FIRST LOOK is a new program from New Musicals Australia. FIRST LOOK gives writers and composers a chance to present a showcase from their musical and receive direct feedback on their work by industry professionals. NM First Look

Each participant would present up to 10 minutes of their work whether that be musical numbers, with or without lyrics or just dialogue scenes. Your musical does not need to be completed in order to present at FIRST LOOK.

Simply present 10 minutes from your show and then receive direct and constructive feedback from the musical theatre professionals, including Katherine Thomson, Michel Tyack, and Helen Dallimore.

FIRST LOOK is a full day of learning and experiencing musical theatre writing and composition. All of the writers and or composers from each presentation will be present for the other presentations and feedback seasons with up to 14 musicals presented on the day. This is a great opportunity for composers and writers to witness firsthand the advice and wisdom from our panel and gain perspective on the many aspects of putting together a musical.

Date: Sunday 27 August 2017

Submissions now open.


How to submit

Please send a one page submission (in a word document) out lining your work and the vision you may have for your musical. Please include information on the writers in the form of a short bio. Please also indicate what you might present on the day.

Please email your submission to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once selected you will be asked to pay an administration fee which will cover you for the entire day, $120 this can be payable by credit card.
You will then be sent information about the day – start times and when you are scheduled to present your work.