NAMT to Fund Musicals by Michael John LaChiusa, Ellen Fitzhugh, Sean Hartley, Jenny Giering, Sean Barry

News   NAMT to Fund Musicals by Michael John LaChiusa, Ellen Fitzhugh, Sean Hartley, Jenny Giering, Sean Barry
The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced grants funding full productions of the new Michael John LaChiusa-Ellen Fitzhugh musical Los Otros, as well as Sean Hartley's Snow and the Jenny Giering-Sean Barry work Saint-Ex.

On March 29, NAMT executive director Kathy Evans announced 15 grants, totaling $62,000, which will help shape the future of more than a dozen new musicals at various stages of development.

Five-time Tony Award nominee LaChiusa is again among the writers whose works will be supported by full production grants. Last season NAMT appropriated a full production grant to the Dallas Theater Center-Public Theater co-production of LaChiusa's musical adaptation of Edna Ferber's sprawling Texas-set novel Giant. It will debut in Dallas in early 2012 prior to an Off-Broadway bow.

LaChiusa and Fitzhugh's Los Otros, a commission by Los Angeles Center Theatre Group, is one of three recipients of the $10,000-$15,000 full production grants. A timeline for production has not been set according to CTG representatives. Also taking full production grants are Norwich, CT's Spirit of Broadway Theatre for Hartley's Snow; and Vermont's Weston Playhouse Theatre Company for Giering and Barry's Saint-Ex.

$2,500-$5,000 Workshop, or Reading Grants have been awarded to the Dan Collins-Julianne Wick Davis work Southern Comfort (at CAP 21); Deborah Zoe Laufer and Benjamin Velez's Sirens (at Florida Stage); Mark Bennett and Keith Bunin's The Life of John Birch (at La Jolla Playhouse); Seth Bockley and Gabriel Kahane's February House (at the Public Theater); and Drew Gasparini and Louis Sacco's Crazy Just Like Me (at the Uptown Players).

$1,000 Writer Residency Grants will go to Jake Anthony and Eric Dodson's Duplexity (at The Academy for New Musical Theatre); Anna Jacobs and Bill Nelson's Harmony, Kansas (at Barrington Stage Company); Creighton Irons, Sean Mahoney and Maggie-Kate Coleman's Factory Girls (at The Boston Conservatory); Terry Abrahamson, Michael Carlson and Buddy Reeder's How to Bust a Bully! (at The Little Theatre On the Square); Adam Gwon and Sarah Hammond's Spring (at Millikin University); Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis' Southern Comfort (at Playwrights Horizons); and Kimberly Rosenstock, Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick's Fly By Night (at TheatreWorks). Visit NAMT.

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