Announcing: NEW MUSICALS ONLINE!
Our new video release for this week is:
FLY FLY FLY is the story of a woman whose three kids suddenly all move on with their lives all at once, and the empty nest which confronts her and her husband as they contemplate the next stage of their lives.
FLY FLY FLY
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Katie Brady
Directed by Megan Rees, music direction by Ron Barnett.
Starring Troy Armand Barboza, Carissa Kriby, Lia Peros, Ryland Shelton, and Lindsay Zana.
A reminder of what this is all about: What has NMI been up to during lockdown? Well, six 15-minute musicals, two 40-minute musicals, and a couple dozen 5-minute musical shorts. We’re releasing one video a week!
We were all set to present the 15-minute musicals at the Broadwater Theatre this summer, but then, y’know, covid.
So we pivoted, and shot some of them online using Zoom, and some in our studio in North Hollywood, with social distancing protocols in place for the ensemble cast of four.
Ironically, this year’s theme was “Keep Your Distance.”
We have now released all six of these musicals - so, pull up a front row seat, and know you’re saving $25 to see it online for free. (We are delighted to announce that support for this program was provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Development Fee Program. They really helped us transfer these musicals from the stage to the screen.)
But, wait, that’s not all.
We’ve also released two 40-minute musicals written specifically for the internet: Fly Fly Fly by Katie Brady (about a couple facing an empty-nest for the first time); and United We Tweet by BK Wells and Jane Wong (a political satire!).
And then, we want to tease you with other upcoming musical webseries, including Tales from a Darkening Wood, set in a spooky forest, with musical stories told by mythical storytelling creatures; as well as The Devil’s Dictionary, Slow Time with the Potato Face Blind Man, and The Last of Its Kind, a series of original musical theatre shorts.
It’s a strange but exciting time at New Musicals Inc, as we explore the short-form online musical. Please visit us online for a new musical experiment every week. Free.
Although, DONATIONS are gratefully accepted!
SAVE THE DATES FOR STREAMING!
We are going to be hosting a couple of STREAMING EVENTS in October - so please SAVE THE DATES now!
On Saturday, October 10th (at 7:30pm PST) - we will be streaming ALL SIX of the 15 Minute Musicals. This broadcast will also feature hosting from Elise Dewsberry, and special announcements from the President of our Board - John Mitchell; our Executive Director, Scott Guy; and our Founder, John Sparks. After the videos, we will be continuing with a live Q&A sessions with many of the writers, directors, and performers who helped us bring these fun short musicals to life.
On Sunday, October 11 at 4pm PST (yes, the very next day!) - we will be hosting a reading of the new musical GIDEON & THE BLUNDERSNORP by Michael Gordon Shapiro (author of THE BULLY PROBLEM). We have shifted our production plans for this show from the 2020 Hollywood Fringe Festival (which obviously didn’t happen!) to the 2021 Fringe - but this will be your chance to get a sneak peek of the show with an all-star cast from across the country! This presentation will also be followed by a live Q&A with members of the creative team and cast.
Zoom links and more info will be coming soon - but in the meantime, SAVE THOSE DATES!
MONDAY NIGHT READING – Monday, September 28
The first Monday Night Reading of the 2020-21 season is coming up this Monday! It is by invitation only - so please read the info below, and if you want to receive an invitation, please email Michael Mussman directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re invited to a live zoom reading of a new musical comedy, “Don’t Get Caught.”
When: Monday, September 28 at 7pm PST
Where: on Zoom!
The FBI’s best informer is an undocumented man named Javier. When Javier’s down-low boyfriend finds out that Javier’s a snitch, he offers to marry him so he can get a green card. Will Javier find the courage to stop keeping secrets and live out in the light?
RSVP to Michael at email@example.com and we’ll put you on the guest list. Day before the event, you’ll get an email with the link to the Zoom meeting.
I can’t wait to share this story with you!