The Bernard Shaw estate, represented by the Society of Authors, has teamed up with Mercury Musical Developments and RADA to launch a competition in search of a new musical based on a Bernard Shaw play, a potential rival to My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe’s triumphant version of Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Associates of Mercury Musical Developments are invited to submit an outline treatment consisting of a synopsis, a scene and no more than three songs for a new show based on one of two Shaw plays: Man and Superman, the story of Jack Tanner, Shaw’s very own Don Juan, or The Devil's Disciple, a tale of rebellion and self-sacrifice set against the background of the American War of Independence.
Entries will be assessed by a panel of industry professionals and their shortlist will be judged by an eminent panel of experts.
The winning entry will receive a commission fee of £3,600 and its writers will be commissioned to develop their work into a full draft which will then be given a workshop production at RADA.
The competition is open to all writer associates and professional writer associates of Mercury Musical Developments. Details of how to join MMD are at www.mercurymusicals.com/join.html. Rules of the competition and an entry form can be found at www.mercurymusicals.com/opportunities.html
Submissions deadline: 1 February 2012