UH Musical Theater Lab added to prestigious Dramatist's Guild national theater committee

Austin Tice

Staff Writer

The UH Musical Theater Lab has been named to the prestigious nominating committee of the Dramatist's Guild, the only national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists.

Each year, the committee nominates 15 new musicals for review by the Guild's advisory committee. After critical review by the council faculty, three to five musicals are given funding to become actual productions.

The University of Houston is one of only two universities to be named to the board, and the only institution outside of New York.

One of the major reasons UH was selected as a member of the committee is because faculty member Stuart Ostrow.

Among many other accomplishments, Ostrow won a Tony award for his production of the musical 1776.

"They look for professionals to be on their committees. Stuart Ostrow is on the faculty, and so they asked us to be on the committee," said Box Office Manager Jim Williams.

Ostrow founded the Musical Theater Lab in 1995. The purpose of the lab is to create and produce new musicals.

"We work to condition these pieces to be sent to New York," Williams said.

Doll, which was written and produced by the lab in 1995, is now in the pre-production stage in New York.

The lab has also attracted noted composer Jerry Bock and playwright Jerry Sterner, who wrote the lab's next production, 1040.

"We are excited that the students are able to work with professionals of this caliber," said Williams.

1040 is a parody about tax reform which will run in mid-November.

For tickets and showtimes, visit the theater box office in the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre complex or call (713) 743-2929.

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