Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Writers: Submit your Musical to ASCAP's New Musical Theatre Festival at the Lied Center for Performing Arts



Attn: Musical Theatre Writers - The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Nebraska has announced a musical theatre festival to seek out new works from across the U.S. with the potential to be developed and produced into full-scale productions. Directed by Tony® Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, the festival will bring some of the finest emerging musical theatre writers to the Lied Center this fall. 

Each year, playwrights and composers submit new musical theatre works for development at workshops hosted by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in New York or Los Angeles. ASCAP specifically invited the Lied Center for Performing Arts to host an additional Musical Theatre Festival in Lincoln September 10 12, 2013.

The Festival will be directed by celebrated Broadway musical writing partners Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Sklar and Beguelin wrote the original score and lyrics for Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer (for which they both received Tony® Award nominations), and Beguelin also won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics. Sklar and Beguelin both bring extensive experience and skills to the Musical Theatre Festival. Sklar has been working on Broadway since the age of eighteen, and has been involved with productions such as Shrek, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables and Caroline, or Change as a pianist, conductor and dance arranger. Beguelin wrote the book for Disney’s Broadway musical Aladdin. Michael Kerker, Director of Musical Theatre for ASCAP, will facilitate the festival. 

An additional guest artist, yet to be announced, with experience performing in Broadway musicals will also join Sklar and Beguelin in conducting workshops for the festival, as well as performing in a student concert alongside UNL performing arts students. The student concert will be produced and directed by Alisa Belflower, Associate Producer in Musical Theatre Development with the Lied Center for Performing Arts and Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. 

The Festival will provide an opportunity for students and community members to witness the musical theatre creative process, participate in educational workshops with a leading Broadway artist and potentially participate as artists in the Festival’s events. It is an unprecedented opportunity for students, the Lied Center, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the local community. 

It is the Lied Center’s objective to identify a new Broadway musical through the workshop process, which could be produced and presented at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in the future. Those interested in submitting their musical theatre work for consideration should visit 
http://liedcenter.org/musicaltheatrefestival for more information. The submission deadline is May 1, 2013. This project is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Hixson-Lied Endowment and ASCAP.

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