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O’Neill sets musical slate

New work by Gwon, Collins, Davis on tap

New works by Adam Gwon, Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis are among the tuners selected for the 2012 National Music Theater Conference, the annual legit development program held every summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

The program — a companion initiative to the National Playwrights Conference at the Waterford, Conn., campus — has helped launch projects including “Avenue Q,” “In the Heights” and “Nine.”

A slot in the conference entails a residency with performers, directors and designers culminating in a couple of public performances that can often attract the attention of Gotham legiters, given the O’Neill’s proximity to New York.

The latest with songs by Gwon (“Ordinary Days”), “String,” has a book by Sarah Hammond about the three Fates of Greek mythology in a contempo city.

Collins and Davis, who recently picked up the Jonathan Larson Grant for their tuner “Southern Comfort,” head to the O’Neill with “When We Met,” a show they wrote in collaboration with Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther. Storyline follows a quantum physicist and a pet psychic who fall in love.

Also on the slate is Bryan Putnam’s “The ToyMaker,” about a childless woman who sets out to find a fabled toy, as well as “A Good Man,” a musical with book and lyrics by Philip S. Goodman and music by Ray Leslee (“Avenue X”), centering on a black sharecropper in 1940s Mississippi whose life is turned upside down when he decides to paint his house white.

NMTC runs June 20-July 13.

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