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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 32 -ASSIGNMENT: CHARACTER IDENTIFICATION

The 32nd post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part of a short series giving you an ASSIGNMENT for your current musical. Assignment #2: CHARACTER IDENTIFICATION.

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April 3, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 31 -ASSIGNMENT: CHARACTER DICTION

March 2, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 30 – YOUR LEAD ACTIVE IN OWN FATE

February 1, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 29 – CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – FUNNY BUT TRUE

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

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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:

      • Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project (June 15)
      • John Lennon Songwriting Contest (June 15)
      • Connecticut Office of the Arts (June 19)
      • USA Songwriting Competition (June 21)
      • Ten-Minute Play Festival (June 25)



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!

      • Apostrophe:

        A figure of speech addressing an absent person or personified abstraction.  Such as:

        Death, where is thy sting?
        America, God shed his grace on thee.
        Love, look away.

      • Exposition:

        Exposition is the information the audience needs to know in order to understand who the characters are in relationship to one another, and information they need to know in order to understand what has happened to them before your story begins.  See Neighbor Exposition as well as Stranger Exposition (below).

      • Revue:

        A musical show without a narrative storyline, usually without ongoing characters, which can contain scenes as well as songs.

      • Chorus:

        The Chorus is particular type of refrain, usually shorter than the traditional refrain, often bearing repetitive phrases, often designed for chorus (or audience) to sing along. The musical theatre chorus is distinguished from the chorus in pop music. In pop music, the structure is typically verse/chorus, verse/chorus…which is equivalent in musical theatre to verse/refrain, verse/refrain. The chorus in musical theatre is much shorter, and most closely resembles the “na na na na” section of a pop song (like “Hey Jude” or King George’s “ba da da” from “Hamilton”). Musical theatre songs with singalong chorus include: “You’ll Be Back” (Hamilton) and “Schmuel Song” (The Last Five Years).

      • The Musical from the Inside Out:

        by Stephen Citron. Chicago, Elephant Paperbacks, 1997.

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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.

Nina Susov at Club Anatole. 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


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Beloved Superstar - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • David Smith - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Gianna Marie Ferraro - Bookwriter, Lyricist    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:

      • Triad Stage (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Victory Gardens Theater (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Artists Repertory Theatre (Accepts Plays / )
      • Guthrie Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Opera Lancaster (Accepts Musicals / )



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:

      • Bertha (by Guy de Maupassant)
      • The Oak and the Reed (by Jean de La Fontaine)
      • The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet (by George Bernard Shaw)
      • The Bumbo of Jiam (by Ambrose Bierce)
      • Friend Joseph (by Guy de Maupassant)



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:

June 1, 1926     Marilyn Monroe was born today.

June 22, 1969     Judy Garland died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates today. Her death is considered to be a key contributing factor in sparking the Stonewall Riots, which began the gay rights movement.

June 28, 1902     Richard Rodgers was born today.

June 19, 1978     Broadway has a whorehouse in it: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opened today and ran for more than four years.

June 17, 1917     Rat-packer Dean Martin was born today.

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Today’s top stories stars are speaking out against racism on Broadway, future Hairspray productions will need to be cast as written, and more.

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: June 4

1968 Stage and screen star Dorothy Gish dies in Rapallo, Italy, at the age of 70. Her first New York stage appearance was in 1903 in East Lynne. She began her film career in 1912, and resumed her stage career in 1928. 1973 Mike Nichols’ production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya opens at the Circle in the Square on Broadway. Lillian Gish, George C. Scott, Nicol Williamson, Julie Christie, Cathleen Nesbitt, Barnard Hughes, Conrad Bain, and Elizabeth Wilson fill out the cast. 1979 Herman Shumlin, BRead more

How BroadwayWorld Will Stand with Black Lives Matter

Thank you to all those who have written us today.

Stars in the House Welcomes Back Tony Winner Leslie Uggams

Stars in the House, the daily live streamed concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, welcomes the return of Tony winner Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!; King Hedley II; On Golden Pond; Jerry’s Girls) June 2 at 8 PM; watch above. Uggams also appeared on the afternoon stream June 1. Money raised during the stream will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky Joseph Marzullo/WENN Since March 16, SRead more

VIDEO: June is Bustin’ Out All Over with Leslie Uggams on STARS IN THE HOUSE- Live at 2pm!

Stars in the House continues today 2pm for June is bustin’ out all over with Leslie Uggams and tonight 8pm with Guest Host Andra Burns with guests Andrea Martin and Nathan Lane.

VIDEO: On This Day, May 31 – THE BOYS IN THE BAND Opens On Broadway

On this day in 2018, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 play,The Boys in the Bandreturned to Broadway, directed byJoe Mantelloand produced byRyan MurphyandDavid Stone,

65th Annual Drama Desk Awards Take Place May 31

The 65th annual Drama Desk Awards take place May 31. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the proceedings will not take place at The Town Hall as is tradition; instead, a virtual ceremony hosted by Frank DiLella takes place on NY1 and at beginning at 7:30 PM ET. Because of the March shutdown of New York productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond, the eligibility window for the season was revised to end March 11. Soft Power, the collaboration between playwright David HenryRead more

VIDEO: Jessica Vosk Sings Mashup of Into the Unknown/Before You Go

Jessica Vosk took to Instagram to post a video of herself performing a mashup ofInto the Unknown andBefore You Go. In the post she sharedOur Friday pop-mashup. Dedicated to the many who are braving their lives every single day…headed toward the unknown, to keep us safe. THANK YOU

Sundance Institute Names 8 Works to Be Developed Under Its 2020 Digital Theatre Lab

Sundance Institute has chosen eight genre-crossing works to receive developmental opportunities through its annual Theatre Lab program. In the wake of theatre companies and new play initiatives going digital, the initiative will take place remotely through Sundance’s Collab platform. The Lab offers artists from the U.S. and/or the Arab region to advance their work with dramaturgs and advisors through intimate group exchanges. READ: Sundance Launches Free Online Resource Platform Participants werRead more

VIDEO: Javier Munoz Performs ‘Love Don’t Need a Reason’, Commissioned by Larry Kramer For THE NORMAL HEART

Yesterday, BroadwayWorld was saddened to report the passing of playwright Larry Kramer. A flashback video has been released of Javier Munoz performing ‘Love Don’t Need a Reason’, a song commissioned by Kramer for The Normal Heart.

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