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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Song submissions are now closed for the second edition of Hot Metal Musicals, scheduled for July 17, 2017, at the Cabaret Theater at Theater Square in downtown Pittsburgh. (You can read about the inaugural showcase below.) But if you have a piece of musical theatre in development, check out the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator page HERE and consider applying for an Incubator workshop. Submissions are considered on a rolling basis, so there are no deadlines.
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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Ramona Fischer makes a point about Matthew Wexler's song "Bliss," which was presented at the April 30 meeting. Matthew, at right, was presenting for the first time with MTAP.
Songwriter Monica Stephenson talks about her song "F'in Sleep" at the April 30 meeting. This was Monica's first presentation at an MTAP meeting, and she's probably the first to play her score from an iPad.
Next Meeting: Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.
For May 21 only, we'll be meeting at Point Park University, downtown. Look for more detailed information soon.
From September to May, we meet at the Wightman School Community Building, 5604 Solway Street, 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. For more information about the meeting or any MTAP program, send an email to MTAP.
Remaining spring meeting date for 2017:
Recap of the April Meeting:
Our meeting on April 30 was outstanding in lots of ways. We were a big group to start with, with several artists coming for the first time. We reviewed some conversational items first. Frank Gagliano talked about the previous week's reading of From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology, discussing what he'd done script-wise in advance and taking suggestions on what further work might be considered. A number of members had been present and could easily attest to the audience's great reception of the work. Drake Ma then filled us in on MTAP's new presence on a variety of social media, after which Stephanie and Jeanne a program of described workshops being considered for the fall for professional development. The group was enthusiastic about the idea.
Then it was on to presentations. Both Chuck Sperry and Joe Warik (working with composer Chuck Sperry) presented songs from works in development we've become familiar with over the past season. But we also heard from artists presenting work to MTAP for the first time: Matthew Wexler with a song called "Bliss"; Nick Stamatakis gave us a song called "Matter at All," and Monica Stephenson treated us to "F'in Sleep." Monica sang her own work, soprano Laura Barletta sang Nick's piece as well as Matthew's duet, on which she was joined by baritone Tom Kolos.
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
DAVID BERLIN is excited to be joining the cast and crew of When It Rains. . ., a neo-noir full length film, written and directed by Migdia Chinea. David will be composing and producing the theme and sound track music. When It Rains. . explores two weeks in Hollywood in 1972 and the people who live there, as torrential rains pour down. Further details can be seen on IMdb.
And David's CD release Spirits of War is now available at this LINK. The collection features music focused on mythological war deities from around the world.
LAURIE KLATSCHER can be seen in the second season of Outsiders, the well-received cable drama for WGN America. You'll find more info HERE.
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Landmark Theater (aka Altria Theater) under renovation used by permission from Wilson Butler Architects and the photographer.