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Across A Crowded Room

Across A Crowded Room Meetup


UPDATED: September 25, 2013

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is excited to announce the first ever meetup for participants in the musical theater writing game, Across A Crowded Room

Participants have been placed into nine groups, each with a composer, a lyricist, a book-writers, and a singer, and given 10 days to a plot a synopsis with song titles and at least one complete song (with music and lyrics) in response to the prompt:  

Write a musical set during the 2013 NYC mayoral race

In the last hour, a panel of distinguished musical theater professionals including Thomas Meehan, Joshua Schmidt, Lisa Lambert, and Susan Birkenhead will be on hand to respond to the work and give advice and feedback.

 Please arrive promptly by 6:00 if you are a performer.  If you are just coming to watch, arrive by 6:30.

Click to signup as an audience member.


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Doug, I don't live in NY anymore, but I want to participate in Across A Crowded room. When I click to register, I'm prompted to login using my NY public library card information. How can I register without having a NY Public Library card? Thanks! Emma

Emma, Library cards aren't

Emma, Library cards aren't required. It's an optional field.

What a Great Idea!

Thanks for coming up with such a stellar idea. I know the room will be crowded with talent.


No need for a library card number, but please enter your email in the form when you sign up. Otherwise we won't be able to give you important info about the event.


I am looking forward to this event! Am I eligible if recently graduated?


Totally eligible. Student status is not considered!

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