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Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival is Underscore's cornerstone event. Founded in 2013, CMTF is a showcase of new musicals from across the country, performing daily for three weeks in February during Chicago's Theatre Week.

About the Festival

The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, now in its fifth year, is a new works festival produced by Underscore. We believe there's a wealth of musical theatre creators in Chicago and around the country, but the high risks of producing new musicals means that few companies are willing to take a chance, especially with emerging authors. CMTF is designed from the ground up to keep costs low by sharing resources, to return half of all ticket proceeds to producers, and to showcase emerging authors from Chicago and beyond.
Since CMTF is so involved, we gave it its own website. Check out, and learn more about the festival, its achievements, and how to apply.

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