A New York nonprofit giving new voice to the past, present, and future of the American musical.
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a not-for-profit production company focused on researching and developing prescient projects that explore the vibrancy of the American musical theatre canon, and how past works influence the artists and repertoire of today and tomorrow. Founded in 2009, UMC relaunched in 2018 after a three-year hiatus for research and development with a renewed focus on presenting works which illuminate the intersection of past, present, and future, and the American musical as a reflection of American consciousness. The Show Time! Trilogy, UMC’s trio of documentary musicals celebrating the history and cultural impact of the American musical, will be presented at the Theatre at Saint Peter’s between 2018 and 2020 in a three-year partnership with The York Theatre Company. Dedicated also to the preservation of rare musical material for future generations, the company will be receiving its own archival collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Ben West (Artistic Director) is a director, producer, performer, writer, and musical theatre historian. His current projects include The Show Time! Trilogy; Direct from Proctor’s 23rd Street Theatre for One Night Only: January 16, 1920; and 514 Broadway. West’s directing credits include Unsung Carolyn Leigh, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook; Gatsby: The Songs in Concert; Make Mine Manhattan; and The Fig Leaves Are Falling. Broadway: Old Acquaintance, assistant director and dramaturg; August: Osage County and The Homecoming, assistant producer; and Talk Radio, production assistant. He has also worked in various capacities on productions at Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and George Street Playhouse. He is the founder of UnsungMusicalsCo. and a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award.