Musical Cafe

In the news!

Please read the article in the May/June 2020 edition of the


Dramatists Guild Magazine.




Earlier in 2020:

Award-winning composer/lyricist, orchestrator and music director, New York composer, former Bay Area resident Rona Siddiqui led a brilliant online discussion on the nuts and bolts of launching and maintaining a musical theatre carreer in New York. 

Thank you Rona. We all appreciated your warm, friendly candor. We learned quite a bit. May success continue to be with you.

Jen Coogan -We are so inspired!!!Thank you for finding us such a powerful female example to follow!🤩👏 so grateful to you Rona, and to Musical cafe,  RichardLorettaJamie, and Sandy for putting it on!


RONA’S WEBSITE: http://ronasiddiqui.com/index.html

RONA’S BIO: http://ronasiddiqui.com/bio.html

Musical Cafe Next Stages 

First 2020 Reading A Success

The Musical Cafe team had a very successful Next Stages reading of Ira Marlowe's new musical, "The Unseen World". Thank you, Loretta Janca, for fielding an excellent cast. They nailed it! Jamie Greenblatt, you are our unflappable Zoom Master. Sandy Kasten kept us on track with her clear organization.

Literary dramaturg Allison Bergman and musical dramaturg Min Kahng delved deep to give Ira the feedback that he'll need to take his wonderfully clever musical into rewrites for the second reading, July 25th.


We're adjusting to the constraints of the Covid-19 era and continue to thrive, providing quality developmental support to our amazing Bay Area musical theatre community.

THANK YOU to all involved!

Photos by Marc Sternberger

Videos by John Quick


Musical Cafe is a musical theatre development and education program for Northern California-based writers and composers.

From a juried submission process, our Next Stages program choses musicals that will each have two full private readings with an excellent cast. At each reading, the creatives receive detailed feedback and support from our team of literary and musical dramaturgs. The creatives then have time for re-writes before the second round of readings roughly two months later.


Some of the musicals we work with are chosen for a full length, concert style public showcase.


Our Musical Cafe Showcase Series present new works in progress. Presented in front of an audience consisting of theatre professionals and friends of musical theatre, four shows are chosen for twenty minute semi-staged showcase performances.


Musical Cafe also presents classes, workshop and seminars on the myriad aspects of creating musical theatre through out the year.


Eligibility Requirements: At least one member of the creative [i.e. writing] team must be a resident of one of the following Northern California counties:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo.


Musical Cafe is a program of Play Cafe, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help San Francisco Bay Area playwrights develop their work. The Musical Cafe team includes several production managers and a group of volunteers who sell concessions, usher, photograph, and make numerous other contributions of time and effort to ensure the success of each Showcase performance. Creatives and casts selected for a particular Showcase become an essential part of that team, and are encouraged to become part of our ongoing effort to make new, original, locally-sourced musical theatre in the Bay Area.


Many of the Bay Area's wonderful actors and singers have participated in Musical Cafe to date, and we are always looking for the newest, freshest actors and singers to audition for and perform with us.


Most importantly, our enthusiastic, energetic Musical Cafe audience members and behind-the-scene supporters have been and remain a key part of this program and whatever success we've achieved.

Listen to the interview with KPFA's Program Director and host of Bauersfeld Playhouse, Kevin Cartwright and The Paper Raincoat writers Devon Copley, Amber Rubarth and Richard Jennings. May 26th, 2019


Congratulations to “THE PAPER RAINCOAT”
A New Musical in Concert Format
by Devon Copley, Amber Rubarth, Alex Wong

Musical Cafe's Next Stages Inaugural Production 



Thank you to everyone involved. 


Excellent Houses, Standing Ovation! Great Feedback, A Strong Production.




Photos by Colin Hussey

Musical Cafe in the News!

Read the article in the May/June 2020 edition of the Dramatists Guild Magazine:




Play Cafe in the News!

Read the article in the January/February 2020 edition of the Dramatists Guild Magazine:  https://zurl.co/NCw0  





Musical Cafe's Next Stages on the Radio!

New Musical “The Paper Raincoat” Presented by Musical Cafe June 1 & 2, 2019  in Berkeley.

First time Musical Cafe has showcased a musical in its entirety.

Listen to the interview on KPFA: https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=311505

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