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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Broadway Workshop’s Children’s Musical Theater Festival seeks original family-friendly musicals

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Broadway Workshop’s Children’s Musical Theater Festival provides up-and-coming theater writers with the opportunity, space and resources to develop and showcase new family-friendly musicals. In addition, we nurture and educate aspiring young actors through educational programming, rehearsals and performances of these original works. Our annual festival is held for one week every July in New York City.

We are looking for original family-friendly musicals, appropriate for an audience of ages 9 and up, to showcase at our annual festival from Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 21, 2013. Here is some information on our submission process.

submission process
We are currently seeking submissions for our 2013 season.

Who is eligible: All writers, with or without industry representation, produced or unproduced, may submit a show for consideration. All musicals must be original family-friendly musicals, which have not received a commercial production. Shows that have previously received staged readings and developmental workshops are welcomed. CMTF will also consider musicals intended for older audiences which we will help the writers adapt for young actors.

1. Determine whether your show is:

  • Category 1 (appropriate for performers ages 9-12)
  • Category 2 (appropriate for performers ages 13-18)

2. Download a form. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat.

3. Please fill out a submission form and mail it, along with a script of your show and a CD sampling of 3-4 songs to:
Broadway Workshop
ATTN: CMTF Show Submission
692 10th Avenue, Ste. 2C
New York, NY 10019
4. OR submit electronically. E-mail all of the above materials (completed form, script and 3-4 musical tracks) to info@cmtfnyc.com. Please be sure to indicate whether these items are being sent in multiple e-mails.


  • Under 90 minutes in length
  • Have appropriate storylines, themes and language usage for the indicated age group
  • Offer multiple lead and ensemble roles for a large cast of 20-25
  • Include music that can be taught and perfected to performance level during the Festival’s one week educational program

Selection Process: All submissions will be read by the Festival Artistic Director, who will select 4 shows (2 in each category) to be reviewed by a reading committee of 6-8 young members of Broadway Workshop, from which the final two will be selected.

Notification: We will contact you by May 1, 2013 with submission results. If selected, you must be available from June 1 - July 21 via email or in person in NYC for revisions and development of your show in preparation for the Festival.

Festival Rehearsals/Performances: Your show will be rehearsed and performed by young performers selected by Broadway Workshop, to participate in an educational program from Saturday, July 13-Friday, July 21, which includes 50 hours of rehearsals, workshops and seminars in preparation for the performances on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21. All activities take place at Ripley-Grier Studios and New York Live Arts in Manhattan.

Benefits: If accepted into the Festival, CMTF will develop, promote and produce a workshop presentation of your musical, at no expense to you. There will be two performances of your show on the final Festival weekend with licensing/publishing representation in attendance. Past shows have received licensing offers as a result of participating in the Festival. In addition, shows will have visibility on Festival press and marketing materials.

For questions about the Festival please feel free to email info@CMTFnyc.com or call 212.262.2636.

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