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The 8th annual New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2011 is taking place September 26 - October 16, 2011 at several venues in Manhattan, New York City.
New York Musical Theatre Festival is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms.
Only 30 new musicals are selected to perform during the three-week festival, so one can be sure they are among the very best. Some of them are:
Date of a LifetimeBook and Lyrics by Carl KissinMusic by Robert Baumgartner Jr.Directed by Jeremy DobrishWith Farah Alvin, Jamie LaVerdiereDuring a speed date, both parties fantasize about what life might be like with that person.
This piece began as a 3-minute monologue and is now a full-length musical comedy. It is currently 25 times longer than when it began. At this rate, by next year it will have a running time of approximately 31 hours.
The Big BankPresented by The Seligmann BrothersDirected By David Glenn ArmstrongWith Klea Blackhurst, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Stacey Todd HoltThis musical about foreclosure was originally written 16 years ago, more on a dare than anything else. Today it can be the musical of our time.
Central Avenue Breakdownby Kevin Ray and Josh SohnDirected by Christopher WindomWith Albert Christmas, Rodrick Covington, Jennie L. Harney, Josh Tower, Rebecca LaChanceA wonderful tale of two brothers during the LA Jazz Renaissance trying to make a name for themselves.
The Brain That Wouldn't Die! In 3D!!!Book and Lyrics by T. Sivak and E. GelmanMusic by T. SivakDirected by Tim Drucker With Stephen R. Buntrock, Kathy Voytko, Jamie Jackson, Brian Charles Rooney, Taryn Darr, Liz BaltesIt’s 1961 and Dr. Dick Cuttingham will go to any lengths to further science -- even Murder!
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, A MusicalBook, Music, and Lyrics by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs Directed by Igor GoldinWith Jacque Carnahan, Darren Bluestone, Doug Carpenter, Patricia Noonan, Donna Lynne Champlin Another take on the timeless English classic, again with music.
Madame X - The MusicalBook, Music, and Lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini and Robert Hetzel Directed by Gerard Alessandrini A take on Douglas Sirk films and the ever-durable genre of the altruistic, self sacrificing mother.
The Kid Who Would Be PopeBook, Music and Lyrics by Tom Megan and Jack Megan Directed by Gabriel BarreWith Eric Anderson, Kyle Brenn, Leah Greenhaus, Matthew GumleyA charming musical comedy about first loves, youthful obsession, and the search for miracles.
Outlaws: The Ballad of Billy the KidBook by Perry Liu, Joe Calarco and Alastair William KingMusic by Alastair William King and Perry LiuLyrics by Perry LiuConceived by Alastair William King and Perry LiuDirected and Choreographed by Jenn RappWith Corey Boardman, Isabel Santiago, David Murgittroyd, Justin Gregory Lopez, Travis McClung The saga one of the Wild West’s most infamous outlaws, set to an edgy rock score.
Ms. Se Jung Kook and her collaborators bring together Eastern and Western song forms performed on the electone – an unusual triple-keyboard digital instrument capable of mimicking an entire orchestra!
Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie DameBook and Lyrics by Onalea GilbertsonMusic by Onalea Gilbertson, Jonathan Lewis and Morag Northey Directed by Rachel AveryWith Onalea GilbertsonAn oral history set to music of a 93-year-old woman who survived the Great Depression, the Second World War and tragic lost love.
Gatsby: The Songs in ConcertBook by Hugh WheelerMusic by Lee PockrissLyrics by Carolyn LeighDirected by Ben WestWith Matt Cavenaugh, Autumn Hurlbert, Jenny Powers, Megan Sikora, Max von Essen This world premiere concert of Gatsby features the rich, jazz-infused score written for F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic Roaring '20s novel. The unproduced musical adaptation was announced to open on Broadway in 1970 but never happened.
Tempest Toss'dConceived by Sarah Rosenberg and Luis Reyes CardenasAdaptation by Sarah RosenbergMusic and Lyrics by Eric Luke and William Shakespeare Directed by Sarah Rosenberg The students of Los Angeles’s PUC schools present a musical adaptation of The Tempest in an interactive adventure that mixes Frankie and Annette-style beach party songs with the Bard’s original text.
The Developmental Series is for works in progress, and one of them is:
Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing To SettleBook by Kelvin Moon Loh and Nikki MacCallumMusic and Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn Directed by Allegra Libonati "Nikki plunges into the matrix of the world wild web to emerge as a guru of the do’s and don’ts of Internet Dating. Armed with an antiquated guide to matchmaking (passed down from her dear old bubbe) and the enlisted help of three modern day Cyber Yentas (Match.com Guy, JDate Guy and OK Cupid), Nikki shares her "sure-fire" strategy to nab the near impossible: One Good Date. Although all the dating stories are TRUE, the USERnames have been changed to protect the innocent."
In addition, NYMF again partners with the Paley Center to present a weekend of television musical screenings, which will run in conjunction with the Festival.
Peter Pan (1960)This was the Broadway production staged and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with music and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap, and additional music and lyrics by Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It starred Mary Martin in the role -- second only to Nellie in South Pacific -- that she was most noted for; Cyril Ritchard co-starred.
Hallmark Hall of Fame: Peter Pan (1976)This television adaptation of the J.M. Barrie tale includes music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and stars Mia Farrow and Danny Kaye. Directed by Dwight Hemion and choreographed by Michael Kidd, and featuring Virginia McKenna, Paula Kelly and John Gielgud.
Cinderella (1957)The only collaboration for television by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, this 1957 telecast is a bona fide classic. Starring Julie Andrews, with Edie Adams, Kaye Ballard, Alice Ghostley, Ilka Chase, Jon Cypher, Dorothy Stickney and Howard Lindsay. Directed by Ralph Nelson and choreographed by Jonathan Lucas.
Cindy (1978)This original musical version of Cinderella with songs by Stan Daniels is set in 1943 Harlem. With Charlaine Woodard (in the title role), Clifton Davis (as "Joe Prince"), Mae Mercer, Nell Carter, Alaina Reed and Clevant Derricks. Directed by William A. Graham and choreographed by Donald McKayle.
Since its inception in 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival has premiered more than 250 new musicals -- more than 70 of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters in almost every state, and in 16 countries worldwide.
This year will no doubt be no different.
For more information go to www.nymf.org.
New York Musical Theatre FestivalSeptember 26 - October 16, 2011
47th Street Theatre304 W 47th StreetNew York City
McGinn/Cazale Theatre 2162 BroadwayNew York City
New World Stages340 W. 50th StreetNew York City
Signature Theatre The Peter Norton Space 555 W 42nd StreetNew York City
The Theater at St. Clements 423 W. 46th StreetNew York City
TBG Theater312 W. 36th StreetNew York City
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