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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:


This week’s Featured Video is UNITED WE TWEET.

United We Tweet is the story of a clown who holds the Highest Office in the Land (literally…a clown, complete with Bozo wig and red nose). His favorite way to resolve disputes is…rock-paper-scissors…and nothing less than the fate of Texas is at stake.

[When California was ordered to shelter-in-place and the 2020 Hollywood Fringe Festival was canceled, the TWEET team pivoted to adapt this piece to take place during a Zoom conference call in the middle of a global pandemic - making it possible for us to literally film a Zoom meeting with all the performers in their own homes.]

Book and Lyrics by BK Wells
Music by Jane Wong

Directed by now-Zoom-specialist director/choreographer John Coppola
Music Direction by Ron Barnett

John David Wallis
Elise Dewsberry
Casey Hunter
and Mindy Montalban

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 38 -COLLABORATION – WHERE?

The 39th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. Part of a short series about collaboration. This month: Where do you find a collaborator?

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:

christine croyden
Bookwriter, Lyricist

Christine Croyden is a Melbourne-based playwright, lyricist and novelist. Her plays are licensed and published by She writes character-based drama, and storytelling is her primary focus.

Yes, I am always interested in collaborations with composers or book writers. Samples of my work (lyrics and plays) can be found on my website

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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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Actor portrait for The Black Crook – 1866. From the New York Public Library collections.

Ray Bolger as Sapiens in By Jupiter . 1942. Photographer: Tucker, Richard, 1895-1958. From Richard Tucker photographs, 1934-1951. From the Digital Gallery Collections of the New York Public Library.

blast from the past:

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

December 24, 1893     Harry Warren, composer for most of the iconic movie musicals of the 1930s – including 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, 1935, and 1937, and Go Into Your Dance, all written with lyricist Al Dubin – was born today. He died in 1981, a year after his music was immortalized on Broadway in 42nd Street.

December 26, 1931     Of Thee I Sing, a depression-era musical satire of American politics, opened on Broadway to rave reviews and terrific box office numbers. Penned by Moss Hart and George and Ira Gershwin, it became the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

December 6, 1896     Lyricist Ira Gershwin was born today. On Broadway, he worked almost exclusively with his brother George on shows like Lady Be Good, Funny Face, Oh Kay!, and Rosalie. After George’s premature death, he also collaborated with Kurt Weill on Lady in the Dark and The Firebrand of Florence. For the movies, he also collaborated with Jerome Kern and Harold Arlen.

December 1, 1945     Bette Midler, the recording and film star who began her career playing Tzeitel in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, was born today

December 23, 2005     Broadway theatre going more-or-less returned to normal following a two-day New York City Transit Workers strike. It was the first such transit strike in New York in 25 years.

December 9, 1897     British comedienne Hermione Gingold, who stole scenes in the musical movies Gigi and The Music Man and received a Tony Award nod at the age of 75 for A Little Night Music, was born today. (She also appeared in Harold Prince’s ill-fated film version of …Night Music.)

December 8, 1925     Rat-packer Sammy Davis, Jr., who starred on Broadway in Mr. Wonderful, a revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, and Golden Boy (for which he received a Tony Award nomination, was born today. A dancer since the age of five, he also made movie musicals, including Sweet Charity and Porgy & Bess.

December 2, 1914     Ray Walston, who appeared in Me and Juliet and House of Flowers before originating the role of a lifetime as Applegate in Damn Yankees – and winning a Tony Award for it – was born today.

news feed:

VIDEO: On This Day, December 3- THE CHER SHOW Opens On Broadway

On this day in 2018, the bio-musical The Cher Show celebrated its opening night at the Neil Simon Theater.

From Out-of-Town to Opening Night: Celebrating The Cher Show on Broadway

Following its out-of-town tryout in Chicago, The Cher Show opened on Broadway December 3, 2018. The musical, directed by Jason Moore with choreography by Christopher Gattelli, played 34 previews and 295 performances before closing August 18, 2019. The production earned three Tony Award nominations, winning Best Actress in a Musical for Stephanie J. Block’s performance as the “Star” Cher and Best Costume Design of a Musical for Bob Mackie’s work.The Cher Show featured three performers as the titlRead more


Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is set to stream on World AIDS Day -today, December 1 5pm, featuring 51 performers and benefitting Broadway CaresEquity Fights AIDS. Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens honors the lives lost to AIDS through free-verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score.

Raúl Esparza, Krysta Rodriguez, More Will Star in A Christmas Carol, Co-Adapted by Theresa Rebeck

Primary Stages will present a virtual reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as adapted by Theresa Rebeck and Erin Daley. The performance will stream live December 16 at 8 PM ET and be available through December 20.Leading the cast as Scrooge is Tony nominee Raúl Esparza, who prior to the coronavirus shutdown had recently appeared in Rebeck’s play Seared Off-Broadway. His three co-stars from that production—Krysta Rodriguez, David Mason, and W. Tré Davis—are also among the cast.RoundingRead more

COME FROM AWAY Creative Team, Producers, and International Cast to Reunite For ‘One Night Only’

OnSaturday 19thDecemberat 730pm GMTSimG ProductionsandMusical Theatre Radio’sfourth ‘One Night Only’ Reunion event will reunite the writers and creatives from the International hit musical’Come From Away’, alongside actors who have appeared in productions across the globe.

Patti Murin and Colin Donnell Discuss Their Upcoming Concert With Seth Rudetsky and More on Backstage LIVE With Richard Ridge

BroadwayWorld’sRichard Ridgeis keeping up with all of your favorite stars’ latest projects on Backstage Live, bringing you in-depth interviews twice weekly. On November 25, he chattedwith Broadway power couplePatti MurinandColin Donnell.

Virtual 2-Part Hamilton Tour Returns in December With Playbill Social Selects and Broadway Up Close

Are you ready to virtually wander around the 18th century sidewalks that Alexander Hamilton trod in “the greatest city in the world?” Hamilton fans and history buffs can explore the theatre district and NYC from their couches December 2 and 9 in a two-part virtual HamilTour from Broadway Up Close’s Tim Dolan and Playbill Social Selects.In addition to exploring the historical sites from the musical, audiences will hear first-hand accounts from the making of the musical. Monica Simoes Click here tRead more

VIDEO: See Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Leslie Odom Jr. and More Sing for Nurse Heroes on Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving Day, the Nurse Heroes Live all-star concert addressed the worldwide shortage of nurses and raised money for nursing programs and scholarships. For those who might have missed the benefit show, Nurse Heroes Live will be available on Peacock beginning Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020 until January 2, 2021.

Tune Into the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Featuring Casts of 4 Broadway Shows, November 26

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, reworked due to the public health crisis, features performances from the Broadway casts of Jagged Little Pill, Hamilton, Mean Girls, and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. The segments were pre-taped outside of the shows Theatre District homes.Tune in on NBC November 26 beginning at 9 AM ET (the event will also stream on Verizon’s YouTube channel).Viewers can expect performances of “Someone Gets Hurt” from Reneé Rapp and her Mean GRead more

Liz Callaway to Release New Christmas Album COMFORT AND JOY

Liz Callaway has announced a brand- new Christmas album. ‘Comfort and Joy – An Acoustic Christmas’ featuring10 songs with acclaimed guitarist Peter Calo anda duet with Grammy- nominee Jann Klose.


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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