The World and Envy – Chronicles of Times Square
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces virtual feedback workshop: How to write a musical that works Part one: the world and the need Sunday, June 13, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about the structure of musical theater not only for writers, but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new musical works. Submissions should be submitted by Monday, May 24, 2021. For more information and to submit, visit https://truonline.org/events/2021-virtual-world-and-the-want/.
Each workshop will accept up to ten writing teams and / or producers who will share work in progress and receive feedback from a panel of expert reviewers. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to provide comments and participate in the discussions.
“Even as the end of the shutdown on tiptoe approaches, we continue to reap the benefits of virtual programming that allows theater professionals outside of the New York area to be part of TRU.” , says Executive Director Bob Ost. “Our lab has been adapted to the virtual, with great care and some tweaking, and is ready to invite writers to take a structural look at the art of writing for musical theater.”
Part one: the world and the need will focus on two main aspects of a show: 1) the opening number (or any number that invites the audience into the performing world and sets the rules for storytelling); and 2) the songs and scenes in which the characters are introduced and the audience invited to follow their journeys. Discussion topics will include “I want” songs, “I am” songs, and “I feel” songs, and the function of each, with particular attention to how they move the action. Additionally, the workshop will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song, so it is important that a continuous portion of the scene and song is presented from the show.
Due to virtual lag and latency issues, writers will need to record and edit any musical presentation involving multiple singers. TRU’s Music Director, Benjamin Doyle, will be available to play and record tracks, as well as edit duets, trios, and ensemble numbers in a recorded format that can be played for the comment panel and room. Writers can also use their own music director, editor, or other resources to help produce a professional presentation.
Writers or producers are advised not to submit more than the first 25 pages of a show you are working on, as well as the mp3s of the songs on those pages. The submission fee is $ 20 ($ 10 for TRU members). A recorded presentation is not required to submit.
The professional feedback committee made up of commercial producers, directors and writers will include:
- Ken cerniglia, former playwright and literary director of Disney Theatrical Group;
- Cheryl davis, Librettist and lyricist winner of a Kleban and Larsen Award (Barnstormer), Playwright winner of an Audelco Award (Good door), General Counsel of The Author’s Guild;
- Skip Kennon, composer / lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, over and over again), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop and teacher for two decades;
- plus 3 more to be confirmed.
Bob Ost, Executive Director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and Literary Director of TRU Cate Cammarata will facilitate. The TRU selection committee will determine which song and scene from the show will be featured, although preferences will be taken into account, and a zoom room, access to a music director and editor, suggestions for actors and directors. , panelists and an audience will be provided. .
12: 00-12: 45 am – Discussion: How do you involve an audience in the world of your show? What constitutes an effective opening number? What should the public know?12:45 to 3:15 p.m. – Five writing teams will explain the overall concept of their work (in 30 seconds or less) and present up to 12 minutes of the opening scene and song. After each presentation, the panelists will provide comments.
LUNCH / ZOOM BREAK (Stretch, rest your eyes)
4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Discussion: How does the audience know which story to follow? What is driving your show? Do all of your characters have “desires”? Do they need it? Panelists will comment and invite additional comments from the audience.
5:15 to 7:15 p.m. – Four writing teams will explain the general concept of their work (in 30 seconds or less) and present up to 12 minutes that include the song (s) of the main characters “I Want”. After each presentation, the panelists will provide comments.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading theater professional development network, a 28-year-old 501 (c) (3) nonprofit established 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. TRU publishes a community newsletter on services, products and productions; presents monthly panels as well as new weekly community gatherings; offers a producer development and mentorship program taught by prominent New York Theater producers and general managers, and also features producer prep workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Speed Date Writer-Producer, Hands-on Drama Writing Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works, and Lab director-screenwriter communication. Theater Resources Unlimited programs are supported in part by the Montage Foundation, The Storyline Project and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information on membership and TRU programs, visit www.truonline.org.