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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:

Khassandra the Psychic: Predicted Bush’s Death

This week’s Featured Video is from “Khassandra the Psychic”, who 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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How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 36 -ASSIGNMENT: PRONOUNS

The 36th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part of a short series giving you an ASSIGNMENT for your current musical. Assignment #6: CHANGE YOUR PRONOUNS.

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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:

Kim Bixler

Kim Bixler’s family owned Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1908 Edward E. Boynton House in Rochester, New York, from 1977 to 1994. She published her latest book Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House, is featured in the PBS documentary Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House:  The Next Hundred Years and appeared on NPR’s Here & Now in conjunction with Wright’s 150th Birthday celebration. (Sadly, Mr. Wright couldn’t make it.) 
A graduate of Cornell University, Kim has written and edited five other books, lectures throughout the country about Frank Lloyd Wright and currently lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA.
Kim has done several staged readings of her plays but completing a musical theater project is her ultimate goal.

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featured performer:

Beloved Superstar

Bookwriter, Lyricist

HAIR COLOR: Not Specified
HEIGHT: 5 ft 4 in
UNIONS: Not specified
VOCAL RANGE: Soprano, Mezzo, Belter, Tenor
VOCAL TYPE: Musical Theatre
AGE RANGE: 35-45
CHARACTER RANGE: Young Adult, Mature



The Manhattan School of Music – Professional Musical Theatre Workshop: Paul Gemignani, Joanna Merlin, Austin Pendleton, Paul Ford, Jay Binder, Jim Carnahan, Robert Kimball, Ginger Thatcher

Acting:             T. Schreiber Studio: Betty Buckley; HB Studio; The School for Film and Television

Shakespeare:   Deloss Brown

Voice:               Carolann Page, Mary Rodgers, Donna Vaughn

Dance:             Jazz, Tap, Theatre Dance, Ballet, Modern, Mexican Folklore, African, Salsa,

Merengue, Interpretive Dance, Swing, Lindy Hop, Jive, Jitterbug, Hula, Tahitian



Singer/Songwriter, Hip Hop, Pop &'n Lock, Ballroom, Clairvoyant, Healer, Reiki Master
March 16, 2020, New York New York


I am an optimistic at Heart, and that is the reason why I am still alive.

I am an inventor. I developed a breakthrough technology that helps decalcify the pineal gland, rejuvenating the body and bringing it to its ideal level of fitness and well-being… naturally.

How did I come about this invention?

By accident!!

Not really.

In 2012 I became suicidal. The meds prescribed to me gave me brain fog, put me in a mental daze and affected my digestive system, so I set out to find a natural solution, for my depression, with no side effects.

Life is fabulous isn’t it? My life was fabulous before 2012. My coaching business was thriving, my relationships were great, my spirits were soaring, and I had a zest for life that people envied. I was living on cloud 9! And then, all of the sudden…I was suffering with clinical depression, debilitating anxiety and PTSD.

I really wanted to regain my joy for life, so for the next seven years, I immersed myself in intense research, and guess what I found out…
I discovered that depression and most mental disorders are mainly caused by the calcification of the pineal gland. Not only that, but premature aging and most cancerous tumors have also been attributed to a calcified pineal gland!

I just recently discovered the original cause of my past depression. I was the victim of chemical warfare. A plant-based medicine concoction sold by my neighbor from Dominican Republic, created a biochemical imbalance in my brain, when it was absorbed by the cells of my body, after she had poured, the green liquid over my head, during a pseudo-shamanic Rite of Passage she made up. She did the same with two other mutual friends – two young single mothers with two young children each. I was told that she conspired to destroy me out of sheer jealousy because she couldn’t see me happy. She had been pretending to be my BFF for the seven years of our “friendship”.

Oh well, I am grateful for my jealous neighbor Bella, as we lovingly called her, because her ill intentions turned out to be a blessing for me and for the more than three hundred million people around the world who are suffering from depression.
I thank God for my Life…and I am grateful to myself that I NEVER GIVE UP. My mother in Mexico use to tell me: “Eres mas terca que una mula!” (You are more stubborn than a mule!) LOL!! My stubbornness, otherwise translated as persistence, is what kept me alive and found the solutions to many of my problems in life.
I give you “Beloved’s Own Rejuvenating Miracle Water”, the Miracle Water that gave me back my Zest for Life!

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Will Rogers, circa 1920’s. From the Musical Theatre History collection of the Library of Congress.

Fanny Brice, circa 1920’s. From the Musical Theatre History collection of the Library of Congress.

blast from the past:

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

September 2, 1910     Kitty Carlisle Hart, who appeared in numerous vaudeville shows and Broadway musicals – as well as on film with The Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera – was born. Also well known for her 20 year leadership of the New York State Council on the Arts and as the wife of My Fair Lady and Camelot director Moss Hart. She died in April 2007 at the age of 97.

September 10, 2000     Cats closed on Broadway, having run 7,845 performances. The show spent its last three years as the longest-running show in Broadway history, having eclipsed A Chorus Line for that honor on June 19, 1997.

September 6, 1985     A concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s legendary musical Follies played two nights only at Lincoln Center. All 5,500 tickets sold out in less than three hours. The all-star cast included Barbara Cook, Lee Remick, Elaine Stritch, Carol Burnett, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, and Comden and Green, among others.

September 18, 1905     Choreographer Agnes de Mille, who changed the face of dance forever with her integrated work on Oklahoma!, Carousel, and her Tony-winning Brigadoon, was born today.

September 20, 2001     Urinetown, that musical with the title least likely to succeed, opened on Broadway. The darkly comic show won Tony Awards for Best Direction, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical.

September 26, 1957     The show created by one of the all-time starriest creative teams – Arthur Laurents (book), Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics), Jerome Robbins (director/choreographer), and Harold Prince (producer) – West Side Story, opened on Broadway.

September 17, 1933     Dorothy Loudon, who received her first of 3 Tony Award nominations for her breakout role in 1969’s flop The Fig Leaves are Falling – despite its having run only four performances – was born today. The biggest triumphs of Loudon’s long career were her boozy, frowzy Miss Hannigan in Annie (Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and the widow Bea in Michael Bennett’s Ballroom.

September 16, 1924     Lauren Bacall, star of Applause and Woman of the Year who came to the musical stage after 25 years of movie stardom, was born today.

September 22, 1964     Fiddler on the Roof, arguably the last show of the golden era of musical theatre, opened. The original cast featured Maria Karnilova, Bea Arthur, Bert Convy, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Merlin, Julia Migenes, and, of course, Zero Mostel, who won his third Tony in five years for playing Tevye.

September 12, 1933     Bela Lugosi, famous for his 1931 film portrayal of Dracula, made his Broadway musical debut in Murder at the Vanities.

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VIDEO: On This Day, September 19- Happy Birthday, Stephanie J. Block!

On this day we’re sending a loving birthday shoutout to one of the stars of Broadway’s The Cher Show, Stephanie J. Block.

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: September 19

1904 Julian Eltinge, the famed female impersonator, makes his Broadway debut in Mr. Wix of Wickham, the unsuccessful musical at the Bijou Theatre. 19-year-old Jerome Kern writes some of the songs for the show. Kern goes on to write music for Show Boat and Sunny during his long, successful career. Also on this date, E. H. Sothern, Shakespeare actor extraordinaire, stars in a Chicago production of Romeo and Juliet.1910 For the first time, George M. Cohan directs and writes a non-musical triumph. GRead more

David Korins-Designed ELF ON THE SHELF Drive Thru Experience Launches This November in Los Angeles

Global holiday phenomenon The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition will transformLos Angeles County into a magical wonderland this holiday season.

MJ the Musical on Broadway, Alliance Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, More Host Video Auditions

From auditions to administrative roles, Playbill is the go-to online source for careers in theatre. You can browse the full list of industry jobs in our extensive Job Listings database. With theatres dark for the time being, casting directors are encouraging performers to send in video auditions. Here’s a selection of upcoming Equity auditions around America, in chronological order by submission deadline.READ: How to Create Your Best Self-Tape Audition2020 RADIO DRAMAS EQUITY VIDEO SUBMISSIONS (Read more

Virtual Theatre Today: Wednesday, September 16- with Corey Cott, Aaron Lazar and More!

Today September 16 in live streaming Corey Cott and Aaron Lazar visit Backstage Live, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend reunites, and so much more

Join Playbill’s Watch Party for Mauricio Martinez’s De Mexico to Broadway Concert September 16

Playbill, in partnership with Jose Cuervo®, commemorates Mexican Independence Day September 16 with a 7 PM ET stream of the Feinstein’s/54 Below concert Mauricio Martinez: De Mexico to Broadway. Watch the concert here.The cabaret act, filmed in July 2018, featured special appearances by Tony nominee Orfeh (Pretty Woman, Legally Blonde) and Mariand Torres (Wicked, In Transit). The free 7 PM stream will also include pre- and post-performance interviews with Martinez.“Growing up I always dreamt ofRead more

VIDEO: On This Day, September 15 – Henry Miller’s Theater Renamed For Stephen Sondheim

The renaming of the theatre was dedicated toStephen Sondheim, the greatest and best known artist in American musical theatre on his 80th birthday.

Look Back at Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre September 15, 1976, following a run at The Public Theater. The production, arranged and directed by Oz Scott and choreographed by Paula Moss, played 5 previews and 742 performances before closing on July 16, 1978. The production would go on to be nominated for two Tony Awards, with Trezana Beverley winning for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Filled with passion, humor,Read more

VIDEO: Watch Teens Perform HASTINGS STREET on Stars in the House

Stars in the House continues tonight 8pm withPlays In The House Teen EditionHASTINGS STREETBy Barton Bund and Rick Sperling. StarringMosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and special guests.Directed and choreographed by Carollette Phillips.

Netflix Announces Premiere Date for Ryan Murphy’s Film Adaptation of The Prom

Just two weeks before the September 30 premiere of The Boys in the Band, produced by Ryan Murphy, Netflix has announced the premiere date for another stage -to-film adaptation: The Prom.Directed by Murphy, the musical will make its Netflix debut December 11, the streaming service announced on Twitter.No prom this year? Let @MrRPMurphy take care of that. THE PROM, starring basically everyone, arrives December 11.— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) September 13, 2020 The movieRead more


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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