Musical Theatre International ShowSpace launches today!

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Music Theatre International (MTI), the world’s premier theatrical licensor, will play a leading role on the digital stage with the launch of its free online community, MTI ShowSpaceä (, it was announced today by Jason Cocovinis, MTI’s Director of Marketing. Dedicated to people who love and live musical theatre, MTI ShowSpaceä offers thespians and fans a space to connect with anyone and everyone involved in the theatrical process, and serves as a continuously expanding free knowledge database so that members can make their next show their best show. Unlike other social networking outlets, MTI has built an online community that is specific to the practice of putting on a show.

Exclusive interviews with Tony Award-winning composers Stephen Sondheim (WEST SIDE STORY, COMPANY, INTO THE WOODS, SWEENEY TODD), and Jason Robert Brown (THE LAST FIVE YEARS, PARADE, 13), have been posted in celebration of the site’s official launch, and MTI will continue to grow its online library of talks with authors and other leaders in theatre.

“Musicals are a collaborative experience and MTI’s role has always been to connect with and encourage people who are actively creating theatre. MTI ShowSpace™ lets us expand the conversation, giving people another way to communicate with the artists of today and tomorrow, opening up the dialogue to the creative community at large,” says Jason Cocovinis. “We realize the MTI ShowSpace™ audience often uses many different social networks, which is why we designed our site to complement and integrate other media sites.”

Throughout the United States and Canada, 45,000 amateur and professional theatrical organizations involve more than four million households. MTI ShowSpaceä offers each of these organizations — and their over twenty-five million audience members — an organic, multi-leveled way to network.

At a time when the arts are feeling the sting of the economy, the site is specifically designed to help theatre practitioners save time, money and valuable resources with unique relationship-building features. MTI ShowSpaceäprovides a centralized location for community theatres, schools and professional organizations to share, locate or advertise hard-to-build sets, costumes or props. Regardless of their ability, level of involvement in theatre, or geographical location, actors, dancers, composers, authors, producers, educators, students, crewmembers, musicians, administrators, and fans can share their ideas, advice and inspiration in the form of blogs, forums, photos, videos and other dynamic interactive features.

Interactive forums allow educators of all levels to share and receive curriculum enhancement strategies as well as set-building and costume-creation techniques. This peer-to-peer network is further enhanced by a dedicated team of MTI experts who provide immediate assistance to any director who has questions about “putting on a show” in his or her community. The site also provides a stage for the next generation of artists to showcase their talents with photo and video sharing features, while also enabling users to brainstorm about holding auditions, raising funds, securing a venue and producing a great show. The MTI Vault provides an archive of original production photos and other rare media treasures from the past fifty years for reference.

About MTI

Music Theatre International (MTI),, is the leading theatrical licensing agency in the world, representing the performance rights to over 350 musicals. MTI issues performance licenses, collects royalties on behalf of the show’s author(s), and provides the scripts and scores to any school or theatre wishing to perform an MTI title. MTI further offers an array of theatrical resources including Study Guides, Reference Recordings, and videos designed to enhance the rehearsal and facilitate the performance experience. Each year, over 15,000 separate productions of MTI musicals take place in the United States and in 68 other countries around the world.

MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education. Whether it’s the 12,000 high schools that regularly perform MTI shows, or the many community and professional theatres whose outreach programs introduce new audiences to new works, MTI shares with these educators the goal of raising the next generation of theatre artists and audiences.

In 1998, as part of its educational initiative, MTI brought classic musical theatre to elementary and middle school-aged students with – The Broadway Junior Collection™. Broadway Junior is a complete package that includes a first-timer’s “How To” guide to producing Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated musicals – custom tailored to the needs of young people and schools. The success of The Broadway Junior Collection™ is perhaps best measured in the self-confidence, discipline, character, cooperation and self-esteem instilled in the children who have participated in Broadway Junior productions, as they master the diverse skills necessary to creating a musical. In essence, MTI is helping to build better citizens through musical theatre.

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