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Hello, I need an expert in musical theater development. I have just written a new musical, (it's with the composer now) I am an old theater person, having done most roles in semi-Expert theater. including directing, writing and producing. But this is the first time I will be actually WORK-SHOPPING a new show. My Question is; What would be a breakdown of the process of work-shopping a new musical? are their best practices? common pitfalls? Also I have scoured the web for resources on this specific subject and find scant few. If you can point me to books / sites that cover this specific issue that would be great. Thank you, ***** *****

Thought that some professionally run theatre organization can be of assistance as they often can assist with everything from grants to development, production to presentation of your musical: http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Theater-MusicalTheater.html http://namt.org/national-fund.aspx http://www.tcg.org/index.cfm As for books: http://www.theatrebooks.com/theatre/stage_management.html As for advise: http://m.guardiannews.com/culture-Experts-network/culture-Experts-blog/2013/feb/26/stage-musicals-expert-tips-advice

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi. Thanks for your response. Out of the links you sent I only see information specific to workshops on two (the guardian news and the namt.org....just to be clear, I am not really looking for info on grants/funding/marketing at this time) Of course all info is appreciated but what I am really looking for is more detail on the actual process of the workshop itself. For instance: what are the goals in a workshop that don't get accomplished by just rewriting it? What about benchmarks? Are there specific things I should watch out for? How long should I spend in workshop and how will I know when its been long enough? What should I look for in casting the workshop is it just actors are strong at improv or do I need to make sure they fit the role in other ways? How much do I listen to actors input and if they make stuff up that's included in the final script, is there any kind of credit I need to give or is that considered part of 'workshopping'? I know I can do whatever I want, but If I cast an actor in the workshop is it CUSTOMARY that they will expect to be cast in the staged production or is that viewed as separate project? I realize that many of these questions are highly subjective, but if I could get these details and the logic used behind them from a Experts experience, I can always extrapolate my own version of the process out of them with greater confidence. Thank you! r'd

Thank you for the additional information on your question.
As for a workshop book:
http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/marilyn-reid/how-to-run-great-drama-workshops-and-set-up-your-own-theatre-group/paperback/product-969467.html
For ideas on the workshop process:
http://www.musicals101.com/make2.htm
http://freepdfdb.com/ppt/theatre-workshop-ideas
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

While the links are part of what I wanted, and appreciated, my main question has never really been answered. Are there any musical theater Experts on the site who could help me?

To recap, here are the questions I would like to have answered:

-What are the goals in a workshop that don't get accomplished by just rewriting it?

-What about benchmarks? Are there specific things I should watch out for?

-How long should I spend in workshop and how will I know when its been long enough?

-What should I look for in casting the workshop is it just actors are strong at improv or do I need to make sure they fit the role in other ways?

-How much do I listen to actors input and if they make stuff up that's included in the final script, is there any kind of credit I need to give or is that considered part of 'workshopping'?

-I know I can do whatever I want, but If I cast an actor in the workshop is it CUSTOMARY that they will expect to be cast in the staged production or is that viewed as separate project?

-I realize that many of these questions are highly subjective, but if I could get these details and the logic used behind them from a Experts experience, I can always extrapolate my own version of the process out of them with greater confidence.

While not an expert in musical theatre, I do hope that some of what I sent to your attention can be of some help. I will go ahead and offer this question to other experts who can possibly be of help.
Best of luck with your production of your musical.
Michael

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hello,Yes I completely understand that this is an unusual topic and my question is not only detailed but rather obscure.I also want to make it very clear that Librarian Michael did an excellent job researching and finding links to relevant content. I believe he did the work and I would be happy to give him a favorable rating.Unfortunately, simply because the subject not often is written about the question probably cannot be fully answered with research alone, but will require actual experience in the industry.Thank you and thank you to Librarian Michael.r'd

Thank you for your reply. We'll continue searching for a Expert to assist you and appreciate your patience. Best, Angela

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