Now in its third year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival is a three-week event in NYC that has premiered over 70 musicals in its first two years, becoming the largest musical theatre event in American history. The Festival launched shows that have found life beyond the three-week event: Altar Boyz, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Captain Louie, and more recently, [title of show] and Shout! had developmental productions under the NYMF umbrella.
NYMF 2006 featured 312 performances, including the premiering of 34 new musicals and 84 musical theatre events and a broad range of programming that will include full productions, developmental works, concerts, seminars and panels, partner events, commissions and, for the first time, the NYMF Dance Series.
The Next Link Project makes up more than half of the productions that play at the NYMF — the other works seen at the festival are part of the NYMF Invited Works, which gives international productions their American debuts.
Of the more than 30 full productions in the Festival this year, half have been selected through the Next Link Project, an open submission process in which musicals undergo blind evaluations by a reading committee before being selected by a jury of leading theater professionals. From almost 400 submissions, 15 works were awarded the opportunity for full production in the 2006 Festival.
The Next Link productions include Desperate Measures, Emerald Man, Flight of the Lawnchair man, Go-Go Beach, Have a Nice Life, Hot and Sweet, Journey to the West, Kingdom, Lunch, Oedipus for Kids, River’s End, Smoking Bloomberg, The Screams of Kitty Genovese, Three Sides and Warrior.
The Invited Productions include Behind the Limelight, Gutenberg! The Musical, Having It Almost, J.O.B. the Hip-Hopera, Party Come Here, The Children, The Man in My Head, The Night of the Hunter, The Paisley Sisters’ Christmas Special, The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun, This Could Be Love, This Could Be Love, Virgins and White Noise.
New this year, NYMF presented The Dance Series, a group of choreographically-driven productions exploring the relationship between dance and musical theater: All is Love, Common Grounds and School Daze.
The Developmental Series includes Alive in the World, Chang & Eng, Cumberland Blues, Drift, Magpie, Saint Heaven, The Tales of Custard the Dragon, The Chocolate Tree and Wallenberg.
The NYMF Concert and Special Event Series includes Baby Wants Candy, Blue Lou and the Bullyfish, Little by Little, The Macguffin?, The Tales of Custard the Dragon, The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds, NYMF at Ars Nova, A New Generation of Song: The Future of Musical Theatre, Angels, Illyria, Maria, Maria, Moopim and What@Trip!.
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