Thursday, March 5, 2015
CABARET/CONCERT NEWS: Conundrum Theatre Company announces a monthly showcase beginning Tuesday, March 10 at 8:00 pm at The Stage, 546 S. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA 91501. The first performance is a concert reading featuring selections from Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice’s Chess. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets: www.conundrumtheatreco.com.
NEW VOICES PROJECT: If you’re under the age of 26, and you’re writing for musical theatre, here’s a search for you. New Musicals Inc. in Los Angeles is sponsoring its third annual New Voices Project, in which young playwrights, composers and lyricists receive workshops and concerts of their work, with feedback sessions from executives from Walt Disney Imagineering and New Musicals Inc. Selected finalists will have their work presented as part of the prestigious Stages Musical Theatre Festival in Los Angeles in Summer 2015. You may submit up to three selections, either from a single work, or separate works, for a total of 20 minutes of material at http://nmi.org/develop/new-voices-project/.
The staff of New Musicals Inc. selects up to a dozen writers’ works to present to executives at Walt Disney Imagineering. The finalists’ work will be presented in concert at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, as part of a showcase, got musical, which features highlights of musicals in development at NMI. Following the showcase, writers will receive feedback on their work, with an opportunity to rewrite and resubmit in time for inclusion in Stages Musical Theatre Festival. Three writers were selected in 2014: Danny Bernstein, Santino DeAngelo, and Zack Zadek. Bernstein’s musical, Far From Canterbury, earned him Cornell University’s Undergraduate Artist of the Year. Zadek’s musical, 6, was featured as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. DeAngelo’s musical has recently been selected as a 2015 Next Link production in the New York Musical Theater Festival.
SHOW SEARCH: The Festival of New American Musicals and the University of California, Irvine have announced the launch of a nationwide search for new, short musicals created by writers between the ages of 14 – 23. The entry deadline is June 15. Six musicals will be chosen as finalists: three from high school writing teams (age 14 – 17) and three from college writing teams (age 18 – 23). Each team of finalists will be paired with a professional mentor to help develop their musical. 2015 mentors will include Adam Gwon, David Zippel, David Shire, and Jeff Marx. In August, finalists will be flown to Southern California where they will participate in rehearsals and receive further career mentoring in the form of master classes and industry meetings. The finalists will also receive financial scholarships to continue their development as writers. For submission guidelines, visit www.lafestival.org/showsearch.html.
DOING GOOD: The I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles is hosting its Annual Dreamer Dinner, honoring champions of education in the Los Angeles area. The event will take place on Sunday, March 8 at 5:00 pm at the Skirball Cultural Center. Honorees include Chris Selak, Bradley Bredeweg & Peter Paige, Jerry Fink & David Kim, and Jason Collins. Presenters for the evening include Lionsgate TV Chairman Kevin Beggs and Rosie O’Donnell. IHADLA helps at-risk youth and their families become empowered members of society by providing a long-term program of academic enhancement, mentoring, tutoring and cultural enrichment with an assured opportunity for a scholarship for higher education. Tickets: www.ihadla.org.
The folks at Polish Your Passion (www.pypnyc.com) have a free offer for you. They are launching the first national campaign of #TonyShine, an online effort to benefit the Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University’s #NominateMyTeacher search for the inaugural Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Students can submit a draft of the “Tell Us the Story” portion of their teacher nomination in video or essay format before March 25, and Polish Your Passion will send their #TonyShine video feedback for free. Give them a listen.
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