Welcome to NMI’s virtual theatre. Here, you’ll find shows we WERE going to present live on stage, but we’ve adapted them for the screen. Here you’ll find musicals written for:
The Hollywood Fringe Festival
NMI’s Annual 15 Minute Musicals
$25 a ticket? For you…free.
You’d expect to pay $15, $20 or $25 for an NMI ticket in the theatre. It has cost us thousands of dollars to bring you these musicals for free. First time visitors, please consider a donation of $10-$20. Returning visitors, consider $1 each time you watch one of our shows. That would help a lot! Thanks.
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In October, NMI’s spooky musical webseries, Tales From A Darkening Wood streamcasts four special musical episodes featuring Deaf actors. You’ll not want to miss The Island of the Dolls, John Mortonson’s Funeral, The Bad Old Woman in Black and The Night Wolf.
Click here to see Tales From a Darkening Wood.
“The Learned Ladies” is a new musical internet series featuring stories, songs, poems and essays from obscure women composers and forgotten women authors of the past. In Season One, Award-winning actress Elise Dewsberry plays southern belle Ann Reeves Jarvis as she welcomes us into her pre-Civil-War music room, introducing us to women authors and composers, like an antebellum “Masterpiece Theatre.”
Click here to see The Learned Ladies.
Direct from the would-have-been 2020 Hollywood Fringe Festival
Fly Fly Fly is the story of two suddenly emptynesters whose grown-up children “visit” one last time. Book, music, and lyrics by Katie Brady.
Shot mid-Covid one-actor-at-a-time, we’ve made it look as though five actors were all in the theatre together at the same time. They weren’t. Come see what we’ve done through the miracle of greenscreening!
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Also from the would-have-been 2020 Hollywood Fringe Festival
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. Book and lyrics by B.K. Wells, music by Jane Wong.
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NMI’s annual 15 Minute Musicals have sold out for the past ten years…they’re the hottest ticket in town. “But, NMI, theatres aren’t open right now!” you say? That won’t stop the 15 Minute Musicals. This year, we’ve shot them on a greenscreen studio, and we’re bringing them to you on the small screen.
Close (But Not Too Close). Too nervous to meet that special someone in person just yet? Why not try “CloseButNotTooClose.com” where you can check out the person of your dreams online. But watch out for scammers who may be looking for something other than love! Book by Paloma Sierra, music by Dusty Sanders, lyrics by Julia Koyfman.
Breakout. Siblings Jean and Jake are finding it extremely difficult to move on with their lives when divorced Mom and Dad are still openly feuding. One family Zoom session probably can’t make up for all the lost time, but can it at least help find a path forward? Book by Lalit Sritara, music by Evan Johnson, lyrics by Kellan Meador.
A Perfect Wedding. How can a mother give her daughter the perfect wedding that she never got to have when COVID forces everyone and everything to cancel at the last second? Book by Nicola Scott, music and lyrics by Laura Watkins.
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NMI’s annual 15 Minute Musicals have sold out for the past ten years…they’re the hottest ticket in town. “But, NMI, theatres aren’t open right now!” you say? That won’t stop the 15 Minute Musicals. This year, we’ve shot them on a greenscreen studio, and we’re bringing them to you on the small screen. We’re releasing them one at a time, beginning Monday August 3rd.
A View from the Moon. Set in a tropical paradise, in which a Covid-stranded couple has run out of money, and an entitled rich woman thinks she can buy their gratitude and the affection of the hotel proprietor. This is a bittersweet, aching romance. Book by Richard Holland, music by Ben Ginsberg, lyrics by Stacey Weingarten.
The Traitor. Set in a dystopian post-Covid future in which touching has become outlawed and even insurrectionistic. We’re in a prison cell, in which an interrogator is trying to get two of the prisoners to turn on the third…any two…so long as someone’s found guilty. It has a dramatic, almost operatic score. Book and lyrics by Stephen K. Nolly, music by Ron Barnett.
I Need Space. Poor Andrey…he’s scheduled to leave on a flight for Mars in two hours, but fear of germs and sudden lack of toilet paper confines him to a bathroom, to the eternal horror of his roommates who have been trying to get rid of him for months. Can the unscrupulous Toilet Paper Blackmarketeer save the day? Book and music by Sergei Stern, lyrics by Jordan Toopes.
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15 MINUTE MUSICALS
We are delighted to announce that support for this program was provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Development Fee Program. They really helped us transfer these musicals from the stage to the screen. Please thank them if you get the chance: 201 N Figueroa St #1400, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Stories and songs from the Midwest prairie. Featuring, yes, the Potato Face Blind Man.