Christopher T. Magician's Musical Extravaganza, Just Like Magic, Begins Oct. 7 at NYMF

News   Christopher T. Magician's Musical Extravaganza, Just Like Magic, Begins Oct. 7 at NYMF Just Like Magic, Christopher T. Magician's "magical musical extravaganza," which is billed as a meeting of "Blue's Clues" and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is a special event in the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival, beginning Oct. 7 at the TBG Theater.

Christopher T. Magician
Christopher T. Magician

Steven Cunningham with associate producer John Von Herget present the world premiere of Just Like Magic, which features music by Ryan Mercy, lyrics by Christopher W. Barnes and a book co-written by Barnes and Cameron Cole.

Just Like Magic is scheduled to play Oct. 7 at 8 PM, Oct. 8 at 10:30 PM and Oct. 13 at 8 PM. Directed by Elizabeth Lucas, the cast includes Barnes (who plays Christopher T. Magician and the puppet characters "Jojo the Dodo," "Sammy the Safety Donut" and "The Anti-Chris") and Ryan Lipnicky (the Make-A-Wish Foundation pianist).

In Just Like Magic, according to NYMF notes, "Christopher T. Magician and his entourage have been hired to perform at a child's birthday party, but the show turns decidedly dark as Christopher suffers a complete mental breakdown in front of his young audience. What begins as a fun magic show featuring toe-tapping songs, comedy, and puppetry ends with dead puppets and children scarred for life in this decidedly not-for-kids musical."

Barnes and Mercy have also collaborated on Gage: Part One, the upcoming Dirt Roads and last year's NYMF reading of Most Likely to Die. Cole previously worked with the pair on Gage: Part One, writing the musical's book.

Now in its eighth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is a major marketplace for new material and talent discovery. NYMF "discovers, nurtures and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work." The TBG Theater is located at 312 West 36th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.nymf.org/justlikemagic.

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