The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced teams of directors and musical directors attached to eight previously announced musicals set to be presented during the 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals from October 25–26 at New World Stages.
The industry-only event showcases 45-minute concert adaptations of new musicals in the final stages of development for producers and artists from around the world, helping them to find future life and development at regional theatres across the U.S. and the globe.
Stephen Brackett, director of the Off-Broadway hit Be More Chill—which is headed to Broadway later this season—has been announced to direct the Bekah Brunstetter–Cinco Paul musical A.D. 16, which tells the story of a teenage Mary Magdalene who falls in love with the boy next door: teenage Jesus. The show’s musical director is Julie McBride.
The Alan Zachary–Michael Weiner musical adaptation of the Matthew Perry film 17 Again will be helmed by director Gary Griffin and Dear Evan Hanson musical director Ben Cohen, while Anne Kauffman will helm Row, a new musical from playwright Daniel Goldstein and composer-lyricist Dawn Landes. Wiley Deweese is music director.
Additional director-musical director teams include Warren Adams and Steven Jamail for Gun & Powder; Jenn Thompson and Emily Marshall for Monstersongs; and Charlotte Westenra and Eli Zoller for The Wicker Husband.
The musicals XY and The River Is Me will be directed by Hunter Bird and Schele Williams, respectively. Musical directors for those productions are not yet announced.