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How to Write a Musical that Works!

May 17, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical That Works! Feedback Workshop #3: Reckoning and Resolution on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 10 am – 5:30 pm, at the Write Act Rep Theatre at Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd Street, 2nd floor. Deadline to apply is May 1st. See application and guidelines (http://www.truonline.org/store.html#beginnings) for instructions on emailing materials.

How to Write a Musical That Works! is a 3-part workshop for writers, directors and producers exploring the traditional structure and dynamic interplay of an effective libretto and score. The workshop examines successful musicals, discusses basic dramaturgical principals and why they work, and hears presentations of submitted new works and works-in-progress. Details are available at www.truonline.org/TRUBeginnings-Musical3.htm

“Reckoning and Resolution” will focus on: 1) songs that express the resolution of a character’s “want,” or the overcoming of obstacles, and how it leads to a final choice; 2) “eleven o’clock numbers,” the big dramatic showstopper that sums up the (usually) main character’s journey; 3) the finale, an effective and emotionally satisfying way of concluding your story. Submission fee is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 for non-member ($80 for TRU members).

Writers (or producers!) are invited to submit no more than 25 pages of a show you are working on. We want to see the section of your show in which we head towards the summing up and conclusion of the plot and the resolution of the characters’ wants. A panel of producers and writers will evaluate how successful the songs and scenes presented are in fulfilling their purpose: Michael Alden (Disgraced, Bat Boy, Grey Gardens, The Last Session, Disgraced, The King’s Speech on stage), producer Doug Denoff (The 39 Steps, Nice Work If You Can Get It, upcoming Peggy Sue Got Married, Just Believe), producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); composer/lyricist Skip Kennon (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former Artistic Coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades. Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.

This 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. The cost for non-participants to attend for the full day, to observe the presentations and be part of the discussions, is $50 ($30 for TRU members). Click here (http://www.truonline.org/store.html#beginnings) to sign up.

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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 theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.



May 17, 2015
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Times Square Arts Center
300 W. 43rd Street, 2nd floor
New York, New York 10036

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