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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Next Meeting: Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m.
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.
Winter/spring dates for 2016:
We were joined at the April meeting by some half-dozen artists who had never been with us before but brought such enthusiasm and wonderful contributions to the group that we hope they'll be returning. Stephanie announced the three shows to receive Incubator workshops in 2016: Dear Boy (book and lyrics by Jeanne Drennan, music by David Berlin), will be first up, with a likely workshop date in mid-June. Me, Myself and Others, a one-woman show written entirely by Eva Rainforth, will be seen in late summer. And The Storm, with book, lyrics and music by Stephanie Riso, will round off the Incubator readings in December. Presentations covered some truly varied ground. Joe Warik and Chuck Sperry brought in a comic song, "Dying Is Easy," from Joe's Showboat to China, and they were followed by David Michael King presenting the first section of an as yet untitled musical that contained an extended musical number. Then newcomer Ken Matejka played two stand-alone songs he'd written with lyrics from Linda Marcus, a lovely lullaby and a rocking New Year's Eve piece. A number of members have asked for time to present work in May, so if you're thinking of it, get in touch with us soon: mailto:email@example.com.
And if possible, plan to join us at the next meeting on May 15.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FANTASTIC NEWS FOR TWO HOT METAL MUSICALS CONTRIBUTORS!
After hearing the song "Maybe One Day" by Jonathan Spivey and Andy Nagraj, producers from the Strand Theater in Zelienople contacted the authors about their interest in the show it came from, Murphy's Law. We've recently received word that the show will be produced at the Strand May 13-15, 2016, as part of the theater's "Broadway on Main" season. You can learn a little more about Murphy's Law and about the other shows represented in the showcase at Hot Metal Musicals.
DOUGLAS LEVINE is music directing First Date at the CLO cabaret in Theater Square. The show runs through April 24. Get more info about the show and tickets HERE. Latest update: the show has been extended into May.
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.