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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 35 -ASSIGNMENT: TENSE

The 35th 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 #5: TENSE.

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July 3, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 34 -ASSIGNMENT: AFTER THE SONG

June 8, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 33 -ASSIGNMENT: TRANSITIONS

May 2, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 32 -ASSIGNMENT: CHARACTER IDENTIFICATION

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

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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:

      • National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Programs/Humanities Projects in Media (August 14)
      • PEN Center USA Literary Awards (August 15)
      • David C. Horn Prize (August 15)
      • The Ten Minute Musicals Project (August 31)
      • Sky Cooper New American Play Prize (August 31)



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!

      • Tessitura:

        The range which comprises most notes of a vocal range; the general range of a character.

      • ASCAP:

        A service organization which collects and distributes royalties on behalf of songwriters in film, television, theatre, etc.

      • Making Musicals:

        by Tom Jones. New York, Limelight Editions, 1998.

      • Assonance:

        The repetition of vowel sounds in a passage.  Hamilton is ripe with assonance.  Assonance in contemporary (hip-hop) music can function similarly to internal rhymes, allowing words to resonate against each other.  See, for instance, for instance at all the ten trisyllable words from “Right Hand Man” (Hamilton) which have vowels similar to “elephant” in the following:

        The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all
        Lining up, to put me up on a pedestal
        Writin’ letters to relatives
        Embellishin’ my elegance and eloquence
        But the elephant is in the room

      • Dance break:

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

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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.

Richard Rodgers, Dorothy Rodgers, Dorothy Hammerstein and Oscar Hammerstein II in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma celebrating the 1000th performance of Oklahoma! on Broadway. 1946. Photographer: Melton, Johnny. From the Billy Rose Theater Collection, New York Public Library


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Joel D Joseph - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Jung Hyun Kim - Composer   
  • Tony Pinizzotto - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • David Getz - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Vynnie Meli - 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:

      • Express Children’s Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )
      • Hangar Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )
      • Two River Theatre Company (Accepts Plays / )
      • The Old Globe (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Sundance Institute Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )



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:

      • The Tenor (Bunner) (by HC Bunner)
      • From the Cabby’s Seat (by O. Henry)
      • A Sale (by Guy de Maupassant)
      • Two Politicians (by Ambrose Bierce)
      • The Snake and the Swallow (by Ambrose Bierce)



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:

August 27, 1977     The original production of Chicago closed today after 936 performances. Despite some legendary performances by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, and Jerry Orbach, the show faded into semi-obscurity until Walter Bobbie and Ann Reinking resurrected it in a concert production in 1995.

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 25, 1980     The stage version of 42nd Street opened on Broadway. Gower Champion, the show’s director/choreographer, died just prior to the opening curtain.

August 16, 2000     A big day for musical diva birthdays! Ann Blyth (Kismet), Eydie Gorme (Golden Rainbow), Julie Newmar (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Anita Gillette (Carnival!), Carole Shelley (Wicked), Dee Hoty (Footloose), Kathie Lee Gifford (Saving Aimee), and Madonna (Dick Tracy), all were born.

August 22, 1932     Theoni V. Aldredge, one of the busiest costume designers in musical theatre history, with more than 100 Broadway shows and 3 Tony Awards to her credit, was born today.

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Rodrick Covington’s Core Rhythm Fitness is Hosting a Virtual Fundraiser to Benefit the Black Lives Matter Movement

Rodrick Covington, whose most recent Broadway credit was Papa Ge in the Tony Award Winning Revival of Once On This Island, will be hosting, with his company Core Rhythm Fitness, a powerful Virtual Fitness Fundraising event to benefit the Black Lives Matter Movement.

In the News: Marsha Mason and Brian Cox in Dear Liar, a Nick Cordero Tribute From the Cast of Brooklynite, More

Read on for some recent theatre headlines and videos you may have missed.Marsha Mason and Brian Cox in Dear LiarOscar nominee Marsha Mason (Broadway’s Steel Magnolias) and Emmy winner Brian Cox (Broadway’s The Great Society) will pair up for a virtual benefit reading of Jerome Kilty’s Dear Liar. Mark Brokaw (How I Learned to Drive) will direct the play about George Bernard Shaw and his muse “Mrs. Pat,” presented by Bucks County Playhouse. The reading will take place September 1 at 7 PM EST, withRead more


The first-ever digital edition of Broadway Bares streamed onAugust 1, 2020, and raised 596,504 for Broadway CaresEquity Fights AIDS.

Check the Statuses of Broadway Shows During the Coronavirus Shutdown

On June 29, The Broadway League announced that Broadway theatres will remain dark through at least January 3, 2021, an extension from the previously slated September re-opening. As the hiatus—which officially began March 12 as mandated by Governor Andrew Cuomo—continues, we’re keeping an eye on how the extended closures impacts shows. Below is a list of shutterings, postponements, cancellations, and scheduling updates. READ: How Theatre Award Ceremonies Are Handling the Coronavirus ShutdownSHOWSRead more

VIDEO: Shereen Pimentel Walks Through a Day in Her Life Pre-Pandemic and During

Broadway performer and full-time student Shereen Pimentel recently did a video for Allure, in which she breaks down her entire daily routine.

How The Parsnip Ship Grew Into a True Reflection of Its Theatre Community

“I’ve always loved how you have to be responsible for your own imagination in the podcast play format,” says Iyvon Edebiri, artistic director and host of The Parsnip Ship. For Edebiri, audio theatre—which is currently having a moment in the spotlight—has long been the go-to.”In a theatre production, the interpretation of the world is given to you. Audio theatre forces you to really engage with the imagination in a way a lot of theatre makers and audiences don’t really get to do.” Iyvon Edebiri SRead more

Broadway Jukebox: The 50 Greatest 11 O’Clock Numbers!

Missing Broadway in a major way Stay strong by jamming to the biggest tunes that musical theatre has to offer- the 11 o’clock number. What’s an 11 o’clock number

Watch Broadway Bares: Zoom In on Playbill August 1

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS takes its annual striptease fundraiser online: Broadway Bares: Zoom In streams August 1. Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares, the event will be available beginning at 9:30 PM ET in the video above.Although the in-person 30th anniversary celebration, originally set for June 21, was postponed until 2021, the annual evening lives on digitally through streamed stripteases featuring New York City dancers. Viewers can expect new perfRead more

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 31

1948 The original Broadway production of Brigadoon closes after 581 performances at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. Agnes de Mille won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Choreography for her work on the show—especially notable since the 1947 ceremony was the first Tonys in history. Brigadoon marks Lerner and Loewe’s third Broadway collaboration. The production stars David Brooks, Marion Bell, Pamela Britton, and Lee Sullivan and goes on to inspire the 1954 film stRead more

Ralph Fiennes To Portray David Hare in New Play About COVID-19, A TALKING HEADS Return and More Planned for Bridge Theatre Season

Actor Ralph Fiennes has signed on to portray playwright David Hare in Beat the Devil, a new piece in which Hare unpacking his experience contracting and healing from the COVID-19 virus. Nicholas Hytner will direct the piece at Bridge Theatre.

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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.

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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.

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