MJ Rodriguez, Marissa O'Donnell and More Are Mint'd in Two-Part NYMF Concert With Work of New Composers July 12

By Michael Gioia
July 12, 2013

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents Mint'd, which is comprised of two performances — Inheritance at 5 PM and Explorers at 8 PM — July 12 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.



Inheritance, according to press notes, "is a series of reimagining theatrical roots and form with a fresh perspective. From Rodgers & Hammerstein or Sondheim to Pasek & Paul or Ryan Scott Oliver, this series reflects on rich musical theatre history with an eye on the future." Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. produces.

Directed by Joshua W. Kelley with music direction by Solomon Hoffman, Inheritance, a premiere of new student work about paying homage with a pulse, showcases student composers-lyricists Aaron Albert and Katy Rae, Will Buck and Jack Purdy, Eric Dietz, Stephen Feigenbaum and Mark Sonnenblick, Ben Langhorst, Kailey Marshall, Addison O'Donnell, Chris Byron Pratt, Jacob Tischler, and Ed Wasserman and Jack Mitchel.

The cast features Lindsey Brett Carothers (Bring It On), Marissa O'Donnell (Shrek), Julia Franklin, Kelsey Lake, John-Michael Lyles, Rebekah Lowin, Sean Walsh, Molly Fried, Kevin Hoffman, Chris Karl, Michael Hughes, Sarah Anne Sillers and Lincoln Ward.

Explores promises "new sounds that challenge to reinvent musicals for the next century." Martins Jukna produces.

Directed by Scott Ebersold with music direction by Max Mamon, here's how it's described: "Like the creators of Once transferred the intimacy of a singer-songwriter from screen to stage, and Fela! brought the music of African night clubs to an American audience, Explorers features music that redefines the genre of musical theatre for tomorrow."

Explorers showcases student composers-lyricists Tidtaya Sinutoke and Thirza DeFoe, Alexandra Bassett, Jesse Goldman and Teresa Lotz, Tatyana Kalko, Yasmine Lever, Andrew Hanley, Max Mamon and John Sood, David Gomez and John-Michael Lyles, Max Vernon, Zack Zadek, Alexander Green, and Alexander Sage Oyen.

Performers include Jordan Barrow, Livie Casto, Phoenix Gonzalez, Emily Koch, Lyle Colby Mackston, Chris Prisco, MJ Rodriguez (Off-Broadway's Rent) and Joyah Spangler.

For more information, visit NYMF.org.