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The Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC) in association with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is pleased to announce the first ever ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in Toronto. Spotlighting two new Canadian musicals, workshop participants will have the opportunity to present selections from their new works in progress for professional critique.


The workshop will feature a panel of musical theatre luminaries, led by the legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz is a Tony, Academy and Grammy Award-winning writer, whose credits include the hit Broadway shows Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin, Disney's Enchanted, Pocahontas, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt.

The panel will also include Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Canada's own Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf). 

The ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop occurs annually in New York and Los Angeles. Previous participants over the years include: Jonathan Larson (Rent), Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family) and Glenn Slater (Sister Act).


Important Information:

Workshop Dates: Saturday May 6, 2017

Time: 1-6PM

Location: Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.)


The ASCAP Workshop is open to all CMTWC members and industry.

If you are interested in attending, please send your request to



2017 Workshop Selections




Book by Matt Murray

Music by Colleen Dauncey

Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal


When Amish twins Hannah and Ruth leave the comfort of their strict, sheltered community to explore the outside world for the first time, things don't go as planned. Desperate, penniless, and stranded in the big city's roughest neighbourhood, the naïve sisters must rely on their faith, the outlandish locals, and each other to survive. 




Book by Jen Shuber

Music and Lyrics by Nicky Phillips

Based on the book The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden


Curious George, the beloved monkey is famous for his narrow escape from danger in his well-known stories. What is not well known is that Margret and H.A. Rey, the writers of Curious George, narrowly escaped danger themselves when they had to flee Paris in 1940. The Reys, both Jewish, managed to escape with the Curious George manuscript moments before the Nazi’s occupied the city. This is the story of how two immigrants came to America and contributed to the fabric of American culture. Against all odds, this husband and wife team were determined to get to safety while protecting their life’s work and as a result brought a little monkey to millions of children for years to come.

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