The three-week festival, running Sept. 15-Oct. 5, features musicals penned by established and emerging artists. Aided by industry buzz and casts peppered with Broadway performers, NYMF productions are known to sell at a brisk pace, with many productions nearly selling out before performances begin.
As of Sept. 1, members of the general public are now able to purchase tickets for individual productions. NYMF memberships, which grant early access and seating to the much sought after productions, have been available since May 16.
Among the show folk who will appear in the 2008 NYMF musicals are Tony Award winners Chuck Cooper (Caroline, or Change) and Cady Huffman (The Producers), as well as Jim J. Bullock (Hairspray), Kevin Cahoon (The Wedding Singer), Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd), Gavin Creel (Mary Poppins), Mary Faber (Avenue Q), Caroline O'Connor (Chicago), Ramona Keller (Brooklyn), Sally Mayes (Urban Cowboy), Billy Porter (Grease), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Wild Party), Josh Strickland (Tarzan), Aaron Tveit (Wicked) and Barbara Walsh (Company).
Fully staged and produced musicals for the 2008 NYMF Next Link line-up include About Face, Bedbugs!!! The Musical; Bonnie & Clyde; Bubble; Castronauts or: How I Killed Fidel; College: The Musical; CYCLONE (and the Pig-Faced Lady); The Fancy Boys Follies; Fucking Up Everything: The Musical; The Hatpin; Heaven in Your Pocket; I Come for Love; Idaho!; Jason and Ben; The Jerusalem Syndrome; Love Jerry; Max and the Truffle Pig; Play It Cool; The Road to Ruin; She Can't Believe She Said That!; That Other Woman's Child; To Paint the Earth; Twilight in Manchego; Villa Diodati and Wood.
Four original dance musicals, The Hourglass and The Poisoned Pen, Sophia's Fall, Ward 9 and Wild About Harry, are also on the bill. NYMF's staged readings, presented through the 2008 Developmental Series, will include Black Footnotes, Lines, Wrapped, Fairy Tale, Robin Hood, Ubu: A 'Patamusical and I Love You, Madame President.
Special events comprise Chocolate Soup, with music and lyrics by Matt Corriel and a book by Jill Jaysen (Sept. 21); A Puppet Music Thing, curated by Alissa Hunnicutt (Sept. 23); and Giant Killer Shark, with book, music and lyrics by Sam Sutherland (Oct. 2).
Concerts include the Prospect Theatre Company's 10th Anniversary Concert (Sept. 21), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in Concert (Sept. 22) the Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Contingent (Sept. 23), the Gay Agenda (Sept. 27) and Jill Sobule sings Prozak & the Platypus (Oct. 2).
For tickets and production details visit NYMF.