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. Through monthly meetings, the group supports the development of new work, serving as 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?
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
MTAP is looking for submissions of songs by regional writers for its second edition of Hot Metal Musicals, scheduled for June 5, 2017, at the Cabaret Theater at Theater Square in downtown Pittsburgh. (You can read about the inaugural showcase below.) The submissions deadline is February 15 so please go to the submissions information page HERE and think about sending us a song. We're especially interested in hearing from diverse writers and the full range of musical styles.
And while we have your attention, if you also have a piece of musical theatre in development, check out the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator page HERE and consider applying for an Incubator workshop!
2015's 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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Creator of The Storm Stephanie Riso consults with Incubator producer John Keating at the November meeting. See details below on this January 15, 2017, public reading.
Next Meeting: Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.
We're looking forward to hearing songs from members Lou Santora, Frank Gagliano and Joe Warik and Chuck Sperry.. We'll also be talking about the 2017 Hot Metal Musicals, scheduled for July 17, and other plans for the year. Note also that Joe Warik will be bringing distinctive theatrical memorabilia to the meeting. All sales will benefit MTAP programs, so bring your checkbook or a little extra cash. For more information about the meeting or any MTAP program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Winter/spring meeting dates for 2017:
INCUBATOR READING OF THE STORM
MTAP's third Incubator reading of 2016 slid over into 2017, and the Charles Gray auditorium of the Pittsburgh CLO Academy was full for the presentation of Stephanie Riso's The Storm on January 15, despite a Steelers playoff game. A great team was assembled for the first full reading of this new work (based on Ostrovsky's play by the same title) with book, music and lyrics by Stephanie Riso. Produced by John Keating, directed by the Pittsburgh CLO's producing director Mark Fleischer, and music-directed by Nick Stamatakis, The Storm featured a wonderful cast of 15 and was enthusiastically received. After the reading, most of audience stayed for a lively discussion of the work, again despite the playoff game that had already begun.
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
LINDA MARCUS writes of a wonderful experience at New York's Carnegie Hall on November 25 for a presentation of "River In Judea" for which she co-wrote the lyrics with composer Jack Feldman (writer for the award winning musical Newsies): "Before the concert began,I was asked to stand and the spotlight went on.me. The conductor made some very kind remarks about my writings and I was presented with about 4 dozen red roses and a large booklet. The booklet had handwritten comments by all 360 singers (from all over the country)...and I was already in tears! There were about 50 orchestra players from the Manhattan Symphony;Ballet;Choruses;and their playing was exquisite! The packed audience was moved and appreciative by the music making...truly a memorable evening in this beautiful Hall."
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.
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Landmark Theater (aka Altria Theater) under renovation used by permission from Wilson Butler Architects and the photographer.