A New York nonprofit giving new voice to the past, present, and future of the American musical.
UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a nonprofit production company focused on researching, developing, and presenting prescient new works which illuminate the intersection of past, present, and future, and speak to the American musical as a reflection of American consciousness. Founded in 2009, UMC relaunched in 2018 after a three-year hiatus for research and development with its renewed focus on past, present, and future, and projects which entertain, enlighten, and inspire. 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 writer, director, producer, performer, and musical theatre historian. His current stage projects include The Show Time! Trilogy, three new documentary musicals about the evolution and cultural impact of the American musical, with direction by Shannon Lewis and Parker Esse and musical continuity by Fran Minarik; Direct from Proctor’s 23rd Street Theatre for One Night Only: January 16, 1920, a new vaudeville documentary; February ’43, a new documentary musical examining the origins and aftermath of the Minstrel Show; and Melodyland, a new documentary about Chicago in the early-1900s. His directing credits include Unsung Carolyn Leigh for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. West has lectured and spoken at the Library of Congress, U.S. Copyright Office, and Yale University, where he recently curated an exhibit for the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. He has worked in various capacities on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally. He is the founder of UnsungMusicalsCo. and a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award.
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UMC Board of Directors
Anthony C. Bonadio, Victoria Longo, Yunhee Park, Jess Sodaski, Donald Tansey, Ben West
UMC Creative Council
Jeff Bowen, Mark Brokaw, Marc Bruni, Abby G. Burton, Will Friedwald, Larry Hart, Greg Jarrett, Julia Kraus, Shannon Lewis, Karen Mason, Doug Reside, Misy Singson, Tyler Spicer, Ryan VanDenBoom