THE CALL BOARD: BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Accepting Applications

By Michael Gioia
07 Jul 2014

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, has announced that the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is accepting applications for its first-year composer-lyricist class through Aug. 1.



Applications should send completed applications to: Patrick Cook, BMI 250 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007-0030. Composers should include three (3) contrasting compositions on CD — up-tempo, comedy song and ballad — as well as a copy of score that includes lyrics. Lyricists should include three (3) contrasting lyrics — up-tempo, comedy song and ballad. Composer-lyricists should include three (3) contrasting songs on CD — up-tempo, comedy song and ballad — as well as a copy of score that includes lyrics.

The workshop begins Sept. 15 and runs through June 2015. The first-year class is moderated by BMI's director of musical theatre, Patrick Cook, and workshop administrator, Frederick Freyer.

Workshop participants will pay $27 for an identification badge, but all other sponsorship costs are fully covered by BMI. The purpose of the workshop is to "bring writers together to work under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals in order to develop new creative talent in American musical theatre. A springboard for new works, the Workshop creates a learning environment for members to experiment, take risks and learn from moderators and other participants."

Applications for the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop can be downloaded here or requested by emailing theater@bmi.com.

A recipient of the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre Award, the Lehman Engel Musical Workshop consists of approximately 250 composers, lyricists and book writers who are actively writing new works for the musical theatre.

BMI alumni include Tony Award winners Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q), Edward Kleban (A Chorus Line), Maury Yeston (Titanic, Grand Hotel, Nine), Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), Michael John LaChiusa (Queen of the Mist, Marie Christine, The Wild Party) and Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal).

For additional information, visit BMI.com.