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How to Get A Musical Produced

If you want to see your musical on stage and brought to a higher level of public attention, get your work in front of people who can make a difference. These include producers, successful writers who have connections, directors, agents who represent writers, and other movers and shakers.

The professional musical theatre "community" is relatively small and close knit. Word of mouth goes a long way towards attracting people who are in a position to take your musical to the next level. But writers have to make an effort to get connected.

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Read about Musical Theatre Festivals where original musicals get mounted and seen by the public.

Theatres Receptive to New Musicals

Some theatres include developing new musicals as part of their mission. They may not take unsolicted material, though. You might need to be seen somewhere first, at a workshop or festival. Read more Theatres developing new musicals

Readings and Workshops

Writers programs: ASCAP and BMI

BMI and ASCAP are examples of workshops that offer writers ways of exposing their work to industry professionals.

Read about ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshops . BMI musical theatre workshops

New Musicals, Inc North Hollywood, CA (and online classes)

NMI programs in Los Angeles "include opportunities for writers, lyricists, composers, actors, singers, directors, music directors, and everyone with a love for new musical theatre." NMI.org

Eugene O'Neil Theater Center National Music Theater Conference in CT

If you have a new musical that is fairly polished, consider submitting it here. Submissions are invited in the fall for the following summer two-week residency workshop program held in June or July in Waterford Connecticut. A panel of professionals reviews projects and makes selections of three shows by April. As their website explains, "Several script-in-hand public readings of each work are presented between daily rehearsals and rewrites.  The Artistic Director and invited professionals guide the process by participating in private, informal dramaturgical discussions with the artists." theoneill.org/summer-conferences/nmtc/

The Business of Theatre: TRU

Theater Resources Unlimited is a not-for-profit service organization that provides educational and support services for the performing arts with a focus on the business side of the arts. In particular, TRU helps producers, theater companies and self-producing artists navigate the business of making theater in the New York area and beyond, as well as providing networking opportunities. Programs include Boot Camps about producing skills, monthly educational panels, a play and musical developmental reading series, a producer mentorship program, an annual combined audition event, free workshops for actor members and a community newsletter of services, good, opportunities, ticket discounts and more. TRU also maintains a referral database of over 6000 arts professionals. truonline.org/

Mercury Musicals - UK

Mercury Musical Developments is a UK organization focused on developing new musical theatre writing. According to their website, "We nurture and support the work of bookwriters, lyricists and composers through a series of initiatives including workshops, masterclasses and showcasing opportunities. MercuryMusicals.com

Academic Options

Several academic institutions produce new musicals or provide training. See our Academic programs page for details.

Tips on Submission

To take advantage of any opportunity, you will probably need:
1. a demo recording
2. a synopsis of the songs on the recording
3. lyric sheets
4. a synopsis of the story
5. a partial or full script
6. bios of creative team

Casting Your New Musical

In a Dramatists Guild contract, a show's authors have approval over the choice of director,the cast, and designers. In non-professional productions this is likely to be a necessity if you are championing your own show.

How do I cast my show? If you are applying for a festival, you may have the option of using a casting agency associated with that festival. Other places to post notices are Playbill.com jobs section or Backstage.com, and Show Business Weekly.

Demos and Cast Albums

For some ideas about recording your songs, see: www.musicalwriters.com/production/demo-cast-albums.htm

Promoting Your Show

Publicity page

Musical Writers Career

See our Career page for organizations to join and practical support such as website options, business cards, etc.

Producing Shows

Many writers find it necessary to producer their own readings, workshops, or even full productions. Producing Your Show

NOTE that the licensing information that used to be on this page has moved to: Licensing your musical

Sheet Music

Thankfully, musical writers no longer have to write or copy music by hand. Do you have the latest music notation software? What about selling sheet music for singers who want to perform your work once they discover it? Go to Creating and publishing sheet music for more information.

To send questions or comments, write to the website publisher Carol de Giere. See the contact page.

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