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Reference Library (dictionaries, thesaurus, searchable Shakespeare, etc.)

Searchable, complete.  Entire research library for the working writer.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
King James Bible
Oxford Shakespeare
Gray’s Anatomy
Strunk’s Elements of Style
World Factbook
Harvard Classics
Emily Dickinson
Lives of the Saints
Poetry Anthologies
Walt Whitman
Robert Frost
Proverbs and Maxims
William Wordsworth
T.S. Eliot
Sigmund Freud
Poems of Places
Nathaniel Hawthorne
U.S. Inaugurals
Modern Poetry

Chicago Dramatists

For 36 years Chicago Dramatists has nurtured playwrights, developed new plays, and enriched the national theatre repertory.  “The creative home for new and established playwrights.”

Theatre Producer Academy

So you want to be a theatre producer…but you just don’t know where to start?  Whether you’re a playwright thinking about  producing your own material, a member of an acting company, or  just someone who loves theatre, and  wants  to produce plays and musicals that enlighten, entertain and inspire audiences, NMI recommends The Theatre Producer Academy.  Founded and led by producer and entertainment attorney Gordon Firemark.


Welcome to Musicals.Net, THE place for musical theater. Fans, cast, and crew come together to chat and share on the MdN forums. Come join us! is a program of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., a nonprofit corporation. Please visit our affiliated sites to learn more about NYTE’s mission and other programs.

Now Playing in Chicago

Current listings of musicals from the League of Chicago Theatres.

Play Submissions Helper

Links to upcoming submission deadlines, with a handy SORT feature for the next month ahead.

Now Playing in London

The London Theatre Guide to musicals currently playing in the West End.

The Highest Grossing Broadway Shows of All Time

A fascinating page that ranks the highest grossing Broadway shows of all time; as well as showing info on highest ticket prices and longest runs. (Submitted by Anthony and Ricky from Harbourhouse.)

Musicals in LA

A blog about musicals in and around the Los Angeles area.

The Definitive Musical Theatre Website – London

Extensive news archive, West End listings, show database and forum.

Musical Theatre Mash

A YouTube video page that purports to have “Everything you love about Musical Theatre without all the rigmarole of ACTUALLY going to a theater.  Come for the Sondheim puns and stay for the Lloyd Webber mockery.”

New York Theatre Guide

This guide was launched in October 2003 to provide a simple and easy source of information pertaining to New York Theatre. The objective of the guide is to provide a simple, fast loading theatre web site to easily find what’s on Broadway theatre. Off Broadway theatre productions are only listed if we have received a press release from the theatre.

Mercury Musicals (London)

From its inception in 1992, The Mercury Workshop was the only writer-based organisation in Britain dedicated to the development and presentation of new musical theatre. Established from a core of 11 students who worked with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University, the organisation now has over 260 members is very rich with resources and information, and they truly care about musical theatre and NEW musicals.  They have message boards, jobs listings (!), and an astonishing database of performances of musicals around the country.  We urge you to give them their support, as they truly help the new musical theatre community.

Broadway Musical Home

From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, award-winners to cult flops, big-budget spectacles to Fringe transfers, the Broadway Musical Home strives to provide everything you ever wanted to know about the musicals, people and theatres of the Great White Way.


Founded in 1999 to connect the theater industry with a mass consumer audience, features comprehensive listings, news, reviews, interviews and video content. widely distributes email newsletters and special offers to its subscribers, and provides online marketing programs and ticketing services to performing arts organizations, museums, concerts, festivals, events and sports teams across the nation through its proprietary ticketing system, OvationTix

Now Playing on Broadway

The New York Times listing of all musicals running or opening soon in New York, with links to reviews and ticketing. Shows chosen as Critics

Now Playing in Los Angeles

Comprehensive LA theatre listings from TheatreMania (click the ‘Musicals’ genre to see musicals only.)

London Theatres


London is widely regarded as the theatre capital of the world. With over 40 major theatres located in and around the West End, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s going on in theatre land. That’s why we’ve put together this simple interactive map that features all of London’s most popular theatres and the shows currently booking at each of them.


There is a huge variety of musicals, plays and operas booking in London at any given time. Theatre-goers are spoilt for choice, with many critically acclaimed productions to see including The Lion King , Book Of Mormon and The Phantom of the Opera. Select a theatre to find out what shows are currently booking at that venue and for a link to the official website to book tickets.


Central London is a big place and with so many theatres dotted around, it can be difficult to find the right one. The above interactive map shows you the nearest underground stations to each theatre, which will help you to plan your trip and arrive on time. Make sure that you’re not late, otherwise you won’t be admitted until an appropriate break in the show!

A fantastic resource for musical theatre writers, spearheaded by an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and connected editor.  Much more an an e-zine, there’s a wealth of additional information about books, software, writing tips, strategies about getting before the public, as well as a growing library about musicals themselves.

ALAP – Association of Los Angeles Playwrights

The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) is a service and support organization dedicated to protecting the rights and addressing the professional needs of the Los Angeles playwriting community. Founded in 1992, ALAP has a large and diverse membership of area playwrights ranging from students and beginning writers to established professionals.

Tisch – Graduate School in Musical Theatre Writing

American Theatre Wing

Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting education in the theatre, the American Theatre Wing has been an integral and influential part of the theatrical community for the better part of seven decades. Adapting its activities for each successive theatrical generation, ATW focuses today on programs and activities which help students, audiences and members of the theatrical community itself to learn more about what makes theatre tick from the people who make it so vital.

Performing Arts Live

Performing Arts LIVE is the most comprehensive on line source for information about music, theater, and dance events in Southern California. Performing Arts LIVE event listings include the obvious major venues and productions, as well as events at smaller venues, recital halls, libraries, museums, civic and educational centers. We are particularly excited that we can bring to your attention the opportunity to witness young emerging performing artists across Southern California.

Writers’ Guild

Professional writers’ union.  Help with writers’ residuals, contracts, advice, advocacy, support, networking.

Now Playing in Seattle

Comprehensive Seattle theatre listings from TheatreMania (click the ‘Musicals’ genre to see musicals only.)

London Theatre Guide

The ultimate guide to getting London theatre tickets. Here’s everything you need to know about London theatre and the West End.

Seat Plan (London)

Find your perfect seat in London Theatres

  • Expert guides to London theatre seats
  • Seat reviews written by theatregoers like you
  • Photos showing the view from your seat


Guild Signatory Agents and Agencies.

Link to Writers Guild’s list of agents

National Alliance for Musical Theatre

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, founded in 1985, is a national service organization dedicated exclusively to musical theatre. Our mission is to advance musical theatre by nurturing the creation, development, production, and presentation of new musicals. Our 150 members, located throughout 34 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world, and include theatres, presenting organizations, higher education programs and individual producers.

Now Playing in San Francisco

Comprehensive San Francisco theatre listings from TheatreMania (click the ‘Musicals’ genre to see musicals only.)

Rhyming dictionaries

We strongly encourage you NOT to use an online rhyming dictionary for lyrics.  They are meant mainly for pop lyrics, and therefore include slant rhymes, near rhymes, and even false rhymes. Instead, we recommend you purchase a copy of Clement Wood’s classic”Unabridged Rhyming Dictionary” (and really interesting if erudite Poet’s Craft Book), where the incidents of slant rhymes are much fewer.  However, if you know true rhyme when you see it and can reject it when you don’t see it, then here are two unrecommended sources for you:


LA Stage Alliance

LA Stage Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization empowering artists and engaging audiences since 1975, is dedicated to building awareness, appreciation and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles strengthening the sector through audience engagement, community building, collaborative marketing, professional development and advocacy. LA STAGE serves over 500 arts organizations annually, 300+ dues-paying member organizations comprised of professional, educational and community-based producing and presenting performing arts organizations, with the remaining groups coming from the broader arts and culture community.


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