The Gala Finals concert event will begin 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 8, 2024, in Neidorff-Karpati Hall at the Manhattan School of Music. This spectacular event promises an unforgettable evening of singing from some of the finest emerging musical theatre soloists along with a celebratory tribute to the late NATS member and legendary voice teacher Florence Birdwell.
Acclaimed host, pianist, and radio personality Seth Rudetsky will emcee the competition. Tony Award-winning actors and singers Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth are the honorary hosts. Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Adam Guettel will serve as one of the competition judges.
The NMTC Gala Finals will showcase the talents of young professional singing actors who have been selected from across the nation during preliminary rounds. As the culmination of months of dedication and hard work, this special concert event is sure to captivate lovers of musical theatre. The evening is also in honor of Florence Birdwell, the legendary voice professor and member of NATS whose students included O’Hara and Chenoweth.
“We’re delighted to have such incredible talent joining us at our Gala Finals,” said Allen Henderson, NATS Executive Director. “Seth Rudetsky, Kelli O’Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, and Adam Guettel are at the top of their field. This evening will be a testament to the power of musical theatre and the impact it has on shaping the future of the performing arts.”
Tickets for the Gala Finals are available now, offering audiences the chance to be part of this extraordinary evening of musical theatre. General admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets (preferred seating and pre-show reception) are $250.
For more information about the National Musical Theatre Competition and the Gala Finals, please visit nats.org.
National Association of Teachers presents:
National Musical Theatre Competition Gala Finals
Monday, January 8, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music
A special concert event with the next generation of musical theatre stars! NATS will award more than $15,000 in cash and prizes to finalists. VIP tickets include a pre-show champagne reception with industry insiders. The evening will also honor legendary voice teacher Florence Birdwell.
- Acclaimed host, pianist, and radio personality Seth Rudetsky will emcee the competition.
- Tony Award-winning actors and singers Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth are the honorary hosts.
- Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Adam Guettel will serve as one of the competition judges.
TICKETS & SPONSORSHIP:
- Individual tickets are $100 each.
- VIP tickets are $250 each (includes preferred seating and pre-show reception).
- Sponsorships available
About the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Founded in 1944, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS, Inc.) is the world’s largest professional association of voice teachers and collaborative pianists with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 35 other countries. Whether working in independent studios, community schools, elementary and secondary schools, higher education, or in the medical field, NATS members represent the diversity of today’s music landscape, teaching in all music styles. Learn more at nats.org.
About the National Musical Theatre Competition
The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) launched the National Musical Theatre Competition (NMTC) in 2011 as the first national competition for the emerging professional musical theatre soloist. Now in its sixth iteration, NMTC has provided industry connections to past competitors and winners that have led to their success on Broadway and other venues. To date, more than 1,000 aspiring singer-actors have participated since the competition began. They have appeared in major Broadway productions, including “Aladdin,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “On Your Feet,” “Bad Cinderella,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Carousel” and more. NMTC takes place in conjunction with the NATS Winter Workshop in New York City, expressly hosted in proximity to the music industry’s top professionals. The semifinal and final rounds of the 2024 competition will be held at the Manhattan School of Music on Monday, January 8, 2024. NATS will award more than $15,000 in cash and prizes. First prize is $10,000 plus a concert at the 2024 NATS National Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a $1,000 Hal Leonard Corporation gift certificate. Second prize is $2,500 plus a $500 Hal Leonard Corporation gift certificate. Third prize is $1,000. Fourth prize is $750. All singers who enter must be 20-28 years old as of the application deadline, which is September 15, 2023. Learn more at nats.org.