By Adam Hetrick
06 Dec 2012
The deadline for non-NAMT members is Jan. 15, 2013, while NAMT members and festival alumni have until Feb. 12, 2013, to submit materials. The 25th annual NAMT Festival will run Oct. 17-18, 2013, at New World Stages.
Any writer may submit his or her work to the festival as long as a NAMT member, agent or other professional theatre organization also submits a letter of support. NAMT will select eight musicals to receive fully-funded 45-minute presentations during the Festival of New Musicals.
Two Q&A events for writers curious to know more about the submission process will be presented Dec. 17 at Playwrights Horizons (4-5 PM); and Jan. 8, 2013, at CAP 21 (6:30-7:30 PM). E-mail Festival@namt.org to attend.
"In our milestone 25th year, we are excited to continue presenting great new musicals of all shapes, sizes, themes and tones and at all stages of development," said festival producing director Branden Huldeen in a statement. "Our new musicals move on to delight and inspire audiences around the world thanks to the dedication of our industry-only audience and our members. After 211 shows, we have only just begun to ensure that there will be great new musicals entering the the canon for many more anniversaries to come."
The annual weekend, open to industry members from across the country, provides a platform for emerging and established theatre writers to showcase their works with casts featuring Broadway and Off-Broadway actors. Many of the new works find life at regional companies, as well as Off-Broadway and on Broadway. Betsy King Militello is the executive director of NAMT.
Musicals previously presented in NAMT's Festival of New Musicals include Ordinary Days, The Memory Show, See Rock City…, Vanities, Dangerous Beauty, Emma, The Gypsy King, The Story of My Life, Tinyard Hill, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, I Love You Because, Songs for A New World, Striking 12, Summer of '42, Ace, Children of Eden, Harold and Maude, Honk! and Meet John Doe.
To apply, visit NAMT.