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#14 – STAGE DIRECTIONS

The 14th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. This vlog covers the picky technical issue of proper etiquette for stage directions: what belongs in them, and what doesn’t. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/


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

October 5, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#13 – ANSWERING A QUESTION

September 3, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#12 – DEALING WITH FEEDBACK

August 1, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#11 – WHY THIS STORY?

July 11, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#10 – BIOGRAPHIES

*** 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 Man Who Would be King (by Rudyard Kipling)
      • The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (by James Hogg)
      • Puddinhead Wilson (by Mark Twain)
      • Brown of Calaveras (by Bret Harte)
      • Boccaccio (by Camillo Walzel)

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


WRITER BANK


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Dolores DeLuce - Bookwriter    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Mark Brown - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Hazel Jade - Bookwriter, Lyricist   
  • michael harold - Bookwriter    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Jill Craddock - Bookwriter, Lyricist    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!

      • Personification:

        Investing abstractions or inanimate objects with human qualities or abilities. Such as:
        The ground thirsts for rain.
        The dew winked in the morning sun.
        Ol’ Man River, he mus’ know sumpin’.

      • Swing rhythm:

        musical notation in which notes with the same value are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. If the word “swing” does not appear, these notes are played with even values.

      • Tessitura:

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

      • Safety:

        A brief section of musical (usually 1-2 bars) with an optional repeat which may be played or ignored to time the music to the action on stage.

      • B-section:

        A contrasting section of a song, often with different lyrical ideas. This term is different from the “bridge” of a a pop song: a “bridge” exists between pop’s verses or choruses; a B section in musical theatre refers to a portion of the refrain itself. (See AABA.)

      *** 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:

      • National Latino Playwriting Award (November 15)
      • SongDoor International Songwriting Competition (November 15)
      • Sundance Theatre Lab (November 15)
      • Boston Theater Marathon (November 15)
      • The Great American Song Contest (November 15)

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


LINKS


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

      • Rhyming dictionaries
      • MusicalWriters.com
      • Now Playing in San Francisco
      • Now Playing in Seattle
      • LA Stage Alliance

      *** 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:

      • Art Station (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Premiere Stages at Kean University (Accepts Plays / )
      • Illusion Theater (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Broadway Bound, Inc. (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Theatre Rhinoceros (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:

November 14, 1996     Twenty years after it originally played on Broadway, Chicago opened in an incredibly successful revival production which preserved Bob Fosse’s style and vision for the original, but jettisoned the sets, the costumes, and any sense of period. Walter Bobbie (director) and Anne Reinking (choreographer; she also starred in the revival production, having also been a replacement for Gwen Verdon in the original production) won their first Tony for the show.

November 12, 1989     Grand Hotel: The Musical, with a score by Maury Yeston, Robert Wright, and George Forrest and directed by Tommy Tune, opened on Broadway today.

November 22, 1965     Man of La Mancha began its original 6-year Broadway run today.

November 18, 1909     Four-time Oscar winner and lyricist for L’il Abner, St. Louis Woman, and Top Banana, Johnny Mercer, was born today. Mercer teamed with some of Hollywood’s top composers, including Harold Arlen, Henry Mancini, Harry Warren, Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, and Marvin Hamlisch, among others.

November 6, 1989     Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever, a revue compilation of some two dozen of their “trunk” songs from the past 30 years, opened Off-Broadway today.


French Operetta poster – date uncertain. From the New York Public Library collections.


Random quote from our Lyric Library:

I married many men,
A ton of them,
And yet I was untrue to none of them
Because I bumped off ev’ry one of them
To keep my love alive.

--Lorenz Hart

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