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thanks for being a FRIEND!

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.

Thanks for being a friend of new musicals!



CALL TO ACTION:

As a FRIEND OF NEW MUSICALS - we are asking YOU to take ACTION to spread the news! Here are just some of the ACTIONS you could take right now:

Go to NMI's Facebook Page and SHARE a post to spread the love of new musicals!

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CRESCENDO CAMPAIGN UPDATE

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:


“A Song of Winds” and “Elanoy” with the Potato Face Blind Man

Potato Face waxes nostalgic for the glory days of the wind-swept prairies in the powerful “A Song of Winds” by prairie poet Hamlin Garland. The episode concludes with the rousing call for homesteaders in “Elanoy.”

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….

To see more from this series, visit www.nmi.org/online


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insider tips:


How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 43 – TELLING AN ENSEMBLE STORY

The 43rd post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A discussion of telling an ENSEMBLE story in musical form.

To see more fom this series, subscribe to the vlog at http://nmi.org/nmi-resources/elises-video-blog/



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our stories:

Gabrielle Wagner
Bookwriter, Core 2011
NMI Member Since 2011
http://www.gabriellewagner.com

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:

John C. Goldsberry
Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer
https://www.astrolabetheater.com/

After three novels, I wrote a show! Is this considered self-harm?



Despite 47 years as a musician and churning out original tunes, I have no clue as to orchestration other than noodling around on a keyboard and a workstation until something sounds decent enough. Welcome to playing by ear. That’s not a good way to write a musical. I can’t even do lead sheets for singers, much less scores. So I really to find a composer/arranger/orchestrator to partner with to not only get fresh ideas for melodies on a lot of these tunes, so they don't all sound alike, but someone with the background for incidental music, scoring for both the onstage brass band and piano, and the potential and optional pit orchestra as well. The range of tunes is from 1920s jazz to contemporary ballads to opera. It is a variety show, after all. If you feel brave/foolhardy enough, check out the show website above, and contact me. Let's see if something clicks. Here are a few I've managed to give you an idea of where I'm coming from musically. I've got a lot of lyrics still whimpering away without melodies.





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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
SIGHT SINGING SKILLS: Little

TRAINING:

TRAINING

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

 

SPECIAL SKILLS:

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

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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Alice O’Neill costume design for the Greenwich Village follies . Published between 1920 and 1925. From the Billy Rose Theater Collection, New York Public Library. From the Digital Gallery Collections of the New York Public Library.



Nina Susov at Club Anatole . Location: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Jerome Robbins Dance Division. From the collection Treasures of the American Performing Arts, 1875-1923


blast from the past:


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


April 22, 1993     First it was a record album, then a movie, then, inevitably, a stage musical: The Who’s Tommy opened on Broadway today.

April 1, 1929     Jane Powell was born today. She was launched to fame in Royal Wedding playing Fred Astaire’s sister. Her most memorable role came from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

April 10, 1952     Singin’ in the Rain opened across America today

April 28, 1941     Ann-Margaret was born today. She made her musical debut playing a R&H ingenue in the 1962 remake of State Fair. She also sexed it up in musicals like Viva Las Vegas and Bye Bye Birdie.

April 16, 1927     Edith ‘Edie’ Adams was born today. Adams won a Tony for Best Featured Actress as Daisy Mae in L’il Abner. Then, she played Julie Andrew’s Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s television version of Cinderella.

April 26, 1970     Company opened on Broadway today.

April 25, 1996     Rent opened the door for a new era in contemporary musicals, which opened today.

April 21, 1977     Annie opened on Broadway today starring thirteen-year-old Andrea McArdle.

April 6, 1941     The theater community gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria to pay homage to the recently deceased Antoinette Perry. The American Theatre Wing presented awards for achievement in the previous season. In recognition of Perry, they would come to be known as the Tony Awards. First year’s recipients included David Wayne and Michael Kidd for Finian’s Rainbow, Agnes de Mille for Brigadoon, and Kurt Weill for Street Scene.

April 11, 1991     Miss Saigon opened on Broadway today.

news feed:

VIDEO: On This Day, April 14- IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU Opens On Broadway

On this day in 2015, the new musical It Shoulda Been You, from Brian HargroveandBarbara Anselmiopened on Broadway featuring an all-star cast includingLisa Howard,Tyne Daly,Harriet Harris, andSierra Boggess, and directed by David Hyde Pierce.

Celebrate the 61st Anniversary of Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway

The original Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie opened at the Martin Beck Theatre April 14, 1960. The production, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, played 607 performances before closing October 7, 1961. The musical would garner eight Tony Award nominations, winning four including Best Musical.Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of the MacAfee family and the residents of Sweet Apple, Ohio, who go topsy-turvy when teen idol Conrad Birdie comes to town to serenade one lucky fan before heRead more

In the News: Amanda Green Elected First Woman President of Dramatists Guild, Idina Menzel’s Back in Her Treehouse

Read on for more theatre headlines you may have missed in today’s news.Newly Elected Dramatists Guild Officers Make HistoryTony-nominated lyricist-composer Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody, Bring It On, High Fidelity) has been elected the first woman president in the 100 year history of The Dramatists Guild alongside the newly-elected, most inclusive board yet, including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon) as vice president, Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) as secretary,Read more

Rita Moreno, Regina King, Bryan Cranston & More Will Present at THE OSCARS

Show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderberghtoday announced the ensemble cast to present at the 93rd Oscars,which airs live onABC, Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.n. EDT5 p.m. PDT.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 11- MATILDA Opens On Broadway

On this day in 2013, the acclaimed musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda opened at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

A Look Back at Miss Saigon at 30

Following its London debut, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby, Jr., and Alain Boubil’s Miss Saigon opened at the Broadway Theatre April 11, 1991. The production played 19 previews and 4,092 performances before closing January 28, 2001. The musical earned 11 Tony Award nominations and won three, most notably with Lea Salonga becoming the first Asian performer to win a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.Inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the story of the relationship bRead more

A Look Back at Miss Saigon at 30

Following its London debut, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby, Jr., and Alain Boubil’s Miss Saigon opened at the Broadway Theatre April 11, 1991. The production played 19 previews and 4,092 performances before closing January 28, 2001. The musical earned 11 Tony Award nominations and won three, most notably with Lea Salonga becoming the first Asian performer to win a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.Inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the story of the relationship bRead more

A Look Back at Miss Saigon at 30

Following its London debut, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby, Jr., and Alain Boubil’s Miss Saigon opened at the Broadway Theatre April 11, 1991. The production played 19 previews and 4,092 performances before closing January 28, 2001. The musical earned 11 Tony Award nominations and won three, most notably with Lea Salonga becoming the first Asian performer to win a Tony for Best Actress in a Musical.Inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the story of the relationship bRead more

runDisney Hosts THE LION KING Themed Virtual 5Ks This Summer

This summer,runDisney will celebrate 6 years of therunDisney Virtual Series with three specialThe Lion King-themed 5K events.

VIDEO: SIX Creators Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Give Tips on Encourage a Young Writer Day

Today is Encourage a Young Writer Day The writers of the hit musical Six, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, have created a video doing just that.


collaborate

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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