The ASCAP Foundation is pleased to announce that four new musical works have been selected for presentation at the 12th annual ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles. The winning proposals were selected from more than 150 applicants.
The workshop will be directed by Academy and Grammy Award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, Pocahontas, The Prince of Egypt), and the selected musical theatre writers will have the opportunity to make short presentions from their original works-in-progress for professional critique by a panel of the most prominent theatre producers, directors and composers.
Taking place January 29 & 30 and February 12, 13, 15, 20 & 22, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. sharp, at the Disney Studio Lot Commissary, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA., the ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop is free of charge and open to everyone, regardless of performing rights affiliation. All aspiring musical theatre writers, and those who submitted musicals for the workshop, are encouraged to attend. Admission is on a first come, first served basis.
Stephen Schwartz comments, "One of the things I like most about the ASCAP/Disney workshop is that I feel it is as useful to the aspiring writers that attend who are not presenting musicals, as it is to those that are presenting their work." Schwartz continues, "The issues that are raised, the ideas, criticism and suggestions offered by our panels are applicable to the work of every musical creator in the room."
The selected writers and their musical works are:
JESUS' KID BROTHER: By Mark F. Karmelich (book, music, lyrics) and Brian Karmelich (book, music, lyrics)
This fun, upbeat rock musical portrays the Messiah's younger brother Larry, who has an inferiority complex of Biblical proportions. His forbidden love for Pontius Pilate's daughter triggers an unforgettable chain of events.
EMERALD MAN: By Janet Cole Valdez (book, music, lyrics) and Tom Valdez (music)
Marc Bosserman (music, lyrics)
Duncan, obsessed with comic books and superheroes, runs away from his troubled life. Realizing that no one is coming to the rescue, he dons the emerald ring of the father he never knew, and dubs himself "Emerald Man," vowing to bring honor and justice to a world gone mad.
ON DRAGONFLY WINGS: By Roslyn Catracchia (music, lyrics) and Lisa Matsumoto (book)
On Dragonfly Wings tells the story of Wendy, a cheerful young waterbug who realizes her dreams and discovers her purpose after transforming into a beautiful dragonfly. The story is a celebration of life and the human spirit, encouraging us to live each day to its fullest.
ROMANCING THE THRONE: By Randy Rogel (book, music, lyrics) and Kirby Ward (book)
Romancing the Throne tells the tale of two down-on-their-luck entertainers, a father and his son, who stumble into town and land smack in the middle of a plot to assasinate the King. When it's discovered that the son looks exactly like the doomed monarch, the situation gets sticky...and hilarious.
The ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles is part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation to nurture new American musicals. For more information about the program, please call Michael Kerker at ASCAP at 323-883-1000 or 212-621-6264.
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs, and public service projects for senior composers and lyricists. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. www.ascapfoundation.org