March 22, 2012

New Musicals Selected for 2012 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop

ASCAP has announced the four projects selected for participation in its annual ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop. Part of an ongoing series of workshops sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation to nurture new American musicals, the workshops are free of charge and are open to everyone, regardless of performing right affiliation.

This year’s projects are:

Costs of Living
Timothy Huang (book, music, lyrics)

Dora: Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
Larry Bortniker (book, music, lyrics)

Hardcore West Virginia
Mike Pettry (book, music, lyrics)
Claire Karpen (book)

Single Girls Guide
Tommy Newman (music, lyrics)
Gordon Greenberg (book)

Serving once more as artistic director for the workshop is Oscar and Grammy-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, whose credits include Broadway smash musicals Wicked, Godspell and Pippin, and feature films The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The workshops will take place March 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in New York, NY.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to present selections from their original works in progress for professional critique. Each session will feature prominent guests from all aspects of musical theatre, including producers, directors, critics, performers and composers. Past panelists have included Lynn Ahrens (Tony Award-winning lyricist: Ragtime); Stephen Flaherty (Tony Award-winning composer: Ragtime); Sheldon Harnick (Tony Award-winning lyricist: Fiddler on the Roof); Mark Hollmann (Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist: Urinetown); and Rupert Holmes (Tony Award-winning librettist and composer/lyricist: Drood).

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. For more information visit