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Be A Part Of It: New Work, New Work

October 6 - 8, 2006

New York City, NY Doubletree Times Square Hotel

This Conference focused on all aspects of developing and producing new musicals – it was an inside look at recent and future shows!

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

  • “Kick-Off Cocktail Party” at SARDI’S
  • Full Group “30-Second Success Stories” session
  • Keynote speaker BOB MARTIN (Tony Award-winning author and star of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE)
  • “Producing New Work: What You Need To Know” session
  • Saturday Lunch at Center Stage Café
  • “Where Are They Now?: Catching Up With Past Festival Shows” session
  • “From NAMT’s Festival to Broadway” panel on the development of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
  • “Joint Ventures: Are Co-Productions For You?” session
  • New Musicals Festivals panel
  • 2006 Festival Committee session with discussion of the selection process and 8 shows which made it into the Top 20 but not the Festival
  • “Meet the Writers” panel

Agenda

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
5:30PM-7:30PM Kick-Off Cocktail Party
Sponsored by East of Doheny
Sardi’s
234 West 44th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues
Catch up with your colleagues and meet new ones at the famed Times Square restaurant, just steps away from the Broadway theatres.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
8AM-9AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Dallas Summer Musicals
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
8AM-8:30AM Conference Introduction Session
Times Square Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Anyone interested in finding out more about how to make use of the NAMT Fall Conference 2006 is invited to this informative session. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with other members before the Conference gets underway. New NAMT members are especially encouraged to attend.
9AM-9:15AM Welcome Remarks
John Breckenridge, President
Kathy Evans, Executive Director
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
9:15AM-10:15AM “30-Second Success Stories”
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
In this energetic, fast-faced, and fun full-group session, each organization has 30 seconds to introduce themselves and other staff members in attendance, and to announce any particular successes from the past season or exciting upcoming projects.
10:15AM-10:45AM Coffee Break
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Catch up with your colleagues and meet new NAMT members over coffee.
10:45AM-11:30AM Keynote Speaker
Bob Martin, Tony Award-winning author and star of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (NAMT Festival 2004)
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Hear from Bob Martin, funnyman and Alumni Festival Writer, about his perspective on the state of new musicals from the Broadway stage where THE DROWSY CHAPERONE has become a hit!
11:30AM-12:30PM “Producing New Work: What You Need To Know”
Moderated by Steven Peterson (Maine State Music Theatre)
With Don Frantz (Town Square Productions), Sue Frost (Junkyard Dog Productions), Freddie Gershon (MTI), David Kirshenbaum (Summer of ’42Party Come Here), Barry Kleinbort (Was), Kevin Moore (The Human Race Theatre Company), and Kent Nicholson (TheatreWorks)
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
A discussion of the pros and cons of different scenarios in which new work can be brought to the stage. Producers will speak about their experiences, good and bad, and writers also will be in attendance to offer their perspectives on the topic.
12:30PM-12:45PM TheaterMania Sponsorship Presentation
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
1PM-2:15PM Lunch
Sponsored by The Marriott Theatre
Center Stage Café
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
2:30PM-3:30PM “Where Are They Now?: Catching Up With Past Festival Shows”
Moderated by Lester Malizia (Seaside Music Theater)
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
We’ll get an update on past Festival shows DUCKS AND LOVERS, LIBERTY SMITH, THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE, THE GIRL IN THE FRAME, and FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.
3:30PM-4:30PM “From NAMT’s Festival to Broadway: THE DROWSY CHAPERONE”
Moderated by Rick Boynton (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)
With Lisa Lambert, Roy Miller, and Greg Morrison
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Get an inside look at the Tony Award-winning musical’s journey from the NAMT Festival of New Musicals to Broadway.
4:30PM-6PM Conference Space available for informal chatting and meetings
Hudson Room & Times Square Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel

You are invited to take part in 3 informal roundtables (see below), OR you may want to use the Conference space for your own informal meeting.
Planned informal roundtables:

  • NAMT member CJ Entertainment’s (Korea) extensive film library. Representatives will be there to discuss the film properties they have available for possible musical stage versions.
  • The “Developers Consortium” of NAMT members meets (led by John Sparks).
  • Chris Grady of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. will be leading on conversation on MTM:UK (Musical Theatre Matters), a new UK-based musical theatre producers organization focused on producing and developing new musicals.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
11AM-12PM “Joint Ventures: Are Co-Productions For You?”
Moderated by Marsha Brooks (Brooks & Distler, Attorneys at Law)
With John Breckenridge (Theatre Under The Stars), Richard Lewis (California Musical Theatre), Nick Manos (Theater of the Stars), Michael Miller (American Musical Theatre of San Jose), and Martin Wiviott (Broadway/L.A.).
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Co-productions are one way to get new works produced. Hear from collaborating producers and organizations about the keys to having a successful relationship as you work together to raise the curtain on an exciting new musical.
12PM-1PM “Festival Heat: Case Studies of New Work Advanced By Festivals”
Moderated by Daniella Topol (Lark Play Development Center)
With Rick Boynton (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Robb Hunt (Village Theatre), Jon Kimbell (North Shore Music Theatre), John Sparks (Theatre Building Chicago/Academy for New Musical Theatre), and writer Peter Ullian (Flight of the Lawnchair Man)
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Producers and festival organizers discuss shows that have been launched and developed by new musicals festivals.
1PM-1:45PM Coffee and Snacks Break
Sponsored by The MUNY
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
Take a break to chat with new friends and old.
1:45PM-2:45PM “Beyond the Festival: Additional Submitted Shows That You Should Know”
Moderated by Festival Committee Co-Chairs Sean Cercone (Carousel Dinner Theatre) and Kent Nicholson (TheatreWorks)
Participating Festival Committee Members: Bill Berry (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Brett Bernardini (The Spirit of Broadway Theater), Rick Boynton (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Keith Cromwell (Summerfest Musical Theatre), Elise Dewsberry (Academy for New Musical Theatre), Nancy Gibbs (321 Theatrical Management), Lester Malizia (Seaside Music Theater), Greg Schaffert (321 Theatrical Management), and Jayson Raitt (National Alliance for Musical Theatre).
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
The NAMT 2006 Festival of New Musicals selection committee describes the selection process and also lets you know about 8 shows not in the Festival that made it to the “Final 20”. These shows are worthy of your consideration for future production.
3PM-4:30PM Meet the Writers Panel
Moderated by Sean Cercone (Carousel Dinner Theatre) and Kent Nicholson (TheatreWorks)
Hudson Room
Doubletree Times Square Hotel
“Meet the Writers” of the eight NAMT 2006 Festival of New Musicals shows. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the creative minds and personalities behind the Festival shows, and also the backstories and inspirations behind the shows themselves.
4:30PM CONFERENCE ENDS
5PM FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS REGISTRATION BEGINS
New World StagesClick here to read about the Festival.
6PM FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS BEGINS
New World Stages

Click here to read about the 18th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
10AM-5:45PM FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
New World Stages
PLEASE NOTE: The 18th Annual Festival of New Musicals requires a separate registration form. Click here to read about the Festival.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
9AM-11AM NEXT STEPS DISCUSSION FOR FESTIVAL SHOWS AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (NAMT Members Only)
Sponsored by Ripley-Grier Studios
Ripley-Grier Studios, 16th Floor
Studio 16Q
520 Eighth Avenue between 36th & 37th Streets