New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Full Schedule

By Adam Hetrick
15 May 2012

Hair cast member Andrew Kober will perform his one-man show, Koberet, as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which has revealed details of its programming.



As previously reported, NYMF has swapped its annual fall presentation for a July 9-29 run. Productions will take place at the 45th Street Theatre, the Theatre at St. Clements, the PTC Performance Space (formerly the Peter Norton Space) and the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Developmental readings and nightlife programming will be held at the Upstairs Theatre at 45th Street Theatre.

Recent additions include a full production of Shelter, featuring book and lyrics by Brittany Bullen, music by Brittany Bullen and Newell Bullen.

Here's how it's billed: "Troubled by the past, Jeanine is faced with the challenge of counseling residents of a Philadelphia women’s shelter. As she works there, she learns that the best way to start over is to become part of the solution. Filled with romance, laughter and tears, this contemporary pop/rock musical is about what it means to be a woman and what it means to really live."

Highlights of NYMF's concerts and special events follow:

Koberet
Written by Andrew Kober and David Ruttura
"One time Tony-eligible actor Andrew Kober brings his one-man show to the NYMF stage, after sold-out engagements at Joe's Pub and LPR. Originally seen by 100 Ohioans in the auditorium of Shaker Heights High, this updated Koberet is an even more self-indulgent version of the phenomenon that took the Midwest by storm ten years ago. In it, Broadway’s most beloved and under-employed actor muses on coming out, going in, gaining weight and getting thin."

Stealing Time
Music and lyrics by Tor Hyams and Lisa Neubauer
"Stealing Time follows two separately married individuals whose lives collide at just the right time. From the author of Greenwood, this developmental song cycle traces their path from marital dysfunction to personal evolution. The couple must decide to either overcome their lifelong fears and accept their unconditional love for each other, or fall back into the safety and complacency of their marriages. Which would you choose?"

6 – In Concert
Music and lyrics by Zach Zadek
Additional lyrics by Gina DePalo
"Over the course of six years, six ordinary New Yorkers touch each other's lives in profound and extraordinary ways – without ever knowing it… and often, without ever having met! Featuring an eclectic score blending rock, pop, gospel and contemporary theatre sounds, this musical in concert is about the connections we make every day and how, in a city of strangers, we’re all barely six degrees apart."

Show Me Real
Conceived and choreographed by Clare Cook
Original music and lyrics by Amy Burgess
Dramatic text and lyrics by Gena Oppenheim
"The lives of three present-day modern dancers intersect and collide with those of a coterie of 1920s Ziegfeld Follies-era chorus girls in this original dance-theater piece. From learning those tricky tap steps as a child to leaving her small town to move to the Big Apple, hustling from job to job, some things have not changed much for a girl trying to 'make it' as a performer. Contemporary dance, original song, narrative, and video projection combine to reveal how much past is in our present."

Really Bad Things
Book, music, and lyrics by Nick Messitte
"Have you heard? Really Bad Things are happening in Washington D.C.! A Lobbyist is blissfully engaged in indecent activities…while a conservative Senator tries to hide his desire for hookers and diapers…and a Georgetown Madam is operating an escort service with a client list that includes Ambassadors, Congressmen and…even-more-powerful others? Could it be all three are connected? Really? A musical tale of power, sex and greed in our nation’s capital, inspired by true events."

It's On!
Conceived by Stan Zimmerman Book by Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin
"Lucy and Charlie have only a few hours to complete their dream assignment: recording the theme song for a brand new network sitcom. And the one they've written is every bit as good as the 'Friends' theme, or the 'Golden Girls' song, or the opening to 'The Jeffersons' or (fill in your favorite TV theme here)! Smart, interactive and fun for the family, It's On! celebrates those songs you love, grew up with and can never, ever get out of your head – from 'I Love Lucy' to 'True Blood.' Come sing along!

Read Playbill.com's previous coverage of additional NYMF musicals.

Visit NYMF for a complete list of summer programming.