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The BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

See http://www.bmi.com/musicaltheatre/ for details.

...BMI recognizes that the musical theatre writers of tomorrow must nurture their craft under the guidance of master writers. To that end, it created the Musical Theatre Workshop in 1961. Its first director was Lehman Engel, one of the preeminent figures on Broadway whose career dated back to 1936. The workshop comprises several elements. In the first year, songwriters complete assignments with the goal of creating a ten minute musical. The second years builds upon those skills and focuses on a complete musical. An advanced group, led by two time Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Grand Hotel, and Nine), expands upon these skills. Finally, a librettists workshop specifically works on the creation of a book, and the members collaborate with the other songwriters.

Among the successful members and graduates of the BMI workshop are Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), Edward Kleban (A Chorus Line), Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam and Triumph of Love), and Gerard Allesandrini (Forbidden Broadway).

About Lehman Engel and the Workshop

About the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

Book by Lehman Engelby Lehman Engel and Howard Kissel: Words with Music : Creating the Broadway Musical Libretto

Musical Theatre is America's natural treasure, and BMI's support for this cherished form is but one more example of its commitment to the writers and publishers of all genres of music. More than three decades ago, BMI and the late Lehman Engel, Dean of American Musical Theatre, joined forces to create a setting where new writers for the musical theatre could learn their craft. An innovative program at its inception, the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop continues to flourish and is considered to be the foremost training ground for new writing voices. The Workshop has brought forth many musical milestones in writing and production.

Maury Yeston, longtime member of the Workshop serves on its steering committee and teaches the advanced composer-lyricist class. "[Lehman] provided loving attention to writers who otherwise would be separate and alone and without the foggiest idea how to get ahead or how to pursue their craft. He was really one of a kind. He created a forum for friendly criticism - and he offered it in the most avuncular and giving way. He brought into being a marvelous thing. And we refused to let it die with him." After Engel's memorial service at the Shubert Theater in New York in August of 1982, several of the BMI Workshop members got together and concluded that nothing would honor this master of the theater more than keeping the workshop alive in his honor.

More about Lehman Engel

According to Internet Movie Database Lengel won Broadway's Tony Award twice as Best Conductor and Musical Director: in 1951 for "The Consul" and in 1953 for "Wonderful Town" and Gilbert and Sullivan Season. He was also nominated in the same category three other times: in 1959 for "Goldilocks," in 1960 for "Take Me Along" and in 1964 for "What Makes Sammy Run?" This made him the most nominated Conductor and Musical Director, a category that no longer exists.


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