MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh--brings together a group of local and regional artists working in a wide range of musical theatre expression, from solo cabaret to full-length narrative musical theatre. The group exists not only to support the development of work members bring in, but also to be an incubator where new works of musical theatre come into being and are nurtured.
MTAP meets monthly between September and May for networking, collaborations, new work development and presentations of work in progress. We are seeking aspiring or established composers, lyricists, librettists, playwrights, performers, professionals, producers and anyone interested in new musical development.To receive regular emails from MTAP about meetings, special events, and opportunities, send an email to email@example.com.
ARE YOU A MUSICAL THEATRE ARTIST WORKING IN THE PITTSBURGH REGION?
Check out the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator page HERE and consider applying for an Incubator workshop!
HOT METAL MUSICALS A HUGE HIT!
The Cabaret Theater at Theater Square was filled nearly to overflowing for MTAP's inaugural Hot Metal Musicals on March 2. Singers Natalie Hatcher, Lisa Ann Goldsmith, Missy Moreno, Eva Rainforth, Leon Zionts, Eric James Davidson, and Justin Lonesome, accompanied by Douglas Levine and directed by Steve Cuden, delighted the house with a well-crafted tour through fourteen musicals-in-the-works and a spattering of stand-alone songs by David Michael King (" We Could Easily Fall in Love"), Nanette Midgley ("In Your Arms"), Laurie Klatscher ("Kiss the Cook"), and Laura Lind ("Back To the 'Burgh"). You can learn more about the fourteen new shows and the creative teams behind them HERE.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was well represented at the show. Theatre critic Sharon Eberson says that MTAP "is putting the seeds of the musicals of the future on the map at home," and calls the show "_an over-too-soon 90-minute program that left me hungry for more." You can read her entire piece HERE.
MTAP is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of MTAP must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Click here to SUPPORT MTAP.
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Next Meeting: Sunday, November 13, 1 p.m.
Additional fall meeting dates:
From September to May, we meet at the Wightman School Community Building, room 305, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Newcomers are always welcome. Feel free to bring music, scenes--whatever you're working on. Or just come meet members and see what MTAP does.
October meeting update:
Stephanie brought us up to date on scheduled events for 2017. The next Incubator reading (of The Storm) will take place on Sunday, January 15, and the second edition of Hot Metal Musicals will happen on June 5. We'll be looking for songs to be considered for Hot Metal Musicals around the end of 2016, so watch for that announcement. She also reminded the group about paying dues if they can. (See below for how to pay dues.)
Presentations began with Chuck Sperry's Every Beating Heart. He brought us "Tell Me Something Bad" and "Somewhere In Love," and got some useful comments on the lyrics to the first and what amounted to rave reviews on the second. Then Joe Warik, along with Chuck who composed the music and Leon Zionts who sang, brought us a revision of "Dying Is Easy" from A Show Boat to China. The group made further suggestions and agreed that the song is coming along well. After a short break, Colette Silvestri, who was attending a meeting for the first time, sang "Old Romance" accompanied by Laura Daniels. "Old Romance" is from Colette's musical Zelda, which several years ago was presented at the New York Music Theater Festival. Frank Gagliano made the final presentation of "A Ticket Out" and "Head Waltz" from From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology, along with one other song which everyone agreed might be cut. Frank is getting ready for a reading of the show, a musical review, in early 2017, to be directed by Melissa Martin and music-directed by member Douglas Levine.
With the new season starting up, everyone is asked to think about 2016-17 dues. Meetings are always open to all but dues help to keep MTAP's programs going. So do donations, so if you'd like to make a donation apart from dues, see SUPPORT MTAP in the column to the left.
How to pay dues: Core membership is $25. Cash or checks can be given to Stephanie at meetings or pay online (a small service fee will be tacked on) by clicking HERE. You can also mail a check to MTAP:
c/o Stephanie Riso,
130 7th Street, Apt. 9A
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
DOUGLAS LEVINE is music-directing The Fantasticks at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, running through October 30.
DAVID BERLIN's CD release Spirits of War is now available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/davidberlin . The collection features music focused on mythological war deities from around the world.
LAURIE KLATSCHER can be seen in the first season of Outsiders, the new cable drama for WGN America. Now renewed for a second season. More info HERE.
JEANNE DRENNAN's play Get out of Dodge will be produced Nov. 3-20 at the Venice Theatre in Venice, FL.
Me, Myself and Others
A work-in progress by MTAP member Eva Rainforth
We had a very full house for this August 29 Incubator reading. Congratulations to Eva who shared this incomplete work with the public. Eva, Beth Bush and Zanna Fredland brought us the three Brewer sisters, reflecting (or agonizing) in song about the turns their lives have taken, or not. We can't wait to see how it all turns out.
MTAP's Incubator readings are presented with the support of the Small Arts Initiative of the Heinz Endowments and with the cooperation and support of the Pittsburgh CLO and its Academy. We invite you to learn more about MTAP's Incubator readings HERE.
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Landmark Theater (aka Altria Theater) under renovation used by permission from Wilson Butler Architects and the photographer.