The musical showcase — scheduled for Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 10-13 at 7 PM — will be held on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, CA, and is open to the public. The workshop will present samples of new musicals to a panel of professionals from the worlds of theatre, music and film. The panel will critique and review the works-in-progress. Those interested in attending should contact ASCAP's Michael Kerker (323 883-1000) a minimum of 24 hours before the day's presentation in order to be placed on the guest list. A photo ID will be required of all attendees. Although ASCAP is no longer accepting submissions for the seventh annual showcase, Kerker told Playbill On-Line that works are now being accepted for another workshop, which will be held in New York March 17. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14. Kerker said those interested "should send a CD or tape with four songs, a copy of the lyrics, a very brief outline of the show and brief biographical information [about the composer and lyricist]." Submissions, which will not be returned, should be mailed to Michael Kerker, c/o ASCAP, 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023.
Those who have found success with previous musical theatre workshops include Paris Barclay, the composer and lyricist of Letters from 'Nam, which was originally presented during an ASCAP/Disney workshop and later mounted at several theatres around the country, including an acclaimed run at the Kennedy Center. Others whose works have been presented at the workshop include Glenn Slater, lyricist of Tom Jones who is now working on the upcoming stage version of The Little Mermaid; Stuart Ross and Debra Barsh, whose Radiant Baby will begin previews at the Public Theater Jan. 31; James McBride, composer and co-lyricist of the Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical Bobos; Limelight composer-lyricist Chris Curtis; and Craig Safan, whose Lola was produced at the Goodspeed Opera House.
For more information about The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), go to www.ascap.com.