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MUSI-CAL gave me a creatively rich and extremely supportive space to perform my original music and generated great feedback that did wonders for my writing process and really bolstered my confidence. 

-ZACK SPOUND (composer-writer Leap)

How often do theater-goers have the opportunity to see and react to works-in-progress by emerging composers and writers? The Foundation’s consistently popular MUSI-CAL is a new form of engagement for a contemporary audience.

It’s also the place where creators of all-original musicals receive encouragement, expert advice, promotion, and public showcasing of their work in a beautiful cabaret setting at Rockwell Table & Stage.

This is a dynamic environment where people in the industry greet friends and meet new talents. When original host JONAH PLATT left for New York for a lead role in Wicked, actor-composer-lyricist BRETT RYBACK enthusiastically stepped right in and hosts this exciting evening every other month.

MUSI-CAL has featured creators who are making exceptional progress, such as composer-lyricist-screenplay writer CINCO PAUL (Horton Hears a Who, Despicable Me 1, 2 & 3, The Secret Life of Pets) who continues to share his newest musical A.D.16 at MUSI-CAL written with librettist-playwright BEKAH BRUNSTETTER, currently producer-writer on the hugely successful NBC show This Is Us. Composer-lyricist-librettist DANIEL ZAITCHIK’s musical Darling Grenadine received a full staging at Goodspeed Opera House and was selected for the NAMT Festival 2017.

Composer-writers-performers at MUSI-CAL KEITH HARRISON (The Emmy Awards, Grace & Frankie) and LAURA HARRISON (Sing It, Masters of Sex, Weeds) have been asked to invitation-only readings in NYC for their new musical, Emojiland. Composer-lyricist-pop vocalist AMY ENGELHARDT’s MUSI-CAL work-in-progress Bastard Jones was performed off-Broadway in 2017. Composer-lyricist LAURA WATKINS and librettist NICHOLAS DAVID BRANDT were selected to be part of the 2016 Dream Works-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, and composer-lyricist-playwright-performer BRETT RYBACK’s new work was selected for Dreamworks-ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in 2017.

MUSI-CAL has presented 14 events featuring more than 55 original musicals-in-progress, and continues to grow.

It also generates much-needed income for The Foundation’s educational initiatives.

Past MUSI-CAL events:

MUSI-CAL at Rockwell Table & Stage, October 16, 2017