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.
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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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Creator of The Storm Stephanie Riso consults with Incubator producer John Keating at the November meeting. The public Incubator reading of The Storm played to a full house at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy on January 15, 2017, and was followed by a lively discussion with the audience.
Next Meeting: Sunday, April 30, 1 p.m.
Note that this is a change from the previously announced date.
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.
Winter/spring meeting dates for 2017:
Coming up April 24--pay a visit to Bodoni County!
SandRico Productions will present a musical theatre work-in-development with a public reading of From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology: A Musical Revue (of sorts), with original text and lyrics by Frank Gagliano and music by the late Claibe Richardson. This free reading, featuring a cast of seven and directed by Melissa Martin, will be held on Monday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Stage (off the WALL productions), 25 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA 15106.
A number of MTAP members are involved in this presentation, starting with bookwriter/lyricist Frank Gagliano and producer John Keating. Douglas Levine is music-directing and the cast includes MTAP members Jill Keating and Christine Laitta, Rounding out the rest of the cast are Joe Jackson, Jeff Howell, Magan Dee Yantko, Connor McCanlus, and Corwin Stoddard.
About the show: From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology is a 21st-century combination of Our Town/Spoon River and Jacques Brel, in which the inhabitants of a mythical American County (most of whom want to get out) step out and sing their angst away. Overseeing it all is the Master of Ceremonies, Jonathan Overview, who chronicles the fables and foibles of Bodoni’s inhabitants.
The presentation is free but reservations are encouraged. Just click HERE to make a reservation.
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 last fall 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 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.