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April, 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.


April 16, 1927:    Edith 'Edie' Adams was born today. Adams won a Tony for Best Featured Actress as Daisy Mae in L'il Abner. Then, she played Julie Andrew's Fairy Godmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's television version of Cinderella.

April 23, 1928:    Shirley Temple was born today, and just six years later, she would single-handedly lift America right out of the Depression with her sunshiny personality and song-and-dance routines that leapt off the movie screens.

April 1, 1929:    Jane Powell was born today. She was launched to fame in Royal Wedding playing Fred Astaire's sister. Her most memorable role came from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

April 6, 1941:    The theater community gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria to pay homage to the recently deceased Antoinette Perry. The American Theatre Wing presented awards for achievement in the previous season. In recognition of Perry, they would come to be known as the Tony Awards. First year's recipients included David Wayne and Michael Kidd for Finian's Rainbow, Agnes de Mille for Brigadoon, and Kurt Weill for Street Scene.

April 28, 1941:    Ann-Margaret was born today. She made her musical debut playing a R&H ingénue in the 1962 remake of State Fair. She also sexed it up in musicals like Viva Las Vegas and Bye Bye Birdie.

April 7, 1949:    Some Enchanted Evening...South Pacific opened on Broadway today.

April 10, 1952:    Singin' in the Rain opened across America today

April 14, 1960:    Bye, Bye Birdie, perhaps the first stage musical to acknowledge the 'rock and roll' sound permeating American music, opened on Broadway today.

April 26, 1970:    Company opened on Broadway today.

April 21, 1977:    Annie opened on Broadway today starring thirteen-year-old Andrea McArdle.

April 11, 1991:    Miss Saigon opened on Broadway today.

April 22, 1993:    First it was a record album, then a movie, then, inevitably, a stage musical: The Who's Tommy opened on Broadway today.

April 25, 1996:    Rent opened the door for a new era in contemporary musicals, which opened today.

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