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NMI’s RESOURCE CENTER for musical theatre writers

…producers, theatres, contests, ideas, feedback, definitions, links, glossary, insider tips and advice, and free videos

Welcome to the musical theatre writers’ Resource Center.

This is a FREE page provided by New Musicals Inc.  We’ve gathered in one place lots of info we think will be useful to writers of musical theatre:
  • hundreds of musical theatre contests
  • over 700 theatres and producers where you can submit your work
  • an idea library of thousands of royalty-free public domain stories and plots
  • a Writer Bank of potential musical theatre collaborators
  • a glossary of musical theatre terms (with audio/video examples)
  • a page of useful links to other resources for musical theatre writers
  • access to short videos filled with tips and advice from NMI staff

You can see the full listings for FREE!  You just need to register.   Take a look at some random highlights from the feature boxes of the Resource Center below.

We also offer a paid Premium version of the Resource Center which gives you the ability to SEARCH all the listings for contests, theatres, and ideas which are relevant to you and your work; and includes a monthly e-newsletter with up-to-date listings that come straight to you.   


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How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 40-COLLABORATION – HOW?

The 40th 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: How best to collaborate?

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December 1, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 39 -COLLABORATION – WHERE?

November 2, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 38 -COLLABORATION – WHY?

October 1, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 37 -RECAP

September 1, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 36 -ASSIGNMENT: PRONOUNS

August 2, 2020     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 35 -ASSIGNMENT: TENSE

*** Visit the INSIDER TIPS page to see the full listing of insider tips and advice videos. ***


FREE LISTING of hundreds of contests for plays and musicals.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keywords. Who’s running contests for ten-minute musicals or one-acts? Who’s looking just for musicals? Dramas? Comedies? Or search by special interest, or geography.

Here are some random samples from some upcoming contests/submissions listings:

      • John Lennon Songwriting Contest (January 15)
      • Native Arts Program Visiting Artist Appointments (January 15)
      • NJ Young Playwrights Festival and Contest (January 15)
      • Wichita Sate University New Play competition (January 15)
      • Inspirato Festival (January 16)



Here are some samples from our Glossary of definitions of musical theatre terms. We will be adding to this over time - as well as adding actual sample scores and sound recordings. Check back often!

      • Trochee:

        A two-syllable unit comprised of a stressed accent followed by an unstressed syllable, such as When I take you out tonight with me.

      • Spondee:

        A two-syllable unit comprised of two stressed accents, such as: Flim flam, cut-throat, no-good, riff-raff

      • Jukebox musical:

        A show which fashions a new story around existing songs, often grouped by common composer or genre.

      • Consonance:

        The repetition of consonant sounds internally in a passage. (Vowels are usually shifting)

        • (L)ovely wiTCHes (L)et the sniTCHes
        • Keep youR fingeRs undeR contRol “R” sound
        • conTrol, cuT the thread, buT leave
        • Wives can only seW and Weep
      • Format:

        Standard formatting guidelines for script, also for score.

      *** Click to access the full glossary. ***


Watch this FREE video to learn how to implement the FORMAT GUIDELINES specifically designed by New Musicals Inc. Make sure your script and score look professional and are ready to go into development.

Jack Klugman and Ethel Merman in Gypsy – 1959. From the New York Public Library collections.


Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Kayden Behan - Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Elissa Faye Nicholson - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • christine croyden - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Joshua H. Cohen - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS


You may peruse the Writer Bank for potential collaborators.

If you are a logged-in registered (free) user, you are also welcome to enter your own information into the Writer Bank.

Not yet registered? Just look for the registration form at the bottom of this page.


FREE LISTINGS of nearly 700 producers and theatres for potential submission of your work.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keyword or genre to identify who’s most likely to be interested in YOUR musical. (Large/small; comedy/drama; full-length/one-act; special interest like “women” or “LGBT” or youth theatre, etc.)

Here are some random samples from our listings of theatres and producers:

      • Celebration Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • The Ensemble Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )
      • Magic Theatre (Accepts Plays / )
      • Emelin Theatre for the Performing Arts (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )



Here is one of our featured new musical theatre videos:


FREE ACCESS to a library of 1000+ downloadable royalty-free stories, plays, plots and other inspiring indeas we’ve found in the public domain for you. There’s a brief excerpt of every item in the library, so you can take a quick glance to see whether or not you want to read the whole text. In addition, the NMI staff has made annotations and recommendations for many of the titles in the library about their potential to become musicals. Save hundreds of hours of research and reading!

Premium Subscribers: get the ability to search the library for genre (Comedy, drama, suspense, ghost story, fairy story, etc.).

Here are some random samples from our listings of story ideas in the public domain:

      • Suppressed Desires (by Susan Glaspell)
      • The Two Churches Of ‘Quawket (by HC Bunner)
      • The Cut-Glass Bowl (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
      • Zozo (by HC Bunner)
      • The Cock and the Fox (by Jean de La Fontaine)



New Musicals Inc. offers a whole series of professional online LABS for bookwriters, lyricists, and composers who are serious about improving their craft. This video is a FREE sample of one of the lecture videos from the all new Lyric Lab 1 - Fundamentals.



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

January 13, 1925     Gwen Verdon, winner of four Tony Awards including three for Best Leading Actress, was born today. As she approached middle age, her sometime husband Bob Fosse created two star vehicles for her: Sweet Charity and Chicago.

January 18, 1998     The musical version of Ragtime, with a score by Ahrens & Flaherty and book by Terrence McNally, opened on Broadway.

January 15, 1911     Prolific producer and Hollywood composer/musical director Cy Feuer, who won four Tony Awards, was born today. Among his musical hits: Where’s Charley?, Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Silk Stockings, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

January 10, 1904     Ray Bolger, star of the original productions of On Your Toes, Life Begins at 8:40, By Jupiter, and Where’s Charley? (Tony Award), was born today. Bolger readily admitted that his main legacy was his performance as the Scarecrow in the film The Wizard of Oz.

January 17, 1908     Ethel Merman, perhaps the icon of Broadway musicals, was born today.

news feed:

Stars In The House Welcomes Reunions of Star Search and Dreamgirls’ Effies

We keep hauling out the reunions on Stars In The House, and, boy, are they great money raisers. We’re now up to $370,000 raised for The Actors Fund! Last week we had a reunion of women who played the role of Effie in Dreamgirls after Jennifer Holliday. So many amazing stories about how everyone got the gig, and, hilariously, we decided that they all got cast because at some point they acted like Effie at their audition.Yvette Cason came in numerous times for the part, and at the fourth call backRead more

VIDEO: Kelli O’Hara Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!

Watch as Richard chats with Broadway’s favorite soprano, Kelli O’Hara, who will soon joinSeth Rudetskyfor two very special concerts on Sunday, January 178pm and Monday, January 183pm.

Interactive Bollywood Kitchen Begins January 15 at Geffen Stayhouse

Previews for Bollywood Kitchen begin January 15, the latest virtual and interactive production at Geffen Playhouse as part of its Stayhouse programming. Led by filmmaker Sri Rao, and inspired by his cookbook of the same name, the show invites audiences to partake in a culinary journey from India to America. “The two questions I get asked most often at cocktail parties are, ‘Can I get one of your mom’s recipes for homemade Indian food?’ and ‘I’ve never seen a Bollywood movie before, can you recomRead more

VIDEO: On This Day, January 15 – Happy Birthday, Andrea Martin!

Today we’re wishing a very Happy Birthday to comedy legend, Andrea Martin

Laura Osnes, CAMELOT, and More to Headline Asolo Rep 2021 Outdoor Season

The season kicks off withLaura Osnes in Concerton February 5 and 6, with music direction by Fred Lassen.

In the News: Aleshea Harris Awarded Hermitage Greenfield Prize, New Honor Named in Memory of Rebecca Luker, More

Read on for some recent theatre headlines you may have missed in today’s news.Aleshea Harris Awarded the 2021 Hermitage Greenfield PrizeThe OBIE Award-winning playwright of Is God Is and What to Send Up When It Goes Down has been named the recipient of the 2021 Hermitage Greenfield Prize, from the Hermitage Artist Retreat in collaboration with the Greenfield Foundation. Harris will receive a six-week residency at the Hermitage and a $30,000 commission for a new work to be presented at Asolo RepeRead more

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jonathan Burke, Jelani Remy, More Join Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale

Broadway alums Jay Armstrong Johnson, Jonathan Burke, Jelani Remy, and Adam Roberts, along with Roberto Araujo, have joined the cast of Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale, sharing the role of Henry of Anjou. The stars join a previously announced cast that includes Javier Muñoz, Eden Espinosa, and Shereen Pimentel in the streaming benefit performance. The event streams on Playbill and YouTube January 29 at 8 PM ET, and will be available to watch through February 2. While free to enjoy, donations areRead more

VIDEO: Haley Swindal Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Thursday at 12pm!

Tune in Thursday, January 1412pm, as he chats with the wonderful Haley Swindal, who streams her Birdland solo show, To New York, With Love, tonight 7pm ET and later available On Demand.

VIDEO: On This Day, January 11 – Happy Birthday, Max von Essen!

On this day, we’re wishing a very Happy Birthday to Broadway’s Max von Essen

Playbill Vault’s Today in Theatre History: January 11

1899 “I would rather play Ibsen than eat—and that’s often what it amounts to,” said Eva Le Gallienne, born in London today. Her determination and drive lead her to a stage debut in Monna Vanna at the Queen’s Theatre in London in 1914; her Broadway debut takes place one year later in the comedy Mrs. Boltay’s Daughters. She appears in countless shows, and in 1937 plays Hamlet with Uta Hagen as her Ophelia. In 1926 she founds the Civic Repertory Theatre with the motto “Theatre should be an instrumeRead more

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