“We’re looking for writers in whom we see potential,” NMI’s executive director Scott Guy said in a statement. “We’re not pigeon-holing that potential: That is, we’re not looking for ‘Broadway musical’ writers per se, or ‘ground-breaking’ or ‘commercial’ or ‘avant-garde.’ We’re looking for writers who are exploring their voices through the blend of music and voice. The stronger your voice and vision are, the more likely we’re going to respond to your work.”
Sponsored by New Musicals Inc., the competition asks writers to submit three selections, for a total of 20 minutes, from either a single work or separate works. The staff of NMI will select up to six writers to present their work. The submission deadline is Feb. 15, and writers can apply here.
Finalists will have their work critiqued in an in-house workshop in March with feedback sessions from executives from Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment and New musicals Inc. Writers will then rewrite and submit their work to be presented at a concert in April at Colony Theatre in Burbank as part of NMI’s annual “got musical” showcase.
“There are so few opportunities available right now for young musical theatre writers,” artistic director Elise Dewsberry said. “There is the ASCAP/Dreamworks annual workshops; and the great programs from the Festival of New American Musicals, and we are proud to provide another West Coast opportunity.”