A partnership with the Program in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre at NYU's Steinhardt School, the 7 and 9:30 PM performances feature four musicals penned by four different writing teams and performed by eight college students.
Brian Blythe directs the evening with musical direction by Tammy Holder.
The four new musicals follow:
An Orchestra Imagined: In Four Invisible Movements
Words by Sophia Chapadjiev, music by Julianne Wick Davis "Imagine that music were something you could hold in your hand. Like a baby. Or a love letter. How much would it weigh? If you licked it like a tootsie pop, how long would it last?"
With Elizabeth Aylsworth, Shannon Collins, Jessica Hearn, Nick Luckenbaugh, Bryna O'Neill, Maria Sims, Tyler Stein and Alex Yacovelli.
Book, music and lyrics by Timothy Huang
"Reese Tyler, an avante garde visual artist suffers a creative block during his residency at the Standhaven Artist colony. Somewhere between the oddball staff and his even more bizarre fellow colonists, Reese discovers that while some things in the world will never change, some things absolutely must."
With Kristen daCosta, Sarah Folsom, Gillian Greenbaum, Chris Ketner, Cynthia Lanzas, Michael Montalbano, Nicole Pagnotta and Nic Rouleau. High School Sucks: A Cinderella Story
Book, music and lyrics by Rick Hip-Flores
"High School Sucks: A Cinderella Story turns the classic fairy tale upside-down, as students from two Upper East Side high schools gear up for the their annual Springtime Formal. Eddy, a geek who writes songs, gets a little help from his fairy godmothering drama teacher to get to the ball. But how will he win the heart of the most popular girl?"
With Cristina Ambrose, Caitlyn Caughell, Madeline Fallier, Freddi Mack, Jordan Person, Harrison Post, Jeff Raab and Roy Richardson.
The Wake: A Modern Gospel-Country-Folk Melodrama-Opera
Book by Russell M. Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth
Music by Russell M. Kaplan, lyrics by Sara Wordsworth
"A tragic death. A bitter widow. A Southern wake. Five mysterious women in dark glasses. Fifteen minutes. Hijinks ensue."
With Meghan Cork, Marco Cuoco, Jenna Jacobs, Amanda Pupo-Mayo, Ashley Sweetman, Rebecca Vogel, Melanie Weisner and Gregory Williams.
The works-in-progress will be staged at the York Theatre in Saint Peter's Church (just east of Lexington Ave on East 54th Street). Tickets, price $10 (general admission), $5 (with valid student ID), can be reserved by calling (212) 935-5824 ext. 21.