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How to Write a Musical That Works pt 1

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 at 9:00AM

Studios 353

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How to Write a Musical That Works pt 1

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 at 9:00AM

New York, NY , United States of America


Resources Unlimited

a 3-part feedback lab for new works,

to Write a Musical that Works 

#1: The World and the Want)

October 27, 2019 from 10am to 6pm at Studios 353


To Write a Musical that Works (Part 1: The World and the Want) 
take place on Sunday October 27, 2019 from 10am to 6pm at
Studios 353, 353 W. 48th Street, Studio 1 (2nd floor), NYC. For
application as a writable
PDF: and
email -
submission fee is $10 for TRU members, $20 for non-members.
Submission deadline is Monday, October 14, 2019. The lab encourages
directors and producers to attend and observe the presentations and
feedback. The Observer fee is $55 for the full day.


workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical
theater structure not only for writers but also for producers,
directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new
works. Each workshop will accept up to 10 writing teams and/or
producers who will share works in progress and get feedback from a
panel of expert evaluators. Audience members will also have a chance
to offer their observations, participate in discussions and
networking, and enjoy coffee and refreshments.


accepted for presentation, in addition to the submission fee there
will be a participation fee of $80 ($75 for TRU members), which
includes two seats for the entire day workshop as well as a 20-30
minute presentation-plus-feedback slot. Space is limited. Any
additional attendees from the musical team (including music director,
additional collaborators and cast members) who wish to observe the
entire workshop must reserve in advance and will be charged $25 per
person. There is an additional price break for writers who presented
the same show at previous parts of the How to Write a Musical


or producers are invited to submit no more than the first 25 pages of
a show you are working on, plus mp3s of the songs within those pages.
In "Part 1: The World and the Want" we will focus on two
main aspects of your show: 1) the opening number (or any number that
invites the audience into the world of the show, and sets the
storytelling rules); and 2) the songs and scenes in which you
introduce your characters and invite us to follow their journey. We
will discuss "I want" songs, "I am" songs and "I
feel" songs, and the function of each, with special attention to
the way they move the action. In addition, we will continually
explore the delicate balance between script and song.


professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers
will include:

, producer (The Prom, A Gentleman's
Guide..., Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work
If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day...

, former dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney
Theatrical Group;

, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist
(Barnstormer), Audelco Award winning playwright (Maid's
), general counsel for The Author's Guild

, composer/lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time
and Again
), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel
Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades.

, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU
Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate. The
TRU Selection Committee will determine what song and scene from your
show we want you to present, although you may tell us your
preference. We will provide a room with a piano, refreshments,
panelists and an audience.



wonderful idea. I know myself I'm working on a show right now and I
cannot make up my mind about the opening number.... 
have the opportunity to present something, and then get various
viewpoints on it, and come away with something positive is
" ~Sheldon Harnick

just wanted to take a moment to say how grateful we are for the
opportunity to perform an excerpt from 
Oswald for
The feedback we received was truly invaluable and
we are so very thankful to everyone on the panel who took the time to
offer their expertise and insights. Our experience with TRU
continues to be amazing and we thank you all so much."
Sasanella & Tony LePage



to 10:45am
 - Discussion: how do you engage an audience in
the world of your show? What constitutes an effective opening number?
What does the audience need to know?

to 1:30pm 
- Five writing teams will explain their work's
overall concept (in 30 seconds or less) and present up to 12 minutes
of the opening scene and song. After each presentation, panelists
will provide feedback.

 (On your own. Great time to make new friends in the

to 3:30pm
 - Discussion: How does the audience know whose
story to follow? Who is the engine of your show? Do all of your
characters have "wants"? Do they need to? Panelists will
comment and invite additional audience feedback.

to 5:30pm
 - Four writing teams will explain their work's
overall concept (in 30 seconds or less) and present up to 12 minutes
that include the main characters' "I Want" song or songs.
After each presentation, panelists will provide feedback.


writers are expected to be in attendance for the entire day, or at
least the full half day session in which your work is presented.

Resources Unlimited
 (TRU) is the leading network for
developing theater professionals,
 a twenty-seven year
old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce,
emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater
professionals to understand and navigate the business of the
arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career
producers and theater companies.


publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and
productions; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program
taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York
theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help
aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a
Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to
Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab;
programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition. 


of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds
awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with
the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz
Greenway Foundation. 


more information about TRU membership and programs,



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