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May 30, 2012, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm PT

Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles

NAMT headed to sunny California for the 2012 New Works Summit, hosted by Center Theatre Group! At the Summit, NAMT members and Festival alumni gathered to discuss developing new musicals in southern California and saw Los Otros (National Fund for New Musicals 11-12) by Michael John LaChuisa and Ellen Fitzhugh (Paper Moon, Festival 1995) at the Mark Taper Forum.

New Works Summits provide a great chance for us to gather to see some great shows and discuss models and new trends in developing new musicals. Attendees have the chance to see the shows with your colleagues in attendance which make the exchange of ideas easily accessible with all of us in the same room.

Organizations and Shows represented at the Summit:

(italics=shows, bold=NAMT Members)

Academy for New Musical Theatre (CA)
Amas Musical Theatre
Big Red Sun
Cabrillo Musical Theatre
Center Theatre Group
Dallas Theater Center
Dangerous Beauty
Disney Imagineering
Diversionary Theatre
East of Doheny (CA)
Festival of New American Musicals
La Jolla Playhouse (CA)
Los Angeles Rock Opera Company
The Old Globe (CA)
San Diego REPertory Theatre
Warner Bros.
WetRock Entertainment
and many more to come…


11:00 am Check-in
at Center Theatre Group
11:30 am Meet the team behind Los Otros

The day will kick-off with a discussion with the creative team of Los Otroswho will discuss creating the show and the development process while still in previews at Center Theatre Group. A rare glimpse into the show we attend later that night.

Panelists: Michael John LaChiusa (Music), Ellen Fitzhugh (Book & Lyrics), Graciela Daniele(Director) and more TBA

12:45 pm Lunch and a Show

A working lunch at Center Theatre Group that will include presentations of some of the new musicals in development at the Academy for New Musical Theatre in North Hollywood.

Lunch is sponsored by Center Theatre Group

2:00 pm New Musicals at Center Theatre Group

The artistic and producing team from Center Theatre Group will introduce us to the multi-tiered approach they take to developing new musicals from their writers’ group to readings to full productions.

Panelists: Kelley Kirkpatrick (Associate Artistic Director), Pier Carlo Talenti (Literary Manager) and more TBA

3:15 pm Inside the Academy of New Musical Theatre

The staff of ANMT will introduce us to their training programs for musical theatre writers and their new musical development programs in the Los Angeles area and for theatres across the country.

Panelists: Elise Dewsberry (Artistic Director),Scott Guy (Executive Director), Hillary Rollins(writer), Michael Shepperd (former Artistic Director of the Celebration Theatre), and Jeff Marx (writer of Avenue Q)

4:15 pm Developing New Musicals in San Diego

Center Theatre Group and Academy for New Musical Theatre aren’t the only organizations busily working away at creating new musicals in southern California. NAMT Members from San Diego will join us to talk about the challenges and opportunities they find producing new musicals just north of the border.

Panelists: John Alexander (Diversionary Theatre), Dana Harrell (La Jolla Playhouse) and Eric Louie (The Old Globe)

5:30 pm Wine and Cheese Reception
at Center Theatre Group
Sponsored by Broadway/L.A.
6:30 pm Dinner on your own in Los Angeles (recommendations from CTG)
8:00 pm
world premiere production
at the Mark Taper Forum, Center Theatre Group
National Fund for New Musicals Project Development
Grant Recipient 

Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Book & Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh (NAMT Fest ’95-Paper Moon)
Directed by Graciela Daniele
Music Direction by Chris Fenwick

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