Musical Theatre West’s New Works Reading Festival

Thank you to all who submitted to our festival! We will announce our selections in mid-December!

Submissions for our 2024 New Works Reading Festival will open in August 2024 for a November Festival.

If you are interested in getting involved with Musical Theatre West’s New Works program or attending the upcoming staged readings, you can sign up HERE. The festival will now take place in January 20-21, 2024.


MTW strives to represent the diverse community of Long Beach that we service in all areas of our company, and encourages writers who represent various race, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identity, age, physical ability, LGBTQIA+, and diverse viewpoints, to submit.


  • Hay Fever: A New Musical
    • Book & Lyrics by David Howard
    • Music by Bret Simmons
  • Missing Peace
    • Book, Music & Lyrics by Kalani Queypo & Kyle Puccia
  • América Tropical
    • Book by Gina Gallego
    • Book & Lyrics Joel S. Bailey
    • Music by Jan Roper


  • Angels of the Southern Accents
    • Book, Music & Lyrics by Rus McCoy
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: A Wilde New Musical
    • Book & Lyrics by David Howard
    • Music by Bret Simmons
  • On This Side of the World
    • Music & Lyrics by Paulo K. Tiról
    • Developed by Noam Shapiro