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Musical Writerzine #29 - Spring 2015

Newsletter for Writers of New Musicals - Intro

Carol de Giere, author and editor of the Musical Writerzine newsletterFrom Carol de Giere

This Spring issue features resources for your musical writing work: submissions ideas and deadlines, tips from Steve Cuden for strengthening your show, stories, and more. Whether you are making musicals in NYC, Chicago, LA, or elsewhere, there's something for you.

Stay tuned for the upcoming summer issue when William Squier's Growing Stages column will return with another helpful guide to a theater that accepts new musicals. Also in the summer issue we will announce the final date for a Musical Writerzine subscriber gathering at NYMF in NYC. (See an introduction to this idea below.)

To read future issues of our Musical Writerzine newsletter, if you have not already subscribed, please fill out the form on Musical Writerzine. To view back issues, see the links to the left.

Carol de Giere is the website publisher for MusicalWriters.com and author of Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked, and The Godspell Experience.

New Musicals Submissions and Announcements

TRU - Writer-Producer Speed Date in NYC - Deadline March 18

TruOnlineThe next writer-producer speed date is March 29th in NYC and the deadline to apply is March 18th. Truonline.org/WriterSpeedDate

These speed dates are described as a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. From their site: "Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but you'll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships."

TRU (Theatre Resources Unlimited) has other types of events throughout the year so consider joining so that you're on their mailing list. Truonline.org/

ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop - Deadline March 6, 2015

Stephen Schwartz at ASCAPThe ASCAP NYC workshop, directed by Stephen Schwartz, will take place in mid April. The submissions deadline is March 6th. If you have a work in progress, you might want to consider this.

If your musical is accepted, you will not only benefit from the insights given by the panelists, but you'll also be able to list this workshop as part of your show's creditials for moving toward a full production.

Here's my post about it with submissions details: http://www.musicalschwartz.com/ascap.htm

Notes: There is no charge to submit your show but if you are chosen, creating a reading for the workshop would involve some out of pocket expenses. (I was previously misinformed about this.) Also, the best way to be allowed to audit is to submit a show and then ask for permission to audit if your show isn't chosen.

NMI in Los Angeles - Deadline March 6, 2015

To submit a show for this opportunity, at least one member of your team must be under 26 years old. New Musicals Inc provides workshop and public performance for musical writing teams that are accepted into their New Voices program. One of the perks is that members of Walt Disney Imagineering will offer critical feedback on your work in private sessions (via live streamcasting.) Another is that your work will be presented as part of the 2015 STAGES Festival of New Musicals in August of 2015. See NMI - New Voices

Song Contest: Show Off Your Skills - Deadline March 22

Producer Ken Davenport is sponsoring a song contest with a submissions deadline of March 22nd. There is a cash prize and concert (April 30) of best songs. Perhaps of greater interest is the exposure. Finalists will be judged by a panel that includes Davenport, a talent agent, a director of new play development, and others. But here's the catch: Submissions must be original and not previously published, recorded, produced or even thought of before this contest. The idea is to create something new. Song Contest - NYC

NYMF Summer Gathering

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), the largest annual musical theatre festival in America, will run again in July 2015, starting after the 4th of July holiday. There will be full productions, readings, special events, and concerts. This year we'll find a day when Musical Writerzine subscribers and friends can gather for a chat with some of the writers whose work was selected for this year's Next Link project. The writers of a show called WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW? have agreed to meet with us. We may be able to gather others as well, including subscribers whose shows have played at other festivals. This will give as an inside look at what it's like to participate in a festival. The gathering will mostly likely be during the 2nd or 3rd week in July, with a final date announced in the summer issue of the Musical Writerzine newsletter.

If you have a musical in progress, you might consider submitting it to the Next Link project for 2016. (Check the NYMF website in the early fall. Last year the deadline was Nov 3rd.) This is great opportunity for the 10 creative teams whose shows are selected from the hundreds submitted. They are offered a subsidized production slot at the Festival, dramaturgical support, seminars and workshops geared toward helping them successfully prepare, present, and promote their NYMF production, and more.

More Festivals - Chicago and Elsewhere

Festivals give theatre lovers a chance to see something new and adventurous. They usually offer submissions opportunities at some point during the year. Note that there's a new festival in Chicago. Visit our Festivals page for links to various festivals around the USA. MusicalWriters.com - Festivals info

Articles, Podcasts, and More

New Articles on our Musical Musings Blog

1) Getting into Character; Landing with a Song

In this blog post, Beating Broadway coverSteve Cuden answers the questions: What Helps Audiences Care about the Protagonist? and Why is a leading character's first song important? Getting into Character; Landing with a Song.

Cuden is a musical writer and screenwriter, as well as the author of Beating Broadway, one of our top recommended books on how to write musicals.

Charlie Gilbert composer and lyricist2) Sharing New Musical Songs Online

Composer-lyricist Charlie Gilbert is boldly sharing his work online. Read his story of why he is blogging daily and posting his songs. Gilbert is a professor and musical songwriter with several shows to his credit, including a show that inspired Stephen Sondheim. Sharing New Musical Songs Online - Charlie Gilbert

Ken Davenport's Broadway Podcasts

Producer Ken Davenport has launched a series of Podcasts with people in the Broadway theater world. You can download them to listen easily at home.

I especially recommend the interview with award-winning playwright and musical book writer Terrence McNally. McNally talks about his career and about the difference between writing a play and a musical book. He discusses the idea that you can't be a control freak or egomaniacal with a musical: many times a book writers scenes become songs. He suggests that musicals need a powerful enough concept to sustain a 2 1/2 hour show.

HEAR PODCAST: Terrence McNally or check out the other Podcasts (also on itunes)

Ongoing and Back Issues

Show Off Your Musical - A Facebook Group

Consider joining the Facebook group ShowOffYourNewMusical/ where submission opportunities are sometimes posted and writers share reports about their new musicals.

Dramatists Gulild Resource directoryBooks Books Books

Do you have the 2014 Dramatists Guild Resource Directory? For this and other suggestions like it, see our reference guide books page and other books on our essential library pages.

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