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 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.
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, December 13, 1 p.m. Wightman School Community Building, room 305
Check back for the calendar of winter/spring meetings, coming soon!
FANTASTIC NEWS FOR TWO HOT METAL MUSICALS CONTRIBUTORS!
After hearing the song "Maybe One Day" by Jonathan Spivey and Andy Nagraj, producers from the Strand Theater in Zelienople contacted the authors about their interest in the show it came from, Murphy's Law. We've recently received word that the show will be produced at the Strand May 13-15, 2016, as part of the theater's "Broadway on Main" season. You can learn a little more about Murphy's Law and about the other shows represented in the showcase at Hot Metal Musicals.
Dominating the first half of the meeting was lively discussion of the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator reading of Kitty that had taken place just one day short of a week earlier. A number of members present had been at the SRO event, which starred executive director Stephanie Riso in the title role. Our own James Rushin was music director and Mark Fleischer, continuing an informal collaboration between MTAP and the CLO, directed. Sandra Lowell, composer/lyricist for Kitty, could not be at Sunday's meeting, but bookwriter John Keating provided a good analysis of their joint takeaway in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the piece. Rewrites have already begun. Stephanie, who played a major role in assembling the cast, heard numerous comments about its strength and commented on the value in providing opportunities for new and upcoming talent through such readings.
There was general agreement that the reading of Kitty was a great debut for the Incubator. Jeanne and Stephanie had hoped to have application guidelines for the three 2016 slots available at the meeting. They're not yet ready but will be emailed to the MTAP list within a few weeks.
After a short break, we heard presentations from Chuck Sperry, who brought us the title song and one other from his Every Beating Heart, which at the moment Chuck is conceiving as a film. Then Carla Bianco presented "Rihala" from her Give Voice project, already in EP giving voice to those whose voices have been either stilled or marginalized.
Note: The video from HOT METAL MUSICALS is up on Vimeo. Stephanie has notified the artists involved on how to access it. If you've lost track of the procedure, contact Stephanie at email@example.com.
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,
211 Questend Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
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.
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. His collaborative work with poet Rosaly Roffman and choreographer Holly Boda-Sutton, Love as a Way in the Universe, is scheduled for February 5 and 6, 2016, in Zinc Hall at IUP in Indiana, PA.
LAURIE KLATSCHER is busy working in the first season of Outsiders, the new cable drama for WGN America. Outsiders is being filmed in various locations in western PA, which serves as a stand-in for the show's actual setting in eastern KY. Then Laurie goes on to rehearsals for Quantum Theatre's second production of the season, Chickens in the Yard, from the Hatch Collective. The show runs November 20 to December 6.
FRANK GAGLIANO sends word that his The Total Immersion of Madeleine Favorini will have a reading at New Dramatists (NYC) on April 12, 2016. Frank is a New Dramatists alumnus.
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Landmark Theater (aka Altria Theater) under renovation used by permission from Wilson Butler Architects and the photographer.