MTAP--Musical Theatre 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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March update: There was a lot of discussion of HOT METAL MUSICALS--the full house, the wonderful performers, the receptive audience, and the terrific response we got from the producers and presenters in the room. Stephanie reported on requests for further materials regarding a number of shows, so the inaugural showcase is clearly having its desired result of both putting MTAP on the region's theatrical/musical radar and generating interest in members' work. Steve Cuden played us a bit of the video of the event, with the sound having been captured through a direct feed from the microphones. This video and individual audio, song by song, will ultimately be available to members/contributing artists.
Presenting artists were Ramona Fischer, who was at MTAP for the first time and performed a bit of her show Piano Bar: An Interactive Musical Experience; Faye Miller, who talked us through her outline for Foster Care: The Musical; and Chuck Sperry, who played us Jesus's final song from Lazarus, currently titled "Remember My Love," although Chuck got a few comments about whether that was, after all, the best title for the wonderful song he'd played.
To promote HOT METAL MUSICALS, three members appeared on KDKA's Morning Show February 27, presenting a song by a fourth member. STEVE CUDEN talked about the upcoming showcase, and STEPHANIE RISO sang JOE DOMENCIC'S title song "The Next Galileo," accompanied by DOUGLAS LEVINE. You can watch the segment HERE.
JOSEPH DOMENCIC's The Next Galileo, has begun its tour of middle schools in the region as part of the CLO's Gallery of Heroes program. The title song is to be included in Hot Metal Musicals. The CLO is promoting the show with a YouTube link you'll find HERE. Want to book the show for your school? Get more information HERE.
LAURIE KLATSCHER will be seen in Tony McKay's new play, Endless Lawns, March 26 to April 12 at the Playhouse REP in Oakland. Gregory Lehane will direct.
STEVE CUDEN scored a great interview in the blog Pimera Fila: La revista de cine y teatro hecha desde dentro, but don't worry--the interview's in English, not Spanish. You can read it HERE.
DOUGLAS LEVINE will receive the world premiere of his chamber opera Mercy Train (with librettist Julie Tosh) June 19-21 at the New Hazlett Theatre. Produced by the Microscopic Opera Company and directed by long-time MTAP member Kellee Van Aken, Mercy Train is a family friendly one-act opera that propels two exciting train rides towards a surprise ending, connecting the present to a little known piece of American history.
Get more details HERE.
DAVID BERLIN anticipates a CD release soon of Spirits of War,
with music focused on mythological war deities from around the world. In the more distant future, his collaborative work with poet Rosaly Roffman and choreographer Holly Boda-Sutton, Love as a Way in the Universe, is set for production in early 2016.