New York Musical Theatre Festival Gala Sept. 13 is Overture to Slew of Shows Sept. 14-Oct. 3

News   New York Musical Theatre Festival Gala Sept. 13 is Overture to Slew of Shows Sept. 14-Oct. 3 The first New York Musical Theatre Festival, a celebration of musicals that includes special events, seminars and many fully staged new works in Equity showcase productions, kicks off Sept. 13 with a gala evening that heralds the start of shows on Sept. 14.
A scene from Caligula at NYMF
A scene from Caligula at NYMF

The musical Houdini is among a couple of NYMF events starting Sept. 13, with the more works launching Sept. 14 and on later dates.

Fans and supporters of the not-for-profit festival – an initiative of the National Musical Theater Network — can mingle with the stars and bid on auction items during a private VIP reception 6 PM Sept. 13. Included among the silent auction items are two tickets to the 2005 Tony Awards, opening night tickets and party for Little Women starring Sutton Foster, a pair of tickets to a year's worth of invitation-only private VIP pre-release movie screenings courtesy of producer Bryan Bantry, and a unique and personalized answering machine message recorded by John Stamos.

Performers at the 7:30 PM performance section of the gala include Stephanie D'Ambruzzo, Bob Gaynor, Dierdre Goodwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Liz McCartney, Judy McLane, Euan Morton, Adam Pascal, Jody Reynard, Anika Noni Rose, David St. Louis, The Altar Boyz, Kate Shindle and others.

The NYMF gala is at The China Club, 268 West 47th Street. For information, call (212) 561-1640 or visit www.nymf.org.

Ticket prices vary from $250 Individual (tax deductible portion is $175, and includes private dinner reception with Broadway stars, silent auction and VIP seating); $400 Couples (tax deductible portion is $250 per couple, and includes private dinner reception with Broadway stars, silent auction and VIP seating); $50 Child (tax deductible portion is $25 and is available for children under 18 accompanied by an adult); plus general admission tickets that range $75 (tax deductible portion is $25, for Gala Performance and Opening Night Celebration Party). For more information about the NYMF shows and events, visit www.nymf.org.

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The New York Musical Theatre Festival is produced under the auspices of The National Musical Theater Network, a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization. "Dedicated to discovering new works, new artists and creating new stars, NYMF will do for musical theatre what Sundance does for independent film: celebrate its diversity, creativity and future," according to its mission statement.

The festival, running in many New York City venues, will offer a variety of programs including concerts, readings, movies and other full productions such as The Altar Boyz, Tusk, Meet John Doe, Tim and Scrooge, Far From the Madding Crowd, Caligula, The Blue Flower, The Man Who Would Be King, Top Gun! The Musical and the award-winning Like You Like It.

A scene from <i>The Blue Flower</i> at NYMF.
A scene from The Blue Flower at NYMF.