Monday, March 5, 2012

Darren Criss, Spokesperson for 2012 FNAM Show Search

The Festival of New American Musicals
(FNAM) has announced the launch of its new initiative, the 2012 SHOW SEARCH, looking for the next generation of Broadway musical composers. This First Annual National Search for the Best New Musical written by Young America is the first national competition for high school and college-age new musical theater writers, and features Darren Criss as its spokesperson.

Entrants are asked to submit a 10-minute original musical, which will be judged on storytelling, musicality and originality. A search panel of musical theater professionals will review all submissions with two Top Ten lists of selected semi-finalists, one for 13-18 years of age and one 18-25 years of age. Then the public will vote for their favorites.

Three finalists from each age category will be selected by a celebrity jury. They will then be given the opportunity to have his/her musical performed in a live concert presentation in Los Angeles as part of FNAM's New Musical Staged Reading Series which will take place over a 10-day period in various theater venues in Hollywood, along with the opportunity to be mentored by a top Broadway composer.


April 1, 2012 is the deadline for entry.  Entrants must submit a filmed, unedited musical performance lasting no more than 10 minutes on YouTube. The musical must include at least one character, and must be scored in some way using instruments (a cappella is not acceptable). Your score may feature any kind of music with an unlimited number of instruments.

For the YouTube Video: The camera must remain in a single position for the duration of the performance. The submissions should NOT be movies, but more like recordings of live theater performances. All shows must be original, no adaptations of existing material.  Submissions must be accompanied by proof of age. Division of the work must be credited to (at most) a Lyricist, Composer, and Librettist. Co-writing is permissible, but each show AT MOST may credit three collaborators per musical.
 Good luck everyone!

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