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August, 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.


August 13, 1895:    Bert Lahr, the great comic remembered mostly for his portrayal of the Cowardly Lion in the film The Wizard of Oz, was born. Lahr made a dozen other movie musicals and spent nearly 40 years on Broadway.

August 23, 1912:    Dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, and director Gene Kelly was born today. He started out on Broadway in 1941 in Rodgers & Hart's Pal Joey.

August 31, 1918:    Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist and bookwriter of many classic musicals, including My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Gigi, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Paint Your Wagon, was born.

August 12, 1919:    Michael Kidd, the innovative choreographer and sometime director was born today. His Broadway credits included Finian's Rainbow, Love Life, and Can-Can; his film work included Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Bandwagon; and he worked on Guys and Dolls both on stage and screen.

August 3, 1920:    Maria Karnilova, who memorably appeared as Tessie Tura in Gypsy, Madame Hortense in Zorba, Inez Alvarez in Gigi, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (for which she won the Tony Award), was born. She made her Broadway debut in 1946 in Call Me Mister.

August 22, 1932:    Theoni V. Aldredge, one of the busiest costume designers in musical theatre history, with more than 100 Broadway shows and 3 Tony Awards to her credit, was born today.

August 19, 1938:    The movie Alexander's Ragtime Band opened across America, giving Ethel Merman one of her best film vehicles and the chance to belt Irving Berlin's "Heat Wave" and "Blue Skies".

August 5, 1957:    Faith Prince, Tony Award-winner for her performance as Miss Adelaide in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, was born today.

August 29, 1964:    The film Mary Poppins opened across America, and children of all ages fell in love with Julie Andrews, the ultimate nanny who could dance, fly, and clean up a messy house in no time flat.

August 8, 1975:    Liza Minnelli took over the role of Roxie Hart in the original production of Chicago, having had just six days to learn the role following Gwen Verdon's hospitalization.

August 14, 1975:    The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cult classic to end all cult classics, premiered today in London.

August 27, 1977:    The original production of Chicago closed today after 936 performances. Despite some legendary performances by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, and Jerry Orbach, the show faded into semi-obscurity until Walter Bobbie and Ann Reinking resurrected it in a concert production in 1995.

August 25, 1980:    The stage version of 42nd Street opened on Broadway. Gower Champion, the show's director/choreographer, died just prior to the opening curtain.

August 21, 1983:    La Cage aux Folles, with a score by Jerry Herman and book by Harvey Fierstein, opened on Broadway and ran for more than four years. The original production of La Cage won 6 Tony Awards.

August 16, 2000:    a big day for musical diva birthdays! Ann Blyth (Kismet), Eydie Gorme (Golden Rainbow), Julie Newmar (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), Anita Gillette (Carnival!), Carole Shelley (Wicked), Dee Hoty (Footloose), Kathie Lee Gifford (Saving Aimee), and Madonna (Dick Tracy), all were born.

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