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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 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.

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March 1, 2021     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 42-COLLABORATION – COLLABORATION AGREEMENTS

February 1, 2021     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 41-COLLABORATION – SOLVING PROBLEMS

January 1, 2021     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog 40-COLLABORATION – HOW?

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?

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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 Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award (April 15)
      • The Miranda Family ‘Voces Latinx’ National Playwriting Competition (April 15)
      • Arts & Letters Prize in Drama (April 15)
      • Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) (April 15)
      • Essential Theatre Playwrighting Award (April 23)



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!

      • Arc:

        A character’s change from beginning to end. Also referred to as “throughline.”

      • Pure rhyme:

        Two rules of Rhyme - both of which must be true: 1. From the accented syllable to the end of the phrase, sounds are identical. and 2. At the moment of the accent, sounds are different.

      • AABA:

        A refrain structure in which an initial A section is followed by a second A section of identical musical material, followed by a section of contrasting musical material, and concluded with a repetition of the initial A section. Lyrics change in each section, but there is usually a repeated lyric in the same location of each A section (e.g., lyric is repeated either the beginning or the end of the A sections). Generally this corresponds to a refrain of typically 8-bar sections. AABA refers to the structure of the Refrain, not the structure of the song.

      • Tag:

        A brief section of music which concludes a scene, usually designed to cue audience applause or a scene shift. A tag can include singing or it can be instrumental.

      • Bass:

        The lowest male voice. Often associated automatically with character roles, either sinister or comic. True “bass” is very rare in musical theatre. Changes timbre below a low G and above middle C.

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Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • John C. Goldsberry - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • JJ Novembrini - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Barry Brown - Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Kayden Behan - Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Elissa Faye Nicholson - Bookwriter, Lyricist    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:

      • Birmingham Childrens Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / Young Audience material / )
      • Columbia Artists Theatricals (CLOSED) (Accepts Musicals / Plays / Operas )
      • Manhattan Theatre Club (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Asian American Theater Company (Accepts Musicals / )
      • Jubilee Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )



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:

      • The Gambler (by Fyodor Dostoevsky)
      • The Broom of the Temple (by Ambrose Bierce)
      • The Dove and the Ant (by Jean de La Fontaine)
      • Big Peter And Little Peter (by Sir George Webbe Dasent)
      • Bab: a Sub-Deb (by Mary Roberts Rinehart)



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:

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 7, 1949     Some Enchanted Evening…South Pacific opened on Broadway today.

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

April 14, 1960     Bye, Bye Birdie, perhaps the first stage musical to acknowledge the ‘rock and roll’ sound permeating American music, opened on Broadway today.

April 11, 1991     Miss Saigon opened on Broadway today.

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VIDEO: Watch Inspirational New Video from the Actors Fund

It’s no secret that The Actors Fund has stepped up this year and every year in helping to keep unemployed artists afloat. You can still give to the organization that has already given so much. Watch an inspiration video from the Fund, narrated by Broadway favorite Colin Donnell.

Back on the Road: National Tours Begin to Schedule 2021-2022 Stops Across the Country

With the vaccine rollout now well underway and the U.S. economy moving towards reopening, national touring venues across the country are beginning to plan dates for traveling productions of Broadway titles. Below is a list of planned national tour dates and venues for the 2021–2022 season, organized by region.Playbill will add to this story as more stops and itineraries are announced. This article was last updated April 16.Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Fox Theatre is set to reopen August 25 with Hamilton,Read more

Check Out These New Re-Imagined Broadway Marquees With The Ensemblist

In celebration of Broadway during the COVID-era shutdown, photographer Rebecca J. Michelson and graphic designer Tiffany Holt continue their series giving theatre classics a contemporary twist with The Ensemblist. The artists welcomed DeMarius Copes (Mean Girls), Nina Lafarga (Frozen), Mars Rucker (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), and Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill) for a photo shoot using current theatre performers to reinvent cherished Broadway musicals from the past.“For this third round of thRead more

Photos/Video: All New Portraits of the West End Cast of FROZEN; Samantha Barks, Stephanie McKeon, and More!

The West End production of Frozenis back on sale to the public, opening at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 8 September 2021, with previews from 27 August, and is now booking until 3 April 2022.

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

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