useful to writers of musical theatre:
  • hundreds of musical theatre contests
  • over 700 theatres and producers where you can submit your work
  • an idea library of thousands of royalty-free public domain stories and plots
  • a Writer Bank of potential musical theatre collaborators
  • a glossary of musical theatre terms (with audio/video examples)
  • a page of useful links to other resources for musical theatre writers
  • access to short videos filled with tips and advice from NMI staff

You can see the full listings for FREE!  You just need to register.   Take a look at some random highlights from the feature boxes of the Resource Center below.

We also offer a paid Premium version of the Resource Center which gives you the ability to SEARCH all the listings for contests, theatres, and ideas which are relevant to you and your work; and includes a monthly e-newsletter with up-to-date listings that come straight to you.   


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How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 29 – CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – FUNNY BUT TRUE

The 29th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part 4 in a short series on CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT - this one urging you to make sure your comic character moments are funny but also TRUE.

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January 1, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 28 – CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – FIFTH BUSINESS

December 1, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 27 – CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – EXPOSITION

December 1, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 26 – CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – DICTION

October 6, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 25 – THINK LIKE A DIRECTOR

September 2, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 24 – THREE TYPES OF SONGS ELISE DOESNT MUCH LIKE

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FREE LISTING of hundreds of contests for plays and musicals.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keywords. Who’s running contests for ten-minute musicals or one-acts? Who’s looking just for musicals? Dramas? Comedies? Or search by special interest, or geography.

Here are some random samples from some upcoming contests/submissions listings:

      • Fresh Fruit Festival (February 20)
      • ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York/Los Angeles (February 22)
      • Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Youth Theatre Marilyn Hall Awards (February 28)
      • McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition (February 28)
      • Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing (February 28)



Here are some samples from our Glossary of definitions of musical theatre terms. We will be adding to this over time - as well as adding actual sample scores and sound recordings. Check back often!

      • ABAB:

        A refrain structure in which an initial A section is followed by a section of contrasting musical material (“B section”), followed by a repetition of the initial A section, and concluded with a repetition of the “B section”. Lyrics change in each section, but there is usually a repeated lyric in the same location of each A section (e.g., lyric is repeated either the beginning or the end of the A sections). Generally this corresponds to a refrain of typically 8-bar sections. ABAB refers to the structure of the Refrain, not the structure of the song. An example is: Que Sera Sera (Livingston/Evans).

      • Golden age of musical theatre:

        A period from approximately 1943-1963 which includes many of the most popular shows of Broadway.

      • Accent – agogic:

        Agogic refers to duration. Agogic accents are a result of notes which are noticeably longer (or shorter) than the notes around them.

        • O-klahoma where the wind….
        • Maria, Maria Ma-reee-ia
        • Wou-ldn’t it be loverly?
        • Sunrise, sunset.  Swift-lee fly the years.
      • Page numbers — paginating integrated script and score:

        A screen capture of a session integrating script and score and adding running page numbers.  This video demonstrates using Acrobat, but the principles of pagination would apply to any pdf integration program.

      • Reading Lyrics:

        by Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball. New York, Pantheon Books, 2000.

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Watch this FREE video to learn how to implement the FORMAT GUIDELINES specifically designed by New Musicals Inc. Make sure your script and score look professional and are ready to go into development.

Playbill for South Pacific – date uncertain. From the New York Public Library collections.


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Dennis Hanrahan - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Christopher Moore - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • W.A.W. Parker - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Carlos Benson - Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS


You may peruse the Writer Bank for potential collaborators.

If you are a logged-in registered (free) user, you are also welcome to enter your own information into the Writer Bank.

Not yet registered? Just look for the registration form at the bottom of this page.


FREE LISTINGS of nearly 700 producers and theatres for potential submission of your work.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keyword or genre to identify who’s most likely to be interested in YOUR musical. (Large/small; comedy/drama; full-length/one-act; special interest like “women” or “LGBT” or youth theatre, etc.)

Here are some random samples from our listings of theatres and producers:

      • Green Light Arts (Accepts Plays / )
      • The Lark Theatre Company (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • InterAct Theatre Company (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Hangar Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )
      • Pier One Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )



Here is one of our featured new musical theatre videos:


FREE ACCESS to a library of 1000+ downloadable royalty-free stories, plays, plots and other inspiring indeas we’ve found in the public domain for you. There’s a brief excerpt of every item in the library, so you can take a quick glance to see whether or not you want to read the whole text. In addition, the NMI staff has made annotations and recommendations for many of the titles in the library about their potential to become musicals. Save hundreds of hours of research and reading!

Premium Subscribers: get the ability to search the library for genre (Comedy, drama, suspense, ghost story, fairy story, etc.).

Here are some random samples from our listings of story ideas in the public domain:

      • Quality Street (by J. M. Barrie)
      • Helena’s Husband (by Philip Moeller)
      • The Widow’s Bandbox (by Harrett Beecher Stowe)
      • Fortune and the Woodcutter (by Andrew Lang)
      • The War of the Worlds (by H.G. Wells)



New Musicals Inc. offers a whole series of professional online LABS for bookwriters, lyricists, and composers who are serious about improving their craft. This video is a FREE sample of one of the lecture videos from the all new Lyric Lab 1 - Fundamentals.



Here is some musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:

February 21, 1953     Christine Ebersole was born today. Ebersole’s first Broadway role was in Oklahoma! as Ado Annie in 1979.

February 10, 1898     Dramatist, stage manager and poet, Bertolt Brecht, was born today in Augsburg, Bavaria.

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 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.

February 13, 1957     Audrey Hepburn starred in Funny Face, which opened today

news feed:

From Screen to Stage: Get to Know the Roles of Armie Hammer!

Armie Hammer is set to make his return to Broadway in Tracy Letts’ The Minutes. BroadwayWorld is giving you a look back at Hammer’s major screen and stage roles leading up to the present day

From Miss Saigon to Once On This Island: Celebrate Lea Salonga on Stage

Lea Salonga became a theatre phenomenon when she landed the role of Kim in the hit musical Miss Saigon in 1991, for which she won Tony and Olivier Awards. She was recently back on Broadway as Erzulie in the Tony-winning revival of Once On This Island at Circle in the Square Theatre. Salonga, who celebrates her birthday February 22, has also appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables, Flower Drum Song, and Allegiance. FROM THE ARCHIVES: How Miss Saigon’s Lea Salonga Achieved Overnight Stardom at 20 LRead more

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: February 21

1879 John Wellington Wells deals his magic and spells for the first time on Broadway with the American premiere of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s The Sorcerer at the old Broadway Theatre. 1928 A killer octopus threatens a group stranded in a lighthouse in Ralph Murphy and Donald Gallagher’s oddly-titled thriller Sh, the Octopus. It runs 47 performances at the Royale Theatre and is later filmed. 1938 Wine of Choice proves bitter for a woman smitten with a dedicated Marxist who has no time foRead more

BWW Review: Ivo van Hove’s Alarmingly Charmless WEST SIDE STORY

Dear kindly Ivo van Hove,I often like your work,But when you stage revivalsYour concepts go berserk.Your symbolism’s clunky,Your edits are too thick.West Side Story doesn’t need your schtick.

Kristen and Bobby Lopez Reveal New Movie Musical

Fresh off of their third Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for Frozen 2’s “Into the Unknown”, Kristen and Bobby Lopez are wasting no time jumping back into the movie musical arena. Playbill has learned exclusively from the Lopezes: “Our next movie musical project is with Marc Platt and it is a musical version of a graphic novel called The Prince and the Dressmaker.” The team is working with Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog (4000 Miles) to adapt the graphic novel by Jen Wang. Set in ParisRead more

Patina Miller to Star in POWER Prequel Series

Patina Miller will star in the upcoming prequel spinoff of Starz’s series Power. According to TV Line, Miller will star inPower Book III Raising Kanan, and the serieswill follow the early years of Kanan Stark.

Peter Pan–Inspired Fly Soars Over San Diego February 18

The Peter Pan-inspired Fly takes flight at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego February 18. Starring in the musical are Lincoln Clauss (Bat Out of Hell) as Peter Pan, Storm Lever (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) as Wendy, and The Prom alum Isabelle McCalla as Tink. Directed by Jeffrey Seller, Fly is based on the J.M. Barrie novel Peter and Wendy with a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), music by Bill Sherman (In the Heights) and lyrics by Kirsten ChRead more

Video: Hear ‘Washington’ A Cut Song from COME FROM AWAY at CUT FROM AWAY At Feinstein’s/54 Below

Broadway’s Come From Away, now in its third smash hit year, hit the stage for CUT FROM AWAY THE UNTOLD STORIES SONGS, a one night only concert event at Feinstein’s54 Below

New Bob Marley Musical GET UP, STAND UP is Headed to the West End in 2021

A new Bob Marley musical is headed to London’s West End in 2021

60 Minutes Goes Behind the Scenes of Broadway’s New West Side Story

Producer Scott Rudin, director Ivo van Hove, and more will appear on CBS’ 60 Minutes February 16 to reveal their fresh take on the classic West Side Story for the Broadway 2020 revival. The show officially opens February 20, having delayed its previously scheduled February 10, due to a performer injury. In their piece, host Bill Whitaker and 60 Minutes reveals footage from the first day of rehearsal as well as interviews with cast members and the creative team. The inside look focuses heavily onRead more

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