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 email@example.com.
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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Next meeting: Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m., Wightman School Community Building, room 305
Remaining Winter/Spring dates
May 17, 2015
April update: The best strategies for following up on the success of HOT METAL MUSICALS dominated the discussion. If we repeat the showcase in successive years, how can it be kept fresh and new? Many ideas were put forward but consensus leaned toward presenting bigger pieces of fewer shows. Depending on the shows on offer, excerpts could range from 15 or 20 minutes to an entire act or even an entire show, still on book and minimally staged. To help shows get the development needed, it was also agreed to continue meeting through what's traditionally been the summer break for workshops of individual shows. Members will have to take an active role in organizing their own workshops, although with support from staff. The idea would be to present a whole show or whole act--whatever the creators need and choose--to members and invited guests, with time for an in-depth discussion after the presentation. Members volunteered for June (Ramona Fischer with Piano Bar) and July (Jeanne Drennan and David Berlin with Dear Boy). Dates. time and place to be announced. August remains open at the moment so send an email if you'd like to take the slot.
The video from HOT METAL MUSICALS is up on Vimeo. Stephanie will be sending out word on how to access it and what restrictions apply to its use.
Jeanne Drennan presented "Can It Be" from Juiced!, with Stephanie Riso singing. And Laura Daniels presented a song, still untitled and not part of a show--at least not yet. Useful discussion followed both presentations. Thanks to Jill Keating for providing additional refreshments.
Anyone still looking to pay dues can send a check for $25, made payable to MTAP,
c/o Stephanie Riso,
211 Questend Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
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.
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.
GIL BIGENHO's chamber group, The Bay Chamber Players, will be presenting their "Spring Zing" concert on Sunday, May 3, 1 pm. at the Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, 5001 Baptist Road in Baldwin. Works by Beethoven, Mozart, Cole Porter and others.
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.