Theater League, Inc., the Kansas City-based national musical theatre presentation and production company in conjunction with Johnson County Community College, has named four titles to be presented in the newly renamed Kansas City Festival of New Musicals.
A new work by Urinetown composer Mark Hollmann, a 2002 Tony Award winner for Best Score, is on the slate.
Following last year's "Kansas City Crossroads Musical Theater Festival," which featured seven new works, Theater League will sponsor the second annual festival this summer. The freshly titled Kansas City Festival of New Musicals will take place at the Polsky and Black Box Theaters at the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College June 9-10.
President and CEO Mark Edelman stated, "We were thrilled with Kansas City's response to last year's inaugural festival."
The change of venue for this year's festival offers audiences the chance to attend the festival in one place. "The Cultural Education Center at Johnson County Community College should serve the festival even better than the far-flung theatres we used last year — it's all under one roof and much closer to where most of our season members live. And the parking is easier, too."
Following a national call for submissions, the four new musical theatre pieces selected for staged readings for the festival are:
Composer Gary Schocker and writer/lyricist Barbara Campbell's Far From the Madding Crowd, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. "Bathsheba Everdene is an independent woman charged with running a family farm in the countryside of Wessex, England. Through her position, she meets three suitors: the shepherd Gabriel Oak, Farmer Boldwood, and Sergeant Troy. She follows her passion and marries Troy, but finds throughout the course of her life that his amorous ways were not merely reserved for her. After Troy's disappearance and a whirlwind of adventure, Bathsheba realizes who her match always was." Tickets for the Kansas City Festival of New Musicals are available now through the Carlsen Center Box Office at (913) 469-8500. Tickets are $16 for individuals and $11 for Theater League subscribers.
Further information will soon be posted at www.theaterleague.com.