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Now in its 15th season, New York Theatre Barn’s award-winning New Works Series presents pre-premieres of original musicals in development presented to a live and virtual audience. We make space to speak in community with writers and their creative teams about the musicals of tomorrow. Each original musical’s intention, content and journey are unique and extraordinary to the storytellers who create them. We believe that there is no formula for musical theatre, except authenticity.

The 2020-2021 season included 48 installments of the series, showcasing 96 Original Musicals, created by 181 Writers and 600 Artists. As a home for artists, the support of New York Theatre Barn means investment in process. We believe that lifting up, sharing, and investigating the work while in process is a crucial part of creating musical theatre.

We partnered with Broadway on Demand and Full Out Creative to bring these presentations to a global audience, and this program is supported in part by the Innovation & Exploration Fund, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Our return to live and in-person programming also includes ASL interpreters from Inclusive Communication Services.

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The series has launched dozens of notable new works, including:

  • Ordinary Days - Adam Gwon's debut musical 

  • Small Town Story - about a controversial TX high school production of the musical Rent

  • In Transit - Broadway's first a capella musical

  • Anne of Green Gables -  the classic novel is reimagined as a vibrant folk-rock musical, summer 2022 production at Goodspeed 

  • Eastbound - an Asian-American boy with Leukemia in need of a bone marrow transplant travels to China in search of his biological family 

  • Sam's Room - inspired by real stories of nonverbal teens who find a way to communicate

  • The Belle of Tombstone - the all-female musical about the Jewish wife of Wyatt Earp and the women of the American West

  • Tiananmen - the story of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, research compiled from student survivor/journalist interviews


Submit Your Work

Submissions are currently closed at this time. We are a small team and receive a high volume of submissions yearly. We are currently inundated with submissions and want to take the necessary time, care and consideration of each piece currently submitted.

We plan to resume taking open submissions again in the Fall of 2022.

When open, submissions are FREE and are accepted anytime throughout the year.

We are excited to read and experience your work, but will only be in contact should we be able to support a collaboration.

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