The Music Box will feature music by Masi Asare, Lydia Benecke, Suzy Conn, Julianne Wick Davis, Carmel Dean, Amy Engelhardt, Amanda Green, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, Anna K. Jacobs, Stephanie Johnstone, Kailey Marshall, Grace McLean, Julia Meinwald, Madeline Myers, Juliana Nash, Susannah Pearce, Kamala Sankaram and Zoe Sarnak.
Collectively, the women share three MAC Awards, three Jonathan Larson Awards, two Tony nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, one Fred Ebb Award for Excellence in Songwriting and one Grammy nomination.
NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theatre 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."
More than 85 festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in 48 states, and more than 20 countries worldwide, and Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013 NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.