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 where creators of all-original musicals receive encouragement, expert advice, promotion, and public showcase of their work in the cabaret setting at Rockwell Table & Stage.

Here 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 to host this exciting evening every other month.

In a few short years, MUSI-CAL has featured more than 100 musicals-in-progress. Two of the works presented were produced Off Broadway in 2020; Darling Grenadine by Daniel Zaitchik and Emojiland by Keith and Laura Harrison.

Since it started MUSI-CAL has featured nearly 100 musicals-in-progress.

It also generates much-needed income for The Foundation’s educational initiatives. During the time of Covid and remote learning, the PATHWAY has been asked to serve more schools than ever. Any donation you make would be appreciated.


In Strange Woods co-created and executive produced by Musi-Cal host Brett Ryback, Jeff Lupino-Esposito and Matt Sav