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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Next meeting: Sunday, March 15, 1 p.m., Wightman School Community Building, room 305
2015 Remaining Winter/Spring dates
January update: Steph brought everyone up-to-date on Hot Metal Musicals, including a draft revision for the look of this website. Chuck Sperry presented a solo from Lazarus which was well received; the comments were mostly on lyrics. Then with Doug Levine at the keyboard David Michael King sang a new song for what's being tentatively called his Great-Train-Robbery musical. Expanded roles for the woman singing the song dominated the discussion.
At that point singers were arriving for a two-hour rehearsal for Hot Metal Musicals and quickly took over the meeting, again with Doug at the keyboard working closely with the singers. Those who stayed for the rehearsal got an education in song-crafting and had a remarkably good time as well.
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. 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.