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A Video Blog About Avoiding Feedback on Your Musical Script

This is the first post in my video blog designed to give you the tools you need to AVOID getting FEEDBACK from me on your new musical.

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Hi, my name is Elise Dewsberry, and I’m the Artistic Director of New Musicals Inc. And I’ve decided to start a new video blog.

I’ve been giving feedback to writers of new musicals for about 27 years now, ever since I founded the Script Lab in Toronto back in 1990. And I find that I tend to talk about the same concepts each time I give feedback. There are certain things that trigger me to to talk about ways that I think a musical could be stronger and accomplish its goals more fully. And so I thought it might be interesting if I started to create some video posts each month that talked about some of these concepts. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Over the next several months, every month, I’m going to release a new video blog. Just a short one, where I’m going to talk about one topic per video blog. And I’m going to cover things like the theme of your show, the wants and goals of your lead character, activating your lead character, character diction, song spotting from a book point of view, about what can a song accomplish, some of the power of a musical, how you can make use of it, activating your characters, transitioning from one scene to another, and all of these different kinds of topics that come up every time that I’m doing my feedback sessions. And the idea is that if you were to watch these vlogs, and apply these concepts, and really think about them when you’re writing your musical, at the end of the day when you submit it to me, I wouldn’t be able to give you any feedback. Because, in terms of the things that I’m looking, for everything would be working just great.

So that’s the goal — how to submit a feedback a musical to me and get no feedback. Now I’m going to be doing this mostly aimed at bookwriters who are writing the the basic story and the dialogue, but there’s going to be stuff in here that’s useful to lyricists and composers as well, in terms of how the lyrics and the music really contribute the story that you’re trying to tell, so I hope this is going to be useful to bookwriters, and lyricists, and composers.

So I hope that you’ll join me each month as I tackle another one of these topics, and that you’ll also comment and give me ideas for other topics that I could cover, or other ways that I could I could explain the things that I’m looking for. So we’ll explore this together. I hope we’ll have a good time, and that we’ll cover some really interesting stuff, and that at the end of the day, I will have talked myself right out of a job, because you won’t need my feedback anymore.

Let’s see if we can make that happen, okay? Thanks, and see you next month with topic number one!

 

Featured Video: “Gratitude” from Manson’s Girls at Hollywood Fringe 2018


Visit our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/dYW1o-ZESTA to check out NMI’s newest Featured Video, from “Manson’s Girls,” the story of the Manson Family murders, told from the perspective of the girls. In this clip, the Girls remind a wavering cohort what they’ve done for her and what they expect in return.

“Manson’s Girls” was nominated for Best Musical at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival and voted Best Musical by Tvolution and Pick of the Fringe by Combined Art Form, with music by Ron Barnett, lyrics by Mitch Glaser, and book by Scott Guy. Directed by Scott Guy with Music Direction from Ron Barnett. This excerpt features Megan Ruble as Sadie Mae, with l. to r.: Lauran Dewey (Squeaky), Christina Anatone (Marioche) and Lia Peros (Big Patty).

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Featured Video: “A Family Portrait,” a 15 Minute Musical from NMI at Hollywood Fringe 2018

Visit our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/IzPX2Av-wEg to check out NMI’s newest Featured Video, “A Family Portrait”

a story about relationships and how our perspectives can change. It was presented as part of NMI’s 2018 15 Minute Musicals: THE GREAT DIVIDE.

Book and Lyrics by Makena Metz
Music by Angela Parrish
Cast: Hannah Madeleine Goodman, Logan Mack, John David Wallis, Nichole LaMay
Directed by Elise Dewsberry
Music Director: Kevin Mathie

Presented at the Broadwater Theatre in Hollywood as part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The annual 15 Minute Musicals are the culminating project for NMI’s Core Curriculum program for musical theatre bookwriters, lyricists, and composers. They are conceived, written, re-written, and produced in a 10-week period at the end of the nine-month Core Curriculum program.

For more info on NMI’s Core Curriculum program, visit https://nmi.org/ and click on STUDY.

To see more NMI Featured Videos, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/NewMusicalsInc.

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Featured Video: Counting Down the Five Mistakes (Nearly) Every Musical Makes – #5

Visit our YouTube Channel at to check out NMI’s newest Featured Video, Five Mistakes (Nearly) Every Musical Makes. NMI’s Executive Director gave an inspiring lecture at the 2018 Conference for musical theatre writers and we’re now releasing it, mistake by mistake. Scott says: “I’ve been attending feedback sessions for umpteen-dozen years now, and there are at least five mistakes pretty much common to all of them. With some work, I think they’re all avoidable.” In this segment, Scott warns about Mistake #5 (we’re counting down to #1): “Unpolished Craft!” Quick overview of musical form structures, rhyme, prosody, euphony, etc…concluding with making sure how to capitalize on the one chance you might have with a producer.

For more info on NMI’s Core Curriculum program, visit https://nmi.org/ and click on STUDY.

To see more NMI Featured Videos, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/NewMusicalsInc.

Find New Musicals Inc on Facebook at /newmusicalsincla and Instagram @NewMusicalsInc or on the Web at nmi.org.

Featured Video: “Kaboom!” a 15 Minute Musical from NMI at Hollywood Fringe 2018

Visit our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/tf7d1WAAMRU to check out NMI’s newest Featured Video, featuring “Kaboom!” a story of cheating, revenge, and just deserts! It was presented as part of NMI’s 2018 15 Minute Musicals: THE GREAT DIVIDE.

Presented at the Broadwater Theatre in Hollywood as part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

The annual 15 Minute Musicals are the culminating project for NMI’s Core Curriculum program for musical theatre bookwriters, lyricists, and composers. They are conceived, written, re-written, and produced in a 10-week period at the end of the nine-month Core Curriculum program.

Book by Sissy Van Dyke
Music by Clifford J. Tasner
Lyrics by Scott Kriloff
Cast: Ben William N. Fisher, Rachael McLachlan, Mindy Montavon, Bob Moran
Directed by John Coppola
Music Director: Ron Barnett

For more info on NMI’s Core Curriculum program, visit https://nmi.org/ and click on STUDY.

To see more NMI Featured Videos, SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/NewMusicalsInc.

Find New Musicals Inc on Facebook at /newmusicalsincla and Instagram @NewMusicalsInc or on the Web at nmi.org.