The Search for New Musicals accepts entrants from around the globe; winners receive awards worth up to $25,000 in workshop productions, concert readings, feedback, and developmental support.
“We are thrilled to sponsor the Search,” says Elise Dewsberry, Artistic Director of NMI. “We love seeing what writers are creating; and of course our mission is to nurture the folks who are writing musicals, so announcing the winners of the Search is one of my favorite things to do all year!”
Eagle-eyed readers will notice a much more exciting announcement buried in that press release. More on that development soon!
The Bully Problem is one of ten finalists for the 2018 Lotus Fee Foundation New Work Initiative. The intent of the Initiative is “to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa”. More details will be announced in forthcoming weeks!
One of two shows selected from hundreds of submissions, The Bully Problem was featured at the three day ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop at the the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. A fully-sung staged reading of the first act was presented by a cast that included several members from the 2017 STAGES workshop.
Afterwards, show author Michael Gordon Shapiro received invaluable commentary and suggestions from an all-star panel comprised of Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Karey Kirkpatrick (Something Rotten), and Dean Pitchford (Carrie).
The Bully Problem will be featured at the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles this February! A 50-minute excerpt of the show will be presented at the gorgeous Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, followed by commentary by an industry panel led by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Prince of Egypt, Pippin).
The event is free and open to the public, but requires reservations. See the official press release below for more information. Anyone interested in attending is advised to make reservations ASAP, as these workshops sell out very quickly!
Your favorite musical about bullies a buggy android had its first staged reading at the 2017STAGES FestivalatNew Musicals Inc (North Hollywood, CA). Directed by Joshua Finkel and featuring a cast of sixteen, The Bully Problem’s premiere reading entertained apacked room and many others nationwide via the magic of streaming. Stay tuned for more news!