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.
ARE YOU A MUSICAL THEATRE ARTIST WORKING IN THE PITTSBURGH REGION?
Check out the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator page HERE and consider applying for a 2016 workshop!
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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Book & lyrics by Jeanne Drennan, music by David Berlin
A true story of parental love gone haywire in the 18th century, to be presented as a Hot Metal Musicals Incubator reading on June 27, 7 p.m., at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy, 130 Academy Way, 8th Floor, in downtown Pittsburgh.
About Dear Boy: The Earl of Chesterfield seeks to control everything in his illegitimate son's life: what to read, what to wear, whom to love. In fact he knows nothing about his son's secret life as a husband and father. When the truth hits, the jolt to the father leaves the little family in jeopardy.
Produced by Vince Ventura, directed by Stephen Santa, and music-directed by Nick Stamatakis, the reading features Michael Marra as Chesterfield, Stanley Graham as his son Stanhope, and Hilary Caldwell as the secret wife Eugenia. Cyndi Plyler, Sara Ashley Fisher, Hope Anthony, Nick Mitchell, Rob James, and Ryan Patrick Kearney cover all the other roles in this highly theatrical piece.
The reading will be at the CLO Academy's Charles Gray Auditorium,
130 CLO Academy Way (also called Cecil Place), Pittsburgh, 15222. It's free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged--RSVP HERE.
Next up after Dear Boy in the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator
Me, Myself and Others by member Eva Rainforth
August 29, 7 p.m. RSVP HERE.
Me, Myself and Others will also be at the CLO Academy's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way, Pittsburgh, 15222. Again it's free and open to the public.
Next Meeting: See you in September!
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.
May meeting update:
Again, there were many new faces at the May meeting along with more familiar ones, making for record attendance. We started with discussions of Ben Scheuer's The Lion at City Theatre, seen by lots of us, and Murphy's Law at the Strand, seen by at least a few. This show by Andy Nagraj and Jonathan Spivey brought us the song "Maybe One Day" in the 2015 edition of Hot Metal Musicals. Stephanie announced that we'll be looking for submissions soon for the next HMM showcase in early 2017, so watch for that announcement.
Then we moved on to presentations. John Keating and Sandra Lowell brought in a new song for Kitty, called "Enough for You." They were followed by Laura Lind with "Look What's Become of Me." Drake Ma introduced a new musical set on a college campus, currently in outline form, and Ramona Fischer brought in "Don't Let Your Ex Back in the Door," from Tuesday Night with Terry and Rae. All the presentations were followed by appreciative and constructive responses to the work. After such a packed and creative meeting, it was hard to say goodbye for the summer. But we'll have at least two opportunities to gather before September, at the Incubator readings June 27 and August 29. See the details near the top of this column.
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
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.
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.
JEANNE DRENNAN's play Get out of Dodge will be produced Nov. 3-20 at the Venice Theater in Venice, FL.
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Landmark Theater (aka Altria Theater) under renovation used by permission from Wilson Butler Architects and the photographer.