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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    

Reasonable Terms, a new musical
a new musical by Midwest New Musicals Workshop members 

 in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival presented by Underscore Theatre
at the Den Theatre, 1333 North Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chicago 60622
Tickets at  - $10 per show  Festival passes also available
Performance dates: Friday June 6 at 7:30PM, Sunday June 8 at 4:20PM, Thursday June 12 at 6PM, and Saturday June 14 at 7:20PM

New show from former workshop member Natalja Aicardi


Natalja Aicardi a former workshop member is developing a music/dance piece that utilizes music and songs originally composed by her grandfather.  There are presentations of RETURN TO SELF on June 14 at 6:30 and June 15 at 2 PM at the dance studio in the Chicago Cultural Center. The presentation are free. 

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.

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

The Chicago Musical Festival 2014 runs from June 5th-15th at The Den Theater, at 1333 N Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago's Wicker Park.


Eight new musicals to see, though June 15th. Check out the CMTF website for all the info.

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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