NAMT to Showcase Musicals by Groovelily, Dan Collins, Julianne Wick Davis, Itamar Moses, Gaby Alter and More
By Adam Hetrick
June 29, 2012
Southern Comfort, the award-winning musical by Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis, will be presented during the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals this fall, alongside the new Groovelily musical Sleeping Beauty Wakes.
Presented Oct. 11-12 at New World Stages, NAMT invites industry members from across the country and around the world to attend the two-day that showcases 45-minute presentations of eight new musicals. Betsy King Militello is the executive director of NAMT, which is presenting its 24th annual festival.
Here's a look at the works:
Book by Jason Schafer
Music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon
Lyrics by Harris Doran
"It's always cold and nothing ever grows. A cloistered teen cellist must find a real live rose in order to thaw the frozen heart of the rebel punk next door. An eclectic score ranging from Broadway to classical to rock beats within this wickedly demented, post-apocalyptic fairy tale for grownups."
Book, music and lyrics by Justin Levine
"In modern history’s first attempted suicide bombing, a rousing band of 17th-century English patriots, led by the radical Guy Fawkes, plot to bring their tyrannical monarch down with a bang! Inspired by the 1605 Gunpowder Treason Plot, Bonfire Night is the story of thirteen Catholic radicals who conspire to blow up Parliament on Opening Day in an effort to kill King James and every member of the British government in attendance."
The Circus in Winter
Music and lyrics by Ben Clark, book by Beth Turcotte
Inspired by the book by Cathy Day
"Meeting an elephant can change a man’s life. The Circus in Winter is a new musical based on the novel by Cathy Day, where legend and lore collide under the big top filled with disheveled hustlers, death-defying acrobats and a dreamer named Wallace Porter searching for redemption and grace."
Funked Up Fairy Tales
Book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs
"Funked Up Fairy Tales — a collection of delightfully twisted urban fairy tales for sophisticated children and grown-up kids — welcomes you to the world of Titania, Faireetheeya and Magikwanda, teenage fairies with attitude. They wag their heads and suck their teeth as they turn things upside down to pass their Fairyland Academy exam. Will they pull through with flying colors and earn their happy ending crowns?"
Nobody Loves You
Book and lyrics by Itamar Moses, lyrics and music by Gaby Alter
"Filled with tuneful pop songs, Nobody Loves You takes audiences on a hilarious behind-the-scenes ride through reality television and into real life. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, joins a dating show to win back his ex, he breaks all the rules and tries to blow the game wide open…until he meets Jenny. In a world where every kiss is staged for the cameras, can two people find a real connection?"
Sleeping Beauty Wakes
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Music by Brendan Milburn
Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda
"A young beauty is brought to a sleep disorder clinic, and soon all the patients find themselves sharing a fairy-tale dream. With beguiling characters, hypnotic lyrics and a rocking score, Beauty delves into the magical space between dreaming and waking."
Book and lyrics by Dan Collins
Music by Julianne Wick Davis
"Based on the Sundance Award-winning documentary, this heartwarming musical about a group of transgender friends living in rural Georgia is, at its core, a love story between their patriarch, Robert Eads, and new comer Lola Cola. Through a folk and bluegrass-inspired score, the musical chronicles a year in the lives of this unique American family as they courageously defy the odds by simply remaining on the land to which they were born, reminding us that home is where we find comfort in our skin."
Music by Curtis Moore
Lyrics by Thomas Mizer
Book by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore and Joshua Scher
"In an original mystery/romance set against the backdrop of an infamous New York tragedy, two couples from different eras—in 1911 a Jewish seamstress and her Italian foreman, in 2011 a graduate student and a free-spirited stranger—discover what it means to risk everything you believe for love."
Musicals previously presented in NAMT's Festival of New Musicals include Vanities, Ordinary Days, Dangerous Beauty, Emma, The Gypsy King, The Story of My Life, Tinyard Hill, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Children of Eden, I Love You Because, Songs for A New World, Striking 12, Summer of '42, Ace, Children of Eden, Harold and Maude, Honk! and Meet John Doe.
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