Festival of New Musicals to Feature D'Abruzzo, Foster, Murney, Porter and More

News   Festival of New Musicals to Feature D'Abruzzo, Foster, Murney, Porter and More Casting has been announced for the eight musicals that will comprise the 17th Annual Festival of New Musicals, which is presented by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

A host of Broadway favorites — including Hunter Foster, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Terrence Mann, Will Chase, Julia Murney, Billy Porter and Michael Rupert — will be featured in the festival, which is held Sept. 25-26 at Dodger Stages.

The eight selected musicals, which were culled from more than 100 applicants, follow.

Ace by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker; directed by Steven Minning; starring Christiane Noll

Caraboo, Princess of Javasu by Marsha Norman, Beth Blatt and Jenny Giering; directed by Will Frears; starring Celia Keenan-Bolger and Andrew Lippa

The Funkentine Rapture by Lee Summers and Ben Blake; directed by Summers; starring Billy Porter and Marva Hicks •I Love You Because by Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman; directed by Daniel Kutner; starring Stephanie D'Abruzzo

A Little Princess by Brian Crawley and Andrew Lippa; directed by Susan H. Schulman; starring Will Chase and Julia Murney

Meet John Doe by Andrew Gerle, Eddie Sugarman and Matt August; directed by Joe Calarco; starring Donna Lynne Champlin and Michael Rupert

Party Come Here by Daniel Goldfarb and David Kirshenbaum; directed by Lonny Price; starring Fyvush Finkel, Hunter Foster and Terrence Mann

River's End by Cheri Coons and Chuck Larkin; directed by Lee Sankowich; starring Matt Farnsworth and Jodie Langel

Since its inception in 1989, the NAMT Festival has presented more than 170 musicals, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Princesses, Honk!, Songs for a New World, Summer of '42 and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.

Admission to the Festival is by invitation only.