Broadway on Sunset, of Los Angeles, is accepting new unproduced musicals to consider for its annual First Look Competition. The winner will receive a concert reading at the Second Annual West Coast Musical Theatre Conference in September. The deadline for submissions is May 1.Last year's conference, held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, featured Jason Alexander and composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, Scarlet Pimpernel). A producers panel discussion and keynote address by director-choreographer Grover Dale was followed by a concert reading of the First Look winner and a bevy of songs from runner-up shows. The conference was attended by more than 500 writers and musical theatre professionals.
Charles Bloom, who wrote last year's winning musical Pablo said, "Winning the First Look Competition has brought a rush of positive interest in my work and is responsible for the new, promising directions in my career." Submissions for the competition must be postmarked no later than May 1. The winner and finalists to be included in the revue will be announced in June 2000. Only completed book musicals that have not been professionally produced will be considered. Send script and tape, plus a $10 reading fee, to First Look Competition, Broadway on Sunset, 10800 Hesby St, N. Hollywood, CA 91601. For information and guidelines visit www.Broadwayon Sunset.org
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent