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You are receiving this email because you have made a one-time or recurring donation to become a FRIEND of New Musicals Inc. - and we thank you for that!

Every now and then, we will be sending you this e-newsletter with all kinds of information about what we are doing here at NMI, and other things that are happening in the world of musical theatre. We’ll also give you some ideas about how you could continue to help support the work we do here at NMI.

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AUGUST 2019: We hosted the 21st STAGES Festival of New Musicals including readings from six new musicals and the presentation of our annual GOT MUSICAL event of excerpts from new musicals in development.

SEPTEMBER 2019: As we begin our new fiscal year, we are thrilled to announced that our outside rental income for fiscal year 2018-19 EXCEEDED our own rent due for that period.  Having our outside rentals cover our own rent, while still being able to use the hall for all of our own needs, has been a big boon to our budget!

For more info, please visit the CRESCENDO CAMPAIGN PAGE

coming up at nmi:

Every month, one of NMI’s staff members records a very short video to let you know what’s coming up next: free readings; curriculum news; and other updates. For example:

Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
The launch of our 2019-20 CORE CURRICULUM for bookwriters, lyricists, and composers

Monday, September 30 at 7:00pm
The first of our new monthly MONDAY NIGHT READINGS. First up - a reading of the new musical WHITE ROSE by Jennifer Rosenfeld.

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featured video:

The Potato Face Blind Man sings “Bad Company”

The Potato Face Blind Man sings about a man-gone-wrong, tempted by the evils of drink, women, and Chicago. The song is coupled with “Dynamiter,” a moving poem by Carl Sandburg, who sees past a man with a tarnished reputation. This is an episode in the ongoing series “Slow Time on a Prairie Porch, with the Potato Face Blind Man.” It takes you back to a slower, more contemplative time. Slow down….

New Musicals Inc. We create new musicals.


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insider tips:

129 Ways To Get A Man — Feed Pigeons! (Tip #9)

Straight out of an actual article from McCall’s magazine in 1957, Edna Fervor dispenses advice on how to get a husband.

We create new musicals.

To see more from this series, visit https://nmi.org

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our stories:

Gabrielle Wagner
Bookwriter, Core 2011
NMI Member Since 2011

How Gabrielle has been impacted by NMI:

The trajectory of my life changed paths when I embarked on my writing journey with NMI.  It was no coincidence that I saw a show that made me want to write (better than the show I saw;) and called Patricia Zehentmayr who informed me that the new CORE session had JUST started.  She urged me to call Elise.  I did.  And it happened to be kismet that a book writer had JUST dropped out and they were one short.  And the rest is history.  I’m thoroughly enjoying this new addition to my hyphenate.

What's next for Gabrielle:

I’m very excited about a show that I’m writing with David Orris, composer, set in Ireland about the lives of 2 women, one human, one faerie, and what happens when their worlds literally collide.   Also in talks with Mark Folan who composed and wrote lyrics for the Knight in the Museum musical that showed on Thursday evening at ASCAP/DW.

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featured writer:

Charles Betz
Lyricist, Composer

Amateur composer/lyricist looking for opportunities.

Yes, looking for book writer for a project titled "Escape from Babylon."

The musical concept (original to me) has to do with reincarnation, probable realities, soul groups, and simultaneous time, working some of the same ground as Sliding Doors, If/Then, Being Erica, Cloud Atlas, On A Clear Day, Sense8, The Lake House, Groundhog Day, etc. I am interested in finding a writer with similar spiritual interests (ever heard of Seth?) who might want to collaborate on various projects in this same vein.

I'd be open to composing music and trying my hand at orchestration and score preparation for your project if you contribute a book to mine.

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featured performer:

Ahou Yasmine

Bookwriter, Lyricist

HEIGHT: 5 ft 6 in
UNIONS: Not specified
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Classical
AGE RANGE: Not Specified


Shakespeare: Charles Pasternak (Porters of Hell’s Gate) Shakespeare Workshops, Los Angeles
Vocal Technique: Tracy Van Fleet (Los Angeles Master Chorale) - Vocal Coach: Twyla Meyer
University of Utah: B.F.A. Theatre Arts/Voice


Fluent in French, Persian, Dialects (British/RP, Irish, French, Persian/Middle-Eastern, Southern), IPA, Tango, Yoga

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A scene of the German-American Operetta Company in the operetta “A Waltz Dream” presented at Weber’s Theatre in 1912, featuring Theodor Lamberg as Joachim XIII. From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

A production number from the musical “Babes in Toyland,” libretto by Glen MacDonough, music by Victor Herbert, and directed by Julian Mitchell, presented at the Majestic Theatre, New York City, ca. 1903. From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.

blast from the past:

Here is some fun musical theatre trivia about events that happened during THIS month in the past:

May 10, 1899     Fred Astaire was born today.

May 18, 2003     One Day More! Well, maybe not: Les Miserables closed today for the first run on Broadway.

May 8, 1892     Italian baritone Ezio Pinza was born today. Primarily a star of opera, he gained lasting fame at the age of fifty-seven as the man Mary Martin wanted to ‘wash right out of her hair’ in South Pacific.

May 24, 1966     Mame opened on Broadway today starring Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Jane Connell, and Frankie Michaels.

May 30, 1971     Idina Menzel began defying gravity today.

May 11, 1888     Israel Isidore Baline was born today, but we know him better as Irving Berlin.

May 2, 1984     Stephen Sondheim bounced back after the debacle of Merrily We Roll Along (sixteen performances), Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway today.

May 21, 1959     Gypsy opened on Broadway

May 23, 1921     After decades of white actors doing blackface, Shuffle Along, the first show written by African Americans, opened on Broadway in 1921.

May 16, 1946     Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway today, and it became the biggest hit for composer Irving Berlin, running for nearly three years.

news feed:

MTC’s Golden Shield Begins Off-Broadway Run May 17

Off-Broadway News MTC’s Golden Shield Begins Off-Broadway Run May 17 The Manhattan Theatre Club production features direction by May Adrales, and performances by Cindy Cheung, Fang Du, and Kristen Hung. Golden Shield The American premiere of Golden Shield opens May 17, following previews which began April 26. The play is written by Anchuli Felicia King (White Pearl) with direction by May Adrales (Vietgone). It is slated to run through June 12.  The legal drama follows an AmerRead more

VIDEO: FUNNY GIRL Original Broadway Cast Member Visits Current Broadway Production

Rosemary Greenspon nee Jelincic, who was in the ensemble of the original Broadway production of Funny Girl, paid a visit to the Broadway revival

VIDEO: Meet DEAR EVAN HANSEN’s Zachary Noah Piser on Backstage with Richard Ridge

Watch as Richard Ridge catches up with Broadway’s newest Evan Hansen,Zachary Noah Piser.

Anthony Edwards Saves the Weekend With Surprise Appearance in Broadway’s Girl From the North Country

Broadway News Anthony Edwards Saves the Weekend With Surprise Appearance in Broadway’s Girl From the North Country Watch the behind-the-scenes video with the ER star and wife Mare Winningham, sharing how he prevented the show from cancelling performances. Mare Winningham and Anthony Edwards “Is there a doctor in the house,” lead producer Tristan Baker asked during a pre-show announcement at the May 13 performance of Broadway’s Girl From the North Country. He then answered his own questRead more

Photos: ON YOUR FEET! Gets Spanish-Language World Premiere at GALA Hispanic Theatre

On May 7th, the World Premiere of the Spanish version of On Your Feet en Espanol has opened to rave reviews in DC at GALA Hispanic Theatre. Directed and choreographed byoriginal Broadway cast member Luis Salgado, music direction by Walter ‘Bobby’ McCoy.

Lauren Ambrose Stars in Reading of David Adjmi Comedy Marie Antoinette May 14

Readings and Workshops Lauren Ambrose Stars in Reading of David Adjmi Comedy Marie Antoinette May 14 Michael Kevin Baldwin directs the evening at Connecticut’s Sharon Playhouse. Lauren Ambrose Stage and screen star Lauren Ambrose, a Tony nominee for her performance in the recent Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, heads the cast of a May 14 staged reading of David Adjmi’s brassy comedy Marie Antoinette at the Sharon Playhouse. Directed by Sharon Playhouse Associate Artistic DirRead more

A Case for the Existence of God and Kimberly Akimbo Are 2022 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Winners

Awards A Case for the Existence of God and Kimberly Akimbo Are 2022 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Winners The awards will be presented during a private ceremony May 20. Will Brill and Kyle Beltran in A Case for the Existence of God Emilio Madrid The New York Drama Critics’ Circle has named Samuel D. Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of God Best Play of the 2021-2022 season, while David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori’s Broadway-bound Kimberly Akimbo was named Best Musical.Read more

VIDEO: Gaby French Opens Up About the Journey to Bring HANGMEN Back to Broadway

Your favorite podcast hosts Jason A. Coombs and Samantha Tuozzolo are back with hilarious, talented and absolutely gorgeous Gaby French who made her Broadway debut as Shirley in the five time Tony nominated play HANGMEN Gaby shares her journey with the show from auditioning, to the Covid-19 Pandemic shutting down production during previews in March 2020 to finally gracing the Broadway stage two years later.

Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Which Way to the Stage Off-Broadway?

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of Which Way to the Stage Off-Broadway? The MCC Theater world premiere of Ana Nogueira’s new work opened May 10. Sas Goldberg and Max Jenkins Daniel J Vasquez Reviews are in for Ana Nogueira’s Which Way to the Stage world premiere at the Newman Mills Theater. The MCC Theater production opened May 10 in The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, following previews which began April 14. The show will run until May 22. DirectedRead more

Actors’ Equity Association Condemns Unauthorized Creation and Sharing Of Naked Photos and Videos Of Actors

Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has issued a statement in response to news of a leak of photos and videos of a Second Stage Theater production featuring Equity members performing naked.


Bookwriters, lyricists, and composers are invited to join our collaborative workshop - the Core Curriculum. Meet new collaborators, hone your skills, become part of a community, and have your 15 minute musical produced at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Sessions begin every September.

do your research

NMI hosts the Musical Theatre Writers Resource Center - an online tool with listings of contests, theatres and producers, public domain ideas; as well as a glossary, insider tips and advice videos, a Writer Bank, and much more.

study online

Hone your skills at your own pace with the Craft Labs offered by our sister site: WritingMusicalTheatre.com. Courses include the Book Lab, Lyric and Advanced Lyric Labs, Music Lab, Outlining Lab, and the new Core Curriculum online.

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