Next, we chatted with Whitney Rhodes, the Artistic Director at NAMT member Underscore Theatre Company. In addition to an upcoming world premiere production of Notes & Letters by Annabelle Revak, the company is also producing the 6th Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival next month.
New musicals are the key focus of Underscore Theatre Company’s mission; tell us a little more about that mission, and what opportunities are offered to writers and composers through Underscore’s programs.
Underscore is committed to the development of new musicals and supporting writers in their process of realizing their show from the very beginning stages to an early production. Our programming includes developmental readings and workshops; Writer’s Nights, in which writers gather to share new material and gain feedback from one another in a safe and communal environment; our Tiny Store Front Concert Series which offers themed concerts featuring new musical theater music as an opportunity for additional artist exposure; and of course our annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival and two mainstage productions that bookend our seasons.