Musical Theatre Writers’ Resource Center | NewMusicalsInc

NMI's RESOURCE CENTER for musical theatre writers

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

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.


INSIDER TIPS AND ADVICE


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

The 22nd post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A discussion of song spotting as a function of the book. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/


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

April 1, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise Vlog 19 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 3 – POINTING FORWARD

March 6, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise Vlog 18 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 2 – PLOT

February 4, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#17 – THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 1 – THE MOMENT BEFORE

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


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 Black Hussar (by Alois Wohlmuth)
      • Caesar and Cleopatra (by Bernard Shaw)
      • The Snow Queen (by Hans Christian Andersen)
      • Onnie (by Thomas Beer)
      • Baron de Trenck (by Clemence Robert)

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


WRITER BANK


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Elias James Matthews - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • David Schapiro - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Daniel Avram Wolf - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Richard Caliban - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Jon Hugo Ungar - 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.



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!

      • Anapest:

        A three-syllable unit comprised of two unstressed syllables followed by an stressed accent. Such as:

        • Are you LONEsome tonNIGHT?
        • Do you MISS me tonNIGHT?
      • Golden age of musical theatre:

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

      • AABA:

        A refrain structure in which an initial A section is followed by a second A section of identical musical material, followed by a section of contrasting musical material, and concluded with a repetition of the initial A 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. AABA refers to the structure of the Refrain, not the structure of the song.

      • Tag:

        A brief section of music which concludes a scene, usually designed to cue audience applause or a scene shift. A tag can include singing or it can be instrumental.

      • Incidental music:

        Music which is designed to play underneath the action and/or dialogue of the show.

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


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.

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

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:

      • New Works of Merit (July 31)
      • Garrard Best Play Competition (July 31)
      • David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize (July 31)
      • BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (August 1)
      • The Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices Festival (NVNV) (August 1)

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


LINKS


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

      • The Highest Grossing Broadway Shows of All Time
      • Seat Plan (London)
      • Chicago Dramatists
      • Performing Arts Live
      • Agents

      *** VIEW ALL LINKS ***


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:

      • Madison Opera (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey (Accepts Plays / )
      • Arena Stage (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Columbia Artists Theatricals (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Bristol Riverside Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )

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


NEW MUSICALS ONLINE


Here is one of our featured new musical theatre videos:

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.


MUSICAL THEATRE ARCHIVES

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

July 22, 1949     Alan Menken was born. Composer of Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and The Little Mermaid.

July 19, 1962     Film version of The Music Man premieres.

July 25, 1975     A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre with no stars, no set, no conventional storyline. It became one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

July 18, 2003     Hairspray played its first preview in New York.

July 24, 2003     Acclaimed revival of Big River opened at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Produced by NAMT member Deaf West Theatre with The Roundabout Theatre Company in association with NAMT member Center Theatre Group, the revival combined hearing and deaf actors.


Cover of the score for Maud, words by Harry B. Smith, music by John Stromberg. 1899. Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Music Division


Random quote from our Lyric Library:

Dear old songs forgotten too soon,
They had their day.

--P.G. Wodehouse

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