By Michael Gioia
30 May 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Developmental readings will take place at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, and the festival hub — featuring free performances, talkbacks and other special events — will be in the Pershing Square Signature Center's central lobby. General tickets go on sale June 17.
"While the centerpiece of NYMF has always been our new musicals, our special events, concerts, and readings have always been a wonderful addition to the festival," said NYMF executive director and producer Isaac Robert Hurwitz in a statement. "NYMF's mission has always been to give a platform to artists to showcase their work, and this extends to shows in the developmental phase."
For more on the 2013 lineup of productions, click here.
Natalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush
By Natalie Joy Johnson, John Hill and Brian J. Nash
"Famed international superstar Natalie Joy Johnson exposes the world premiere of her latest piece: Full Bush. Having appeared on Broadway and stages across the globe, Natalie has teamed up with longtime collaborators John Hill and Brian J. Nash for the next creative salvo in their fight against emotional genocide. Riveting. Fulfilling. Heart-stopping. Fallopian. Encounter it for yourself and witness that which can never be unseen."
Music and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle
"After the mysterious death of a sideshow mind reader, a Depression-era con man finds himself the carnival's new star attraction and falls in love with its sexiest starlet, 'the electrocution girl.' Fueled by an inflated belief in his powers, they leave to seek fortune and fame on the nightclub circuit – only to realize that their past is never far behind. Based on the 1946 novel that spawned the Tyrone Powers-Jane Blondelle film noir classic. Staged Reading."
Omnia Ad Dei Gloriam, or, Les the Least Straightens the Lord
Book, music and lyrics by Gerald Fried
"The legend of the wise fool comes to life as never before in this jazzy comic oratorio. Les the Least, as his name would portend, is the least of the lesser angels. He can’t seem to do anything properly – not even the simple heavenly task of greasing the Lord’s lightning bolts. But when the Lord gets fed up with humanity and turns Earth over to Satan, it's up to Les to save the day (and hopefully not make a total mess of things, as usual)!"
Songs For A More Funnier World
Book, music and lyrics by Stuart McMeans; additional music by Paul Castrataro, Ben Green, William TN Hall and Michael Kooman
"Four singers wake up to find themselves in yet another serious song-cycle. They decide to make it their comedic bitch. Songs For a More Funnier World is the hilarious foil to those angsty 'song cycles,' with a score and lyrics to rival them all.
The Hills Are Alive
Book and lyrics by Frankie Johnson; music by Eric Thomas Johnson
"A loving lampoon of one of Broadway's Golden Age classics, this dark comedy follows a famed singing family as they cross the Alps… on foot… with seven children… and no supplies. Turns out singing can't solve every problem after all!"
Book and lyrics by Tom Rickman; music by Barbara Rottman
"When a cantankerous billionaire sends two greedy nephews to uncover the mystery surrounding his long-lost love, their journey takes them to a seedy pub, a 'red light' district and a dilapidated Chateau. Discover what happens on the search for unfulfilled dreams in this fantastic farce with a lush score – and plenty of romantic intrigue. Staged Reading."
The Water Dream
Book, music and lyrics by Shawn Cody
"After being dumped by his brilliant girlfriend, struggling writer Colin (Anthony Rapp) is visited by terrifying illusions from his childhood. Can he confront tragedy, embrace imagination, and defeat the dragon that haunts his dreams – in time to save his real life? Generation X with a Hero Complex. Staged Reading."
Walking In Soho
By Pedro Yanowitz
"When a long relationship ends unexpectedly, New York City artist and songwriter Pedro Yanowitz finds himself catapulted back into the hunt for a mate. Detailing the sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and occasionally ugly stories of one man's quest for romance, this multimedia song cycle explores why we all hate and love to fall in love." Continued...