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 MUSICAL THEATRE PRESERVATION FUND

e-newsletter
May, 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.)

TheatreMania

Musicals.Net

National Alliance for Musical Theatre

nytheatre.com

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)

WritingMusicalTheatre.com


"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


 

 

PAST: OUR MUSICAL THEATRE HERITAGE

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.


THIS MONTH IN MUSICAL THEATRE HISTORY

May 11, 1888:    Israel Isidore Baline was born today, but we know him better as Irving Berlin.

May 8, 1892:    Italian baritone Ezio Pinza was born today. Primarily a star of opera, he gained lasting fame at the age of fifty-seven as the man Mary Martin wanted to 'wash right out of her hair' in South Pacific.

May 10, 1899:    Fred Astaire was born today.

May 23, 1921:    After decades of white actors doing blackface, Shuffle Along, the first show written by African Americans, opened on Broadway in 1921.

May 7, 1937:    Shall We Dance premiered today, pairing America's favorite dance team for the seventh time. Fred Astaire introduced the classic 'They Can't Take That Away from Me,' which was nominated for an Oscar, while Fred and Ginger danced and sang on roller skates to 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.'

May 16, 1946:    Annie Get Your Gun opened on Broadway today, and it became the biggest hit for composer Irving Berlin, running for nearly three years.

May 21, 1959:    Gypsy opened on Broadway

May 24, 1966:    Mame opened on Broadway today starring Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Jane Connell, and Frankie Michaels.

May 30, 1971:    Idina Menzel began defying gravity today.

May 2, 1984:    Stephen Sondheim bounced back after the debacle of Merrily We Roll Along (sixteen performances), Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway today.

May 12, 1988:    One of the most ill-fated musicals of all time opened: Carrie. Three days later, it closed.

May 18, 2003:    One Day More! Well, maybe not: Les Miserables closed today for the first run on Broadway.

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

PRESENT: WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

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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FUTURE: WHAT'S COMING NEXT?

SPOTLIGHT ON A NEW MUSICAL

A RING IN BROOKLYN

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
www.anmt.org