Rhinebeck Writers Retreat to Develop Musicals By Glenn Slater, John Caird, Paul Gordon, Michael Kooman
By Adam Hetrick
Beatsville, a new musical by Tony nominee Glenn Slater and Wendy Wilf and Little Miss Scrooge, by Tony winner John Caird, Sam Caird and Paul Gordon, will be developed this summer during the second annual Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.
Former National Alliance for Musical Theatre executive director Kathy Evans created the retreat in 2011. Eighteen writers, developing eight new musicals, will gather for individual week-long residencies throughout July and August.
The selected writing teams and musicals follow:
Little Miss Scrooge, by John Caird, Sam Caird, and Paul Gordon; supported in part by The Harry, Cathy, Gabriella and James Rubin Foundation.
Willow’s One Night Stand by Alexandra Collier and Greta Gertler; supported by Alec Stais and Elissa Burke.
Broadcast by Nathan Christensen and Scott Murphy; supported by Stacey Mindich Productions.
The Sisters Fox by Sean Barry, Laura Eason, and Jenny Giering; supported by Stacey Mindich Productions.
Beatsville by Wendy Wilf and Glenn Slater; supported in part by John Levin and Diane Keefe Fund.
Loveless Texas by Henry Aronson and Cailin Heffernan; supported in part by Jody and Giulio Martini.
The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes by Chistopher Dimond and Michael Kooman; supported by The Noël Coward Foundation.
Makeover by Darrah Cloud and Kim Sherman; supported in part by the Marcus Greenbaum Family and Susan Phillips.
The 2012 applications panel, who selected the musicals, included Tory Bailey (Theatre Development Fund), Neil Bartram (composer), Gigi Bolt (William Inge Festival), Nick Demos (Demos/Bizar Entertainment), Brian Hill (bookwriter), Donna Lynn Hilton (Goodspeed Musicals), Kevin Moore (The Human Race Theatre Company) and Michael Robertson (The Lark Play Development Center).
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