2016 National Music Theater Conference

Since its founding in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has developed over 120 new musicals, including early works of award-winning writers and composers such as Kirsten Childs, Tan Dun, Andrew Lippa, Robert Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Paul Oakley Stovall, and Jeanine Tesori.

Selected from nearly 300 submissions, meet the creators of three new musicals which were developed at the 2016 National Music Theater Conference: 
   

THE MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS
Book & Lyrics by David H. Bell

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Green

While presenting the traveling Museum of Broken Relationships art exhibition at her gallery, Kirsten is confronted by Pierce, looking to get his mother's wedding ring back. Their conversation starts a relationship that uncovers decades-old secrets, hidden intrigues, and unresolved conflict in both their lives. What ensues is the story of relationships -- both lost and found -- set against a museum dedicated to celebrating and remembering all of the shattered relationships of our lives.  

Readings:

Sat., June 25; 7pm      Sun, June 26; 3pm     Wed., June 29; 8pm     Fri., July 1; 7pm 
                

   

GIRL SHAKES LOOSE
Book & Lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander

Music & Lyrics by Imani Uzuri

An overqualified black Girl finds herself in New York City single and unemployed.  Now, she's got to figure out where home is.  A three-city journey about growing up when you're already grown.  

Readings:

Sat., July 2; 7pm      Sun, July 3; 3pm     Wed., July 6; 8pm     Fri., July 8; 7pm 
                

   

DARLING GRENADINE
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik

Darling Grenadine is a bittersweet, seriocomic musical about Harry, a somewhat successful composer, and his precarious relationships with his girlfriend Louise, his brother Paul, his beloved Labrador retriever Paul (that's right!), his piano, and his gin and tonics. Modern Manhattan is the backdrop for this unique and intimate melding of humor and melancholy, told with the sparkle and fizz of a Golden Age MGM musical.  

Readings:

Sat., July 9; 7pm      Sun, July 10; 3pm     Wed., July 13; 8pm     Fri., July 15; 7pm 
                

   

 

Funding for the 2016 National Music Theater Conference provided by: 
 

BMI Foundation, Inc.  |  Burry Fredrik Foundation  |  Dramatists Guild Fund and Actors Equity Foundation  |  The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Inc.  |  The Jerome Robbins Foundation  |  The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music  |  The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation  |  National Endowment for the Arts