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March, 2017

preserving the art form

Do you love the great American art form of musical theatre?  Did you know that there is only one place in America outside of New York City in which writers can study, practice, and advance this unique form?  Your monthly pledge helps the Academy for New Musical Theatre continue to be the stewards of this great art form.  This monthly newsletter is our thanks for your help - we hope it keeps you in touch with the heritage, up-to-date on what's happening right now, and in-the-know about the future.  

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"A child is only a moment;
A wonderful moment that never comes again.
Yes, a child is only a moment.
Hold on to that moment, for it never comes again."

--Earl Brown


great links

Here are some of our favorite musical theatre links!   (Hover over the title to see a pop-up description of the site.)



National Alliance for Musical Theatre

LA Stage Alliance

New York Theatre Guide

The Definitive Musical Theatre Website - London

American Theatre Wing

Musicals in LA

Performing Arts Live


"A mental deficient you'll grade me.
I've given you plenty of data.
You came, you saw and you slayed me,
And that-a, is that-a!"

--Lorenz Hart


study the form

Here are links to some of the very rare places where you can actually STUDY the art of writing words, music, and lyrics for musical theatre:

The Academy for New Musical Theatre

BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

Graduate Musical Theatre WRITING AT TISCH (NYU)

"A mop! A broom! A pail!
The stuff my dreams are made of!
You hope, you strive, you fail.
The world's a place you're not afraid of.
But soon you are brought down to earth,
And you learn what your dream was worth."

--Lorenz Hart


a musical marketplace

Looking for more musically-related stuff?  Check out our online store with great products like video lectures on Sondheim's lyrics; professional formatting guidelines for scripts and scores; publications of ANMT's annual infamous 15 Minute Musicals; and shirts, mugs, and other "stuff" with musical logos.

Visit the STORE now.


"A secretary is not a toy."

--Frank Loesser




A scene from Weber's Burlesque of the Henry W. Savage production of Lehar's 'The Merry Widow,' presented at Webers Theatre in 1908. From the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York.


March 21, 1869:    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. was born today in Chicago. The 1936 Oscar-winning 'The Great Ziegfeld' immortalized his life and marriages.

March 8, 1921:    Cyd Charisse was born today. She achieved stardom as Gene Kelley's dance partner in Singin' in the Rain. The other highlights of her relatively brief career included The Bandwagon, Brigadoon, It's Always Fair Weather, and Silk Stockings. At 68, Charisse made her Broadway debut as Elizaveta Grushinskaya, the aging Russian ballerina in Grand Hotel.

March 22, 1930:    Stephen (Joshua) Sondheim was born on this day, in New York City, to Etta Janet (née Fox) and Herbert Sondheim.

March 31, 1943:    Rodgers, Hammerstein and de Mille all but gave birth to what we now know as a 'musical.' Oklahoma! opened today.

March 12, 1946:    Liza Minnelli was born today. Liza made her first on-screen appearance at age one in her parent's film In the Good Old Summertime.

March 6, 1948:    Stephen Schwartz was born today. He first hit the scene contributing lyrics to Leonard Bernstein's Mass in 1971. That same year, Godspell opened off-Broadway.

March 22, 1948:    Pop rock musicals would never have been the same or maybe they would never have been at all. Andrew Lloyd Webber was born today.

March 29, 1951:    Rodgers and Hammerstein solidified their position as the premiere writers of musicals with the Broadway opening of The King and I.

March 10, 1954:    The Threepenny Opera opened at the Theater de Lys off-Broadway today. It was the first major American production of the jazz and opera-infused musicals by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

March 3, 1975:    Goodtime Charley opened today. Playing opposite Joel Grey was Ann Reinking. The 104-performance flop lost $1.1 million.

March 1, 1979:    Attend the tale: Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway today.

March 24, 1994:    A revival of Carousel opened on Broadway. More important than the show itself was the Broadway debut of the actress playing Carrie Pipperidge: Audra Ann McDonald.

Got your own musical theatre trivia to share? Send us an email.


Here are links to online up-to-date listings of musicals playing in several major cities. What haven't you seen yet? Check it out!

Now Playing on Broadway  The New York Times listing of all musicals running or opening soon in New York, with links to reviews and ticketing. Shows chosen as Critics' Picks are denoted with a gold button.

Now Playing in Los Angeles  Comprehensive LA theatre listings from TheatreMania (click the 'Musicals' genre to see musicals only.)

Now Playing in Chicago  Current listings of musicals from the League of Chicago Theatres.

Now Playing in London  The London Theatre Guide to musicals currently playing in the West End.

Now Playing in Seattle  Comprehensive Seattle theatre listings from TheatreMania (click the 'Musicals' genre to see musicals only.)

Now Playing in San Francisco  Comprehensive San Francisco theatre listings from TheatreMania (click the 'Musicals' genre to see musicals only.)


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Book and Lyrics by Eric Dodson
Music by Alan Ross Fleishman

a frickin' musical

It is 1989, and a motley handful of unfulfilled, mouthy, gloves-off Brooklynites clash at their 10-year high school reunion, where "that frickin' ring what drove everyone crazy ten years ago ?!" rears its incendiary and "yeah, whatevuh" romantic head yet again.

15 Minute Musical; 2011 Stages Festival; world premiere production in 2012.

For more info on this new musical - and more! - visit ANMT's online Catalog of New Musicals.


The Musical Theatre Preservation Fund is sponsored by the Academy for New Musical Theatre