Directed by Karen Azenberg, performers will include Tony Award nominee Keala Settle ( Hands on a Hardbody), Helen Anker ( Newsies), Jacqueline B. Arnold ( Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Pierce Cravens ( Ragtime), Michael Halling ( The Boy from Oz), Tamra Hayden ( Cabaret), Melissa Mitchell ( Giant), Nik Walker ( Motown the Musical) and Cortney Wolfson ( Kinky Boots).
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."
For more information, visit NYMF.org.