Submissions are now open for the September Musical Cafe Showcase!

The May Musical Cafe Showcase was a huge success!

Play Cafe’s second 2015 Musical Cafe Showcase, presented on May 3 at Stage Werx Theatre in San Francisco, was a huge success!  Songs and scenes from four new musicals by Bay Area writers and composers were performed by a cast of 16 talented actor/singers to a sold-out audience. The show featured work in a variety of styles and settings, from classic to contemporary, with music direction by Phil Surtees.

About the Musical Cafe Showcase:

The Musical Cafe Showcase is an afternoon of songs and scenes from new musicals by Northern California writers and composers. A maximum of 20 minutes of material will be presented from each show.

Details about the shows that were presented on May 3 can be found at the Musical Cafe tab.

It takes many hands to make the Musical Cafe Showcases happen. If you’d like to help in any way, please get in touch with Sandy at  We’re particularly looking for a House Manager, and help with box office, social media, and traditional marketing/publicity. Want to participate  in some other way? Maybe direct a 20 minute musical theatre piece?  Are you interested in performing?  Making a donation?  Let us know!

Call for Submissions for September 2015 Musical Cafe Showcase

Submissions will be accepted from April 1 to May 31, 2015

Performance date September, 2015 (exact date and location tbd).

About the Musical Cafe Showcase:

We will provide a pianist. Participating writers and composers must provide their own performers (maximum 6) and arrange for their own rehearsal time and space. There will be a limited number of rehearsal times available with our pianist. Writers and composers will be expected to participate in planning and promoting the Showcase. The pianist’s fee and the costs of venue rental, insurance and limited publicity will be paid by Play Cafe, but there is no additional funding available. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer feedback on submissions at this time.


1.  At least one member of writing team must live in Northern California.
2.  The show must be unproduced (other than a workshop production).
3.  The show may be a work in progress, or have been completed within the last five  years.
4.  If the show is an adaptation of another work, you must own the rights to underlying material, unless it is in the public domain.
5.  The music must be original.
6.  Unless book, lyrics and music were all written by the same person, you must have a written collaboration agreement.
7.  Shows of any length are eligible, but the material presented may not exceed 20 minutes.

The submission deadline is midnight Sunday night, May 31, 2015.

Send (1) a short synopsis of the show (maximum 500 words), (2) 10 pages of the libretto in pdf format with a cover sheet giving your contact information, (3) 3 songs in mp3 format, and (4) the written piano/vocal score of one of the three songs in pdf format.  (Formatting guidelines for a musical script and/or score are available at

Send the above materials to  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.




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