They are:The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde, "a darkly comic look at the famed outlaw couple, with music by Dana P. Rowe (two-time Olivier award nominee for The Fix and The Witches of Eastwick) and book and lyrics by Michael Aman and Oscar E. Moore.Nerds: A Musical Software Satire by Jordan Allen-Dutton & Erik Weiner (creators of the Off-Broadway hit The Bomb-itty of Errors) with music by Hal Goldberg, "an outrageous take on the parallel stories of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and their trailblazing transformation from 'garage inventors' to warring titans of the computer revolution." Andy Goldberg (The Bomb-itty of Errors) directs and Dan Knechtges (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) choreographs.Soon of a Mornin', a world premiere by Andrea Frierson-Toney "based on the tiny African-American community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, whose quilts and music have been exhibited around the world." The piece, following the Benders' "efforts to rebuild their lives after the era of slavery ended, is based on 1941 field recordings" and received a Parsons Fund Award from the Library of Congress."
NYMF previously announced 18 productions selected through its open-submission Next Link Project. More than 30 new musicals in repertory will be presented during the 2005 festival, along with more than 100 concerts, readings, and special events. Dates and venues in midtown Manhattan will be announced. Dedicated to discovering new work and new artists, The New York Musical Theatre Festival "celebrates the diversity, creativity, and future of musical theatre." NYMF is a flagship program of the National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is America's largest annual musical theatre event. For more information, visit www.nymf.org.