Cold War Russia, A Psychiatric Hospital and An Irish Pub: Five Musical Shows Not to Miss at Fringe NYC

News   Cold War Russia, A Psychiatric Hospital and An Irish Pub: Five Musical Shows Not to Miss at Fringe NYC
The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will kick off its 19th year Aug. 14, running through Aug. 30 at 16 different venues in downtown Manhattan. In the lead-up to opening night, offers a round-up of festival highlights.


Five Musical Shows Worth Seeing at Fringe NYC:

Fans of immersive, improvised theatre should not miss Your Love, Our Musical, in which creators Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman interview an unsuspecting couple in the audience and create a brand-new, improvised musical retelling their love story. With an already growing following, performances at FringeNYC begin Aug. 14 at the Spectrum. 

Set in an Irish pub, two former friends reunite in the hope of creating the "next big thing." Rock musical Creative License features a book and lyrics by Kevin Cirone, with music by Cirone, Spencer Elliott and Dan Rodriguez. Having already garnered a bit of buzz following a staging in Somerville, MA, it is billed as a "banter-laced, rocking testament to the power of art, family, friendship, and double-malt scotch." Performances begin Aug. 20 at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre.

With celebrity fans like Colin Quinn, Ben Folstein's rock operetta Love is Like Mud has kicked off to a good start. Written and directed by Folstein, the show features music by Brooklyn band Level II and production design by Birdhouse Studios. Love is Like Mud follows the romantic misadventures of two lonely "kids in the big city," weaving "sex, humor, and a hefty dose of rock 'n roll." Performances begin Aug. 16 at Drom.  Set in Cold War Russia, To Dance The Musical is inspired by the real-life story of Valery Panov, hated by the KGB but determined to dance despite the risks. "[The show] is important not only because of the story of my personal life as an artist, but also as a reminder to people of how fragile life is," comments Panov. The musical features a book and lyrics by Kyra Robinov and music by Tibor Zonai. Performances begin Aug. 18 at The Theatre at 14th Street. 

Set in a Yale psychiatric hospital, Under follows the story of Serena and her relationship with fellow patient Billy, as she retraces her year of manic episodes and how she landed where she is now. Performances begin Aug. 19 at Theatre 80. 

For more information on Fringe NYC and its full calendar of events and performances, visit FringeNYC.

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