The selected writers and their musical works are:
The four-day workshop, held in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will take place on April 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 7 PM-9:30 PM, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL. The workshop is free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of performing-rights organization affiliation. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
The workshop will be directed by Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, "Pocahontas," "The Prince of Egypt"), and theatre composer-lyricist Craig Carnelia (The Sweet Smell of Success, Is There Life After Highshool? and Working).
"The selected musical theatre writers will have the opportunity to make short presentations from their original works-in-progress for professional critique by some of the most prominent theatre producers, directors and composers," according to the announcement. "The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Chicago is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation to nurture new American musicals. Since 1975 The ASCAP Foundation has been dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging the development of American music through educational and talent development programs."
This new program "was funded in part through the generosity of Peter Schneider, former chairman of the Walt Disney Studios and the producer of the Broadway musical, The Lion King."