In addition to the eight festival shows, seen with stars and rising stars in excerpt form in staged readings, NAMT will present the Songwriter Showcase on Oct. 8.
Since 1989, NAMT's Festival of New Musicals has introduced theatre producers to more than 175 musicals and 300 writers. More than three-fourths of these shows have had further development, tours and licensing agreements, leading to thousands of subsequent productions.
The 2006 Festival of New Musicals is produced by Jayson Raitt. The eight selected shows, culled from a pool of more than 100 applicants, were selected by the NAMT festival committee, comprised of artistic directors and producers from NAMT member organizations.
The eight selected musicals and their respective casts and directors for the 2006 festival include:
Vanities – A New Musical, book by Jack Heifner, music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum, based on the original play Vanities by Heifner. Directed by Jack Heifner, with Megan Hilty, Leslie Kritzer, Sarah Stiles. The Songwriter Showcase will feature the performers Kathy Brier, Liz Callaway, Eden Espinosa, Christopher Fitzgerald, Jenna Leigh Green, Colin Hanlon, Adam Jacobs, Jeremy Kushnier and Sally Mayes. They will sing the work of Eleanor Albano, Anthony Barnao and Ron Abel, Barbara Anselmi and Carla Rose Arnone, David A. Austin, Neil Bartram, Margaret Dorn and Janie Barnett, Adam Gwon, David Howard and Bret Simmons, Scott Logsdon and Steve Marzullo, Robert Maddock and Reza Jacobs, Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo.
NAMT was founded in 1985 and is based in New York City. The National Alliance for Musical Theatre is the only national service organization dedicated exclusively to musical theatre. The Festival brings together leading theatre producers and writers, with the goal of furthering the development and production of new musicals.
NAMT membership includes not-for-profit and commercial theatres, presenting houses, universities, and independent producers. Located throughout 33 states and six countries, the 144 member organizations "share a commitment to nurture the creation, production, and recognition of new musicals and classics."
Last season, NAMT members cumulatively staged over 23,000 performances attended by over 17 million people and reached revenues of over $510 million.
Kathy Evans is executive director of NAMT. For more information, visit www.namt.org.