New York Musical Theatre Festival Begins July 8; Anthony Rapp, Susan Blackwell and More Take Part in Tenth Annual Fest

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08 Jul 2013

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The tenth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) runs July 8-28 in New York City. Rent star Anthony Rapp and [title of show]'s Susan Blackwell, who have both been seen before at NYMF, are among the performers taking part in the 2013 festival. 

This year, the Festival's main productions are housed at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater, The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theater and the Studio Theater at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street); and the Pearl Theatre Company Performance Space (555 W. 42nd Street).

Click here for the Playbill.com Diva Talk column with NYMF stars Susan Blackwell, Annie Golden, Rachel Stern and Allyson Tucker. Click here for the Diva Talk column with Natalie Joy Johnson, Luba Mason and Victoria Matlock

The festival hub — featuring free performances, talkbacks and other special events — is located in the Pershing Square Signature Center's central lobby (which includes the Signature Café and Bookstore).

Click here for the 2013 selections of NYMF's Next Link Project.



Isaac Robert Hurwitz, NYMF's co-founder and executive director, will step down from his position following this year's tenth anniversary season to focus on independent producing projects and his creative consulting business. In addition to providing dramaturgical and producing support to writers and producers of new work, Hurwitz is currently consulting with Twentieth Century Fox regarding the development of stage properties based upon its film library.

"It is extremely gratifying to be capping my tenure at NYMF by celebrating our tenth Festival with such an incredible crop of shows and artists," said Hurwitz in an earlier statement. "I'm grateful to all of the actors, writers, musicians, and other theater professionals who have helped make NYMF far more than we ever imagined it could be when we started ten years ago — not to mention the extraordinary staff and board in whose hands I know NYMF will continue to grow in its second decade and beyond."

Click here for a list of additional events, including talkbacks, panel discussions and concerts

For more information and a complete lineup of shows and events, visit NYMF.org.

Here's the 2013 lineup at a glance:

The Awakening of Angel DeLuna
Book by Judylynn Schmidt, music by Lee Ellis, lyrics by Judylynn Schmidt and Lee Ellis
"Ollie let the love of his life slip through his fingers and has regretted it ever since. Returning to the DeLuna family circus as a hobo clown, he learns the circus has a smarmy new owner who will stop at nothing to make a quick buck. Can one clown save the circus while keeping his identity a secret? This spectacle with live trapeze acts will remind you why the human spirit is undefeatable and love is worth every risk."

Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue Presents The Brontës
Book, music and lyrics by Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams

"Everyone's favorite 19th century literary family gets the rock treatment from Washington DC's hippest theatrical troupe. Secrets, rivalries, drugs and drama abound as conflicted siblings Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell trade Victorian repression for rock-and-roll expression in this raucous show… The Brontës upends everything you thought you knew about the authors of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights – in the most entertaining way possible!"

Feather
Book by Jeremy Culver, music by Charleene Closshey, original songs by Nick Everitt and Liesl Karlsson, painting by Jeffry Feeger
"After a human rights attorney learns her husband, a photojournalist, has been abducted from a child refugee camp, she faces the struggle of a lifetime. Her story comes together in a truly unique multimedia experience, cutting between past and present, stage and the screen, dialogue and song. With a sweeping, emotional score and an artist painting live on stage, this stunning fusion of art, film and music explores the power of imagination and, ultimately, what it means to be human."

Homo The Musical!
Book by Lola Rock-N-Rolla, music and lyrics by Gina Volpe
"Posing as a suburban housewife, an alien from Planet Homo has infiltrated a religious middle-American town. Will the good people of Pleasant Valley Pines notice before their whole community erupts in chaos and depravity? Chock full of ear-splitting rock-and-roll and kick-ass dancing, Homo The Musical! is an offbeat and otherworldly probing of pure camp, cult and pop."

Icarus
Book by Jason Slavick and the LAB Ensemble, music and lyrics by Nathan Leigh
"Greek mythology meets burlesque, puppetry, and a folk-rock score in the latest piece from acclaimed ensemble Liars and Believers, creators of last year's gritty Festival hit, Le Cabaret Grimm. Minnie's Menagerie, an unconventional Depression-era sideshow, is raking it in with the help of Daedalus's innovative technology. But when Daedalus's son falls in love with Minnie's daughter, the star attraction, their passion threatens to bring it all crashing down."

Legacy Falls
Book by James Burn and Ian Poitier, music and lyrics by James Burn
"Legacy Falls is the sidesplitting new musical that dishes the dirt on soap. Will there be hirings and firings? Will there be backstabbing and bitchiness? Will there be romances and hair-pulling catfights? Will there be a slightly unrealistic onscreen earthquake? Yes…Yes, there will be. Tune in to this tuneful frolic through the on- and off-screen drama of America's favorite daytime soap opera, Legacy Falls!"

Life Could Be A Dream
Book, music and lyrics by Roger Bean
"Meet the 'Crooning Crabcakes,' a boy group hoping for fame and fortune in the Big Whopper Radio 'Dream-Of-A-Lifetime Talent Search.' Trouble comes when Lois, a former Springfield High School Song Leader, arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny and Wally fall in love, Eugene falls apart, and heartthrob Skip sends the whole situation spinning. Winner of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle and L.A. Weekly 'Best Musical of the Year' Awards, from the creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes."

Marry Harry
Book by Jennifer Robbins, music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello
"Chef Harry wants to leave his family's failing restaurant but doesn't want to break his dad’s heart. Sparks fly when the landlord's daughter, Sherri, sees in Harry the potential man of her dreams — but then things start moving much too fast. Can Harry stay true to himself without disappointing those he loves? With a healthy helping of humor and just the right amount of spice, Marry Harry provides a recipe for finding your path in life."

Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life
Book, music and lyrics by Amity Dry
"An hilarious and heartwarming look at the juggle of doing it all. Join four best friends as they discover marriage is nothing like the movies, motherhood can push you to your limits and no one makes you laugh like your girlfriends do. Set to a rousing pop score, this is the musical comedy that tells the truth about marriage and motherhood."

That Lady from Maxim's
Book, music and lyrics by Bryan Williams
"Paris, 1899. After beaucoup champagne at the notorious nightclub, Maxim's, respectable Dr. Petypon wakes to discover a mysterious near-naked woman in his bed. Desperate to conceal this indiscretion from his righteous wife and rich uncle, he finds himself caught in a hilarious maze of mistaken identities, complicated lies, and catapulting chaos, gleefully orchestrated by – mais ouiThat Lady From Maxim's!"

Volleygirls
Book by Rob Ackerman, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman
"Years ago, world-class volleyball player Kim Brindell choked under pressure and became an Olympic joke. Now she's been assigned to coach the Ladyhawks, a team of wide-eyed, misfit, high-school girls who can't seem to win a game. Can Kim overcome her past (and a hardline PTA mom) to help her girls and win it all? With humor, heart, and a contemporary pop-tinged score, Volleygirls will bump, set, and spike its way into your heart."

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NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network. Now entering its tenth year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to "revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience."

For more information, visit NYMF.org.

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