Works by Stew, Rodewald, Acquisito and Gwirtzman Added to New York Musical Theatre Festival

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The dance musicals Andy Warhol Was Right and Encore, as well as a staged reading of Punk Princess with music by Tony winner Stew and Heidi Rodewald, have been added to the lineup of the sixth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival in September.
Stew Photo by Aubrey Reuben

In addition to the two dance musicals, NYMF has also revealed concerts, special events and readings that will be presented as part of the festival that runs Sept. 28-Oct. 18 in Manhattan.

NYMF 2009 dance musicals follow:

  • Andy Warhol Was Right
    Concept by Melinda Atwood, Sammy Buck, Dan Acquisto, Daryl Gray, and Shea Sullivan
    Book by Sammy Buck with music by Dan Acquisto
    Directed by Giovanna Sardelli with choreography by Daryl Gray and Shea Sullivan
    "Fame. Some want it. Some get it. Some don’t. And some refuse it. Between Youtube, reality television and countless media outlets, everyone will get their fifteen minutes of fame. But what happens in the sixteenth minute? Four different stories 'dance around' the question of celebrity in a party hosted by Warhol himself." (Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center)
  • Encore
    Concept by Daniel Gwirtzman with music by various artists
    Directed and choreographed by Daniel Gwirtzman
    "A troupe of Broadway dancers prepares to go on the road under the pressure of a fastidious and demanding choreographer. During their final rehearsal, the cast goes through the paces of one show-stopping number after another – set to classic jazz recordings – working through the uncertainty, headaches and hilarity of the intense process of making art, and raising the age-old question: will the show come together?" (Oct. 1-3 at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center)


    Developmental readings include:

  • Punk Princess
    Book and lyrics by Yasmine Lever, with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald
    "When rebellious blue blood Clare can't get accepted into the early '80s London post-punk music scene, she escapes to Manhattan with American hustler Andy. Together, they reinvent her past as a 'Watford slumdog' and launch Clare into musical stardom. But as things spiral out of control, she risks losing everything when Andy finally threatens to expose the Punk Princess's true roots." (Oct. 14 at Theatre at St. Clement's)
  • Live! Nude! Girl!
    Book and lyrics by Donna Kaz with music by Wayne Barker
    "What if a 1950s Midwestern housewife got so sick of making meatloaf every Tuesday night that she snapped and ran away to Las Vegas? What if her mother could drink like Dean and her daughter could entertain like Sammy? And what if this housewife went from the silent and submissive bottom to the tough, impulsive and calculated top of the heap? Live! Nude! Girl! tells the story of a once-in-a-lifetime chance to break out of a rut into something original and cool." (Oct. 15 at the 45th Street Theater)
  • The Nightingale and the Satin Woman
    Book by William Kotzwinkle and Elizabeth Gundy with music and lyrics by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
    Based on the book "Herr Nightingale and the Satin Woman"
    "Pursued by Scotland Yard, the WWI hero-turned-smuggler, Nightingale, and his alluring companion, The Satin Woman, hunt for an elusive Golden Caterpillar which brings its possessor untold wealth. But they are not the only ones seeking it – so are the master criminals Gospodinoff and Chang! From London to Cairo, Istanbul to India, China to Buenos Aires, intrigue, double-crosses, romance, and anthropomorphic creatures abound. This sensual and surreal tale features a score by the legendary Leiber and Stoller." (Oct. 2 at the Theatre at St. Clement's) NYMF special event programming includes Count to Ten (Oct. 15-17 at the Theatre at St. Clement's); Deep Cover (dates TBA); The Greenwood Tree (Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the 45th Street Theater); Letters To Daddy, Jr. (Oct. 4 at MMAC); Liberty (Sept. 29 at the Acorn Theatre); Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas (Oct. 8-10 at the 45th Street Theater); One Night Stand (Oct. 9-11 at ATA Chernuchin Theater); Rated RSO: The Songs of Ryan Scott Oliver (Oct. 5 at the ATA Chernuchin Theater); and R.R.R.E.D: A Secret Musical (Oct. 1-3 at 45th Street Theater).

    Titles seen at NYMF before going on to a wider life include [title of show], Altar Boyz, Yank!, Next to Normal, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Big Voice: God or Merman, Captain Louie, Gutenberg! The Musical, Meet John Doe, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire and Shout! The Mod Musical.

    Tickets will go on sale to NYMF Members on Aug. 1 and to the general public on Sept. 1. For further information visit NYMF.

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