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Joining the ranks of Los Angeles and New York, Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Lied Center will once again host the third biennial ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop, Sept. 11-14, 2017. The workshop seeks new musical theatre works with the potential to be developed and produced into full-scale productions. The Lied Center is currently accepting submissions from playwrights and composers across the country. Submissions must be received by May 1, 2017, to be considered.

 “The Lied Center is honored to be one of only three locations nationwide to host an ASCAP New Musical Theatre Workshop,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “As a direct result of this event, Lincoln is gaining a reputation among the musical theatre community as a safe and friendly place for artists to take risks and develop their new work before they take it to the Broadway stage.”

Once again, the Lied Center and ASCAP have called upon world-renowned Broadway industry experts to serve as workshop panelists. Returning panelists include the co-creator of “Ice Age” and regular panelist for the Los Angeles ASCAP New Musicals Workshop, Kevin Bannerman, and actress, singer and Broadway legend Karen Morrow. Stephen Bray, best known as the composer and lyricist for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Color Purple” and for his many collaborations with Madonna, will join Bannerman and Morrow, lending his expertise to the selected emerging writers.

Instructions for Submission

Please submit the following materials electronically. Submissions will not be returned.

  • Six (6) songs from your musical
  • Lyric sheets for each of the six songs
  • A brief description of each song, function of the song and its plot placement
  • A brief synopsis of the musical (one page or less)
  • Brief biographical information for each composer, lyricist and book writer
  • Contact information (Email address, phone number and mailing address)

Please note:

  1. Submit six songs only. If you send us a full recording, we will listen only to the first six songs.
  2. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio. We are looking for talent and potential, not production values.
  3. If selected, up to 50 consecutive minutes of your musical will be performed in the workshop for constructive feedback from Broadway-experienced professionals. The 50-minute selection must include book and songs.
  4. If your musical is selected, you will be notified via phone by July 14, 2017.
  5. Please do not call to ask if you have been selected.

Please send submissions to:
Petra Wahlqvist
| 402.817.8176

Questions about submitting your work:
Contact Becky Boesen at becky@blixt.space