The National Alliance of Musical Theatre is getting ready for its 10th annual Festival of New Musicals, to be held in New York City Sept. 13 & 14. The festival is intended to give the theatre community a peek at shows being developed by companies across the country. The general public can attend the free staged readings (book in hand, no choreography), though attendees of a concurrent Alliance conference can reserve seating.
As in previous years, the readings will be held in the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theatres on W. 42nd St. An opening ceremony will take place in the Fairbanks on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 5 PM. For information, call (212) 265-5376.
Following is this year's roster of shows:
Barrio Babies: Book and lyrics by Luis Santeiro, music by Fernando Rivas. A story about a group of Latino artists trying to succeed in Hollywood.
Blackbirds of Broadway: Conceived by Marion J. Caffey and David Coffman. A celebration of swing, blues, gospel and jazz inspired by the Blackbird revues of Broadway, London and Paris in the 1920's, 30's and 40's.
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin: Book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs. Young Viveca's story of self-discovery and fulfillment.
Dorian: Book, music and lyrics by Richard Gleaves. An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray.
King Island Christmas: Book and lyrics by Deborah Baley Brevoort, music by David Freidman. The populace of the remote Alaskan King Island wait on Christmas Eve for a ship carrying their holiday goods. Based on the children's book by Jean Rogers.
O. Henry's Lovers: Book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, music by Michael Valenti. A musical drawn from three stories by the turn-of-the century, short-story writer.
On Borrowed Time: Music and lyrics by John Clifton, book by Bruce Peyton, original libretto by William F. Brown. An adaptation of Paul Osborne's play about an old man who traps the grim reaper in a tree.
Urban Myths: Music and lyrics by John Bucchino, book by James D. Waedekin. A telling of the myths that pass for truth among angst-ridden city dwellers.
Dedicated to preserving the American musical theatre as an art form, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre hopes to provide "a forum for sharing resources and information relating to the profession of musical theatre." This year's NAMT conference, of which the festival is the centerpiece, offers panels with field professionals on such topics as legal rights issues, commissions and transferring works.