Three mini-musicals — penned by Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, High Fidelity), Rachel Axler & Stephen Sislen (Slut, "The Daily Show") and Sammy Buck & Dan Acquisto (Like You Like It) — will debut at various performances.
Audience members will find the actors for the mini-musicals anonymously seated among them. The tuners will spawn from pre-show speeches and messages kindly requesting the silence of cell phones, among other unusual inspirations.
The concept, according to NYMF executive director Kris Stewart, is much like the short cartoons screened by Pixar prior to their features, gearing an audience up for the production to come. "The NYMF MicroMusical is our way of offering musical-lovers a quick, fun laugh before our shows, and something different to get them ready for a fun night," Stewart said in a statement.
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 through Oct. 7. For further information visit www.nymf.org.