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"I direct a lot of these readings. But the event last night (and the whole experience) had to have been one of the most helpful, well thought out, useful readings I've ever been a part of. You should be very proud of what you are doing for artists and theater in general." -Jeremy Dobrish, director (Hell Hole Honeys, TRU Series '06)

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work on this incredible show, thanks to the panelists who provide ongoing insight, mentorship and support and especially to Cate [Cammarata] who has been the best partner a person could ask for. Last night was proof that TRU is a necessary entity for creating a supportive environment for developing great theatre.~ Molly Morris, producer (My Life Is a Musical, TRU Series '12)

"I can’t thank you enough - we had a great time and learned so much from the panel, as well as made some fantastic contacts." ~Sheila McDevitt, producer (Once Upon a Wind, TRU Series '08)

"Filled with gratitude to you and to your TRU reading series.... The panels you conducted rank among the best in all my years in theater. Too often such events bog down in pontification. You managed to guide and focus the dialogue - and to keep it constructive. Liked hearing the techniques and perspectives of producers. All of them (and you) enlightened us in one way or another. As for VOLLEYGIRLS, we have more work ahead and are eager to do it." ~Rob Ackerman, book writer (Volleygirls, TRU Series '12)

"Wanted to say thank you for what turned out to be a great reading and a great experience. I had no idea what to expect.... Ended up loving the intimacy of the theatre and the panel talkback. My whole TRU experience has been wonderful so far. So thank you. A few possibilities have come up based on the reading. Will keep you posted." ~Peter Kellogg, writer (Chasing Nicolette, TRU Series '12)

"Thank you for the opportunity to present At the Back of the North Wind in the TRU Voices musicals series. Not only was it a perfect venue to see and hear the show again from the creators' point of view, but also very instructive to hear what the "Dollars and Sense" panel had to say. Writers need to get the producer's viewpoint, and that we did - loud and clear. There were many new insights that came up, and I believe we all found it quite useful on our journey of getting North Wind from page to stage." ~Tom Tierney writer (At the Back of the North Wind, TRU Series '07)

"I was very honored to be included, got some very helpful feedback from the panel and other attendees at the event. Especially thanks for such a terrific panel! ... The reading series at TRU fills a much needed void for writers new to the business of musical theatre. Most script-in-hand events are dramaturgical in nature, which is appropriate and often necessary and helpful. The TRU series, however, focuses on the business of producing new works. The experienced panel discusses the potential audience, suggests marketing angles, offers budgeting advice and generally addresses the challenges of getting the work on the stage. So many new writers ... are absolutely clueless about the business of musical theatre. What a gift the TRU series is! The generosity of the panel - experienced producers and marketers of new works - in taking the time to listen to the work and offer advice from the wealth of their experience is a warm and welcoming haven in what is often a cold and inhospitable reality." ~John Sparks, writer (The Arresting Dilemma of Mr K, TRU Series '09)

Click here for a complete list of TRU Voices Musicals since 2000
Click here for suggestions when writing (and submitting) a play


THE 2014 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
14th annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.

To reserve, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212/714-7628.

Monday evening January 19, 7pm
Pumped

directed by Katharine Pettit • music direction by Ian Weinberger

featuring
Darren Bluestone (Avenue Q), Autumn Hurlbert (It's Only Kickball, Stupid; Legally Blonde),
Rob Maitner (Assymetric), Sue Mathys (Deathtrap, Irresistible: Edith Piaf), A.J. Shively (Bright Star; La Cage aux Folles)
with
Lindsay Aster, Brennan Caldwell, Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, Tessa Faye, Damon Gravina,
MJ Rodriguez, Andromeda Turre (Sleep No More).


A fashion-challenged MBA graduate's search for her birth mother lands her in the most unexpected of places: the shoe salon of a renowned NYC retailer. When her attempts to impress her domineering mother fall flat, she allies with a trio of magic talking shoes and uncovers a new side of herself. Yes, talking shoes. And singing.

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include: Neil Danoff, investor/producer (An American in Paris, Something Rotten, the Audience, You Can't Take It with You revival,The Elephant Man revival, Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); Jeremy Handelman, producer (On the Town, White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Martin Platt, producer/general manager Perry Street Theatricals (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan; My Life Is a Musical; West End: Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, Breaker Morant, Gumboots, Nixons Nixon; off-Broadway: In the Continuum, An Oak Tree, Ethel Sings, Wikimusical, Here Lies Jenny with Bebe Neuwirth); Jack Thomas, producer (New York: Piece of My Heart, Mothers & Sons, Ann, Freud’s Last Session, Triassic Parq, the Musical, Colin Quinn Long Story Short,  Desire Under the Elms, The 49 Project, Almost, Maine, Our Lady of 121st Street. West End:  Marguerite, Fiddler on the Roof, Summer and Smoke). 

SNOW DATE: Monday evening March 16, 7pm
POSTPONED from 1/26 due to snowstorm Juno in January!
Blood and Fire
directed by Davd Elliot • Music Direction by Vadim Feichtner (Putnam County Spelling Bee)

with
Ryan Connelly, Bill Coyne, Joe Dellger, Robert Dusold, Tyler Lenhart,
Jessica Mortellaro, Samantha Joy Pearlman, Jana Robbins,
Dee Roscioli, Matthew Scott, Bart Shatto, John Tedeschi, Hayden Wall

Love battles violence and greed in this Victorian saga as an irreligious physician from London's wealthy West End falls in love with a woman of faith from the impoverished East End. Rich, poor, reformers and thugs all collide in a musical tale at once intimate and epic. Blood and fire guaranteed. (But hopefully no more snow.)

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include: Neil Danoff, investor/producer (An American in Paris, Something Rotten, The Audience, You Can't Take It with You revival,The Elephant Man revival, Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); Josh Goodman, producer (Rocky, Pippin, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike); Jeremy Handelman, producer (On the Town, White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Angie Kristic, Artistic Director/Producer of KBO Productions.

Engelman Recital Hall
Musical 2014

55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on 25th Street)

 


THE 2013 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
Thirteenth annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.
Engelman Recital Hall

55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on 25th Street)

Monday evening January 13, 7pm (SOLD OUT)

When an intolerant Puritan minister suspects that women in his small New England village are becoming too free and independent, he launches an authoritarian campaign to make them behave.  His strict religious reformation quickly runs into trouble. Three “wild and willful” women defy his authority by choosing for themselves who to love and how to live. The minister’s son is caught in the middle. His father is convinced that the girl he loves is a witch... Does Peter dare defy authority to follow his heart?


"Dollars and Sense" panel, left to right: TRU's Bob Ost, producers Kimberly Eaton and Alan Swanke; panelists Erica Rotstein, associate producer Broadway Across America.; Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up);
Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening).


Monday evening January 20, 7pm (SOLD OUT)
(waiting list has a very good chance of getting in)

with Eric Kunze, Alexandria Wailes, Emily Robinson, Terese Genecco, Kathy Voytko,
JW Guido, Bryan Seastrom, Ann Talman. With Yan Li, pianist.

ASL Masters: Rebecca Abeyta, Leslie A. Warren
ASL Interpreters: Craig Fogel, Sarah Brandenburg, Ashley Graham


Brindlebeast blends spoken language and American Sign Language in a contemporary two act musical that braids together three strands: a love story between a hearing man who is a successful graphic novelist and a independent deaf single mother with a 14 year old girl; a story about confronting personal beasts; a chronicle of channelling that confrontation into the creative process of making a book. 

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include: Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening);Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).


Monday evening February 3, 7pm

Directed by Denis Jones (assistant choreographer Legally Blonde, choreographer Disaster the Musical)
with Lesli Margherita (Matilda: The Musical), Susan Mosher (Hairspray), Mamie Parris (Ragtime, 110 In The Shade, Drowsy Chaperone), David Perlman (Baby, It’s You), Alex Puette (A Christmas Story), Tally Sessions (Big Fish), AJ Shively (La Cage Aux Folles), Dale Soules (Hands on a Hardbody, Grey Gardens)

The Pope is dead, and the Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to choose a new Pope. No one has ever seen what happens -- until now. The backbiting. The sacrilege. The song-and-dance. For whom will the white smoke rise?

Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); Dani Davis, half pint productions (Little Women, Lonesome West); R. Erin Craig, general manager / producer La Vie Productions (Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, Academy, Still Getting My Act Together, In the Heights, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, High Fidelity, De La Guarda, Liberty: A New Musical, The Jazz Age, SPIN); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).

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Series made possible through generous grants from NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Member Inez Dickens and Member Christine Quinn; NY State Council on the Arts; and the Friars National Association Foundation.
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THE 2012/13 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
Twelfth annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.
SOHO PLAYHOUSE,
15 Vandam Street
(btw Sixth and Varick Streets)

Monday evening February 4, 7pmChasing Nicolette

starring
John Bolton, Alex Wyse, Allison Semmes, Nick Wyman,
Dennis Parlato, Nathaniel Stampley, Alan Mingo, Jr.,
Megan Lawrence, Dale Radunz
, Kate Reinders

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Pat Addiss, producer (A Christmas Story, Spring Awakening, Promises, Promises, The Fnatasticks); Michael Alden, producer (The King's Speech, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the Musical); Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); R. Erin Craig, general manager / producer La Vie Productions (?Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, Academy, Still Getting My Act Together, In the Heights, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, High Fidelity, De La Guarda, Liberty: A New Musical, The Jazz Age, SPIN); Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); Ric Wanetik, producer (Matilda, Marlene, Jolson & Company, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992), TV supervising producer The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Royal Shakespeare Company Senior Advisor for America, RSC America Executive President and RSC Summer Residency at Park Avenue Armory Executive President.

Monday evening February 11, 7pmMy Life Is a Musical
with Howie Michael Smith (Avenue Q), Anika Larsen(Xanadu, Avenue Q, All Shook Up),
Justin Sargent (Rock of Ages), Matt Wolfe (Scandalous), Natalie Charle Ellis (Forbidden Broadway),
Jason Michael Snow (Book of Mormon), E.J. Zimmerman (Avenue Q)

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead)?; Georgia Buchanan, consultant and former managing director National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, formerly with The Women's Project and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, producer (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings); Sharon Carr, producer (Time Stands Still, R&H’s Cinderella, upcoming Pippin, Trip to Bountiful); Ben Feldman, entertainment attorney; Martin Platt, producer/general manager Perry Street Theatricals (West End: Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, Breaker Morant, Gumboots, Nixons Nixon; off-Broadway: In the Continuum, An Oak Tree, Shylock, Here Lies Jenny with Bebe Neuwirth); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).

Monday evening February 25, 7pm (SOLD OUT)
Volleygirls
with Susan Blackwell, Gideon Glick, Ashley Blanchet, Adam Rapp

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God).

At left: producer Monica Raymund, Patrick Blake, Ken Waissman, associate producer Yvette Kojic and TRU's Bob Ost.


For a list of previous years' musicals, click here.


 

This series made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Thanks also to the generous support of the
Friars National Association Foundation.

CLICK HERE for TRU Voices Plays and Musicals prior to 2004

COMPLETE LIST OF TRU MUSICALS

2012 Musicals

Chasing Nicolette
Book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman
Produced by Doug Denoff

My Life Is a Musical
Book, music & lyrics by Adam Overett
Produced by Cate Cammarata and Molly Morris

Volleygirls
Book by Ron Ackerman
Lyrics by Sam Forman
Music by Eli Bolin
Produced by Monica Raymund and Yvette Kojic

2011 Musicals

Oklahomo
Book, music & lyrics by Jesse Gage
Produced by Reed Ridgley

Famous
Book by Yvonne Adrian
Lyrics by Cheryl Stern
Music by Tom Kochan
Produced by Jamibeth Margolis and Christopher Massimine in assoc. with Cate Cammarata

Through the Door
Book by Judy Freed
Music & lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe
Produced by Kenny Howard

2010 Musicals

The Cure
Story and songs by Mark Weiser
Produced by Samantha Salzman

Ocean in a Teacup
Book and music byJoel Krantz
Lyrics by Joel Kratz and Neil Selden
Produced Sherry Eaker

2009 Musicals

The Thing About Joe
Lyrics and Book by Matthew Hardy,
Music by Randy Klein

Produced by Apples & Oranges Productions

Ripped
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Furman
Additional lyrics by Mary-Liz McNamara

Produced by Maren Berthelsen

The Arresting Dilemma of Mr. K
Book by John Sparks
Music and lyrics by Jon Steinhagen
Produced by PlayLab NYC

2008 Musicals

Once Upon a Wind
Book and Lyrics by Tom Diggs
Music by Jay D'Amico
Produced by Sheila McDevitt/iD

So Happy I Could Scream!
Book by Judy Freed
Music by Sari Miller
Lyrics by Randi Wolfe
Additional lyrics by Sari Miller
Produced by Meredith Lucio/ Wild Bird Productions in association with Fumiko Eda/ Live Arts Pacific

2007 Musicals

At the Back of the North Wind
book by Jeffrey Haddow
music by Thomas Tierney
lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow and Thomas Tierney
Produced by Pat Flicker Addiss

Saratoga Trunk Songs
By David Arthur
Produced by Dennis Grimaldi

Opa!
Book by Mari Carras & Laurel Ollstein
Lyrics by Mari Carras & Donald Carl Eugster
Music by Nicholas Carras & Nicholas Kitsopoulos
Produced by Double Play Connections, LLC and Wild Bird Productions, Inc

2006 Musicals

Friends Like These
Music by John McMahon
Lyrics by Jay Jeffreys
Book by John McMahon and Jay Jeffreys
Produced by Joel & Phyllis Ehrlich

Hell Hole Honeys
Music by David Ogrin
Book by Steve Mackes
Lyrics by Ben Budick, Steve Mackes, and David Ogrin
Produced by Lisa Dozier and Matt Wolf

By the Numbers
Book/Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
Music by Brian Feinstein
Produced by Stephanie Riso and Cabaret Pittsburgh

Meester Amerika
Book by Jennifer Berman
Music by Artie Bressler
Lyrics by Michael Colby
Producedby June Rachelson Ospa and Daniel Meiden

2005 Musicals

Sunfish
Music by Hyaeyoung Kim
Lyrics by Michael Cooper
Book by Hyaeyoung Kim and Michael Cooper
Produced by Eva Price

The Adding Machine
Book/Lyrics by Fran Handman
Music by Sheldon Gartner
Produced by June Rachelson-Ospa

Saint Heaven
Book by Martin Casella
Music/Lyrics by Keith Gordon
Produced by Van Hill Entertainment

2003 Musicals

About Face
Book/Lyrics by David Arthur
Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Produced by David Grimaldi

 

Hamlet
Music by Janek Leclecky
English Lyrics by George Harvill and Vince Parrillo
Produced by US Hamlet Production Co.

Deirdre
Book/Lyrics by Richard Neumer
Music by Michael McCarthy
Produced by Penney Seal Productions

2002 Musicals

Valadon
Music by Doug Katsaros
Lyrics by Michael Barry Greer
Book by Lawrence Richards, Doug Katsaros, and Michael Barry Greer
Conceived by Lawrence Richards
Produced by June Rachelson Ospa and Bozomoon Productions

The Story of My Father
Book by Jason King
Music/Lyrics by Various Artists (jukebox musical)
Produced by Audrey Duncan and Shari Upbin

Sugar Dumpling
Book/Lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis
Music by Colby Sachs
Produced by Greg Bossler/Music in a Box and Michael Ryan

2001 Musicals

Between the Lines
Book/Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys
Music by James Campodonico
Produced by Tweiss Productions

The Ambition Bird
Book/Lyrics/Music by Matthew Sheridan
Produced by Elizabeth Lucas

Ivanhoe the Musical
Book/Lyrics/Music by Mark Weiser
Produced by The Culture Project

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Book by Betty Kelso
Music/Lyrics by David Niehls
Produced by TP Productions

2000 Musicals

The Red House
By Brett Kristofferson
Produced by Front Line Productions/Nina Howes in assoc. with Suzanna Bowling

Vices
Book, music & lyrics by Everett Bradley, Susan Draus, Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid
Produced by Niclas Nagler in assoc. with Jonathan Cerullo

Vanities and Vexation
(now nor’mal)
Book& lyrics by Yvonne Adrian & Cheryl Stern
Music by Tom Kochan
Produced by Cosmic Leopard/Womenkind - Emma Palzere & Karen Eterovich


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