Monday, September 17, 2012
We have some of our regulars back (Chris Hoch, Kenita Miller, Marie-France Arcilla), we reunite faces we have not seen at the Festival in a few years (Robin de Jesus, Sarah Stiles, Kate Rockwell) and we welcome new faces to our Festival (Annette O'Toole, Bryce Ryness, Demond Green). I am always humbled by all of the talented artists who decide to come work with us for two weeks to help give these eight new musicals the best reading possible! You can read about our initial casting announcement on playbill.com.
Additionally, we announced last week our line-up for the Songwriters Showcase and our hosts, Nancy Opel and Joe DiPietro. Joe and Nancy have known each other for years and I know that they will be great hosts for the audience and writers, alike. This year, the Showcase is filled with shows that have been developed by NAMT member theatres. Many of the shows have been developed by multiple NAMT members which shows the strength of our membership to help push shows forward, together. It will be a wonderful display of the great work being done around the country to further the field. You can read the full line-up and history of this year's showcase shows at Broadwayworld.com.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg. We still have about 2 dozen roles to cast and announce, plus the line-up of singers for the Showcase. The Festival promises to be another stellar two days of musical theatre heaven, and it would not be possible without all of our extraordinary artists!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
For the NAMT festival, the writers are charged with creating a 45-minute cut of their show,
Friday, September 7, 2012
It's been a very busy and productive summer in the NAMT office. We've been all over the country visiting members, and attending conferences and festivals, yet somehow we've managed to get a lot of projects done here in the office, planning for the months ahead and working on ways to serve you better. But now it's my favorite time of year. We're starting to get a break from the NYC summer heat, and better yet, the Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals are right around the corner!
I often say that NAMT's best member benefit is its members, and the Fall Conference is when you all prove me right. This will be my 5th one (!), and every year I'm inspired by your insight, passion and warmth.
This year, we're in a brand new venue with spectacular views of Times Square (above) and Central Park, and we'll be taking a new dual-track approach to the rewards and challenges of producing new musicals from the perspective of both artistic and managerial leaders. I can't wait to see what comes out of these smaller group discussions, and what happens when everyone comes together for full group sessions and, of course, cocktails!
To whet your appetite, check out video highlights of past conferences at http://namt.org/conference-video.aspx (member login required). We've recently updated this page with clips from 2011 and 2012, including last year's popular Hal Prince keynote address. For details on this year's conference and to register (for the Festival, too!) go to http://namt.org/conference. Rates will increase on September 17, so don't wait too long!
I can't wait to see you next month!