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, July 12, 1:30 p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE), Wightman School Community Building, room 305. Workshop reading of Dear Boy, book and lyrics by Jeanne Drennan, music by David Berlin.
May update: We heard songs from Chuck Sperry ("Flying Fish" from a musical for young audiences), Laura Lind ("My Better Homes and Gardens Life" from a work in progress, and Frank Gagliano ("Marianna" and "Tango at the Salad Bar Buffet" from From the Bodoni County Songbook Anthology). Jak Walker led a discussion of book-writing, posing questions to the librettists present and following up with more questions. And because there was general interest in doing more collaboration, several teams were formed to write songs together, to be presented in the fall, we hope. David Michael King will work with Laura Daniels, Chuck Sperry with Ramona Fischer, and David Berlin with Linda Marcus.
Stephanie announced one beautiful result from Hot Metal Musicals: Murphy's Law, by Andy Nagraj and Jonathan Spivey, will have its premiere production next season at The Strand Theater in Zelienople. The producers heard Andy and Jonathan's song "Maybe One Day" in Hot Metal Musicals and asked to see and hear more. This is an exciting development not just for the creators of the show, but for MTAP itself.
There will be no MTAP meeting in June, but in July we'll be meeting on Sunday, July 12, at 1:30 in Wightman for a partial reading of Dear Boy, book and lyrics by Jeanne Drennan, music by David Berlin. Expect a 10-minute version of Act 1, most recently developed with Stacey Cabaj's MT class at Pitt, then the whole of Act 2, with discussion following.
Note: The video from HOT METAL MUSICALS is up on Vimeo. Stephanie has notified the artists involved on how to access it. If you've lost track of the procedure, contact Stephanie at email@example.com.
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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.
To promote HOT METAL MUSICALS, three members appeared on KDKA's Morning Show February 27, presenting a song by a fourth member. STEVE CUDEN talked about the upcoming showcase, and STEPHANIE RISO sang JOE DOMENCIC'S title song "The Next Galileo," accompanied by DOUGLAS LEVINE. You can watch the segment HERE.
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.
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.