The Invited Works series will feature 16 musicals, joining the 18 new works announced in May that were chosen from NYMF's open submissions Next Link series.
Joining the previously announced 12 works in the Invited Works series will be:
Bernice Bobs Her Mullet
Book, music and lyrics by Joe Major
"Bernice Bobs Her Mullet is a fun, makeover-musical about a young redneck who leaves her podunk hometown to experience life in the big city (Little Rock)! And it isn't long before she discovers the scariest part of urban living... spoiled teenagers! Soon, Bernice gets swept up in the glamour and politics of popularity and learns the hard way that you shouldn't let it go to your head. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair.'"
The Last Starfighter
Music and lyrics by Skip Kennon
Book by Fred Landau
"From Jonathan Betuel's screenplay to the beloved 1984 film comes the story of 18-year-old Alex Rogan, stuck in a tiny trailer park with nothing much to do but master his favorite video game. Little does he know that the video game has been placed on Earth by Centauri, a con man from another galaxy desperate to save his people and (more importantly) make a buck or two in this cosmically-entertaining sci-fi fantasy romance."
Conceived by Holly-Ann Ruggiero and Delaney Britt Brewer
Written by Delaney Britt Brewer
Music by Brent Lord
"Through a combination of dance, music and dialogue as diverse as the city itself, Platforms unfolds as a Midwestern couple is separated on a crowded New York subway platform. Now, they'll each find new adventures, friends, and perspectives before they find each other." Virtuosa
Book by Diane Seymour
Featuring the music of Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms
"Virtuosa captures the extraordinary life of Clara Schumann in a perfect marriage of words and instrumental music. Child prodigy, pianist extraordinaire, composer, muse to the great geniuses of the Romantic era, mother of seven, businesswoman — the original Superwoman. This one woman, one pianist play examines the power of art to sustain us and the sacrifices we are willing to make to create balance in our lives."
Book, music and lyrics by John Gregor
"An old-fashioned, new musical comedy about five maladjusted, eccentric, isolated, awkward, sweet, naive, nerdy little boys, who are sent away to boarding school in Maine, where they ultimately find acceptance, friendship and even some normalcy."
Now in its fourth year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival has provided artists writing for the theatre a chance to stage their works in a time when it has become cost prohibitive to do so.
Over 90 productions have taken part in the fast-growing, largest musical theatre festival in the world. NYMF has been the breeding ground for success stories like Altar Boyz, 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, [title of show] and Shout! The Mod Musical.
The fourth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival runs Sept. 17–Oct. 7. For further information visit www.nymf.org.