The winning proposals were selected from 211 applicants. The workshop kicked off April 30 at The Rock Theatre at Roy Arias Studios and Theatres on West 43rd Street and will continue on May 1, 22, 23 and 24.
The workshop is directed by Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin and more).
The selected musical theatre writers will have the opportunity to make short presentations from their original works-in-progress for professional critique by a panel of the most prominent theatre producers, directors and composers, including Craig Carnelia, Thomas Cott, Mark Hollmann, Andrew Lippa, Dick Scanlan, Scott Schwartz and David Zippel.
All aspiring musical theatre writers, and those who submitted musicals for the workshop, are encouraged to attend. The workshop is free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of performing rights affiliation. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in New York is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation to nurture new American musicals. The selected writers and their musical works are:
Sean Hartley (book, music, lyrics): Snow is set in the late 1960s Greenwich Village. "A young woman, Jenny, searches for her boyfriend, who has mysteriously disappeared after meeting a famous folk singer. In her search, Jenny encounters many of the archetypes of the rebellious sixties. She is aided in her search by Raven, her boyfriend's best friend, who is coming to terms with his homosexuality. Through the search, both Jenny and Raven develop a stronger sense of themselves and a new insight into the meaning of love." Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists.
The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. Visit www.ascapfoundation.org.