In Los Angeles every year is the inspiring 15-minute musicals developed at New Musicals IncThere are seven musicals this year, having their world premiere on June 29, 30, and July 1 at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. These musicals are a decades-long tradition at the NMI’s Academy for New Musical Theatre.
The 15 Minute Musical Project concludes each season of the Academy’s world-famous Core Curriculum of the writers’ workshop, which has been in existence for over 40 years.
For the final project of the curriculum, composers, lyricists and bookwriters are put together on writing teams and are given eight short weeks to write, revise and polish a brand-new musical written for actors whom they’ve never met before.
This year’s theme is “Forks in the Road”, so each musical is about a life-changing moment.
“It’s an amazing experience,” says ” Scott Guy, one of evening’s directors. “All seven of this season’s musicals explores a different outlook on life and how people experience it. It’s a wonderful, wild-ride of an evening of musical theatre enjoyment.”
The creative team of director Scott Guy, music director Ron Barnett, stage manager Rita Cannon, and actors Conchita Belisle-Newman, David Crane, Shannon Martinous, and Louis Silvers will present the following three 15-minute musicals:
End of the Line (book by Howard Ho, music by Kristen Rea, and lyrics by Chris Edgar) Can I Help You Out? (book by Weston Scott, music by Laura Wardrip, and lyrics by David Rackoff) Fork You! (book by Lucy Wang, music by Molly Siskin, and lyrics by Shawn Ryan)
The creative team of director John Coppola, music director Ross Kalling, stage manager Angel Hernandez, and actors Melvin Biteng, J. Bailey Burcham, Elise Dewsberry, and Emma Sperka will present the following four 15-minute musicals:
Queen Hamembshaput Says What? (book by Danielle Roderick, music by Sahara S. Spain, and lyrics by Mitch Glaser) Margot’s Blessing (book and lyrics by Lori Ada Jaroslow, and music by Morgan Hollingsworth) Have A Nice Trip (book by Dan Margules, music by Raphael Nemes, and lyrics by Marissa Kochanski) Half Off (book by Rich Cook, music and lyrics by Jeff King)
You can see all seven musicals on either Monday, June 29, Tuesday, June 30, or Wednesday, July 1. The Lonny Chapman Theatre is at 10900 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.nmi.org. We hope to see you there!