NYMF has released the titles of the first seven musicals to participate in its Invited Works series for 2011. There were 15 musicals in the category in 2010. The organization previously announced its Next Link Projects May 25. The eighth annual NYMF will run Sept. 26-Oct. 16.
Here's a look at the first set of NYMF's Invited Works:
Cyclops: A Rock Opera
Inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley’s translation of Euripides’ Cyclops
Book by Chas LiBretto
Music and lyrics by Jayson Landon Marcus with Benjamin Sherman
Conceived by Psittacus Productions
Directed by Louis Butelli
"The Satyrs: an epic rock band comprised of shirtless goat men, desperate only for a drink and a shag. The Cyclops: a one-eyed, flesh-hungry monster — with a dash of Freddie Mercury. Odysseus: a weary soldier, with a ukulele, just trying to get home."
Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon
Created and performed by Ennio Marchetto
"The global phenomenon Ennio Marchetto is the original transformation artist, revolutionizing the art of origami into a unique performance that is nothing short of comic genius. With his hilarious physical comedy, a sizzling soundtrack and ingenious paper costumes, Ennio magically and hysterically morphs into over 50 of our favorite personalities from Lady Gaga and Eminem to Fred Astaire and Mona Lisa."
Based on the novel "Sing, Brat, Sing" by Rene Fulop-Miller
Book by Lonny Price and Kitt Lavoie
Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh
Music by Grant Sturiale
Direction by Price and Matt Cowart
"Germany. 1931. Christine Maladan is the only thing standing between her family and the pit of a worldwide depression, until one day a visiting impresario hears the voice of an angel floating from her flat — and determines to make her four-year-old daughter an international star. A tale of fame, fortune, failed opera divas, dwarfs, sweatshop bosses, monumentally bad parenting, and what happens to a little girl when no one will tell her 'no.'" The Last Word
Book by Kevin Ray and Josh Sohn; Additional story by Suellen Vance
Music and lyrics by Kevin Ray
Directed by Christopher Windom
"It's 1940s Los Angeles and the hottest place to be seen is Central Avenue… on the edge of Hollywood where hot swing blows all night long at clubs like Jack's Chicken Basket and the Club Alabam. Sax players and brothers Bill and Jim Marcel struggle to carve out their own legacies, but to do so they must overcome a destructive rivalry, addiction, and tragedy before it's too late."
Les Enfants de Paris
Book by Stacey Weingarten
Music and lyrics by David Levinson
Additional development and direction by Donna Drake
"The streets of Paris are not safe after young Pierre Frollo’s love for a fiery Muslim refugee sparks a series of cataclysmic events. Featuring a chanson- and Arab-influenced score, this gripping musical re-sets Victor Hugo’s 'Notre Dame De Paris' amongst the disenfranchised youth and xenophobia of France 1958, and the Algerian War for Independence."
My History of Marriage
Book and Lyrics by Lee Kalcheim
Music and lyrics by David Shire
Directed by Michael Bush
"After surviving a disastrous divorce, New York magazine writer Nan Freeman finds her illustrious career flushed down the pipes. Her last chance at a comeback arrives in the form of a lecherous publisher and a lunatic proposal: Nan must write a book about the history of marriage. Scenes from her book take us on a hilarious journey through the annals of matrimony where she learns a thing or two about her own relationships. Will she give love another shot?"
This One Girl's Story
Book by Bil Wright
Music and lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
"Meet Cee-Cee and her friends — four women in search of a drama-free night filled with dancing and maybe a little romance — hopefully not with yet another W.G.F.M. (Wrong Girl For Me). They’ve ditched Newark to party in the Big City, but a shocking incident forces them to face difficult truths about themselves. Inspired by actual events, this powerful musical combines R&B, jazz, gospel and hip-hop to sing a tale about love and courage."