Contact: Scott Guy
Executive Director, ANMT
North Hollywood, CA
[email protected]

(Los Angeles, Thursday, November 01, 2012)   Winners of the prestigious international Search for New Musicals were announced last night at the Academy for New Musical Theatre.

First Prize goes to Mad Bomber; book and lyrics by Charles Monagan; music by Richard DeRosa

Second Prize goes to Chapter Eleven; by Stephen Telfer

Third Prize goes to Jack the Ripper; libretto by Dan Kehde, music by Mark Scarpelli

The Search for New Musicals accepts entrants from around the globe; winners receive awards worth up to $25,000 in workshop productions, concert readings, feedback, and developmental support.

‘We are thrilled to sponsor the Search,’ beams Elise Dewsberry, Artistic Director of the Academy. ‘We love seeing what writers are creating; and of course our mission is to nurture the folks who are writing musicals, so announcing the winners of the Search is one of my favorite things to do all year!’

Mad Bomber tells the true story of a madman with a grudge against Con Edison who plants a series of bombs in 1950s Manhattan. Concerted effort by cops, politicians, reporters leads to his capture. This new musical will receive a workshop with the Academy Repertory Company in January of 2013, and a concert reading as part of the 17th Annual Stages Festival of New Musicals in the summer of 2013.

Chapter Eleven depicts the collapse of a major corporation from the point of view of its indicted CEO, whose lawyer is preparing his defense in the form of a musical. This new musical will receive an ANMT staff table reading and feedback session in the spring of 2013.

Jack the Ripper is a new exploration of the iconic tale of the 1880′s murderer who haunted the streets of London and was never apprehended. This new muscial will receive an indepth analysis from the ANMT dramaturgical staff.

2012 is the fifth annual Search for New Musicals. Previous winnershave included: The Water by Jeff Hylton, Tim Werenko, and Georgia Stitt (2008); Greenbrier Ghost by Susan Murray and Clay Zambo (2009); Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street by Charles Veley and Arthur Sullivan (2010), and Emerald by Chris Burgess and Denise Wright (2011).

ANMT is committed to an ongoing search to find and nurture promising new musical theatre. If you’ve written a musical, and you would like some honest, constructive, detailed feedback on how to make your musical better, you can submit your musical to ANMT for dramaturgical feedback at levels from evaluation to analysis to table reading to workshop to concert reading.

Many writers have been very enthusiastic about the feedback they have received by submitting to ANMT’s Search, saying:

“The real value of this service is in its rarity: from genuine industry professionals who have the clarity and vision to provide feedback with no bias or agenda and which asks the right questions and suggestions to enable YOU to genuinely UNDERSTAND how to make your work a better piece of musical theatre – the long term benefits of which are incalculable!”
–Michael Dresser; bookwriter/lyricist/composer, Marilyn

“Thanks again for your honesty and smarts. Your candor, insights and graciousness are much appreciated. It’s the best tutorial I’ve ever had and, like most artists, I generally don’t sit still for tutorials.”
–Ed Goldman, composer/lyricist/librettist, [email protected]

“Thanks for the honest evaluation. That’s not easy to come by and the level of detail you provided far exceeded my expectations so I feel I got more than my money’s worth.”
–S.D. Williams, bookwriter, New York Tendaberry

All musicals submitted (at any level) to ANMT by JULY 1, 2013 will be automatically entered in the Search for New Musicals for next season.

Winners will be announced by November 1, 2013. The winner of the Search receives a workshop with the Academy Repertory Company, detailed feedback from the ANMT staff, and a concert reading in Los Angeles.

ANMT has a development process which has been around for four decades, guiding writers in the craft of writing musicals through a number of stages, including outlines, rough drafts, table readings and concert readings.

Information on submitting to the Search is available online via ANMT’s website: ANMT is located at 5628 Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood, California (91601). Writers who have questions may email [email protected].

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About the Author: ENCI is an actor and recently turned writer and director. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy. Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective. Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee. Enci is passionate about leaning new things and currently she is studying ASL. You can visit her at or read about her adventures at

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