At NAMT's Festival of New Musicals, theatre producers from across the world will come to Manhattan for an industry-only event to discover eight new musicals in staged reading presentations over two days. It's considered one of the major market places for new musicals, a bazaar where writers can meet producers and talk about future life for projects. The titles are sponsored by NAMT members theatres/producers, but could be snagged any interested party.
Since 1989 the festival has presented over 200 musicals and 300 writers. According to NAMT, 75 percent of these shows have found subsequent productions, tours and licensing agreements as a direct result of the festival.
Past festival presentations have included subsequent Tony Award winners The Drowsy Chaperone and Thoroughly Modern Millie; Off-Broadway's I Love You Because, Songs for A New World, Striking 12 and Summer of '42; and regionally-seen works such as Ace, Children Of Eden, Harold and Maude, Honk! and Meet John Doe.
The selections for the 2007 Festival of New Musicals are:
Writing Arthur, book, music and lyrics by David Austin. "Arthur Danby has finally found the perfect woman. Problem is, she's a fictional character in his novel. When a very real woman steps into his life, his worlds collide. Will Arthur fall deeper into the world he's created or allow life to write itself?" The Festival of New Musicals is funded by contributions to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, a not-for-profit organization, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Admission to the staged readings in the festival is by invitation only and closed to the general public.
For more information, visit www.namt.org.
Founded in 1985 and based in New York City, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), is a national service organization dedicated exclusively to musical theatre. NAMT membership includes not-for-profit and commercial theatres, presenting houses, universities, and independent producers.
Located throughout 33 states and six countries, the 150 member organizations "share a commitment to nurture the creation, production, and recognition of new musicals and classics." Last season, NAMT members cumulatively staged over 23,000 performances attended by over 17 million people and reached revenues over $510 million.
NAMT's executive director is Kathy Evans.
Of the eight festival shows presented in 2006, seven have secured developmental or full productions — The Boys Are Coming Home (2008 season at Chicago's Goodman Theatre); Dangerous Beauty (a coming developmental production at Northwestern University's American Music Theatre Project spring 2008); Emma (a full production at TheatreWorks in California in August 2007); Julian Po (Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in summer 2007); Piece (received a developmental reading at The Lark Play Development Center in winter 2006 and will be further developed at The Village Theatre in Washington state); Sunfish (a roundtable at The Lark Play Development Center in winter 2006); Vanities (a commercial option).