NYMF Productions Featuring Yates, Wiley and Murphy Open Oct. 2

News   NYMF Productions Featuring Yates, Wiley and Murphy Open Oct. 2 The 4th Annual New York Musical Theatre Festival continues to debut new musicals chock-full of Broadway talent.

Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley hoof their way into Jeff Hochhauser and Bob Johnston's Mud Donahue and Son at the 45th Street Theatre Oct. 2 at 8 PM. Wiley portrays "Jack, a passionate kid who would rather dance than breathe," who, according to press notes, "is bursting out of his skin to realize the talent that he knows is inside him. Mud (Karen Murphy), an equally passionate woman, would rather die than have her son go into something as trivial as Vaudeville." Lynne Taylor-Corbett directs and choreographs the production running through Oct. 7.

Deborah Yates, a Tony nominee for her portrayal of The Girl in the Yellow Dress in the Tony-winning musical Contact, stars opposite Ted Levy (Black & Blue, Jelly’s Last Jam) in the world premiere of the dance narrative musical Platforms, conceived by Holly-Anne Ruggiero and Delaney Britt Brewer. Albert Blaise Cattafi, Donielle Janora, Matt Anctil, Matthew Steffens, Monette McKay, Ron Nahass, Trevor Downey, Zachary Denison and Eric Rubbe are featured in Platforms, which boasts choreography from five established artists in the dance world. Platforms plays through Oct. 6 at the Theater at St. Clement's.

Leah Horowitz and John Patrick Moore star in the comedic musical dramatization of Jane Austen's novel "Emma," featuring book, lyrics and music by Joel Adlen. Casting for Emma also includes Kara Boyer, Ben Roseberry, Terry Palasz, Jesse Lawder, Brenda Jean Foley, Dan Guller, Tiffany Diane Smith, Gael Schaefer, Brett Macias, Tiffan Borelli and John Weigand. Emma plays the Acorn Theater through Oct. 7.

Gilbert and Sullivan meet Al Qaeda when The Beastly Bombing makes its NYMF debut at the Julia Miles Theater. Featuring book and lyrics by Julien Nitzberg and a score by Roger Neill, the "romantic operetta about white supremacists and Al Qaeda terrorists plotting to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge" stars Heather Marie Marsden, Andrew Ableson, Natalie Salins, Jacob Sidney, Russell Steinberg, Jesse Merlin, Curt Bonnem, Kate Gabrielle Feld, Aaron Matijasic, John Quale and Joel Bennett. The Beastly Bombing plays the Julia Miles Theater through Oct. 7.

Tickets for NYMF productions are available by visiting www.nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.

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