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Concert Reading in Evanston


Circus Boys
Tuesday August 26, 7:00-8:30
Followed by wine, treats and conversation The Actors Gymnasium, Noyes Community Center,
923 Noyes Street, Evanston Tickets $10.00 at the door

Book/Lyrics Charmaine Spencer
Music Russell J. Coutinho

Directed by Joan Mazzonelli
Musical Director Kevin Reeks

Workshopped at Chicago Dramatists, songs from Circus Boys
have been featured in two Dramatists/ASCAP Cabarets of New Music The professional cast includes:
    Nathan Mittleman  (Billy Lawlor, 42nd Street, Theatre at the Center)
    Sarah Blevins (Doris, Damn Yankees,  Light Opera Works)
    Phil Higgins (Ambrose, Hello Dolly, Light Opera Works)

Welcome to

The official source for information about, and on-line home of,  the Midwest New Musicals Writers' Workshop, a workshop and theatre sponsored by Light Opera Works in Wilmette, Illinois that is devoted to nuturing, developing and showcasing new musical theatre works.

If you are a member of the Writer's Workshop (or an alumni member), you will find information about the Workshop here. You can also share information with the world about your own musical projects here.


This site is also a resource for all things theatrical, especially for theatre events in the Chicago area and also new developing theatre works, especially musicals, anywhere.

So, if you have theatre event information to share with the world, share it here. (Contact me with your information.) 

-The Editor    

Do you write...

 Music?...Poetry?...Fiction?...Plays?...Ad Copy?...Lyrics?

Midwest New Musicals wants you!

Chicago is hot bed for hot new musicals

Morality Play-5 250"Chicago continues to be the go-to city for out of town tryouts for new musicals" writes our own workshop member Francesca Peppiatt, in an article at

Read the entire article here.

Former workshop member profiled at

From, news about former MNM workshopper Jenny Stafford.


The Midwest New Musicals Writers' Workshop

If you are a composer, lyricist or playwright you are invited to learn musical theater structure with Midwest New Musicals, in association with Light Opera Works.

What it is
 An intensive program that assists writers through the process of creating a new musical. Writers explore the use of music, lyrics and dialogue through hands-on assignments that introduce them to musical theater forms and collaborative techniques.

Who has been in the Workshop?

Award-winning and prominent local writers who have studied with John Sparks include:

From John Sparks' New Blog

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I’ve always loved musicals. First in the movies (I wanted to grow up to be Fred Astaire), then in summer theatres in New England (mostly in tents), and finally on Broadway.

Read the full article at sparksonstage - The First Time



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