Breaking the Rules of Social Media: Making Musicals

We’re going to break some social media rules today. If you’ve ever had to market a new musical you know that there are subtle and not so subtle ways to get the word out and social media rules would tell you that posting a shameless plug for your show in the comments of an industry blog – like, say, this one — is a no-no. But in this case, we at Make Musicals say YES!

We are pleased to have a strong and ever-growing base of passionate musical theater lovers from around the country who read the blog each week. We are all here to support new musicals and we’d like to know what you’re working on.

So, here’s how this will work. Please tell us about your upcoming musical in the comments section of the current blog post(s). The format is as follows:

Your name
Your show name
What the performance is (ie full production, reading etc) & price
Location, Date, Time
Brief show description
Contact info for tickets/reservations

Annie: The Vampire Slayer --- The next BIG musical HIT!

Here’s an example:

Make Musicals presents…
Annie, The Vampire Slayer: The Musical
Free reading
My place, 3/31/11 2pm & 8pm
ANNIE, VAMPIRE SLAYER is the story of a little red-headed orphan and her stray werewolf, Sandy. They get adopted by a rich father figure who, it turns out is, a vampire named Deadly Warbucks. Fortunately, Annie is taken under the wing of vampire trainer, Punjab. With the help of the lethal Leapin’ Lizzards, a gang of misfit orphan girls, Annie defeats Deadly Warbucks during the dramatic but catchy 11th hour number entitled “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow, Sucker” at which point the vampire is exposed to the sun and dies. Annie is triumphant and sings a reprise in a grand finale with the president of the United States. A show for the whole family.
To RSVP for this fictional reading please email brisa@make

Got it? Good. We all look forward to hearing about your project!


  1. Chance McClain
    KISSLESS is the story of a Goth chick that is forced to move in with her jock neighbor and his family for the summer. All hell breaks when love blossoms.

    Kissless is having a staged reading in Houston, Texas on May 29 and is a finalist for NYMF. Grand jury selections are made on May 6 and if it makes it then we will see you in New York this Fall! For information on attending the reading please email More information at and


  2. James Langston Drake
    The Dance
    Reading (not all music is composed) – FREE
    Broadway Rose Theatre Company – April 18th & 19th, 2011 – 7pm

    The story begins in a west coast town on the eve of the Pearl Harbor attack. Miles, a freshman in college, is home for Christmas break celebrating the vacation with his friends, William, Anne and Ruth at the local dance hall. On the morning of December 7th life as they know it changes.

    When the world was torn apart by war, a generation of heroes answered the call. Some crossed the seas to fight, while those who stayed behind rallied around one another. They would all share the silent scars of war for years to come. / / The Dance (the musical) on Facebook

  3. Thanks Chance and James for sharing info about your new musicals. They sound fabulous. Break a leg!

  4. Mahesh Grossman
    Don’t have the musical up yet, but the first twenty minutes will be at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco on May 16th at 7PM (along with five other solo shows.) It’s a solo musical called “Waltzing on Marshmallows,” about my quest to have a mystical experience by going to Mt. Shasta during the Harmonic Convergence. Somewhere in Hollywood, Shirley MacLaine was having a way cooler time.

    The video of an earlier iteration called “The Weekend That We Spent” is here:

  5. Brian Allan Hobbs
    “The Many Women of Troy”
    Librettist: Michael Boynton
    Composer: Brian Allan Hobbs
    Director: Tracey Elaine Chessum

    Pallas Theatre Collective at the Hollywood and Capitol Fringe Festivals Summer 2011, Ticket information coming soon!

    Hollywood Fringe Festival, Los Angeles, CA: June 17, 20, 23, and 25th, 2011 at the Open Fist Theatre (
    Capital Fringe Festival, Washington, DC.: TBA, July, 2011

    The Many Women of Troy is a postmodern adaptation of Euripides’ Greek tragedy, this musical collage of war and suffering throughout history is seen through the eyes of five strong women wrestling with loss: Cassandra, the bitter prophetess; Andromache, the naive mother; Polyxena, the lost child; Hecuba, the vengeful queen; and Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships. They journey from Ancient Troy to modern times and back again, witnessing the causes and ramifications of human anger, ignorance, apathy, and hate. As they struggle though immeasurable grief and rail against the horrors of violence, they finally come to understand the improbable yet absolutely necessary need to rise above and move beyond repeating the mistakes of the past.

    For tickets and information visit

  6. Gayla Morgan and Jean Mornard
    Looking for a producer to finance a workshop or staged reading.

    This story is about a woman’s reluctant journey from the safety of isolation and anger to the risk–and reward–of trust and community.

    The woman happens to be Mary Magdalene.

    But this is not an evangelistic tale, it’s a personal story of strength through vulnerability that anyone who has ever been hurt in the name of love will relate to.

    Songs from the score are available at
    Email Gayla at for more information.

  7. David Wisehart

    Music by Daniel Wisehart
    Written, directed, and produced by David Wisehart

    World premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival
    Hudson Theatres
    6539 Santa Monica Boulevard
    Hollywood, CA 90038

    June 7, 2012 @ 8pm (PREVIEW)
    June 8, 2012 @ 8pm (PREVIEW)
    June 17, 2012 @ 3pm
    June 18, 2012 @ 8pm
    June 19, 2012 @ 8pm
    June 24, 2012 @ 3pm
    Tickets: $20

    Virginia City is a new musical comedy about finding your voice.

    A young drifter named Sam Clemens lands a job as a reporter in an old west mining town. Inspired by a visit from scandalous showgirl Adah Isaacs Menken, Sam finds his voice and becomes Mark Twain.

    For more information:

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