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  • Looking for new songs for our next Snappy Title concert!

    Here’s a ‘Shout Out’ to composers and writers – we need new songs for our next Snappy Title concert!

    The next Snappy Title showcase of new musical theatre writing will be on Sunday 3rd December 2017, at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London.

    We are looking for new songs, which can either be ‘standalone’ songs or taken from a musical (which can be one still in development, or a finished work). If the song is a standalone one, the genre should nonetheless be recognisably ‘musical theatre’. Of course, we understand that the genre is a very broad church nowadays, so we are prepared for lots of different styles! Please bear in mind the live band will be piano, bass and drums, and so your submission should be suitable for this kind of ensemble. Songs may be solos or duets; any which are written for more than two singers will not be considered.

    The theme for the concert is No Time Like The Present, which you may interpret as freely as you wish. Bearing in mind that the concert date is broadly within the Christmas season, you may take ‘present’ in the theme’s title to mean ‘gift’, but be aware that we are not exclusively looking for Christmas songs per se, although such songs will be considered and welcomed alongside songs which interpret the theme in a different way.

    Your submission must be in the form of a pdf of the score (notated in conventional notation using suitable software such as Sibelius) arranged for vocal and piano, plus a demo recording of the song in mp3 format. The demo need not be professionally produced, but the quality should be adequate for us to form a judgement of the song’s merits. Submissions which are not deemed to be of adequate presentational quality (e.g. handwritten, illegible, inaudible demos, etc) will not be considered.

    Please email your submission to: peter@newmusicals.org.uk. If the file size is too large to email, please contact us (using the email address above) so that we can arrange an alternative method of making your submission.

    IMPORTANT: Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 13th October 2017. Only ONE song per entrant will be accepted for consideration.

  • Deadline Approaching for MMD’s S&S Award

    Sarah Crook of Mercury Musical Developments has been in touch with the following message:


    This is just a gentle reminder that the deadline for this fantastic initiative is just around the corner. Midnight Sunday May 10th.


    I know many of you are in the process of applying, and we look forward to receiving your entry – but we also ask you to forward the details far and wide so it reaches as many writers as possible.


    The S&S Award is searching for the most promising new unproduced musical of the year – Might that be your show?


    For everyone that has already submitted for this year, thank you and good luck.


    Here are some more details:
    2014/15 has proved a fantastic year for The S&S Award.  We were delighted to announce that we have linked up with Leicester Curve, the home of new British musicals, and that with new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and Executive Producer Chris Stafford we are exploring ways of expanding the Award even further.  The Development Week of 2014’s winning show Stay Awake Jake,  took place at Curve in late February.  This – the first part of writer Tim Gilvin’s prize – was a retreat to work on his show with a team of top professional creatives, including director Matt Ryan and actor Jamie Muscato, both fresh from their recent hit with Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse, and musical director Jan Winstone.  Since the 2014 Gala, Stay Awake Jake has gathered a lot of attention and we hear that a West End producer is already interested in taking the show to the next stage.  Tim Gilvin says:

    “The Development Week at Leicester Curve was an incredibly invaluable, interesting, intense and inspiring five days.  Working with an absolute dream of a creative team, and being a part of the buzzing life of Curve, I was able to watch Stay Awake, Jake really come to life in a nurturing and supportive environment.  I believe that the show has been enriched and improved into something that is cleaner, fuller and better and I am enormously grateful for the experience, which I’m sure will stay with me for a long time to come.”

    So, what are we looking for?

    A musical that is in development or is finished that has not yet had a professional production and does not have a confirmed professional production in the future. If you are unsure as to what constitutes a “professional production” please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to help. There are no boundaries – we encourage everything from the traditional to the experimental; from musical comedy to opera; from hip-hop to formal adaptations; from shows that stick to the rules to shows that break them.

    The prize for the winning entry will be:

    A week’s development workshop at Leicester Curve to work on the material with a professional cast, musical director and director, without the pressure of a presentation.  The result of this development process will then be unveiled, in front of an audience of industry luminaries at…

    The S&S Award Gala at London’s St James Theatre.  The Gala is fast becoming a fixture in the West End theatre calendar.  The Award is formally presented at this event and previous Award presenters have been Michael Ball, Don Black and Nigel Harman.

    This year our judges will create a shortlist from which are selected three finalists.  From these finalists the winner will be picked.  A short extract from each of the finalists will be presented at the Gala and the winner announced on the night.

    A feature of last year’s Award which proved extremely popular was that each entrant received anonymous judges’ feedback.  We are pleased to say that we will be continuing with this process this year.

    Submission Details
    This year we’ve made it easier to enter.  Simply apply for an Application Form from me, Sarah, at sarah@mercurymusicals.com  and follow the easy step-by-step guide.
    Once your application form is completed please email back to me with your 4 songs (songs can be on separate emails if too large)

    The following will be required:

    Ø  A synopsis of the show – MAX 300 words
    Ø  4 songs – 4 lyric sheets – must be MP3s – preferably demonstrating different aspects of the show’s musical content, ie please do not submit four ballads or four up-tempo numbers.
    Ø  2 scenes – one of which must contain one of the submitted songs.  If the show is sung-through, please submit 20 pages of script which you feel best represents your show
    Ø  What makes your show special? – MAX 100 words

    Any one writing team or individual writer may submit a maximum of two shows.

    At least one member of the writing team (book/music/lyrics) must be a member of MMD or BML (Book Music Lyrics).

    If your show has been submitted once before but has undergone significant re-working (evidence will be required) you may submit again.

    If you have submitted your show twice previously you cannot unfortunately submit again, but please feel free to submit a different show.


    Deadline for submissions is Sunday 10th May (midnight)

    Following the shortlisting process, the three finalists will be announced towards the end of August.

  • WANTED! Discussion panel members

    NMN director and Stephen Sondheim Society trustee Peter Auker is seeking panel members for a discussion session at the Society’s biennial study weekend, Brush Up Your Sondheim, which will be at the Royal Academy of Music on 26th-27th July

    You’ll be part of an amazing team of experts including Timothy Sheader, Mary Hammond, Rebecca Caine, Dominic McHugh and many more…….

    As an extra exciting bonus, Stephen Sondheim himself will be doing an exclusive Q&A session live via a video link from New York on the Saturday at 3.45pm, and will be accepting questions from the floor…

    One session has been reserved for a panel discussion on Sondheim’s legacy and influence, and composers and writers are required to populate the panel  (4 or 5 would be perfect).

    They should be willing to discuss how Stephen Sondheim has influenced their own work, and also be prepared for the discussion to enter a more general sphere, whereby they can give their views on how his legacy as a composer and lyricist has resonated (and continues to resonate) within the whole genre of musical theatre.

    The panel discussion will be on Sunday 27th July at 3.30pm and will last for approximately 30 minutes, with some time for questions from the floor at the end, so you would need to be available at that time.

    Anyone who would like to be considered for being a member of the panel, should email Peter at his Sondheim Society address, which is peter.auker@sondheim.org

    There is unfortunately no fee for being on the panel, but members will be able to attend the weekend’s activities free of charge if they wish (worth £75)

  • The New Musicals Project at the Leicester Square Theatre

    The New Musical Project is searching for up and coming musical theatre writers who want to develop their work alongside industry professionals and a West End theatre.

    The Project is looking for submissions of new one act musicals, of which The Project will select six to be developed for rehearsed readings, to be staged in early 2014. We will provide professional actors, a director and a musical director for the rehearsed readings. They will then be presented to an audience and industry panel with a Q&A after the performance in order to provide feedback to the writers and creative team. After the six rehearsed readings, The Project will then select a show to take on to production in the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge in Summer 2014.

    For more details of this opportunity, please go to http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com/new-musical-project

    New Musicals Network is not connected with this project, so please direct any questions to the organisers by clicking on the link above.