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 18 THE WORK OF A SCENE – PART 2 – PLOT

The 18th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part 2 in the short series on the work of a scene - discussing exposition, plot, and action. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/


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

January 2, 2019     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#16 – THE ROUGH DRAFT

December 4, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#15 – TRANSITIONS

November 6, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#14 – STAGE DIRECTIONS

October 16, 2018     Countdown: Five Mistakes (Nearly) Every Musical Makes – #5

*** 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:

      • At Geisenheimer’s (by P.G. Wodehouse)
      • The Bunker Mouse (by Frederick Stuart Greene)
      • Mr Cosway and the Landlady (by Wilkie Collins)
      • Augustus Does His Bit (by Bernard Shaw)
      • Caesar and Cleopatra (by Bernard Shaw)

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


WRITER BANK


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Paul Edward Schultz - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Dolores DeLuce - Bookwriter    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Mark Brown - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Hazel Jade - Bookwriter, Lyricist   
  • michael harold - Bookwriter    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS

*** VIEW ALL WRITERS ***

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!

      • The Art of Writing Great Lyrics:

        by Pamela Philips Oland.

      • Periphrasis:

        Substitution of a proper name as a descriptive (associated with that proper name). Such as:

        He was a Quixote of the fishing world, with delusions of catching a swordfish with a homemade fishing pole.
        The Herculean task of cleaning the garage.
        A Sondheimean rhyme scheme

      • Creative Keyboard Sounds:

        by Artie Butler. New York, Warner Bros. c. 1980.

      • Recitative:

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

      • Synecdoche:

        A figure of speech in which a part stands for the whole. Such as:

        Classification of a noun standing for the noun itself:
        vessel for ship
        weapon for sword
        creature for man
        arms for rifles

        Noun standing for the classification:
        bread for food
        cutthroat for assassin

        Part substituted for the whole:
        sail for ship
        hands for helpers
        roofs for houses
        Noun itself used for what is derived from it:
        silver for money
        canvas for sail
        steel for sword

      *** 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:

      • Sewanee Writers’ Conference (March 20)
      • Songwriters Hall of Fame Competition (March 24)
      • American Songwriting Awards (March 25)
      • Theatre Conspiracy (March 30)
      • Arts & Letters Prize in Drama (March 31)

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


LINKS


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

      • BroadwayWorld.com
      • Theatre Producer Academy
      • Reference Library (dictionaries, thesaurus, searchable Shakespeare, etc.)
      • Broadway Musical Home
      • Rhyming dictionaries

      *** 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:

      • Soho Repertory Theatre (Accepts Musicals / )
      • The Flea Theatre (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Diablo Light Opera Company (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Mixed Blood Theatre Company (Accepts 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:

March 21, 1869     Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. was born today in Chicago. The 1936 Oscar-winning ‘The Great Ziegfeld’ immortalized his life and marriages.

March 22, 1930     Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim was born on this day, in New York City, to Etta Janet (nee Fox) and Herbert Sondheim.

March 31, 1943     Rodgers, Hammerstein and de Mille all but gave birth to what we now know as a ‘musical.’ Oklahoma! opened today.

March 3, 1975     Goodtime Charley opened today. Playing opposite Joel Grey was Ann Reinking. The 104-performance flop lost $1.1 million.

March 29, 1951     Rodgers and Hammerstein solidified their position as the premiere writers of musicals with the Broadway opening of The King and I.


Frank and Eugenie (vaudeville). Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Billy Rose Theatre Division.


Random quote from our Lyric Library:

You’re so charming,
It’s quite alarming.
You’re my idea of the best.
It’s appalling;
I can’t help falling.

--Frank Loesser

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