Sneak Peek Inside A Musical Theater Festival: Part 1

Starting today, I’ll be spending a month in Seattle and though we all know that the Northwest is the ideal place to enjoy the summer, I’ll be there on official Make Musicals business.

I’m producing Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. If you’re an avid maker of musicals, odds are you are entirely familiar with Village Theatre. If not, you can check them out HERE but in a nutshell, they are a major regional musical theater that devotes significant resources to new musicals. I probably also don’t have to tell you that they are the birth place of multiple Broadway and regional successes including Next to Normal and Million Dollar Quartet.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be joining forces with this exceptional company for the summer. As if that weren’t enough, I will have the great pleasure of working with 6 fabulous writing teams who’s new musicals will be showcased in this year’s festival!

Over the past several months I, along with Village’s leaders and artistic staff have been combing through extensive script submissions to find the 6 which, for a variety of reasons, are the best fit for this year’s festival.

And the selections are (drum roll)….

The Giver
By Scott Murphy & Nathan Christensen

Hello! My Baby
By Georgia Stitt & Cheri Steinkellner

By Jeff Thomson, Jordan Mann & Christy Hall

By Michelle Elliott & Danny Larsen

Sundays at Tiffany’s
By Susan DiLallo & Fred Thaler

Lizzie Borden
By Tim Maner, Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer & Alan Stevens Hewitt

As you can imagine, I’ll be immersed in this festival for the next four weeks culminating in the August 12-14 festival weekend. Several upcoming posts will be devoted to giving you a behind the scenes look at my personal experience producing one of the country’s premiere festivals of new musicals.

Stay tuned…


  1. Sounds very exciting. Looking forward to your posts– and lots of youtube clips. Boy, I’ve gotten old– it used to be I’d always recognize the name of someone from my BMI or ASCAP days, but none here. Of course, I recongnize Cheri Steinkellner, but she’s already famous.

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