Got a musical? Submit it to NYMF . . . but hurry.

The morning after one of his new shows opened, Hal Prince always held a production meeting for his next show.  It always kept him moving forward, and never allowed him to bask in the glory if his show was a hit, or get too depressed if his show wasn’t . . . because there was work to do on the next one.

It’s one of my favorite lessons from this book (which I highly recommend), and it’s something that I’ve adopted as well.

And I’m not the only one . . .

The New York Musical Theatre Festival just ended a few days ago. They haven’t even had their awards gala yet (which is on Nov. 6th, btw).

But they are already seeking submissions for next year’s festival!

In a schedule switch-up, next year’s NYMF will happen in July, which means the script-reading crew upstairs (NYMF and I share a building) will be hard at work soon enough.

So, if you’ve got a musical that you think could be the next Next to Normal, [title of show], or (yep), Altar Boyz, then submit away . . . but the deadline is SOON!

You have to send in your script by October 31st.  And that’s, gulp, 11 days away!

To submit your script, click here.

If you haven’t finished or even written your script, you’ve got 11 days to do it.  And don’t say “it can’t be done.”  What’s the worst that could happen . . . you don’t get in?  At least you’ll have a script, right?

That’s what Hal would do. (I may get post-it notes made up that say “WWHD”).

Good luck!


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