In addition to the latest casting, NAMT has announced that its annual Songwriters Showcase will feature the writers performing their own material. Tony Award-nominated Addams Family composer Andrew Lippa will host the 1:30 PM concert on Oct. 28 that will offer selections from Blood Magic by Ian Williams and Aaron Jafferis; February House by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley; Love Kills by Kyle Jarrow; Next Thing You Know by Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham; Post Office by Melissa James Gibson and Michael Friedman; Saint Ex by Jenny Geiring and Sean Barry; and Snow by Sean Hartley.
Here's a look at casting for the eight musicals that will be showcased during the Festival of New Musicals:
The Julia Jordan-Adam Gwon musical Bernice Bobs Her Hair will feature Fragale, Will Reynolds (Emma), Courtney Stokes, Derrick Trumbly, Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde), Brynn O’Malley (Sunday in the Park with George, Wicked), Steven Booth (Glory Days), Josh Breckenridge (The Scottsboro Boys), Olli Haaskivi (The Bardy Bunch), Olivia Oguma (Mamma Mia!) and Casey Tuma (Annie). Joe Calarco will direct.
Egan (Sister Act, The Little Mermaid) and Duncan (Shrek, Altar Boys) will join Tony nominee Liz Callaway (Baby, Merrily We Roll Along, Miss Saigon) in WATT?!? by David Javerbaum and Brendan Millburn. Steve Cosson directs a cast that also includes Ken Marks (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Trent Armand Kendall (Bat Boy), Emily Rossell and Pearl Sun (Next to Normal).
Lawrence (The Pajama Game, Hair) will be part of David Rossmer and Dan Lipton's pop-rock musical notes to MariAnne , which will also feature Stephen Bogardus (White Christmas), Santino Fontana (Importance of Being Earnest, Sons of the Prophet), Rachel Stern (Shrek), Will Erat (Catch Me If You Can), Vasthy Mompoint (Mary Poppins), Haley Bond (Saint Ex), Charlie Brady (Saint Ex/The Burnt Part Boys, South Pacific) and Ken Triwush ("The Good Wife"). Jeremy Dobrish will direct. Hollander (See Rock City, Little Women) completes the cast of The Dogs of Pripyat, by Leah Napolin, Aron Accurso and Jill Abramovitz. It boasts Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Catch Me If You Can, Xanadu), Erin Davie (A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens), William Ryall (Anything Goes), Eliseo Roman (In The Heights), Shannon Antalon (Caroline, or Change), Alex Brightman (Glory Days, Wicked), as well as Hoch (La Cage) and Shindle (Wonderland). Peter Flynn will direct.
The Joe Iconis rock musical Bloodsong of Love, directed by John Simpkins, has lined up Heath Calvert (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot, Passing Strange), Carrie Cimma (Lizzie Borden), Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), Lance Rubin and Jason ‘SweetTooth’ Williams.
Chris Hoch (La Cage aux Folles), Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde), Rozi Baker (Mary Poppins, Shrek) and River Alexander (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) will be part of Dani Gurl, by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond. Scott Schwartz will direct.
The Dogs of Pripyat, by Leah Napolin, Aron Accurso and Jill Abramovitz, will feature Erin Davie (A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens), William Ryall (Anything Goes), Eliseo Roman (In The Heights), Shannon Antalon (Caroline, or Change), Kerry Butler (Catch Me If You Can, Xanadu), Alex Brightman (Glory Days, Wicked), as well as Hoch (La Cage) and Shindle (Wonderland). Peter Flynn will direct.
Kyle Dean Massey (Next to Normal, Lucky Guy), Joanna Glushak (Spring Awakening), Ken Cavett (SCKBSTD), Spencer Moses ("Boardwalk Empire") and Anika Larsen (Xanadu) will be part of the Peter Mills-Cara Reichel musical Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge. The presentation will reunite cast members and musicians from the original New York production of the blue-grass musical, including Dan Sharkey, Matthew Dure, Michael Rosengarten, Dennis Michael Keefe and Melody Berger, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg.
Pregnancy Pact, by Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald, will feature Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime), Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Emily Walton (August: Osage County), Robi Hager (Spring Awakening), Krystina Alabado (American Idiot) and Ally Bonino. Mark Brokaw will direct.
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.
New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street. A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public for free on a standby basis. Visit www.namt.org.