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At New Musicals Inc. in Los Angeles, we develop new musicals.

Here’s our blog, which includes posts and musings on the craft of writing musical theatre, along with our observations about developing new musicals, and how to get them produced.

Want to get involved, as a writer or producer?  See our page about developing musicals.

If you’re looking for classes, visit our sister organization, The Academy for New Musical Theatre.

 

Featured Video: “Khassandra the Psychic” predicts Bush’s death


Visit our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/dYW1o-ZESTA to check out NMI’s newest Featured Video, from the new series “Khassandra the Psychic”.

Khassandra the Psychic has an uncanny (and musical) ability to predict the future. In this video, Khassandra proves she foretold George Bush’s passing.

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Featured Video: Selections from BRAVO, NMI’s 2017 Search for New Musicals 1st Place Winner

Visit our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/usidHiZcOzY to check out NMI’s newest Featured Video, featuring a live performance of two songs from Bravo, First Prize winner of NMI’s 2017 Search for New Musicals.

Bravo is an exciting new musical by Christian Guerrero, Andrew Moorhead, and Steven Schmidt. Set in Italy during the second World War, Bravo tells the story of Renzo, a misunderstood fourteen year old who struggles to fit in with his peers in the Mussolini Fascist Youth movement. When he’s confronted with a group of Jewish children hiding in the tunnels beneath the city, he begins to question whether or not the hate he’s been taught is morally right.

NMI’s annual Search for New Musicals is part of our commitment to finding and nurturing promising new musical theatre. We offer a complete range of development services for new musicals: from dramaturgy to concert readings to full-scale productions.To find out more about NMI (New Musicals, Inc.) and the Search for New Musicals, visit http://nmi.org/develop/search-for-new-musicals.

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This performance was recorded at NMI Live! a bi-monthly showcase of original music performed at NMI’s North Hollywood studio, produced by Claire Partin and Kat Zimmerman, and features an introduction by NMI’s Artistic Director, Elise Dewsberry, solo performances by Courtney Martin, Ethan Christopher Ross, and vocal performances by Troy Armand Barboza,  Zachary Campa,  Lauran Dewey,  Camden Espino,  Lily Florczak,  Cristian  Guerrero,  Zachary Keller,  Melissa Ann Lawmaster, Logan Mack,  Courtney Martin,  Shannon Martinous,  Veronica McFarlane,  Ethan Christopher Ross,  Andrew Shubin,  and Megan Marie Tiller.

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Featured Video: Whole Lot Outta Life from Manson’s Girls

This week’s Featured Video at New Musicals, Inc. is from “Manson’s Girls,” the story of the Manson Family murders, told from the perspective of the girls. In this clip, four of Manson’s Girls rehearse a mock-protest, longing for a world in which “The Man” isn’t in charge anymore

“Manson’s Girls” was nominated for Best Musical at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival and voted Best Musical by Tvolution and Pick of the Fringe by Combined Art Form, with music by Ron Barnett, lyrics by Mitch Glaser, and book by Scott Guy.  Directed by Scott Guy with Music Direction from Ron Barnett. This excerpt features Megan Ruble as Sadie Mae, with l. to r.: Lauran Dewey (Squeaky), Christina Anatone (Marioche) and Lia Peros (Big Patty).

With a driving, rock score and book/lyrics which explore the psyche of the girls, this story is all-too-relevant today, being a parable and warning to any of us who follows the voice of authority without stopping to question. An exciting electric fringe production from New Musicals Inc.

 

Featured Video: 15 Minute Musicals – Bundled Together

“Bundled Together” was presented as part of NMI’s 2018 15 Minute Musicals: THE GREAT DIVIDE.

Book and lyrics by Claire Partin
Music by Kat Zimmerman
Cast: Hannah Madeleine Goodman, Nichole LaMay, Logan Mack, John David Wallis
Directed by Elise Dewsberry
Music Director: Kevin Mathie

Presented at the Broadwater Theatre in Hollywood as part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 21 and 23, 2018.

The annual 15 Minute Musicals are the culminating project NMI’s Core Curriculum program for musical theatre bookwriters, lyricists, and composers. They are conceiving, written, re-written, and produced in a 10-week period at the end of the nine-month Core Curriculum program.

For more info on NMI’s Core Curriculum program, visit http://nmi.org/ and click on STUDY.

Check out this interview at http://nmi.org/the-front-row/

Featured Video: Andrew Panton (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and David Bell (American Musical Theatre Project, Northwestern University)

An interview with Andrew Panton (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and David Bell (American Musical Theatre Project, Northwestern University) about their joint project at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This interview is part of a series with producers and writers of new musical theatre, originally streamed live during the 2017 Stages Musical Theatre Festival.

Check out this interview at http://nmi.org/the-front-row/

Featured Video: an interview with Donna Lynn Hilton, Goodspeed Musicals

An interview with Donna Lynn Hilton, Line Producer at Goodspeed Musicals.This interview is part of a series with producers and writers of new musical theatre, originally streamed live during the 2017 Stages Musical Theatre Festival.

Check out this interview at http://nmi.org/the-front-row/

Featured Video: an interview with writers of CITY OF LIGHT

An interview with Gabrielle Wagner (book) and Julie Weiner (lyrics) - two-thirds of the collaborative team (along with composer Jan Roper) of the new musical CITY OF LIGHT, developed through the NMI Full Length Curriculum. This interview is part of a series with producers and writers of new musical theatre, originally streamed live during the 2017 Stages Musical Theatre Festival.

Check out this interview at http://nmi.org/the-front-row/