ONeill_NMTC_-_Color_SQUARE.jpg2017 National Music Theater Conference

 ~ Celebrating 40th Summer Season! ~

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 Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kirsten Childs, Tan Dun, Andrew Lippa, Robert Lopez,  Duncan Sheik, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Steven Sater, and Jeanine Tesori.

Sat., June 24; 7pm
Sun, June 25; 3pm
Wed., June 28; 8pm
Fri., June 30; 7pm



Book by Soma Snakeoil & Fat Mike with David Goldsmith 
Music by Fat Mike
Lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, & Soma Snakeoil

A new musical about survival and self-realization among teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of the authors’ experiences of homelessness and punk culture, the story revolves around a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the subculture of life on the streets.

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Fat_Mike.jpg.pngFat Mike (Book, Music, & Lyrics)is the singer and songwriter in the band NOFX, who have sold over 6 million records. He co-wrote the New York Times bestseller “NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub.” He has written songs and produced records for dozens of bands, but his proudest moment was winning a bowling tournament in Las Vegas. He also has a bobblehead.


Soma Snakeoil (Book & Lyrics)AKA Goddess Soma is a former professional dominatrix, adult film star, and BDSM educator. The owner and editor of the classic fetish magazine “Domination Directory International,” she wrote, directed, and starred in the silent film Rubber Bordello, which won three AVN awards and the Feminist Porn Award. Soma is a mother, a painter, and the owner of a lavish dungeon in downtown Los Angeles.


David Goldsmith (Book) Broadway: Motown The Musical (script consultant, West End, two national tours); West End: Imagine This (lyrics, New London Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, PBS); Off-Broadway: Invisible Thread (story consultant), 2nd Stage Theatre,Diane Paulus, dir. Other: Having It All (book/lyrics, Los Angeles; Ovation nominee, Best Musical, Best Book). Next: Good Man (author, original play with songs), Bill Rauch (OSF Artistic Director, All The Way), dir.


Jeff Marx (Lyrics) co-wrote Avenue Q and some other stuff. An alumnus of the O’Neill, Jeff was a writer with Avenue Q (NMTC ‘02).




Sat., July 1; 7pm
Sun, July 2; 3pm
Wed., July 5; 8pm
Fri., July 7; 7pm



Book, Music, & Lyrics 
Ronvé O'Daniel 
Music by Jevares C. Myrick
Story Consultant: J Kyle Manzay


As the 2008 U.S. financial crisis threatens to unravel his family, Prince, a classically trained dancer, dreams of becoming a hip hop star. Along the way, he falls hard for his competition’s girlfriend and is forced to confront the shattered dreams of his community. It’s a journey of struggle, swagger, and search for self.

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Ronve.JPGRonvé O’Daniel (Book, Lyrics, & Music) is a New York-based actor, songwriter, rapper, producer, and playwright. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University. As a recording hip-hop artist, he has been featured in XXL Magazine,, and Ronvé was featured as a performer and writer for Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs’ #BARS Workshop at The Public Theater.  Recently, Ronvé worked with longtime collaborator Jevares Myrick on ILLA! A Hip Hop Musical, which not only enjoyed developmental workshops in Toledo, Atlanta, and New York, but was selected to be part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2015 and 2016. They are the recipients of NYMF’s 2016 SHOW SCORE BEST OF FEST Award as well as NYMF’s 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL READING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE. Ronvé’s current album Motivation Music is available on iTunes and You can also keep up with him at

Jevares_Headshot.jpegJevares C. Myrick (Music) is a New York-based producer, composer, singer, actor, dancer, and choreographer. Raised in Marietta, Georgia, he is an alumnus of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (Pebblebrook High School) and attended Wright State University on a full scholarship for vocal performance. Broadway: The Book of Mormon (swing, understudy, dance captain). National Tour: The Book of Mormon Latter Day (1st national); Jumamosi (2nd national, as swing, understudy, and dance captain). Regional: Smokey Joe’s Café, All Night Strut, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Ragtime, Sweet Charity, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sophisticated Ladies, and many more. Television/Film: The Originals (choreographer, appearances on three episodes). He is a five-time Suzi Bass Award nominee (two wins). Jevares is also an Ovation Award recipient for Best Male Vocalist. He has written and produced many shows for Six Flags Amusement parks across the U.S. and has produced and performed in many industrials around the world. He has also been featured on BroadwayWorld and Playbill.

J_Kyles_Promo_Head_Shot.jpgJ Kyle Manzay (Co-Writer / Story Consultant) received his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA from Howard University where he studied directing and acting. J Kyle produced the award-winning stage readings of iLLA! A  Hip-Hop Musical at the 2015 and 2016 New York Musical Theater Festivals. Off-Broadway credits include: The Actor's Rap (Baruch Performing Arts Center); Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones (37 Arts). J Kyle has been a recurring director at the Soul Repertory Theater's New Playwright Festival at the Dallas Theater Center. As an actor, J Kyle received 5 AUDELCO award nominations and an Obie Award for Outstanding Performance. J Kyle has been featured on Good Day New York, The Hot 97 Morning Show, and The Wendy Williams Show, and has been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and XXL

Sat., July 8; 7pm
Sun, July 9; 3pm
Wed., July 12; 8pm
Fri., July 14; 7pm

Book by John Logan

Music & Lyrics by Tom Kitt

A new musical telling the story of Charlotte and her teenage son Simon. They have been struggling with grief, and each other, since the death of Charlotte's husband and Simon's father a year before. Through their unlikely friendship with a mysterious man in their building, Jim, they move toward reconciliation and renewed hope.

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John_Logan.jpgJOHN LOGAN (Book) received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Drama League awards for his play Red, which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in London and at the Golden Theatre on Broadway. Since then, Red has had more than 200 productions across the U.S. and has been presented in over 30 countries. In 2013, his play Peter and Alice premiered in London and I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers opened on Broadway. He also co-wrote the book for the musical The Last Ship and is the author of more than a dozen other plays including Never the Sinner and Hauptmann. As a screenwriter, Logan has been three times nominated for an Oscar and has received Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, and PEN Center awards. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281. He also created and produced the television series Penny Dreadful for Showtime.


Tom_Kitt-Pietropinto.jpgTOM KITT (Music & Lyrics) received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Next to Normal also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score. Tom is also the composer of If/Then (Tony Nom., Outer Critics Nom.); High Fidelity (Broadway); Bring it On, The Musical (co-composer with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); Disney’s Freaky Friday; The Winter’s Tale, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public’s NYSF); From Up Here and The Madrid (MTC); Orphans (Broadway); The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); and As You Like It (Toho Co., Japan). Tom was responsible for the music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations for Grease Live!; Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadwayand most recently, The SpongeBob Musical’s pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago. His work with Green Day also includes additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!  Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, “Bigger.” Other television songwriting credits include a musical episode of Royal Pains and songs for Penny Dreadful and Sesame Street. As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, credits include Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Pitch Perfect 3, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, 13, Debbie Does Dallas, Everyday Rapture, Hair, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets. As an alumnus of the O’Neill, Tom served as the music director for Myth (NMTC ‘08) and Hell Hole Honeys (NMTC ‘04).



Funding for the 2017 National Music Theater Conference provided by: 

The Shubert Foundation; The Jerome Robbins Foundation; Time Warner Foundation Inc; The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music; National Endowment for the Arts; Connecticut Office of the Arts; The Frederick Loewe Foundation; The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation; BMI Foundation, Inc; Actors' Equity Foundation.

Underwriting support for NMTC 2017 projects provided by Steve and Debra Darren and Stacey Lewis.