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NMI's 'Search for New Musicals' Seeks Submissions Through July 15


Have you written a great new musical, and are you looking for feedback and/or an opportunity for a concert reading? Don't miss the July 15 deadline for the annual Search for New Musicals at New Musicals Inc.

The Search for New Musicals accepts entries from around the globe; winners receive awards worth up to $25,000 in workshop productions, concert readings, feedback, and developmental support.

"We are thrilled to sponsor the Search," says Elise Dewsberry, Artistic Director of NMI. "We love seeing what writers are creating; and of course our mission is to nurture the folks who are writing musicals, so I'm looking forward to seeing what submissions we will get this season."

Established in 2008, the Search for New Musicals has awarded concert readings and/or workshops to promising new musicals including It Happened in Roswell by Terrence Atkins and Jeffery Lyle Segal; The Looking Glass Wars by by Kurt Kuenne, based on the novel by Frank Beddor; Infamous by Karen M. Cohen and Stephen Kingsbury; Mad Bomber by Charles Monagan and Richard de Rosa; Emerald by Chris Burgess and Denise Wright; Chapter Eleven by Stephen Telfer; Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street by Charles Veley; The Water by Georgia Stitt, Jeff Hylton, and Tim Werenko; Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Jr., Chris Budinich, Diana Belkowski, Dan Tramon, and Carl Anthony Tramon; Girl Detective by Alan Gordon and Mark Sutton-Smith; Greenbrier Ghost by Susan Murray and Clay Zambo; The Next Fairy Tale by Brian Pugach; and Life After Life by Tracey Langran Corea and Thaddeus Corea.

The first, second and third prize winners of the 2014 Search will all be presented this summer as part of the STAGES Festival of New Musicals: Invisible by David Hollingsworth and David Orris; Off the Wall by Danny Abosch and Sarah Rebell; and The Anarchist Girl by J. Linn Allen and Cris Wo.

If you've written a musical, and you would like some honest, constructive, detailed feedback on how to make your musical better, you can submit your musical to NMI for dramaturgical feedback at levels from evaluation to analysis to table reading to workshop to concert reading.

The submission deadline this season is July 15, 2015. All submissions will receive either an audio Overview Evaluation ($195 submission level) or an audio/video Detailed Analysis ($400 submission level), and will also be automatically entered into the Search contest.

"I've never received a more cogent and usable evaluation," wrote Search writer Elliott Baker (author of The Tooth Fairy's Daughter). "I'm very comfortable with the critique process but I have never finished reading a critique/evaluation with as much desire and energy to go to work on and polish a piece."

"The evaluation was far more in-depth than I expected and seemed to cover all the key aspects of the show. Frankly, I found it more helpful than a staged reading would have been," stated Search participant Barbara Campbell (bookwriter/lyricist of The Awakening). "This critique offered me far more in-depth comments into the basic 'nuts and bolts' than I have ever received to date."

British writer Michael Dresser stated "The real value of this service is in its rarity: from genuine industry professionals who have the clarity and vision to provide feedback with no bias or agenda and which asks the right questions and suggestions to enable YOU to genuinely UNDERSTAND how to make your work a better piece of musical theatre - the long term benefits of which are incalculable!"

All entries will receive constructive dramaturgical feedback, and will be entered in the Search contest. The winner of the 2015 Search will be announced by November 15, and will receive a workshop with the Academy Repertory Company, detailed feedback from the NMI staff, and will be given a concert reading in Los Angeles.

Writers can submit their shows electronically via NMI's website, or submit materials by mail after completing an online submission form.

Information on submitting to the Search is available online via NMI's website:

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