Musical Theatre Writers’ Resource Center | NewMusicalsInc

musical theatre writers' RESOURCE CENTER

producers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, workshops, feedback, definitions, links and advice

BOOKWRITERS, LYRICISTS, & COMPOSERS

Here’s a vast source of producers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, workshops, 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 #8- SHOW DON’T TELL

The eighth post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … This video talks about the old adage “SHOW don’t TELL” and how it applies to musicals. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/


April 6, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #7- OUTLINE RULES

March 14, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #6- STRUCTURE PART 2

February 7, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #5- STRUCTURE PART 1

January 19, 2018     Small Craft Warnings: Hearing the important voice in an ensemble

January 3, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: #4 – Narrative Point of View

*** Visit the INSIDER TIPS page to see the full listing of insider tips and advice videos. ***


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:

      • American Songwriting Awards (May 25)
      • Princess Grace Foundation USA Playwriting Fellowship (May 30)
      • Jewish Ensemble Theatre Festival of New Plays (May 31)
      • USA Songwriting Competition (May 31)
      • Baltimore Playrights Festival (May 31)

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


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 Centenarian (by Will E. Ingersoll)
      • The Romance of a Busy Broker (by O. Henry)
      • The Caller in the Night (by Burton Kline)
      • The Beautiful Galatea (by O.P.Leonhard Kohl Von Kohlenegg)
      • The Mirror (by Catulle Mendes)

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


WRITER BANK


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Danny Abosch - Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Russell Chan - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Robert Cawthorne Roberson - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Dawn LaBuy-Brockett -    
  • Claire Partin - 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.



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 guide $15 FREE
Creative Services $50-$400 off
Advice $50 off
Online courses $50 off

Want to SEE a musical? Live — or on the internet?

Are you looking to see listings of useful musical theatre related links? Visit The Front Row, a page we’ve loaded chock-full of FREE links, info, and videos.

THE FRONT ROW

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

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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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:

      • Nevada Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / Young Audience material / )
      • Cincinnati Opera (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Timeline Theatre Company (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Opera Carlina (Accepts Musicals / )
      • IATI Theatre (Accepts Plays / )

      *** COMPLETE LIST OF THEATRES/PRODUCERS ***


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!

      • Consonance:

        The repetition of consonant sounds internally in a passage. (Vowels are usually shifting)

      • Alliteration:

        The repetition of initial consonant sounds in a passage.

      • Masculine rhyme:

        Perfect rhyme in which the accent is a a final single accented syllable. Such as:

        mat/cat
        jacks/tacks/relax
        tree/knee/Tennessee/Peggy Lee

      • Allegory:

        An extended or continued metaphor, in which the metaphor is consistent throughout the entire plot, such as in Urinetown, Pippin, Candide, Animal Farm, and Lord of the Flies.

      • Accent – agogic:

        Agogic refers to duration. Agogic accents are a result of notes which are noticeably longer (or shorter) than the notes around them.

      *** Click to access the full glossary. ***

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, advice on how to get produced, or classes, 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.

WritingMusicalTheatre.com — Online classes in the craft of writing musical theatre.  Labs on outlining, bookwriting, lyrics, composition, etc.

PREMIUM Subscribers get a $50 discount off any course.

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.

Random quote from our Lyric Library:

Somethin’ made him the way that he is,
Whether he’s false or true.
And something gave him the things that are his

--Oscar Hammerstein II

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