Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ANMT Online Holiday AUCTION

It's time once again for ANMT's exciting online HOLIDAY AUCTION!

The fun begins this Friday, November 26th - right after you've enjoyed all your turkey on Thanksgiving Day!

Just navigate to our auction site - sponsored by BiddingForGood - and you'll find all kinds of amazing gifts and gadgets at some real bargain prices. And all the proceeds go to help in the creation and development of brand new musicals through ANMT!

Hankering to eat somewhere new? Want to see a great musical live onstage? Crave an ocean breeze flowing through your hair? Wish you had learned to play the guitar? Need a new evening purse for that big night out? Mommy needs a massage? Need a good tax preparation service?

You'll be able to bid on all these items - and many more - during the ANMT Holiday Auction.

The auction opens this Friday, November 26th, and runs until Sunday, December 12 at 5pm.

Don't miss out - click now to see what's available and place a WATCH on your favorite items:


Friday, October 29, 2010

CONCERT: Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street, Monday 11/15

What happens when you marry the outrageous machinations of Wall Street executives to a soundtrack of Gilbert & Sullivan tunes?

Total. Irrational. Exuberance.

The winner of the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s 2010 Search for New Musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street will be presented in concert at the Colony Theatre in Burbank on Monday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m.

It's a tale of passion, betrayal, global domination, and office romance! A loving tribute to the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan, the score is set to the music by Arthur Sullivan with original book and lyrics by Charles Veley. Gilbert & Sullivan operettas are arguably still the most widely-performed on the planet, more than a century after delighting their first audiences. A recent viral video mashup of G&S and President Obama has entertained internet audiences and caught the attention of major news outlets like the Huffington Post. This tribute also follows happily in the G&S tradition, taking a lighthearted view of contemporary follies and foibles. Like the G&S stories, Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street starts with a somewhat absurd premise, propelling the characters through topsy-turvy turns of events and arriving at a logical but hilarious conclusion.

The concert will be directed by director & choreographer Allison Bibicoff (Xanadu) with musical direction by Ross Källing and will feature members of ANMT's Academy Repertory Company and others, including Ellen Dostal, Johanna Kent, Christopher Maikish, Sean Smith, Peter Welkin, Elise Dewsberry, Michael Downing, Elizabeth Greene, Evelyn Halus, David Holmes, Sara Stuckey, Mona King, Andrea Press, Jeremy Sage, David Scales, Tedd Szeto, Jennifer Winkler, and Paul Wong. "This is a valuable opportunity for the author to hear his show performed by 18 strong voices, and to hear live audience feedback, which will help him make important choices as he continues to develop this new work," expresses director Allison Bibicoff.

First Prize in the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s Search for New Musicals is the concert reading, preceded by a workshop last spring, and detailed feedback and dramaturgy. "We were initially drawn in by how well the contemporary language of the Wall Street lexicon marries comically to this classical score and have delighted in its further development," says Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry.

Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street will be performed in concert at the Colony Theatre in Burbank on Monday, November 15th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.00.

For more info or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.ANMT.org.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Free Writers' Workshop DEMO on August 15

On August 15, the ANMT Staff is offering a completely FREE musical theatre writing workshop that will serve as a sample of and an introduction to our exclusive Writers' Workshop Core Curriculum. So head over to the NoHo Arts Center (11136 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601) at 5:30 pm 8/15/2010, and see what all the buzz is about.

Limited space available-- reserve your place in advance at http://www.anmt.org/events_reservation_1.asp?eventid=153.

To learn a little more about the Writers Workshop program, take a look at the video:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Aging Out: The Musical - 7/21 to 8/4

"Aging Out" is a new rock musical written by Darin Goulet, Tara Rede-penning, and Hillary Rollins about foster care kids aging out of the system into the real world in one big, scary leap. After a successful workshop production last year, it is BACK for a developmental production of its newest version.

Here's the best part: the August 4th performance is a BENEFIT PERFORMANCE. 100% of the proceeds go to three great causes: The Serpentine Project for former foster care kids (see video below), the UC Irvine Department of Drama, & ANMT. See the musical; automatically donate to charity. Musical theater with a social conscience- how cool is that?

It's a poignant, eye-opening, amazing musical experience that you don't want to miss!

Only TWO more performances before it closes! If you want to see it, get tickets at http://www.anmt.org/.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Biz: A Conference for Actors - In Two Weeks!

Our 2010 Actor Conference begins on Friday, August 6 - that's two weekends from now!

There will be tons of interesting panels on things actors need to know to be successful: how to network, how to audition, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to generally thrive as an actor.

In addition to the seminars, this event brings you into the proximity of Broadway producers, directors, casting directors, agents, and many more! And thus, it is a rare networking opportunity.

Interested? The schedule, and specific panel information is below! You can register at http://www.anmt.org/conference_actors.asp.

Conference Schedule

Friday, August 06, 2010

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Opening Wine & Cheese Schmooze

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Mixed panel of Director, Agent, Casting Director, Producer, and Actor discuss the state of the industry today from various perspectives.

Confirmed Panelists:
Gerry Koch (Senior Agent, The Gage Group)
Steven Glaudini (Producing Artistic Director, Musical Theatre West)
Richard Israel (Director)
Forbes Candlish (Producer)


Saturday, August 07, 2010

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee and Donut Schmooze

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Auditioning is an art unto itself. Concrete, simple tools and methods you can use to get your mind in a good place so that you walk into every room set up for success.

Confirmed Panelists:
Dan Callaway (Actor, Vocal Teacher)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Angel Creeks (Dancer/Singer/Choreographer)

11:30 AM - 1:15 PM


Stop being a poor, desperate actor, get your money in shape, and thrive. It’s not as hard as you think. A panel of entertainment pros tell you how to do it.

Confirmed Panelists:
Brian Bellomo (Lead Coach for Abundance Bound)
Michael Salerno (Western Regional Manager - Actors Work Program at the Actors' Fund)
James Leo Ryan (Broadway Actor)
Evelyn Halus (Performer and Vocal Coach)
Thomas Griep (Musical Director)

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Lite Lunch Schmooze

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM


The things actors unwittingly do that lose them work.

Confirmed Panelists:
Rob Sternin (Executive Producer, TV)
Pru Fraser (Executive Producer, TV)
Nick DeGruccio (Artistic Director, Havoc Theatre Company)
Bob Fraser (Writer, Producer, Show Runner, Author)
Thomas Griep (Musical Director)

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Coffee Break Schmooze

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM


What it’s really like on the other side of the table. Mixed panel offers perspective on what the actor is walking into when they enter the room.

Confirmed Panelists:
Amy Lieberman (Casting Director, Amy Lieberman CSA)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Calvin Remsberg (Director/Producer)
Lee Martino (Choreographer)

Invited Panelists:
Michael Donovan (Casting Director)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
BREAK for off-site dinner

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Representatives from the various LA Theatre companies talk about the state of things and what’s going on, what they need/want from the actors they see.

Confirmed Panelists:
Barbara Beckley (Artistic Director, The Colony Theatre)
Ivan Rivas (Actors' Equity Association)
Lewis Wilkenfeld (Artistic Director Cabrillo Musical Theatre)
Chad Borden (Producing Director Havok Theatre Company)
Douglas Clayton

Invited Panelists:
Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group)


Sunday, August 08, 2010

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

ACTOR LIFE: It's About More Than Booking Jobs (Panel)

Experts talk about cultivating a full and rich life that supports your acting career.

Confirmed Panelists:
Barbara Deutsch (Career and Life Coach)
K Callan (Actor and Award Winning Author)
Davis K. Brimberg Ph.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in performance concerns)

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lite Lunch Schmooze

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM


Which headshots work? Which ones get immediately rejected? How important is your reel? What about your resume? Mixed panel discusses the tools of the trade and how actors can do themselves every favor by having these elements up to date and in place.

Confirmed Panelists:
Ray Garcia (Actor/Photographer)
Jacole Kitchen (Agent, KSR)

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Coffee Break Schmooze

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


How to make meaningful connections in the industry, use technologies like social media, and not be annoying.

Confirmed Panelists:
Dallas Travers (Author)
Kat Landsberg (Producer, Pariah Entertainment Group)
Jacole Kitchen (Agent, KSR)

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Break for off-site dinner, and move to NoHo Arts Center

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


An overall assessment of performance, presence in the room, headshot and resume, material, what that person’s product is, etc. (All participants will be able to audit this session: a limited number will have the opportunity to actually audition and be assessed by the panel.) NOTE: This session will take place at the NoHo Arts Center on Magnolia, just west of Lankershim.

Confirmed Panelists:
Gerry Koch (Senior Agent, The Gage Group)
Richard Israel (Director)
Heather Provost (Broadway Producer)
Thomas Griep (Musical Director)
Evelyn Halus (Performer and Vocal Coach)

Invited Panelists:
Nick DeGruccio (Artistic Director, Havoc Theatre Company)

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Final Schmooze - at NoHo Arts Center

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

40 is the New 15's Run at the NoHo Arts Center has BEGUN!

The newest version of 40 is the New 15 had its WORLD PREMIERE at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood this past weekend, and already has received rave reviews from critics!

Stage Scene LA calls it a "polished gem" with an "absolutely splendid cast that can sing with the best of them", concluding that "L.A. theatergoers in search of that rare entity—an original new musical that works—have one in 40 Is The New 15".

A GLAAD Media Award Nominee and participant of the prestigious ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop, 40 is the New 15 follows the lives of five 40-year-olds who look back to their innocent days in high school, when they all dreamed of becoming successes at 40. Act I is a fun flashback to the '80s, allowing the audience to see the characters' 15-year-old selves (a wannabe neurosurgeon, a teen gymnast phenom, a computer geek, an all-too-All-American baseball fan, and a starry-eyed musical theatre fan), while Act II deals with their older, and more complicated selves going forward.

Michele Spears directs this brand-new world premiere production, with scenery and lights by Kevin Traxler (former producer for Disney). Cast members include Tod Macofsky, Dana Meller, Craig Woolson, Karole Foreman, John Allsopp, Peter Welkin, Gretchen Weiss and Lindsey Mixon.

For the rest of Stage Scene LA's rave review, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes video about building the set, go to: http://www.anmt.org/4015review.asp .

For tickets, please visit: http://www.40isthenew15.com/ !

Trailer for 40 is the New 15 below:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Musical Theatre Boot Camp 2010 - Last Chance to Register!

Next week marks the beginning of our Musical Theatre Boot Camp series! Check out the video below, and register now at http://www.anmt.org/bootcamp.asp !

This year, we have tons of classes, including:

For actors:




For writers:





  • ADAPTATION: the Secrets of Storytelling


For composers:



For producers:



To register, please visit http://www.anmt.org/bootcamp.asp ! If you have any questions, email us at academy@anmt.org.

Monday, June 21, 2010

"For Richer, For Poorer": Four 15-Minute Musicals

It's that time again! Time for our annual "15 Minute Musicals", a highly-anticipated event where the participants of our Core Curriculum get to showcase their work (and the rest of the curious community comes out to see the new talent!).

This season there will be four 15-minute musicals, featuring the same cast of five actors. The writers have been given a theme of “For Richer, For Poorer”, and have cooked up four wildly different approaches to this theme: an outrageous family squabble over a cookie dough recipe; a porn movie with a G-rated director at the helm; Hansel and Gretel all grown up but delusional that the Witch is still out to eat 'em; and three exotic plants singing for their lives.

The four shows presented each evening (June 28 and 29) are:

  • “Dough!”, with book by Sarah Hernandez, music by Clifford J. Tasner, and lyrics by Ron Ovadia.

  • “Shoot Ma!”, with book by Joe Moe, music by Ryan Luevano, and lyrics by Richard Hefner

  • “Witch Is It?”, with book by Maureen Borillo, music by Matthew Levine, and lyrics by Richard Castle

  • “Green Thumb”, with book by Joan Enguita, music by Nancy Gitlin, and lyrics by Joan Enguita and Karrie Vach

Starring: Sonia Alcazar, Patrick Foley, Barry O'Neil, Emily Kimmel Plotkin, and Gabrielle Wagner.

The four musicals are directed by John Sparks, with music direction by Jake Anthony.

Tickets are $25; the performances begin at 7:30pm. For tickets, reservations and more info: www.anmt.org !

Friday, June 18, 2010

38 Days of Musicals This Summer!

This summer from July 16 through August 22nd, the Academy for New Musical Theatre is producing six weeks of new musicals, seven days a week: productions, workshops, concerts, lectures, seminars, two conferences on the business of musical theatre (one for actors, one for writers), as well as offering several dozen courses in the craft of writing or acting or producing musical theatre. Check out the video below for more information! If you want to buy tickets, please visit: http://www.anmt.org/summer2010.asp.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Show this Monday at the Colony Theatre!

The second annual Got Musical! is taking place this Monday, April 19th at the Colony Theatre in Burbank! Got Musical! is a sneak preview of brand-new musicals in development for producers across the country (and lucky audience members), giving an insight into our process for creating new musicals from scratch specifically for producers and theatre companies.

Musicals to be showcased include thirteen new shows currently in development for producers:

Windjammers by Robin Share and Clay Zambo -- songs and stories about shipping on the Great Lakes.

A Midsummersausage Night's Dream by Joanne Koch, Bill Johnson and Larry Todd Johnson - a fanciful retelling of Shakespeare in the land of the Cheeseheads.

Got Milk by Hillary Rollins, Bill Johnson and Kellen Blair -- everyone's favorite all-bovine musical revue.

Those Circus Boys by Charmaine Spencer, Beverly Crain and Aaron Coleman -- the early days of the Ringling Brothers.

Aging Out by Tara Redepenning, Hillary Rollins and Darin Goulet -- What happens to foster care kids when they turn 18 and the System stops taking care of them?

Powder Puff Pilots by Marian Partee, Cindy O'Connor and Noelle Donfeld -- 14 brave female pilots in the 1920's, and their historic flying race.

Black & White Christmas by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson - Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Natalie Wood to the rescue, on Christmas Eve!

Mistletoe, Mistletoe by Eric Dodson and Alan Ross Fleishman -- Poor Aaron, fearing his girlfriend has dumped him, wishes he had the last year to live over. Careful what you wish for!

e-$cape by Scott Guy and Clifford Tasner - a cyberspace thriller.

The Ring by Eric Dodson and Alan Ross Fleishman - Will the high school reunion of some old rivals unearth TRUTH or...CAT FIGHTS?

A Dog's Tale by Carla Porter, Brian Leader and Brad Beaver -- based on Mark Twain's dark dark short story.

Ghost(s) by Kincaid Jones, Brian Woodbury and Noelle Donfeld -- a mistaken communication forces a community theatre troupe to put on a terrrrrible musical adaptation of Ibsen's play, rather than a musical based on the Patrick Swayze movie they thought they were getting.

Stigma Pi by Chris Smith, Jake Anthony and Mitch Glaser -- a musical soap opera filled with horny college girls and the horny college guys who love to love them.

Got Musical! takes place at 7:30pm on Monday, April 19th at the Colony Theatre in Burbank. Tickets are $10. For more information, and to make a reservation, please visit www.anmt.org and click on Got Musical!

It’s sure to be a fun night!

Another Risk-Free Musical This Summer!

Just like last year, we at ANMT are producing a musical for performance in North Hollywood - but this year we're doing it at almost ten times the scale! There will be a live band, a bigger theatre, more elaborate scenery, costumes and lights; and of course the budget is much bigger. Obviously, the stakes are way higher this time around…

Now, you’re probably asking yourself – who in their right mind would produce a brand-new musical in today’s economy? In Los Angeles? In the summer…!? Well, simple answer: someone who saw a 156% return on their dollar last year using the same business plan (aka us!) Now we’re trying to repeat our success.

As our Executive Director Scott Guy says, it’s all about pre-sales. Last year, we reached out to our members, friends, and fan base and requested everyone to buy tickets in advance for the workshop production of 40 is the New 15. Guy insisted that the Academy would not commit to production until pre-sales equaled the entire budget, from opening night to closing night, every single dollar. It took a massive email and telephone campaign, but we did it: we raised the entire budget by selling tickets in advance...and so, we were able to produce 100% risk-free, and the show went on to become a big summer hit. It’s received a lot of attention, even garnering a 2010 GLAAD Media Award nomination, and being selected by Stephen Schwartz for the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop at the Disney Studios in February.

This larger production of 40 is the New 15 is scheduled to open on July 16th and run through August 22nd at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. A show described by critics as “a diamond in the rough” and “sweetly entertaining”, it follows the lives of five 40-year-olds looking back to when they were 15 looking forward to being 40.

We’re looking for $15,000 in pre-sales by April 15th (with the option of exchanging tickets for different dates, in case your schedule changes!). If you want to be part of musical history by supporting a brand new musical, visit our website www.anmt.org for reservations and additional information.

Monday, February 8, 2010

"Now And Then A Hero" Launches Dark Night Series

Now for the first time, a new Dark Night Series of musicals "not quite ready for the limelight" will launch on one Wednesday evening a month at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood. Starting Wednesday, Feburary 10, it will be a unique opportunity for audience members to snag a privileged glimpse into some brand-new musicals before producers even take a look- before costumes, before lights, and even before rewrites.

The first musical in the series will be "Now and Then a Hero" by Larry Todd Johnson and Jake Anthony. This musical includes a series of short musical-monologues and scenes based on the thousands of interviews WPA conducted from 1939 to 1944 documenting the memories of ordinary Americans, many of which had actually accomplished extraordinary or "heroic" deeds in their time. Each one of these musical-monologues is paired with a second musical-monologue inspired by the parallel life of a modern American, taken from contemporary headlines. The two parallel characters are linked primarily by their profession, and by some perceived act of heroism, however big or small. This musical explores essential questions about the definition of heroism, its transformation from the early 20th century to the present, and the potential for heroism in all of us.

The cast for the upcoming reading of "Now and Then a Hero" features Jimmer Bolden, Jennifer Chu, Elise Dewsberry, David Holmes, and Selah Victor.

It will take place on Wednesday, February 10th at 8:30pm at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood. Admission is $10. For more info and to make a reservation, visit ANMT's website at anmt.org.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

2009 Search for New Musicals winner Greenbrier Ghost in ANMT's Concert Reading Series at The Colony Theatre

The winner of the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s 2009 Search for New Musicals, Greenbrier Ghost will be presented at the Colony Theatre in Burbank as the second installment of ANMT's 2009/2010 Concert Reading Series.

Based on actual events, Greenbrier Ghost is believed to be the only case in America in which a murderer was convicted based on testimony from a ghost.

With book by Susan Murray and music & lyrics by Clay Zambo, Greenbrier Ghost will be directed by Douglas Clayton with musical direction by Ed Martel and will feature members of ANMT's Academy Repertory Company.

Greenbrier Ghost will be performed in concert at the Colony Theater, 555 N. 3rd Street in Burbank on Monday evening February 22nd at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.00 or online via the ANMT website at www.anmt.org.

Gordon Firemark Elected President of ANMT

Gordon Firemark has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Board of Directors of the Academy for New Musical Theatre in North Hollywood.

Firemark has been serving on the Board for the past two years, with an eye towards becoming President this year. He has been spurring the Board and the staff to create strategic plans, and revenue-generating programming, and most recently has been preparing the organization for its imminent transformation from an organization which develops musicals to one which also produces them.

"I’m very proud to step into the presidency in this time of growth," says Firemark. "This is a non-profit organization with which I’ve been involved for a number of years I hope you’ll investigate ANMT if you’re writing, developing or producing a theatre project."

Gordon is an entertainment attorney and a producer. He helped the Academy produce the new musical 40 is the New 15 at the Secret Rose Theatre last summer, leading the production to a 157% profit in just six weeks.

Firemark's private law practice is devoted to the representation of artists, writers, producers and directors in the fields of theater, film, television, and music. He is also the publisher of Entertainment Law Update., a newsletter for artists and professionals in the entertainment industries. His practice also includes intellectual property, cyberspace, new media and business/corporate matters for clients in the entertainment industry.

"We've been talking about this moment for a couple of years," says Scott Guy, The Academy's Executive Director. "When Gordon and I had our first discussion back in 2005 about various business models which might be useful to our writers and producers, I thought, 'This guy might make a good President one day!' We've been steadily marching towards this moment ever since. I'm very excited about the leadership which Gordon brings to us. We're already talking about big, big dreams and plans."

In the past, Mr. Firemark has served on the Boards of Governors of The Los Angeles Stage Alliance , (the organization responsible for the annual Ovation Awards for excellence in Theater) and the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association , where he served as liaison to the Association’s Entertainment Law Section (of which he is a former chairman).

Mr. Firemark holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Oregon, and earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law. Before opening The Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark, Mr. Firemark was a partner with the Business Affairs Group, a boutique entertainment law firm in Los Angeles. He has also worked in the legal and business affairs departments at Hanna Barbera Productions and the MGM/UA Worldwide Television Group, and started his legal career as an associate at Neville L. Johnson & Associates, a West L.A. firm specializing in entertainment litigation.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The Academy for New Musical Theatre is proud to announce that 40 is the New 15, a new musical by Larry Todd Johnson and Cindy O’Connor, has received a 2010 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre.
Nominations for the awards were announced in Los Angeles at a press conference and on the GLAAD website.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

40 is the New 15 explores five characters who are turning 40, and looks back on their lives when they met as high-school freshman at 15. Two of these characters, K.P. (Tod Macofsky) and Robby (Ed Martin) face coming-of-age sexuality issues at 15 that shape their view of the world for the rest of their lives. The ups-and-downs of Robby and K.P.’s relationship is the heart and soul of 40 is the New 15.

40 is the New 15 recently completed a successful developmental run at the Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood, produced by the Academy for New Musical Theatre. The production enjoyed sold-out houses throughout its run. There were raves about the "tuneful, clever songs, (and) engrossing storyline,” and critics called it "a diamond in the rough," "sweetly entertaining," and “something to sing about."

"We are proud that this success has come to a new musical that was born in our Full Length Curriculum program and nurtured with a spot in our Concert Reading Series," says ANMT Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry. "40 is the New 15 was a natural to be our first developmental production, and we congratulate Larry and Cindy for having their work honored with a GLAAD Media Award nomination."

For a full list of GLAAD Media Award nominations, visit GLAAD.org at: