HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS!
FEEDBACK WORKSHOP #1:
Each workshop will accept up to 10 writing teams and/or producers who will share works in progress and get feedback from a panel of expert evaluators. Audience members will also have a chance to offer their observations, participate in discussions and network sessions and enjoy refreshments. Submission deadline for part 1: Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 -
This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. The cost for non-participants to attend for the full day, to observe the presentations and be part of the discussions, is $50 ($30 for TRU members). Click here to sign up.
Writers or producers are invited to submit no more than the first 25 pages of a show you are working on, plus MP3s of the songs within those pages. In the workshop (part 1) we will focus on two main aspects: 1) the opening number (or any number that invites the audience into the world of the show); and 2) the songs and scenes in which you introduce your characters. We will discuss "I want" songs, "I am" songs and "I feel" songs, and the function of each, with special attention to the way they move the action. In addition, we will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song. Submission fee is $10 for members, $20 for non-members.
If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 ($80 for TRU members).
Our professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers has included Michael Alden (Bat Boy, Grey Gardens, The Last Session, Disgraced, The King's Speech on stage), producer Doug Denoff (Nice Work If You Can Get It, upcoming Peggy Sue Got Married, Just Believe), producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); composer/lyricist Skip Kennon (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former Artistic Coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades. Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.
FEEDBACK WORKSHOP #1:
You may apply for each workshop separately as we schedule them. Currently accepting submissions for Workshop #2, deadline September 20th. See application and guidelines for instructions on emailing materials. Priority space will be given to those who have taken previous workshop(s).
10 am to 10:15 am - check in.
10:15 am to 10:45 am - Discussion: how do you engage an audience in the world of your show? What constitutes an effective opening number? What does the audience need to know?
SO SO fantastic to be part of last Sunday! I'm SO happy to have been part of it... so much talent and such gracious people. ~Lina Koutrakos
Thanks so much for the opportunity to observe today. I found it very helpful as we continue the new draft of our piece. ~Dan Gross
I wanted to thank you for today. I felt honored to be there, and I learned a lot from your comments as well as those of the other panelists. A really enjoyable and worthwhile experience... and I'm looking forward to part 2 in the fall!! ~Arnie Roman
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the "Writing a Musical That Works" workshop last Sunday! I attended as an observer, and found it to be a very worthwhile experience. The discussions were interesting, engaging, and very thought-provoking. I feel like I walked away with several valuable tips on how to make my current "work in progress" more marketable. I am very much looking forward ... Part 2. I don't want to miss it! ~Kandi Krumins
Thanks again for the awesome workshop! Overall, I was extremely impressed with the high quality, and truly grateful for the experience and new knowledge.... I transcribed the notes I took and read through the three-part structure materials. Lots of amazing info, helpful in editing my script, making What's Upstairs, Isabella? better. All the panelists were sensational.... ~Alice Shapiro
**If accepted for presentation, there will be a participation fee of $100 ($80 for TRU members), which includes two seats for the entire day workshop as well as a 30 minute presentation-plus-feedback slot. Space is limited. Any additional attendees from the musical team (including music director, additional collaborators and cast members) who wish to observe the entire workshop must reserve in advance and will be charged $20 per person.
** The TRU Selection Committee will determine what song and scene from your show we want you to present, although you may tell us your preference. We will provide a room with a piano, refreshments, panelists, and an audience.
** Those not selected will be invited and encouraged to attend the workshop as observers. The price is $40 ($25 for TRU members). We will be promoting this to writers, directors and producers, with the hope of generating a useful conversation to help us all develop the skills to create successful works for musical theater.
**All writers are expected to be in attendance for the entire day, or at least the full half day session in which your work is presented.
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