The PiTCH provides a forum for musicals in their earliest stages of development.
Imagine sitting in an intimate, cabaret-style theater in the early 1940s, sipping a glass of wine, watching Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Agnes de Mille present a workshop of OKLAHOMA! Imagine being able to give direct feedback to those Broadway giants that would prove vital to the development of their show.
Now imagine doing that today, with the next generation of composers, writers, and lyricists.
Welcome to The PiTCH.
The PiTCH provides a forum for musicals in development and offers audiences a very unique theatrical experience: the chance to witness and participate in the development of a brand new musical! Each year, musicals are selected from a pool of applicants, and the creative team is provided with a week-long residency at the Festival to workshop their show and prepare to present it to an audience (that’s you!).
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week, the creative team ‘pitches’ their material to you in a 80-seat converted carriage
house, The Carriage House Theater – behind the Cayuga Museum. These works-in-progress are not fully staged productions. Rather, the writers themselves deliver a condensed presentation of their new musicals, which may include scenes, songs and choreography. Each presentation is approximately 45-60 minutes long and beer, wine, and other refreshments available while you watch!
Afterwards, the audience (that’s you again!) is invited to stay for a moderated discussion about the presentation, the piece, and the process. We encourage you to provide your honest thoughts and opinions of what you see – that’s the whole point really! This experience affords each creative team the ability to consider feedback and gain valuable insight that they’ll take with them into their next stage of development.
Whether you’re in it to “see it first” or to tap into your inner theatre critic – even if you’re just there for the wine – The PiTCH is an exciting night out with shows you won’t see anywhere else… yet!
2019 Season Lineup:
Week 1 - Far From Canterbury
July 17 – 19
A reimagined telling of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Far From Canterbury takes us to a world where fairy tales are considered current events, and tells the story of a shy young knight who will be sentenced to death, unless in one year, he can answer one simple riddle: “What is it that women desire most?”
Week 2 - Keaton and the Whale
July 24 – 26
The 52-hertz whale sings at a frequency higher than any other whale can hear. He is the only one of his kind and is widely known as The Loneliest Whale in the World. No other being has ever communicated with him… Until now.
Week 3 - That's All Folks
July 31 – August 2
A New Musical in Technicolor. After selling off his most famous characters, the creator of one of the world’s most recognizable cartoons is in a state of writer’s block and inertia. As he struggles to come up with the next hit, he’s haunted by his past, present, future and one particularly glib anthropomorphized animated animal. Blending live theatre and animation, That’s All Folks is a musical about creation and loss, childhood, marriage, and of course – the power of cartoons.
Week 4 - Peter & I
August 7 – 9
Peter & I is the true story of Michael Llewelyn Davies, the boy who inspired J.M. Barrie to create Peter Pan. It’s a magical, humorous, and heartbreaking musical about forbidden desire, the loss of innocence, and the pains of growing up.
Week 5 - Medusa
August 14 – 16
Based on the original Greek myth, Medusa is the story of a woman who goes to Athens to try and make her own fate. She wins an election to become a priestess, but when the god Poseidon assaults her one night, she finds how little power she has in this supposedly free and enlightened city. As Medusa fights back against both gods and mortals, rumors fly about this angry woman with “snakes in her hair,” and the legend is born. Told with modern language and a darkly energetic score of hip-hop and rock, “Medusa” is an ancient tragedy that is as timely and necessary as ever.
The PiTCH has fostered 64 new musicals in the past seven years!
- Wright — Book and Lyrics by: Yianni Papadimos and Music by: Ben Chavez
- [Untitled War of the Worlds Project] — Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Zack Zadek
- Buried in Prosperity — Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Karen Multer and Steve Multer
- In The Green — Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Grace McLean. Commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater
- Bruno and the Gospel of Infinity — Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Ben Clark
- Rio — Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Mitch Magonet and Joey Miller
- Ophelia — Book by: Victoria Saxton, Music and Lyrics by: Ella Grace
- Anne of Green Gables — Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Matte O’Brien and Matt Vinson
- Devil’s Kin — Music and Lyrics by: Caleb Damschroder, Book by: Kevin Wanzor
- The Showmen — Music and Lyrics by: Noel Carey, Book by: Ryan McGovern
- Music City, USA – Book by: Peter Zinn, Music and Lyrics by: JT Harding
- Deathless – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Zack Zadek
- Gumbo – Music by: Brett Macias, Book and Lyrics by: Christina Quintana
- Elysium – Music by: Ben Chavez, Book and Lyrics by: Yianni Papadimos
- Devotion – Book, Music and Lyrics by: Mark Sonnenblick
- Divided – Book and Lyrics by: Luanne Aronen Rosenfeld, Music by: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld
- The Battles – Book, Music and Lyrics by: Ned Massey
- Find Your Way Home – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: James Kelly and Jeff Strange
- Goodbye, Dali – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jason Wooten
- The Odysseus Agreement – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Jean Rohe
- Skin and Bones – Book by: Andrew Kramer, Music and Lyrics by: Ben Clark
- Emma Dare – Book, Music, and Lyrics by: Ben Feuer
- The Girl Who – By: Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie
- Funny Face
- Sunset City – Book by Wade Dooley, Music by Bobby Cronin, Lyrics by Bobby Cronin and Brett Teresa
- Relativity – Book & Lyrics by Michael Ruby, Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
- Stealing Time – Book, Music and Lyrics by Tor Hyams & Lisa Rothauser
- Scarlet – Adapted by: Michelle Horgen
- Off the Wall – Book by Danny Abosch & Sarah Rebell, Music by Danny Abosch, Lyrics by Sarah Rebell
- Careless Love:A Down Home Musical – Book, Music, and Lyrics by Ryan G. Dunkin
- The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen – Book and Lyrics by Lezlie Wade, Music by Dan Green
- Freewheelers – Written by Rachel Alderman and A Broken Umbrella Theatre Ensemble, Music and Lyrics by Chrissy Gardner
- On the Air – Book and Lyrics by Cristina Farruggia & Robert Farruggia, Music by Robert Farruggia
- Learning How to Drown – Book & Lyrics by Patricia Noonan, Music by Amanda Jacobs
- Mitzvah – Book, Music & Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff
- Matchmaker, Matchmaker: I’m Willing to Settle – Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn, Book by Kelvin Moon Loh & Nikki MacCallum
- Legends and Lore – Book by Drew Silverstein & Madeline Myers, Music & Lyrics by Madeline Myers
- Ten: The Story of Grace and Joe – Book & Lyrics by Kathleen Wrinn, Music by Kathleen Wrinn & Brad Kemp, Additional Music by Jessica A. Hunt
- Beautiful Dreamer: The Stephen Foster Musical – Book and Libretto by David Lewis Newman, Music & Lyrics by Stephen Collins Foster
- One October Midnight – Music by Brian & Erin Schey, Book & Lyrics by Thom Bishop —Update! Featured at Auburn Public Theatre Halloween Production 2013
- Pump N’ Go – Book by Robin McDonald & Corinne Aquilina, Music & Lyrics by Corinne Aquilina, Additional Material by Bruce Warren
- The Take – Script by Hesse Caplinger, Songs by Jon Brown & Johnny McMurtry
- The Coincidentals – Music & Lyrics by Matt Patrick Walsh, Book by Emma Jeszke
- Love on Ice – Book by Bill Nabel, Music by Jeffrey Lodin, Lyrics by Bill Nabel & William Squier
- Flambé Dreams – Book & Lyrics by Matthew Hardy, Music by Randy Klein
- Eulogy – Book by Rachel Carrozziere, Music & Lyrics by Annie Lash
- Neurosis: The Musical – Book by Allan Rice, Music by Ben Green, Lyrics by Greg Edwards
- Off With Her Maidenhead – Book & Lyrics by Amy Claussen, Music by James Rushin
- Blood and Fire – Book & Lyrics by Jeffrey Couchman, Music by Lisa Heffter
- The Life of a Mob Wife: A Mafia Comedy – Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael Mott
- Star Child – Book by Jennifer Stafford, Music by John Freilich, Lyrics by Sarah Underwood
- Chez Morgan – Book & Lyrics by W. Joseph Matheson, Music by Logan Medland
- Non-Equity the Musical – Book & Lyrics by Danielle Trzcinski, Music by Paul D. Mills
- Salamander Leviathan – Book by Krista Knight, Music by Barry Brinegar
- The Age of Innocence – Book & Lyrics by Ted Kociolek and Walter Holland, Music by Ted Kociolek
- That Time We Found a Sasquach in the Woods – Book by Nichole Jackson, Music by Scotty Arnold, Lyrics by Brandon Michael Lowden
- Billionaire Vegans – Book & Lyrics by Linda Britt, Music by Colin Britt
- SLaM: The Hockey Rock Opera – Book & Lyrics by Lauren Walker, Music by Lauren Walker and Nancy Taube
- Gathering Blue – Book by Richard Hellesen, adapted from Lois Lowry, Music by Michael Silversher, Lyrics by Joy Sikorski
- Gettysburg – Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim & Deborah Schmitt
- Blindsided by a Diaper – Book by William Squier and Dana Hilmer, Music by Jeffrey Lodin, Lyrics by William Squier
- Benny the Baboon – Book by Molly Reynolds, Music by Natalie White, Additional Lyrics by Stephen Reynolds and David St. Louis
- Joni Loves Mitchell – Book, Music and Lyrics by Logan Medland
- Motherhood Defined – Book & Lyrics by Stacie Morgain Lewis, Music by Ben Cohn
Submissions Open November 1 for The PiTCH 2019: The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival’s New Works Series