NYMF, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 17, has invited 11 musicals to participate in the annual festival now in its seventh year. The new works join the 12 previously announced Next Link Project productions. Additional readings, concerts and auxiliary events will be announced shortly.
Here's a look at the 2010 Invited Musical Selections:
Book, music and lyrics by Ned Massey
"He was dubbed 'the next Dylan, the next Springsteen' by the man who discovered both of them. So why have you never heard of Ned Massey? After a troubled childhood and an unfulfilled shot at fame, a musician questions destiny, faith and forgiveness when he finds himself at rock bottom. With raw honesty and dark wit, Bloodties charts the meteoric trajectory of a life unwillingly propelled by divine messages and the ties that bind."
Fingers and Toes
Book, music and lyrics by Logan Medland
"Tap virtuoso and chronic womanizer 'Toes' Macgrath and relationship-tormented pianist 'Fingers' St. Claire have less than two weeks to create a song and dance show about Love for a big audition with a Broadway producer. But when triple-threat Molly Molloy joins them to play their ingénue, their plans spiral out of control as real romantic entanglements turn the creative process upside down. It's a modern day 'Singin' in the Rain!'"
The History of War
Book by Chip Zien, music by Deborah Abramson, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
"The History Of War is spun from the imagination of a 12-year-old boy — a megalomaniac in training. As he struggles with homework assignments and peculiar visions, he conjures up seven of the most famous tyrants of all time. They did horrible things. He wants to do horrible things. His parents are worried. ...and everybody sings! ... well, almost everybody. Reality and pathology neatly converge in this terrifyingly subversive new musical." Nighttime Traffic
Book, music and lyrics by Alex Wyse
"When Max and his boyfriend Calder find themselves in a hospital awaiting Calder's heart transplant, the nurse supplies them with a mind-altering pill that slows time, turning one minute into one hour. Fueled by a sweeping contemporary score, Nighttime Traffic follows three characters through a world of thumping music, altered perceptions, and unanticipated inspiration as they spin minutes into moments and search for solace in unsettling times."
Book by Maria S. Schlatter, music and lyrics by Glen Roven
Based on the film Gazon Maudit
"Pandora, a suburban housewife, and her serial-philanderer husband, Oliver, have their love and lives turned upside down the day that Mona, a Lesbian-American handywoman, walks through their door. In this raucous, contemporary sex farce, Mona and Oliver face off in a fight to win the greatest prize of all, the love of the beautiful Pandora."
Shine! The Horatio Alger Musical
Book by Richard Seff, music by Roger Dean Anderson, lyrics by Lee Goldsmith
"Lower Manhattan, 1876. Join Dick as he rises from penniless bootblack to budding entrepreneur with a little bit of luck, a little bit of charm, and a whole lot of hard work. Based on Horatio Alger's beloved tale, Dick's adventures bring him face to face with scheming ex-convicts, vicious comic villains, kind benefactors, and a host of colorful characters in this rags-to-riches romp for the whole family."
Show Choir! – The Musical
Book, music and lyrics by Donald Garverick and Mark McDaniels
"International pop phenomenon The Symphonic Sensations rose from small town high school show choir to big time show biz success with an explosion of tight harmonies and jazz hands. As the music bio TV documentary 'Beyond the Façade' follows their thrilling path to fame and adoration by millions, the highs and lows of celebrity are exposed in this musical comedy exploration of America's favorite extracurricular activity."
Book by Christy Hall, music by Jeff Thomson, lyrics by Jordan Mann
"Adrift in their lives, two friends reconnect after ten years and set out to fulfill a childhood promise: to hike the Appalachian Trail together from beginning to end. Over the six-month, 2,000-mile journey, past and present intertwine as the two face both the elements and the ghosts that haunt their memories. As they sift through the ashes of their tumultuous history, a bond of brotherhood struggles to be reborn."
Book by Allan Shapiro and Gary Holmes, music and lyrics by J.C. Johnson and friends
"George, unofficial mayor of 137th Street and a self-proclaimed expert on love, believes it should never be taken seriously. He finally meets his match when he befriends a down-on-her-luck stranger who is not what she seems. A funny and heart-warming look at the romantic travails of three couples learning about love in 1930's Harlem, this musical features a tuneful and jazzy period score by Harlem Renaissance songwriter J.C. Johnson, a colleague of artists such as Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Billie Holiday."
Vote for Me: A Musical Debate
Book, Music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola
"Tea Parties, oil spills, death panels...and that's just the opening statements. In this musicalized Presidential debate where you pick the winner, the candidates dance and sing their way through the three-ring circus of American politics, campaign trails, and family life in the spotlight. Hum along and cast your vote to determine the outcome of the show — and the future of America! The writers of College The Musical return to the festival with this hysterical world-premiere political spoof."
By Anthony Rapp, featuring music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson
"Anthony Rapp presents his turbulent journey through the convergence of two life-changing events: the early days of Rent – including the untimely passing of Jonathan Larson — and the illness and death of his own mother. Based on his New York Times best-selling memoir, Rapp uses a mix of original music and songs by R.E.M. and Larson in a stunning one-man show about grief, hope, and triumph."
The three-week festival features musicals from around the world, culled from invitations and an open-submission process. Numerous Broadway veterans have appeared in past festivals. Some works have found commercial life on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally.
NYMF success stories include Next to Normal, [title of show], Altar Boyz, Yank!, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Big Voice: God or Merman, Captain Louie, Gutenberg! The Musical, Meet John Doe, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire and Shout! The Mod Musical.