Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:
It’s been clear for a while that Seattle theaters are incubating a lot of shiny new musicals, some of which wind up on or off Broadway after a try-out or workshop at a theater here.
Further evidence of the city’s skin in the game: Four works out of the eight selected this year for a showcase at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual Festival of New Musicals this October were nurtured on local stages.
“Stu for Silverton” (written by Peter Duchan and composed by Breedlove) had its successful world premiere in Seattle last summer, as part of the Intiman Theatre Festival.
“Great Wall” was workshopped at the Village Theatre’s annual new musicals fest in 2012, and Village has also helped develop “The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes.” 5th Avenue Theatre also had a hand in the latter show’s development, and recently held a weeklong workshop of another selected musical, “Beautiful Poison.”
The Festival of New Musicals, held in New York City, showcases new musicals in 45-minute presentations before an audience of stage producers, theater managers and other industry professionals on the hunt for new material. More details: www.namt.org.