Musical Theatre Writers’ Resource Center | NewMusicalsInc

NMI's RESOURCE CENTER for musical theatre writers

producers, theatres, contests, ideas, feedback, definitions, links, and advice

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--Stephen Sondheim

BOOKWRITERS, LYRICISTS, & COMPOSERS

Here’s a vast source of producers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, feedback, links and advice.  A lot of it is FREE.  Subscribers get additional perks, like the ability to SORT for contests or theatres which exactly match you or your musical. Or NMI staff’s insider suggestions about hundreds of ideas and stories from years of research in public domain libraries. Or the chance to connect with potential musical theatre collaborators around the country. On this page, we’re displaying just a few samples of the resources you can access. If you want to see complete listings, just click the links.

What’s inside the Resource Center?

Inside the musical theatre writer’s RESOURCE CENTER you’ll find links to:

  • hundreds of musical theatre contests
  • over 700 theatres and producers where you can submit your work
  • an idea library of hundreds 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.   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.    Take a look at some random highlights from the feature boxes of the Resource Center below.

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CONTESTS

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:

      • Last Frontier Theatre Conference (October 25)
      • Actors Theatre of Louisville New Voices Young Playwrights Festival (October 31)
      • The Reva Shiner Full-Length Play Competition (October 31)
      • Dayton Playhouse FutureFest (October 31)
      • University of Central Missouri Competition (October 31)

      *** CLICK TO VIEW ALL THE CONTESTS ***


INSIDER TIPS AND ADVICE


How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 25 – THINK LIKE A DIRECTOR

The 25th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Why it is important to think like a director (but don’t think FOR them). To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/


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

August 5, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 23 – THE POWER OF SONG

July 3, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise Vlog 22 SONG SPOTTING AS A FUNCTION OF THE BOOK

June 5, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise Vlog 21 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 5 – ILLUMINATING THEME

May 2, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise Vlog 20 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 4 – PLANTING SEEDS

*** Visit the INSIDER TIPS page to see the full listing of insider tips and advice videos. ***


PRODUCERS & THEATRES

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:

      • Imagination Stage (Accepts Musicals / Plays / Young Audience material / )
      • Kairos Italy Theater (Accepts Plays / )
      • Freed-Hardeman University (Accepts Plays / )
      • Hartford Stage Company (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Theatre Three, Inc. (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )

      *** COMPLETE LIST OF THEATRES/PRODUCERS ***


WRITER BANK


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Carlos Benson - Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Jordan Toopes - Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Elias James Matthews - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • David Schapiro - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Daniel Avram Wolf - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   

*** VIEW THE WRITER BANK ***

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.


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LIBRARY OF IDEAS (Royalty Free)

FREE ACCESS to a library of 400+ downloadable royalty-free stories, plays, plots and other inspiring stuff 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 if you want to read the whole thing or not. 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:

      • The Dummy That Lived (by L. Frank Baum)
      • Solange (by Alexander Dumas)
      • The Romance of an Ugly Policeman (by P.G. Wodehouse)
      • The Mark on the Wall (by Virginia Woolf)
      • Quality (by John Galsworthy)

      *** LINK TO COMPLETE LIBRARY OF IDEAS ***


GLOSSARY OF TERMS


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!

      • NAMT:

        National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Member-based support organization for theatres and producers of musicals, based in New York. www.namt.org

      • Recitative:

        Passages which are sung, but not part of a structured song. (pronounced REH-suh-tah-TEEV)

      • Bow music:

        Music composed specifically to accompany bows; often in short “reprises” corresponding to the characters’ songs.

      • Dance break:

        Music composed for moments when dialogue stops and action is expressed through dance.

      • Vamp:

        A section of music which is repeated a variable number of times, usually to time the music to the action on stage. Often a vamp is followed by shorter section called a safety to fine-tune the timing.

      *** Click to access the full glossary. ***


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LINKS


Here are some random samples from our musical-theatre related links:

      • Now Playing on Broadway
      • Now Playing in Los Angeles
      • Writers’ Guild
      • Theatre Producer Academy
      • Mercury Musicals (London)

      *** VIEW ALL LINKS ***

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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER


Premium Subscribers receive a monthly email that lists upcoming contest deadlines; the newest members of the Writer Bank, some sample public domain ideas; as well as some fun musical theatre trivia like random lyric quotes, pictures from the archives, and listings of things that happened in the musical theatre world during this same month in the past. We know that it's not always easy to remember to come back to the Resource Center to remind yourself of what contest deadlines are coming up soon - so this newsletter will come to YOU.


MUSICAL THEATRE ARCHIVES

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

October 14, 1930     The Gershwins’ Girl Crazy opened on Broadway, making a star of Ethel Merman, who stopped the show cold with “I Got Rhythm”.

October 23, 1972     Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin opened on Broadway, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

October 17, 1967     Hair opened at The Public Theatre for a brief Off-Broadway run of 50 performances, prior to a Broadway transfer a few months later.

October 20, 1935     Jerry Orbach, star of the original productions of The Fantasticks, Carnival!, Promises, Promises, Chicago, and 42nd Street – as well as revivals of Guys and Dolls and Annie Get Your Gun – was born today.

October 25, 1927     Barbara Cook, star of the original productions of Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, was born today.

FREE ACCESS right now; just register with us and pay no fees. But for $50 a year, Premium Subscribers get all the extra stuff listed on this page.  Here’s a summary of the additional perks for Premium Subscribers:

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Free Subscribers
Insider Tips
Contests Custom search
Producers/Theatres Custom search
Idea Library Custom search; recommended titles
Links/resources
Writer Bank
Glossary of Terms
Monthly Newsletter
Format Guidelines $15 FREE
Creative Services $50-$400 off
Advice $50 off

CREATIVE SERVICES
advice, and online classes

The Resource Center is a very powerful clearinghouse of information and source material. But what it does NOT include are workshops, feedback, or advice on how to get produced, all of which have some fees involved.

However, premium subscribers to the Resource Center get discounts on our services, ranging from $50-$400.  Here are some links to pages describing how New Musicals Inc. supports writers and composers of new musical theatre:

New Musicals Inc. Creative Services — Script Analysis, workshops, table readings, concerts.  You’ll also find here some options about developing your musical.  (Hint:  look at “The Sandbox” — and create your own pathway according to your budget and timetable.)

PREMIUM Subscribers get up to $400 off.

Consulting/Advice — We’re known for our supportive, practical consultations on producing, raising money, putting together budgets, as well as artistic issues like music notation, script doctoring, etc.

PREMIUM Subscribers get $50 off.

Format Guidelines — Want your script and score to look as professional as possible when making submissions?

PREMIUM Subscribers get our infamous GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT AND SCORE FORMATTING - ILLUSTRATED & EXPLAINED (a $15 value) for FREE.


Photographer: Klein. Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Jerome Robbins Dance Division. From the Collection Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923


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What we did with your perfume,
Remember, darling?
The condition of the room
When we were through.

--Stephen Sondheim