Jamie Leo and Paul Leschen's '68: A New American Musical will be the 12th production of the 2018 New York Musical Festival (NYMF). The show, which is inspired by the historic events at the 1968 Democratic Convention, is the second “Invited Production”—joining Kenneth Stilson, Cody Cole, and Steve Sensenig's An American Hero: A WWII Musical.
Now in its 15th year, NYMF will run July 9–August 5 at various locations around Broadway, and will showcase up-and-coming shows and musical theatre artists to keep on your radar.
The previously announced 11 musicals include an Asian-American pop-rock poetry musical about a transgender spoken-word performer, a musical about emojis, and an Australian musical about the power of the ocean. Learn more about the 2018 NYMF productions here.
The festival also unveiled the lineup of new shows that will have readings. The musicals receiving readings will be: Jacob Ben-Shmuel and Alan Blake Bachelor's Brad Knows Nothing; Marcus Terrell Smith and Robbie McDonald's Healing Retreat: A Life Of Joy; Jay Paul Deratany, Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden's The Civility Of Albert Cashier; Kelly Maxwell and Meghan Rose's Held: A Musical Fantasy; Paul Western Pittard and Yuri Worontschak's Illuminati Lizards From Outer Space; November Christine's Legacy The Musical; Walker Caplan and Scott Etan Feiner's Saturdays; Katy Blake, Peter Davenport, Flip Anderson, and Tracy Lawrence's Storming Heaven: The Musical; by David Buskin and Jake Holmes' Victory Train; and J. Jarrett's Wonder Boi.
The 2018 NYMF concerts will be Riley Thomas' Defy Your Expectations; Christian De Gré, Joseph Anderson, and Serrana Gay's Fatty Fatty No Friends; Victoria Rigby, Lauren Pritchard, and Whitney Mosery's Girl From Nowhere; and a sneak peek at Ben West's documentary piece Living History: An Inside Look At Show Time! The First 100 Years Of The American Musical, which charts the evolution of the artform from the mid-1800s through 1999, featuring select songs that shaped the canon.
For more information on the individual shows, special events, and more, visit NYMF.org.