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 23 – THE POWER OF SONG

The 23rd post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A discussion of the POWER of song in a musical. You’re writing a musical, right? So take advantage of the POWER of music and let the SONGS do most of the heavy-lifting. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/


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

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

*** 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 Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (by Mark Twain)
      • The Devotion of Enriquez (by Bret Harte)
      • The Making of Mac’s (by P.G. Wodehouse)
      • The Man of Destiny (by Bernard Shaw)
      • The Bohemian Girl (by Alfred Bunn)

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


WRITER BANK


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

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



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!

      • Sources for scores and books:

        If you are looking for scores and librettos, you might try: Brand Library (Glendale); Samuel French Bookstores; USC Music Library; UCLA Music Library; Santa Monica Public Library; Beverly Hills Public Library; Los Angeles Public Library (www.lapl.org)

      • Thrust stage:

        A stage that extends into the performing area so that the audience is seated around three sides.

      • Through-composed:

        A musical with music which plays without a break throughout the entire show, from beginning to end, pausing only for intermission.

      • Golden age of musical theatre:

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

      • 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).

      *** 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:

 Free v. Subscription?

 

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.

REGISTER FOR FREE

BECOME A PREMIUM MEMBER

LOG-IN


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:

      • The Ten Minute Musicals Project (August 31)
      • Sky Cooper New American Play Prize (August 31)
      • Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowships (September 12)
      • Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Composition Award (September 15)
      • Playwrights First Award (September 15)

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


LINKS


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

      • Play Submissions Helper
      • Musicals in LA
      • The Highest Grossing Broadway Shows of All Time
      • Performing Arts Live
      • Now Playing in San Francisco

      *** 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:

      • Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Accepts Plays / )
      • Ars Nova (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Penguin Rep Theatre (Accepts Plays / )
      • Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America (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:

August 29, 1964     The film Mary Poppins opened across America, and children of all ages fell in love with Julie Andrews, the ultimate nanny who could dance, fly, and clean up a messy house in no time flat.

August 8, 1975     Liza Minnelli took over the role of Roxie Hart in the original production of Chicago, having had just six days to learn the role following Gwen Verdon’s hospitalization.

August 14, 1975     The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cult classic to end all cult classics, premiered today in London.

August 13, 1895     Bert Lahr, the great comic remembered mostly for his portrayal of the Cowardly Lion in the film The Wizard of Oz, was born. Lahr made a dozen other movie musicals and spent nearly 40 years on Broadway.

August 3, 1919     Maria Karnilova, who memorably appeared as Tessie Tura in Gypsy, Madame Hortense in Zorba, Inez Alvarez in Gigi, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (for which she won the Tony Award), was born. She made her Broadway debut in 1946 in Call Me Mister.


Souvenir postcard from the New National Theatre in Philadelphia. Early Musical The Black Crook – 1866. From the New York Public Library collections.


Random quote from our Lyric Library:

So taunt me and hurt me,
Deceive me, desert me,
I’m yours ’til I die,
So in love,
So in love,
So in love with you, my love, am I.

--Cole Porter

REGISTER FOR FREE!

OR become a PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER!

Already registered? Please login below.