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 email@example.com.
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, October 18, 1 p.m. Wightman School Community Building, room 305
Other scheduled fall meetings:
Also scheduled for the fall:
Monday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. A public reading of Kitty, by members John Keating (book) and Sandra Lowell (music and lyrics), at Carnegie Stage, Carnegie, PA.
This is a new season for MTAP, so Stephanie started us off with an appeal for dues for 2015-16. Core membership is $25. Cash or checks can be given to Stephanie at meetings or pay online at the MTAP website (mtap.weebly.com--a small service fee will be tacked on). Information on how to mail a check is below. Meetings are always open to all but dues help to keep MTAP's programs going. And that was the next thing discussed, a proposal for the Hot Metal Musicals Incubator: three public readings of unproduced new musicals (or parts of new musicals, such as a full first act) in 2016. We've already put in a grant application to the Small Arts Initiative of the Heinz Endowments to help fund such a program and will put out a call for submissions this fall, so watch for it. Do you want to get involved? We'll be looking for a producer for each reading, and anyone willing to help with what Stephanie and I customarily do or even step up into an administrative role should please speak up.
Four presentations came next, all generating lots of discussion: Chuck Sperry with "On the Moon" from FLYING FISH; David Berlin and Linda Marcus, with "Seize the Bouquet," one of the new collaboration projects, sung by Vince Ventura; David King singing his "It's All Over Now" from his show focused on the early days of film; and Carla Bianco singing "I Don't Want To Go Home," a song from her show KALEIDOSCOPE that's she's also used in cabarets.
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.
Anyone still looking to pay dues can send a check for $25, made payable to MTAP,
c/o Stephanie Riso,
211 Questend Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
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. 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.
LAURIE KLATSCHER is busy working in the first season of Outsiders, the new cable drama for WGN America. Outsiders is being filmed in various locations in western PA, which serves as a stand-in for the show's actual setting in eastern KY. Then Laurie goes on to rehearsals for Quantum Theatre's second production of the season, Chickens in the Yard, from the Hatch Collective. The show runs November 20 to December 6.