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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 MESSENGER – based on the true story by Paulo Jorge Machado Dias Gonçalves | SO PROUDLY WE HAILED

New Musicals Inc. is proud to launch the third episode of SO PROUDLY WE HAILED, the musical webseries honoring veterans in their own words.

“The Messenger” is based on the experience of veteran Paulo Jorge Machado Dias Gonçalves, a United Nations Peacekeeper from Portugal who learns his life’s mission through a chance conversation with a five-year-old Bosnian boy. The episode has music and lyrics by Ryan Patrick Martin; and features performer Eduardo Enrikez.

For this webseries, New Musicals Inc. has paired veteran honorees with an artistic team comprised of a composer, lyricist, director, and dramaturg, and then helped to shape their story into a short musical retelling in a digital platform.

This project is hosted by New Musicals Inc. This activity is supported in part by generous grants from: the Helen and Jose Colton Foundation; the Peter Glenville Foundation; the Anonymous Fund (Marin County); and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

To see an interview with veteran Paulo Jorge Machado Dias Gonçalves; an interview with performer Eduardo Enrikez, to learn more about the project, and to view future episodes as they are released, visit New Musicals Inc. We create new musicals.

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 46 – STATEMENT OF FACT

The 46th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. What is a ‘statement of fact’, and why should you NOT use it either in an outline or in dialogue?

To see more fom this series, subscribe to the vlog at

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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:

Susan Rabin
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

SUSAN RABIN a writer, singer, actress, and lawyer originally from Chicago She channels – which is reflected in many of her plays and musicals. She says she channels David Mamet and Henrik Ibsen to create strong, colorful characters who face controversial social issues. Susan has studied with teacher/dramaturg Will Dunne for twenty plus years. Her writing has been recognized as engaging and energetic and her stories skewer hypocrisy through the vehicle of comedy. Susan is a recipient of a Marin Arts Council playwriting grant. (see Facebook page: Windy City Productions/MAKS & the Flying Smirnovs.)
• JIVE (Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 2018),
• NOSEJOB (Phoenix Theater, San Francisco, 2016),
• The Ring of Truth (Short-Lived Festival, San Francisco, 2018),
• Aunt Lakie’s Not Coming to Dinner (Phoenix Theater, San Francisco, 2015),
• Phillie Ain’t No Fool, (Oxnard, CA Play Festival, 2010),
• RAINBOW, a Musical (Mill Valley Center for the Performing Arts).

• Maks & the Flying Smirnovs, A Musical (February 2020, May 2019).

• The Shiva, 2021, DG FOOTLIGHTS,
• The Ring of Truth (Play/Musical Café, Berkeley, 2021)
• Cloudy with a Chance of Payne (Play/Musical Café, Berkeley, 2021)

• “… I can hear your amazing sense of humor and sophistication throughout the play. Bravo and congrats. It’s funny with a vengeance.”
Tony Roberts, actor (Annie Hall, Play It Again Sam, Serpico, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Victor/Victoria, Promises, Promises).
• “Susan Rabin populates her comedies with memorable characters who not only make us laugh, but also challenge our vision of the world and what it means to be human.”
Will Dunne, Author, Dramatist, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights
Conference Awardee.
• “A sweet comedy that blends familiar elements from 'The Odd Couple' with one woman's libidinous fantasies about her mailman, Susan Rabin's 'Aunt Lakie's Not Coming to Dinner' is one of the most enjoyable small-ensemble productions now running in San Francisco.” – Barry Willis, President, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.
• “Provocative, funny & sexy. You'll love it! …Playwright Susan Rabin is a Winner.” Lee Hartgrave, Walkin’ Broadway.

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featured performer:

Trip Kennedy

Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer

HEIGHT: 5 ft 7 in
VOCAL RANGE: Belter, Tenor, Bari-tenor
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre, Classical
AGE RANGE: Not Specified

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Grace McDonald as Dolores Reynolds and RollyPickert as Gus Fielding in rehearsal for Babes in Arms . 1937. Photographer: Tucker, Richard, 1895-1958. From Richard Tucker photographs, 1934-1951. From the Digital Gallery Collections of the New York Public Library.

Midtown Theater exterior, Broadway (West 99th Street – West 100th Street) east side . 1933. Photographer: Wurts Brothers Source: [Collection of photographs of New York City.] / [Wurts Brothers, photographer] / Sherman Building / Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy

blast from the past:

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

July 24, 2003     Acclaimed revival of Big River opened at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Produced by NAMT member Deaf West Theatre with The Roundabout Theatre Company in association with NAMT member Center Theatre Group, the revival combined hearing and deaf actors.

July 18, 2003     Hairspray played its first preview in New York.

July 15, 1905     Dorothy Fields was born. Lyricist who collaborated with Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Bob Fosse, and Cy Coleman. Among her most famous songs: “The Way You Look Tonight”, “A Fine Romance”, and “Big Spender”. Also bookwriter for Annie Get Your Gun.

July 25, 1975     A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre with no stars, no set, no conventional storyline. It became one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

July 14, 1918     Arthur Laurents was born. Bookwriter for West Side Story, Gypsy, Anyone Can Whistle, amongst others, and also director of such hits as La Cage aux Folles and revivals of Gypsy starring Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, and, currently running in NYC, Patti LuPone.

July 2, 1987     Michael Bennett died today at the age of forty-four. He left behind a legacy of two decades worth of Broadway choreography. After five Tony noms, he finally won for Best Choreography for Follies.

July 1, 1941     Twyla Tharp was born today

July 22, 1949     Alan Menken was born. Composer of Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and The Little Mermaid.

July 19, 1962     Film version of The Music Man premieres.

news feed:

ICYMI: Watch the Top 15 College Students Perform for Next on Stage: Dance Edition Season 2!

Next on Stage Dance Edition is back with season 2of our online dancingcompetition Miss the announcement of our top 15 Check out the episode here

Take a Look Back at 46 Years of A Chorus Line on Broadway

The Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line began performances on Broadway at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre July 25, 1975 before officially opening October 19, 1975. When it closed 15 years later on April 28, 1990, it was the longest-running show in Broadway history, having played 6,137 performances. (It would be surpassed by Cats seven years later and is now the seventh-longest Broadway run.) The production won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards (including Best Musical,Read more

From Sally to Glinda: Celebrating Tony Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth

Stage and screen star Kristin Chenoweth celebrates her birthday July 24.Chenoweth made her Broadway debut as Precious McGuire in the 1997 production of Steel Pier. Throughout the course of her career on the Main Stem, she has starred in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown as Sally (earning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical) , Wicked as Glinda, On The Twentieth Century as Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland, and more.In addition to her stage work, Chenoweth is also an Emmy-winning TV actRead more

VIDEO: The Stars of MARY POPPINS Prepare to Return to the Stage!

The Olivier award-winning production of Disney’sMary Poppinswillresumeperformances at the Prince Edward Theatre from 7 August 2021. The show’s leads, Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp had their first photo shoot in costume this week

Lillias White’s New Album Get Yourself Some Happy! Released July 23

Tony and Emmy winner Lillias White’s first solo studio album, Get Yourself Some Happy!, is released July 23 via Old Mill Road Recording. Watch White belt out “A Little Imagination,” penned by Gail C. Bluestone and Eileen Bluestone Sherman, above.The modern mix of Motown, standards, rock-and-roll, Broadway, and jazz was recorded at Old Mill Road Recording in East Arlington, Vermont, in July 2019. The album is the culmination of a 30-year friendship and professional collaboration between White andRead more

VIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Returns to The West End!

The West End production of the multi award-winning Come From Awayhas officially returned to its home atThe Phoenix Theatre in London Get a peek inside the company’s triumphant return to Gander here

In the News: Little Island’s Storytelling Festival Begins, Roundabout Announces New Directors Group Cohorts, More

Read on for more theatre news you may have missed in today’s headlines. Little Island’s Inaugural Storytelling Festival Starts July 21As previously reported, a five-day festival of storytelling, curated by Artists-in-Residence PigPen Theatre Co., begins July 21 at Little Island, New York City’s new public park on the Hudson River. The multidisciplinary Storytelling Festival features singer-songwriters, musicians, poets, and more employing a variety of art forms across the park to highlight the aRead more

VIDEO: Laura Dreyfuss Covers The Weeknd’s ‘Save Your Tears’

Produced by Michel Heyaca, the cover follows her 2020 single Sidelines and serves as a re-entry point for Dreyfussas she prepares to release her solo debut EP later this year.

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: July 20

1961 Stop The World—I Want To Get Off opens at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End. The musical, which features a book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and its star, Anthony Newley, follows the life of one man from birth to death. It runs 485 performances. A Broadway production opens at the Shubert Theatre on October 3, 1962, where it runs for 555 performances.1987 Charles Busch’s sendup of beach movies, Psycho Beach Party, opens Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre. Busch himself is amRead more

Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins Billy Porter’s Directorial Debut WHAT IF?

Tony. Emmy, and Grammyaward winner, Billy Porter, is set to make his feature directorial debut with the feature film, What If.


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: Courses include the Book Lab, Lyric and Advanced Lyric Labs, Music Lab, Outlining Lab, and the new Core Curriculum online.

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