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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


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Curtain Call is proud to announce the return of the American Harmony Prize, an annual award that celebrates diverse new works of musical theater. The goal of the American Harmony Prize is to showcase new musicals that explore our country’s many ethnic, religious and gender identifications The sixth annual American Harmony Prize will showcase a new musical that dramatizes an aspect of the experience of Irish Americans.
Irish Americans have been a part of the American Musical Theatre since the legendary George M. Cohan basically invented the modern musical comedy at the turn of the last century. We’ve got John O’Hara to thank for dreaming up the first musical theater antihero -- Pal Joey – and the folks behind Finian’s Rainbow for giving the Broadway musical satirical bite! With the Celtic sounds of the Tony winning Once and Off-Broadway’s charming revival of New Girl in Town beguiling midtown Manhattan, we thought the time was right to showcase the work of other writers that are dramatizing the Irish American experience!
In addition to a cash award of $500 prize, provided by the Stamford Gives Back Association, a 60-minute concert reading of highlights from the winning musical will be performed in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theater on February 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

In order to qualify for consideration, a musical cannot have been professionally produced (Equity Dinner, LORT, Production, Special Production, SPT, Stock, etc. . . ) or published. All other forms of developmental performance, including readings, concerts, workshops. festivals and non-professional productions, will not disqualify you – and are, in fact, encouraged!

Submissions will be accepted via mail from Monday, September 17, 2012 until Saturday, October 13, 2012. Submissions postmarked after Saturday, October 13, 2012, will ineligible for consideration. We are not able to receive electronic submissions at this time. Your submission should include:
1. A plot synopsis of 800 words or fewer (or roughly two pages).
2. 10 continuous pages of the libretto (with all dialogue, lyrics and stage directions included).
3. A cd that demonstrates as much of the musical’s score as has been recorded to date.
(It needn’t be of studio quality.)
4. One sample of the sheet music for a song from the show’s piano / vocal score.
5. A self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have your materials returned.
(If not, they will be recycled after the judging.)
Note: there is no submission / reading fee.

Submissions should be mailed to:
Curtain Call, Inc.
1349 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905
Attn. American Harmony Prize
Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit additional materials after Friday, November 16, 2012. Additional materials postmarked after Saturday, November 24, 2012, will ineligible for final consideration. The winner of the 2012 American Harmony Prize will be announced mid-January, 2013, at www.CurtainCallinc.com.

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