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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:

129 Ways to Get a Man: Tip #39

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

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insider tips:

How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 49 – SPOTLIGHT ON CATHY ELLIOTT

The 49th post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise. A spotlight on the talents of composer/lyricist/performer Cathy Elliott featuring her song ‘Wonderful’.

To view the song featured in this post, check out:

To see more from 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

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:

Hudson Liverance
Lyricist, Composer

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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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Ruby Elzy in “Porgy and Bess:” 1935. From the Musical Theatre History collection of the Library of Congress.

Window card for Allegro . 1947. From the Billy Rose Theater Collection, 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:

October 25, 1927     Barbara Cook, star of the original productions of Candide, The Music Man, and She Loves Me, was born today.

October 14, 1930     The Gershwins’ Girl Crazy opened on Broadway, making a star of Ethel Merman, who stopped the show cold with “I Got Rhythm”.

October 23, 1972     Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin opened on Broadway, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

October 16, 1925     Angela Lansbury, musical star of Mame, Anyone Can Whistle, Gypsy, The King and I, Dear World, Sweeney Todd, and others, was born today.

October 29, 1891     Fanny Brice, the star of a dozen editions of The Ziegfeld Follies, brilliant comedienne, and inspiration for Funny Girl, was born today.

October 12, 1971     The rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar opened in New York, marking Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway debut.

October 20, 1935     Jerry Orbach, star of the original productions of The Fantasticks, Carnival!, Promises, Promises, Chicago, and 42nd Street – as well as revivals of Guys and Dolls and Annie Get Your Gun – was born today.

October 17, 1967     Hair opened at The Public Theatre for a brief Off-Broadway run of 50 performances, prior to a Broadway transfer a few months later.

October 27, 1925     Jane Connell, who created the role of Agnes Gooch in Mame in 1966, was born today. She reprised her role in the film version of Mame and again in the 1983 revival. In 1986 she was nominated for a Tony Award for Me and My Girl, and appeared again on Broadway in Crazy for You in 1992.

October 30, 2003     Just in time for Halloween, Wicked, the musical about two witches, landed on Broadway.

news feed:

Meet Newcomer Myles Frost, Broadway’s Michael Jackson

Meet Myles Frost. He’s a Washington, D.C. who enjoys school musicals, playing golf, and spending time with family. Earlier this year, it was announced that he’ll star as the King of Pop when MJ the Musical it opens on Broadway later this season. Check out his story in the first episode of the show’s new docuseries Startin’ Somethin’ above. MJ, inspired by the life and art of Michael Jackson, will begin previews December 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre ahead of a February 1, 2022, opening night. TheRead more

DANA H. and IS THIS A ROOM To Conclude Broadway Runs on November 13 & 14

The Broadway productions ofIs This A RoomandDana H.will conclude their limited engagement on Sunday, November 14 at BroadwaysLyceum Theatre149 W 45thStreet, New York, NY.Dana H.will play its final performance at 2pm on Saturday November 13, 2021.Is This A Roomwill play its final performance at 3pm on Sunday November 14, 2021.

Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes Opens October 24 Off-Broadway

Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes opens October 24 Off-Broadway at the Greenwich House Theater after starting previews October 14. The send-up of A Midsummer Night’s Dream pairs up characters from different fairy tales as they fall in love—and into mischief.As previously announced, Fairycakes stars Mo Rocca as Geppetto, Kristolyn Lloyd as Peaseblossom, Sabatino Cruz as Pinocchio, Jackie Hoffman as Moth, Kuhoo Verma as Cinderella, Z Infante as Cobweb, Ann Harada as Musterseed, Jamen Nanthakumar aRead more

Haunted Houses: The Untold Ghost Stories of Broadway with Jennifer Ashley Tepper!

When you think ‘haunted houses’ you probably don’t picture the inside of a theatre. But with an over 100 year history, many of Broadway’s most famous houses are positively teeming withreports of the supernatural.

Broadway Will Dim Its Lights in Memory of Tony Winner Terrence McNally

The Committee of Theatre Owners will honor the late, Tony-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally November 3 (which would have marked his 83rd birthday) by dimming the lights of Broadway theatres in New York for one minute at 6:30 PM. Mr. McNally, a five-time Tony Award recipient whose plays often featured explorations of contemporary gay life and a reverence for classical music, died March 24, 2020, at the age of 81. The playwright faced complications due to the coronavirus; he was aRead more

Photo: First Look at Taraji P. Henson as Miss Hannigan in ANNIE LIVE!

Scheduled to air on December 2, the new live musical will also feature Harry Connick, Jr. as Daddy Warbucks,Nicole Scherzinger asGrace, Jane Krakowski as Lily St. Regis, Tituss Burgess as Rooster Hannigan,and Celina Smith as Annie. Get a first look at Taraji P. Henson in costume now

Mrs. Doubtfire Resumes Broadway Performances October 21

A new singing nanny takes over Broadway October 21 as Mrs. Doubtfire returns to performances at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The musical had played only three preview performances prior to the pandemic shutdown in March 2020. Opening night is set for December 5. Tony nominee Rob McClure returns to the title role—or rather, a single father disguised as the title role in order to spend more time with his children. Returning cast members include Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett asRead more

Wake Up With BWW 10/21: FLYING OVER SUNSET Clips, Ari’el Stachel Departs THE VISITOR, and More!

Today’s top stories Get a first look at Flying Over Sunset in a montage of clips, and more

Judith Ivey, Tony Roberts, John Rubinstein, More Star in Off-Broadway Revival of Morning’s at Seven Beginning October 20

A host of theatre veterans star in a limited Off-Broadway revival of Paul Osborn’s Morning’s at Seven beginning October 20 at Theatre at St. Clement’s. Directed by Obie winner Dan Wackerman, performances will continue through January 9, 2022. Opening night is November 4.The comedy classic stars Oscar nominee and Obie winner Lindsay Crouse (The Homecoming), Obie winner Alma Cuervo (On Your Feet!), two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey (Steaming, Hurlyburly), Dan Lauria (Lombardi, The Wonder Years), OsRead more

Billy Porter Autobiography, UNPROTECTED, Hits #1 On Amazon

Today, Tony and Emmy winner Billy Porterreleased hisnew autobiography, Unprotected.


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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