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Musical Theater Category on Showcase?

How many of you have a musical sitting on your hard drive?  

I know Wallace De Pue created the first ever Barbershop Opera called "Something Special"
I know Mike O'Mara has at least one musical.
Anyone else?  Do we need a category?
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on April 2, 2014 11:47pm
I have written a one-act Christmas opera with significant chorus and
children's chorus parts.  It is called One Shepherd Stayed Behind, and it 
follows the adventures of the shepherd who stayed behind when 
the others went to Bethlehem.  A bit over fifty minutes long, with some
spoken dialogue.  2 trebles, soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, bass.  Orchestrated
for eight winds, keyboard, and percussion.  If you want more information,
contact me.  If you want less information, you should have stopped reading
after the first sentence.
Brian Holmes
San Jose, CA
on April 3, 2014 7:17am
YES! It looks as though a category would be most welcomed.
I have written three musicals to date, two of which are large cast (ideal community theater pieces) have been performed –15 and 12 performances – and one of which, for a cast of 6 M&F adults, is waiting in the wings– on my hard drive!
The most recent large cast musical – Waiting on a Dream – was initially presented under the name ‘Chickasaw’ and then later under ‘Love and Larceny’, and was written to celebrate the “Northernmost Battle of the American Civil War”, the now infamous raid by a band of Confederate soldiers on the banks of St. Albans, Vermont, as much to obtain funding for their cause as to intimidate the Yankees. The real life story of the raid had all the elements of a comedic drama: the operation was a success but the patient died. The money was successfully stolen BUT most of it fell off the ungainly Morgan workhorses that the ‘robbers’ (were they common thieves or were they soldiers performing their duty?) had stolen to transport them and their booty back to Confederate-friendly Montreal, Quebec, where the operation had begun.
We publicized this musical as best as we could all over the USA during the past two years (including posters at the Dallas ACDA conference) without luck, but out of the blue recently found great interest in the piece, which will be performed this October to mark the end of the sesquicentennial Civil War celebrations in and around St. Albans itself. Tickets will go on sale in May for the performances in the Enosburg Opera House, Enosburg, Vermont. It’s a ‘stand-alone’ musical– great anytime. A war is NOT needed!
I mention all this to illustrate the point that a category IS needed!
Thanks for thinking of us musicalicians!
on April 3, 2014 10:50am
I would say no. This is the ACDA website, and ours is a community of composers of choral music. Musicals have very little of that per se, even if the chorus does play a role (much of it unison). What is needed is an organization like ACDA for Music Theatre Producers, and a composers/songwriters group/community for those of us who create in that field. Really connect only tangentially.
I know csome hoirs do Broadway choruses and scenes for fundraisers and there are chorus numbers in musicals (Shipoopee!!), but I really think it is a different market. Our showcase gets little enough traffic as it is, let's not dilute the brand.
And, BTW, I am writing an opera right now with a very important part for a strong chorus, it is almost a chorus-and-step-forward-from-the-chorus opera except for 3 leads. But I would only post choruses from it here that would work out of context on their own.
my 2 cents'
Applauded by an audience of 2
on April 3, 2014 12:32pm
Hi Jack!
THANK YOU for the link.  My opinion is that you should have two new categories: 1) Christmas Music 2) musicals.  At Christmas, we're limited to only two pieces.  A propective customer may be looking for something that gives him/her
many more options.  My list would include 10 pieces: SATB, SAT, SAB, SA, ST, SB, unison, ect. 
There are MANY opera directors who want something new that won't cost so much to perform.  Short musicals with durations of 45-50 minutes are much in demand.  Choral works are in nearly every musical I've seen.  Choral directors may want to perform choral music they hear in musicals.  We can make that happen. 
On March 31, my "Animal Fugue," from my opera, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, won a spot on the Humor in Music Festival at Otterbein University (Westerville, Ohio).  A couple of choral directors were interested in my other choral works, because of what they heard.  I'm sending music to contacts that I made in that concert. 
on April 3, 2014 11:47pm
Excellent idea!! Especially teh Christmas music category! ;)
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