Our First Festivals, A Festival First

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A Festival “First”

Before Mainstreet, there were no local, annual, coordinated new works festivals, run by local theatre artists, featuring highly vetted musicals identified by other theatre artists, all coordinated by an artist-owned collective.  These Festivals, in the planning stages for several years, and in our dreams for decades, is now up and running.  MainStreet Affiliates in five cities have presented, for the first time ever, complete live performance festivals featuring three musicals selected by Mainstreet Evaluations. 

Theatre professionals in other cities are hearing about it and signing on to open their own Mainstreet Festival.  They can see that, though it requires a little work and a small organization, it provides big opportunities and benefits to everyone associated with it.  It’s well worth the effort.

So we’re finally up and running… ready to bring you “Tomorrow’s Hit Musicals… TODAY.”

MAINSTREET FESTIVALS in 18 Cities
Showcase The Year’s Finest New Shows

LOCAL PERFORMERS / NO-FRILLS CONCERT READINGS

  • Every year, Festivals introduce the three best new musicals we’ve seen all year,
  • Generating increased audience appreciation and boosting local business,
  • Increasing the range of possibilities for local development and new works production.

In the planning stage for several years, and in our dreams for decades, MainStreet Affiliates in a growing number of American cities will present annual coordinated three-show Festivals.  Each Festival will feature the year’s three MainStreet Award-winning musicals. 

This project is unprecedented in our cultural history.  Never before has an organization put new musicals, prior to their production, into multiple cities in a coordinated program of public concert-readings.

Each Festival is independent, supervised by a local MainStreet Affiliate Team.  They make all arrangements to prepare and present the season.

  • 1-3 weekends; each show performed at least twice;
  • Tickets sold singly and by subscription;
  • Local and national marketing;
  • Minimal production - no elaborate staging, costumes or scenery;
  • Brand new opportunities for local producers and investors to “get in” on the ground floor!

The MainStreet Festival Cities

The MainStreet Awards

MainStreet Musicals

Cast of SHINE Benefits presented in New Orleans and in Slidell, LA..

Got a MUSICAL?
MSM Evaluates Musicals and selects three
for presentation by
Regional Affiliates.

Submit a MusicalMainStreet Cities

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The MainStreet Team

Tim Jerome, President

Barbara Bellman

Bill Liberman

Ron Spivak

Robert Kesten

Sarah Melissa Rotker

Wren Marie Harrington

Nancy Robillard

Alyce Mott

Roger Ames

Christian Sebek

Manuel Zarate

Jenna Maryn

Aaron David Gleason

Doug Barron

Main Street Musicals

ARTISTIC ADVISORY

(partial list)

Lynn Ahrens

Emanuael Azenberg

Gabriel Barre

Patricia Birch

Michael Cassara

Kathleen Chalfant

Graciela Daniele

Stephen Flaherty

Sutton Foster

Sheldon Harnick

George Hearn

Judy Kaye

Nina Lannan

Peter Lawrence

Hal Linden

John Lithgow

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill

Patti Lupone

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Dina Merrill

Robert Petkoff

Harold Prince

Thomas Schumacher

Thomas Z. Shepard

Tony Walton

Lillias White

Main Street Musicals

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Human Stage

MainStreet is proud to partner with Victor Herbert Source.
Contact them at 917-815-8899

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