Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) continues its fall season of monthly networking panels with Singing a New Tune: Let's Revitalize the Musical Theater Development Process, on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:30pmat The Players Theatre's Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.
This panel will explore the noticeable lack of original works from new authors being developed for the American Musical Theater. Currently, movies are made into musicals and production budgets skyrocket. This panel will discuss whether new voices and less-commercial properties are being squeezed out of the market, and ask how the industry can revitalize the musical theater development process. Should we place a greater value on the development work done by small theatres here and around the country - the Labs, the Readings, the Showcases? What incentives can we offer producers for them to consider taking a chance on new voices?
Panelists include Joe Calarco (director/adaptor Shakespeare's R&J, director Sarah Plain and Tall, In Transit) and Jen Waldman, co-artistic directors Breaking Bread Theatre Company; Eric Goldman, entertainment attorney; Frank Ventura, producing artistic director of CAP 21; Jamibeth Margolis, artistic director for musicals, Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival; and more.
Admission is $12 (free for TRU members). Please RSVP by email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least a day in advance.