Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh Announces 2nd Edition of Hot Metal Musicals

Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh Announces 2nd Edition of Hot Metal Musicals

MTAP­­-Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh­­ announces its second edition of Hot Metal Musicals, a showcase of members' work. With the assistance of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and extensive cooperation and support from the Pittsburgh CLO, Hot Metal Musicals will be presented on Monday, July 17, 2017, at 7:15 pm at the Cabaret Theater at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222. The show is free and open to the public; MTAP encourages online reservations at the following website: A meet and greet reception with the artists and performers will follow the showcase.

Hot Metal Musicals features new songs from MTAP members, with an emphasis on musical theatre works-in-progress, such as Joe Warik and Chuck Sperry's "Dyin' Is Easy" from the slapstick A Show Boat to China; Andrew Swensen and Scott Anderson's "Dance In the Light" from their recently workshopped story of immigration, The Golden Door; Jeanne Drennan's "Can It Be?" from her off-kilter high school musical Juiced!; and Michelle Do and Ethan Crystal's "Traveling Salesman" from their WWII musical Until Tomorrow. Some 20 songwriters and songwriting teams will have work presented, including, as a wonderful bonus, former Pittsburghers Michael Mitnick with a song from Fly by Night, and Stephen Flaherty and his longtime writing partner Lynn Ahrens with "I Was Here," the closing song from The Glorious Ones, which had its world premiere at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre.

MTAP member and advisor Steve Cuden, co-creator with composer Frank Wildhorn of the Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, will be Production Director for Hot Metal Musicals. Member Douglas Levine will serve as Music Director, and the showcase is produced by Stephanie Riso.

MTAP's focus is new musicals, and it seeks to foster collaboration between musical theatre artists in the region and create opportunities for the development, presentation, and production of new musical theatre. MTAP is an inclusive organization, and prospective members, whether writers, composers, musicians, performers, managers or producers, are always welcome at meetings, which are held monthly at the Wightman School Community Building in Squirrel Hill. Visit for more information, including dates of meetings and bios of some of MTAP's active members. MTAP-Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit service organization.

MTAP gratefully acknowledges the support of the Heinz Endowment's Small Arts Initiative, whose support makes Hot Metal Musicals possible. The Heinz Endowments is devoted to the mission of helping our region prosper as a vibrant center of creativity, learning, and social, economic and environmental sustainability. Core to its work is the vision of a just community where all are included and where everyone who calls southwestern Pennsylvania home has a real and meaningful opportunity to thrive.

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