2013 Events

Madam Walker And The Divine Dream

Madam Walker And The Divine Dream

Book & Lyrics by Steve Mackes; Music by Joseph Vernon Banks

On the eve of their 1921 company convention, the associates of America’s first black millionaire businesswoman gather to pay tribute to their deceased leader. As they re-enact the supposed divine dream that led to Madam Walker’s miracle hair formula, it… [read more]

Free Developmental Reading

Marry Harry

Marry Harry

Book by Jennifer Robbins, Music by Dan Martin, Lyrics by Michael Biello

Chef Harry wants to leave his family’s failing restaurant but doesn’t want to break his dad’s heart. Sparks fly when the landlord’s daughter, Sherri, sees in Harry the potential man of her dreams -- but then things start moving much too fast. Can Harry… [read more]

Full Production

Mata Hari in 8 Bullets

Mata Hari in 8 Bullets

Book & Music By David Rhymer, Lyrics by Blake Brooker and David Rhymer

Award-winning chanteuse Onalea Gilbertson conjures a fever dream into the heart, mind and soul of Mata Hari – erotic dancer, courtesan, and international superstar. Imprisoned by the French on charges of espionage during World War I, Mata Hari went from… [read more]

Full Production

Mint

Mint'd

In the middle of the summer heat, Mint’d is a two-part concert series comprised of fresh music by emerging composers united in New York City. [read more]

Concert

Mother Divine

Mother Divine

Book & Lyrics by Laurel Klinger Vartabedian, Music by Bill Evans

Mother Divine has a problem: she’s just passed away and her husband, Harlem evangelist Father Divine, has already found her younger “reincarnation.” With a little help from bumbling tax man Lester Stufflebean, Mother Divine is dead set on proving it’s… [read more]

Full Production

Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life

Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life

Book & Lyrics by Amity Dry, Music by Mark Simeon Ferguson and Amity Dry

An hilarious and heartwarming look at the juggle of doing it all. Join four best friends as they discover marriage is nothing like the movies, motherhood can push you to your limits and no one makes you laugh like your girlfriends do. Set to a rousing pop… [read more]

Full Production

Musical Songwriting Workshop

Musical Songwriting Workshop

Anna K. Jacobs (POP!; Harmony, Kansas) leads this weeklong introductory workshop on writing songs for musical theater, open to individual composers and lyricists (who will be paired) as well as pre-existing songwriting teams. Participants will develop… [read more]

Educational Workshops

Musicals on Television

Musicals on Television

As part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Paley Center pays tribute to Broadway composer and lyricist Richard Adler (who died last year at the age of 90), and screens a television special from 1968—Kiss Me, Kate with Robert Goulet—and the 1955… [read more]

Partner Events

Natalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush

Natalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush

By Natalie Joy Johnson, John Hill and Brian J. Nash

Famed international superstar Natalie Joy Johnson exposes the world premiere of her latest piece: Full Bush. Having appeared on Broadway and stages across the globe, Natalie has teamed up with longtime collaborators John Hill and Brian J. Nash for the next… [read more]

Limited Run

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Brielle

After the mysterious death of a sideshow mind reader, a Depression-era con man finds himself the carnival’s new star attraction and falls in love with its sexiest starlet, “the electrocution girl.” Fueled by an inflated belief in his powers, they leave to… [read more]

Staged Reading

Perfect Mothers

Perfect Mothers

Book by Pam Lobley, Music and Lyrics by Tina deVaron

When a town’s Most Beloved First-Grade Teacher is replaced by biker-chick Miss Grace, four concerned mothers go on the warpath. Their desire to make everything right for their children quickly makes everything go wrong. Can they find the line between… [read more]

Free Developmental Reading

Prospect

Prospect's Summer Intensive Showcase

By Kristin Bair & Kevin Hammonds, EllaRose Chary & Sooyeon Lee, Laura Kleinbaum & Max Mamon, John Herin & Frederick Alden Terry and Peter Mills

An original musical revue starring the talented teens from Prospect Theater Company’s Summer Intensive Training Program, this showcase features an array of brand-new songs by some of New York’s most exciting emerging writers as well as student-generated… [read more]

Limited Run

Riley Thomas: Looking Forward

Riley Thomas: Looking Forward

After a sold-out award-winning run of his musical Stuck at NYMF 2012, writer/composer Riley Thomas looks to the future with snapshots of four new works-in-progress, ranging from gritty black box pieces to full-scale Broadway style shows. Come be a part of… [read more]

Concert

Rose Petals

Rose Petals

Book & Lyrics by Sarah Rebell, Music by Elizabeth Hagstedt

When spunky debutant Maude becomes pregnant, her mother will go to any lengths to maintain the family’s precarious place in the society of Gilded Age New York. Will the ensuing scandals, schemes, and slander tear the family apart? [read more]

Free Developmental Reading

Sasquatched! The Musical

Sasquatched! The Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics by Phil Darg

Arthur the Sasquatch is an intelligent, gentle, loquacious, and dignified creature. When he becomes lost in Columbia National Park, he is befriended by young Sam. Together, they encounter quirky locals and elude a ruthless TV crew investigating “Bigfoot” –… [read more]

Full Production

Searching for Romeo

Searching for Romeo

Book, Music & Lyrics by Brian Sutton

After her high school boyfriend dumps her, modern-day Roz somehow finds herself in fair Shakespearian Verona, as Romeo's girlfriend Rosaline. She wanders into the balcony scene only to learn that she's been dumped again, before falling for another "loser"… [read more]

Free Developmental Reading

Song Moments: Daniel Maté in Concert

Song Moments: Daniel Maté in Concert

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Maté

Some moments in life are too intense, awkward, or outlandish for words — they deserve music, too. Acclaimed composer-lyricist Daniel Maté, winner of the 2013 Kleban Prize, transforms them into theatre tunes. Join Daniel and an amazing line-up of performers… [read more]

Concert

Songs For A More Funnier World

Songs For A More Funnier World

Book, Music, Lyrics by Stuart McMeans; Additional music by Paul Castrataro, Ben Green, William TN Hall & Michael Kooman

Four singers wake up to find themselves in yet another serious song-cycle. They decide to make it their comedic bitch. Songs For a More Funnier World is the hilarious foil to those angsty “song cycles,” with a score and lyrics to rival them all. [read more]

Limited Run

Standby

Standby

Concept by Alfred Solis, Book & Lyrics by Mark-Eugene Garcia & Alfred Solis, Music by Amy Baer & Keith Robinson

Five strangers meet in an airport standby line and must decide among themselves who deserves to get on the next flight. They soon realize that this is no ordinary airport and their meeting is by no means a coincidence. With a pop-rock score, this musical… [read more]

Full Production