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The New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Complete Schedule For 2009 Festival

Tickets Go On Public Sale September 1st

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) today announced the complete schedule for the 2009 Festival, which will begin September 28th and continue through October 18th. A full breakdown of this year’s performances and venues follows.

Since its inception in 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has premiered more than 175 new musicals  â€“ many of which have gone on to award-winning productions on and off-Broadway, in nearly every state, and in over a dozen countries.  NYMF alumni include the Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal, currently playing at the Booth Theater on Broadway; NYMF 2004 hit [title of show], which enjoyed a Tony Award-nominated run last season; and Altar Boyz, now in its fifth year Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

Hailed as “the Sundance of Musical Theatre,” the three-week annual festival works to revitalize one of America’s greatest art forms by discovering, supporting and promoting new musical theater artists, producers, and projects, and by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater.  Widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery, NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

NYMF 2009 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by Back Stage, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille’s Fine Pianos, HX Magazine, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages , Next Magazine, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline’s, Tekserve, TheMENEvent, The Tank, and Times Square Squared.  Major supporters include ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jaimie Mayer, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League.  NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Tickets to individual festival events are on sale to NYMF Members now and to the general public beginning Tuesday, September 1st.  NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

A complete list of the 2009 Festival follows…

Full Productions

Academy

Book, Music and Lyrics by John Mercurio

Conceived and Developed by Andrew Kato

At St. Edward’s Academy, two seniors make a harmless bet on whether they can influence an unsuspecting freshman to break a few rules to succeed. But when the transaction goes recklessly out of control, the boys become entangled in a fight for their own academic and personal survival.  Inspired by Goethe’s Faust, Academy is a pop chamber musical about boys learning to become men—and remaining true to themselves.

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 7, 1pm; Oct. 10, 8pm; Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 15, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 4:30pm

All Fall Down

Book by Greg Turner; Music and Lyrics by Selda Sahin

Golden boy Ben Little is embarking on his next great adventure: college. Everything comes crashing down, however, when he inexplicably jumps from the window of his sixth story dorm room. Astonishingly surviving the fall, Ben returns home—where nobody will talk about what happened or ask questions that might tear apart their picture-perfect world.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 9, 8pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 14, 4:30pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 17, 1pm; Oct. 18, 4:30pm

Anjou: A Tale of Horror

Book, Music and Lyrics by Guillermo Mendez and Lupita Sandoval

Catalina d’Medici, queen of France, engages in bloody crimes and inexpressible cruelties against her own people in her quest to enthrone her son, Henry d’Anjou. Politics and passion are interwoven throughout one of history’s most sordid events in this electrifying and magnificent musical tale of horror. Sixteenth-century France comes to life in a modern-day Mexican Pop Opera!

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Presented by the TJMTC Mexican Youth Theatre Company, www.tjmtc.org

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 8, 8pm; Oct. 9, 1pm; Oct. 11, 8pm; Oct. 12, 1pm

Cross That River

Music, Lyrics and Story by Allan Harris; Book by Andrew Carl Wilk

The unsettled West of the 1860’s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom blends old-fashioned storytelling with an infectious score that ranges from country and bluegrass to soul, blues and rock gospel in a sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous chronicle of hardship and enduring perseverance.

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 12, 8pm; Oct. 13, 1pm; Oct. 14, 4:30pm; Oct. 16, 8pm; Oct. 17, 1pm; Oct. 18, 4:30pm

The Cure

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Weiser

In this rock and roll fable, two friends set out for a night of revelry and stumble across the world’s last surviving vampires. Offered the chance to live forever, one man is seduced while the other barely escapes with his life, setting in motion an even greater fight for survival.  At the crossroads of humanity and immortality, lies…The Cure.

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm; Oct. 2, 10:30pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 10, 9pm; Oct. 11, 1pm

Fantasy Football: The Musical?

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Ingber

September 1991, New York City. An unemployed stats geek and a small-time bookie realize that their passion for sports is keeping them from maintaining a job or a girlfriend. Combining forces, they set out to create the ultimate sports fan experience—and, in the process, pull their lives together—in this “bromantic comedy” of a musical.

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 2, 1pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 4, 4:30pm; Oct. 4, 8pm; Oct. 8, 8pm

Fat Camp

Book by Randy Blair and Timothy Michael Drucker; Music by Matthew roi Berger; Lyrics by Randy Blair

Nothing is going to make rock-and-roll rebel Robert Grisetti stay at fat camp this summer. That is, except for one ex-Navy Seal father, two suspiciously cheery camp counselors, and a 12-foot barbed wire fence. Visit Camp Overton, a weight loss retreat for hefty teenagers, as secrets, sex, S’mores, and self-image collide in this new musical comedy exploring the trials and tribulations of being “the fat kid.”

Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 2, 9pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 7, 9pm; Oct. 8, 5pm

F#@KING UP EVERYTHING

Book by Sam Forman and David Eric Davis; Music and Lyrics by David Eric Davis

Can Christian Mohammed Schwartzelberg stay true to himself and still get the girl? Or will he lose her to the guy in leather pants? Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s indie music scene with a gallery of hipsters, stoners, artists, cougars, songwriters and puppeteers, F#@KING UP EVERYTHING is a rock musical comedy with heart. And ironic t-shirts.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 7, 1pm; Oct. 11, 4:30pm; Oct. 11, 8pm; Oct. 13, 4:30pm; Oct. 16, 8pm

Gay Bride of Frankenstein

Book by Dane E. Leeman and Billy Butler; Music and Lyrics by Billy Butler

A graphic novel comes alive on stage when Edna, Chloe, Harry and Thad stumble in to a night of rock music that can raise the dead! Will the girl get the girl? Never has there been a Halloween love story like this with mystery, magic and a cartoon caper that will scare you silly.

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 3, 8pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 8, 1pm; Oct. 11, 4:30pm

The Happy Embalmer

Book, Music and Lyrics by Mark Noonan and Nick Oddy

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, count to three… Now picture a no-holds-barred steel cage match between Mel Brooks, Bruce Lee, Monty Python & Axl Rose.Wait…What? Edward Nando is a lonely embalmer. Emily is his lost love (unfortunately, she’s dead). But Ed has a special purpose… Enter a pistol-shootin’ Texan madman, a groovy Russian scientist, and one bad-ass Dalai Lama. Oh, yes – all hell is about to break loose.

Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 7, 5pm; Oct. 8, 9pm; Oct. 9, 1pm; Oct. 10, 5pm; Oct. 10, 9pm

Hurricane

Book by Michael Holland and Eric Bernat; Music and Lyrics by Michael Holland

Napatree, Rhode Island, 1938: As the tourist season comes to a close, a young meteorologist’s unconventional prediction of impending disaster goes unheeded by his superiors, resulting in one of New England’s greatest natural catastrophes. With a vibrant score by award-winning songwriter Michael Holland which incorporates elements of Depression-era pop, folk opera, and contemporary song, this epic musical portrait captures an all-but-forgotten moment in American history, one that ultimately emerges as a testament to hope, endurance, rebirth, and survival.

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Oct. 1, 9pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 3, 9pm; Oct. 6, 5pm; Oct. 10, 9pm

Judas and Me

Book and Lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Music by Matthew Sklar

It’s tough keeping up with the Joneses when your neighbor’s kid is the Messiah. Consumed by jealousy, Rheba Iscariot pushes her son Judas to be better than Jesus… and we all know how well that turns out. A new musical comedy by the Tony-nominated writing team of Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, Judas and Me is a hilarious look at life with the ultimate biblical stage mom.

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 2, 7pm; Oct. 4, 5pm; Oct. 4, 9pm; Oct. 9, 7pm

The Last Smoker in America 

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell; Music by Peter Melnick

In a world where smoking has recently been outlawed, Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black. Their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for the right to light up as The Last Smoker in America?

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 12, 8pm; Oct. 13, 1pm; Oct. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 8pm; Oct. 18, 1pm

Lighter

Book, Music and Lyrics by Monica Bauer

What would YOU sacrifice to get a killer body? Two diet-crossed lovers, Connie and Stevie, break up when Connie is humiliated searching for a wedding dress.  Leaving her chubby would-be-hubby, she becomes a national singing weight-loss sensation on satanic Doctor Dan’s show, American Weight Loss Idol. With the help of his nutty friends, can Stevie save Connie before she becomes the ultimate Skinny Bitch?  A love story with a plus-size heart.

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 8pm; Oct. 7, 4:30pm; Oct. 11, 1pm; Oct. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 8pm

Lorenzo

Book by Judd Woldin and Richard Engquist; Music by Judd Woldin; Lyrics by Richard Engquist

Lorenzo DaPonte, libertine and librettist, was driven out of Venice by furious husbands, fled Vienna to escape a furious emperor, and snuck out of London to avoid furious creditors. His spirited rise to fame and subsequent freefall from grace is the stuff of operatic legend. An epic tale befitting Mozart’s most famous collaborator and the true love that saved him in the end.

Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 8pm; Oct. 7, 1pm; Oct. 9, 5pm; Oct. 9, 9pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 11, 1pm

Marrying Meg

Book, Music and Lyrics by Mark Robertson

Based on the play The Lass wi the Muckle Mou by Alexander Reid

It’s 1603 and renowned minstrel Thomas the Rhymer has set out to write his masterpiece—a heroic ballad of mortal derring-do. But when he is cursed by the Queen of Elfland with a tongue (and a quill) that cannot lie, and confronted with a world that refuses to play by storybook rules, Thomas’s heroic masterpiece seems determined to remain unwritten in this rollicking Scottish musical comedy.

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm; Oct. 1, 5pm; Oct. 2, 9pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 4, 4pm; Oct. 6, 9pm

Max Understood

Book by Nancy Carlin; Music by Michael Rasbury; Lyrics by Nancy Carlin and Michael Rasbury

After Max escapes the apartment that he shares with his loving but overwhelmed parents, his world will never be the same again. This innovative “sound-scaped” musical is the transformative odyssey of a 7-year old autistic boy, exploring how the need to communicate can bridge an unintelligible chasm. Paving the way is a leaf-blowing philosopher, a string theorist, Pegasus, a mermaid, and all the presidents of the United States.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Oct. 1, 1pm; Oct. 3, 4:30pm; Oct. 3, 8pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 7, 8pm

Mo Faya

Book and Music by Eric Wainaina

Additional music by Joshua Mwai, Morris Otis Omollo and Helen Akoth Mtawali

DJ Lwanda’s voice rings out daily on local radio, leading and inspiring the Nairobi community of Kwa Maji. But Anna Mali, an avaricious real estate diva, craves the land beneath their slum. She seduces the fiery young DJ away with a job at a top nationwide station, and organizes a violent campaign to terrorize the people of Kwa Maji. When the government and media turn a blind eye to the decapitated bodies in the streets, DJ Lwanda must return home to expose the truth. But at what cost?

Performed in English with Swahili

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm; Sept. 30, 4:30pm; Oct. 2, 8pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 7, 8pm; Oct. 11, 8pm

My Illustrious Wasteland

Book, Music and Lyrics by Tod Kimbro

Based on a concept by Jason Bowles

Movie stars are sainted, anti-depressants are mandatory, and a tiny computer resides in every good citizen’s brain. Equal parts sci-fi epic, social satire, and high-energy rock show, My Illustrious Wasteland is an exhilarating ride through a wildly imagined future America. Watch as virtual lovers Mogs and Sunny encounter ghoulish tabloid reporters, pushy pop-up windows, terrorist hippies, drug-pushing clergy, and a ruthless Hollywood bad-boy President who presides over his perpetually distracted public.

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 3, 9pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 7, 8pm; Oct. 10, 5pm

My Scary Girl

Book and Lyrics by Kyoung-Ae Kang; Music by Will Aronson

Dae-woo’s been saving his first kiss for someone like Mi-Na but is she as perfect as she seems? Things get weird for a naïve professor when he realizes his new girlfriend may be a seductive serial killer. Based on the hit Korean film and featuring the cast of the award-winning Seoul production, this darkly unpredictable romantic comedy knows that love and trust should go hand in hand… even when there’s a severed limb hiding in the kimchi fridge.

Performed in Korean with English supertitles

My Scary Girl is an official selection of the NYMF-DIMF International Production Exchange. For more information about DIMF, please visit www.dimf.or.kr/english

Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 2, 1pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 3, 9pm; Oct. 4, 5pm; Oct. 4, 9pm

Open the Dark Door

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Lefort Nugent

When the local executioner’s son, Skip, falls in love with the rebellious Luna, he and the other upstanding residents of Mortland, USA are shattered by a crisis of faith. Dangerous family secrets and festive beheadings are the norm in this haunting and darkly comic indie-rock musical examining a town crippled by fear and troubled by its past.

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Oct. 8, 8pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 12, 5pm; Oct. 12, 9pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 17, 9pm

Plagued

Book and Lyrics by Vynnie Meli; Music by Casey L. Filiaci

Cinderella’s daughter Dusty just wants to study science and cure the Plague with the help of Scoop, a flirtatious chronicler, but her grandmother the Queen wants to marry her off to a rich old prince instead. Odds are against Dusty and Scoop, while Cinderella and Prince Charming fight the odds to stay in love. Will a fairy godmother come out of retirement to show them the way out of the Dark Ages?

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 9, 8pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 13, 4:30pm; Oct. 14, 1pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 18, 1pm

Rainbow Around the Sun

Music and lyrics by Matthew Alvin Brown; Book and additional lyrics by Tom Stuart

Local rock hero Zachary Blasto struggles with personal demons as he relives both painful and joyous memories during a radio retrospective of his career. Based on the album and film of the same name, prog-rock concert meets musical theatre in this fast-paced dissection of broken hearts, life through a liquor bottle, and rebirth through loss.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 8pm; Oct. 7, 4:30pm; Oct. 10, 8pm; Oct. 11, 1pm; Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 17, 4:30pm

Seeing Stars

Book by Shelley McPherson; Music by Don Breithaupt; Lyrics by Jeff Breithaupt

Eddie “Bare Knuckles” McSorley and “Gentleman” Joe Sullivan are two rival boxers in love with Jean, a feisty reporter, in this tough and tender original musical set in Hell’s Kitchen in the ’30s. A black-and-blue romance with a bruising climax and a colorful cast of pugs, thugs, and dames, Seeing Stars explores the world of “boys being boys” and the women who love them.

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 7, 8pm; Oct. 10, 5pm; Oct. 11, 4pm; Oct. 13, 9pm; Oct. 16, 9pm; Oct. 17, 1pm

Street Lights

Book by Joe Drymala and Akin Salawu; Music and Lyrics by Joe Drymala

Monique is going to be the next Alicia Keys. Her brother is on track to be bigger than Thurgood Marshall. But none of this matters when their world is filled with violence, apathy, and broken promises. Can they keep faith when there’s no reason for hope? From writer/composer Joe Drymala and director Ryan J. Davis, the creators of the Broadway-bound 2006 NYMF hit White Noise, comes Street Lights, mixing pop, R&B and hip-hop to crank up the volume on the voice of a new generation saying yes, we can.

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 7pm; Oct. 17, 1pm; Oct. 17, 5pm; Oct. 18, 1pm


The Toymaker

Book, Music and Lyrics by Bryan Putnam

When Sarah’s marriage falls apart after two failed pregnancies, stories of a childless toy maker of the past propel her on a desperate search that spans the globe and time itself. In this tale of enduring passion and hope, Sarah’s quest to find a missing toy and solve the mysteries of a village destroyed by war lead her to a destiny of fulfillment she once thought impossible.

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 8pm; Oct. 6, 1pm; Oct. 12, 9pm; Oct. 13, 1pm; Oct. 17, 9pm; Oct. 18, 4pm

Under Fire

Book and Lyrics by Barry Harman; Music by Grant Sturiale

Set in the late 1970s during the bloody revolution in El Mirador, a Central American country lies

under the heel of the ruthless dictator Tacho. Russell Price, a young American photojournalist, is swept up in the maelstrom and embarks on a search for the mysterious rebel leader Rafael—whom no one has ever photographed. As Price makes his way into the heart of darkness, he encounters people working on both sides of the struggle, all with different and shadowy agendas…

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 1, 1pm; Oct. 4, 8pm; Oct. 9, 9pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 12, 5pm

Whatever Man

Book, Music and Lyrics by Benjamin Strouse

Charlie Weiss, an un-lovable loser, is stuck in his miserable life. But everything changes after Anna, his strong-willed girlfriend, forces him into a self-help group where Charlie encounters disturbed superheroes desperate to stick him with their troubles. When their petty squabbles escalate, will Charlie choose to save the world, his relationship or himself? Whatever Man.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm; Sept. 30, 1pm; Oct. 2, 7:30pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 4, 8pm; Oct. 8, 1pm

DANCE SERIES

Andy Warhol Was Right

Concept by Melinda Atwood, Sammy Buck, Dan Acquisto, Daryl Gray, and Shea Sullivan

Book by Sammy Buck; Music by Dan Acquisto

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli; Choregraphed by Daryl Gray, Darren Lee, and Shea Sullivan

Fame. Some want it. Some get it. And some reject it. Andy Warhol predicted it: everybody will be famous for fifteen minutes. Andy welcomes you into his world of pop art, dance, music, film and fleeting celebrity, as three different stories come together at a party that travels from The Factory scene of the 60’s to today’s world of reality TV and YouTube.

A Born at NYMF Commission

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (248 West 60th Street, between Amsterdam & 11th Avenues)

Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 1, 1pm; Oct. 2, 3pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 3, 8pm

Encore

Concept by Daniel Gwirtzman; 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?

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (248 West 60th Street, between Amsterdam & 11th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 2, 8pm; Oct. 3, 4:30pm


Special Events, Concerts & Readings

Count To Ten

Book by Michael Blevins; Lyrics by Michael Blevins and Beth Clary;

Music by Michael Blevins, Scott Knipe, Bruce Sacks and David Wollenberger

A tap-dancing writer’s Broadway ambitions are thwarted because his new musical lacks a real love story. Forced to develop the show at a performing arts camp full of spoiled, rich, and (in some cases) neglected stars of tomorrow, he finds he can no longer dance around his issues and learns to open up his heart. A cross-generational, all-dancing, upbeat musical everyone can “tap” into!

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 16, 1pm; Oct. 17, 5pm

Deep Cover

Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael Wolk

There’s love, laughter, rock ‘n’ roll and murder on Bleecker Street! Rex Ryan is a has-been rocker with a struggling bar and a volatile romance with Broadway and cabaret veteran Melody Reinhart. One night, a young, talented singer walks in, igniting long dead hopes and passions. But with her comes a hustler who sees Rex as his ticket to the big time. For the scheme to succeed, though, Rex must die…

Sweet Caroline’s (322 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) Oct 12, 8:30pm; Oct 15, 8:30pm; Oct 16, 8:30pm; Oct 17, 2pm; Oct 17 6pm

The Greenwood Tree

Music and concept by Will Reynolds; Text by Shakespeare

Sparks fly when a brilliant young poet falls victim to Puck’s notorious flower and enters a love triangle with his songwriting best friend and a beautiful woman named Sylvia. With the passion and poetry of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a soaring, acoustic score, bask under The Greenwood Tree and savor a modern love story laced with classical seduction.

A NYMF Concert Presentation

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 2, 4:30pm

Letters To Daddy, Jr.

Book by Jill Jaysen; Music and Lyrics by Mark Shepard; Conceived and Developed by 4e Productions

Mr. Turner, an English teacher at Lincoln Elementary, has given his students an assignment to write letters about something unfair in their lives. When his 10-year-old daughter, Caroline gets into a fight with Billy the bully, she receives the ultimate “unfair” treatment – she’s grounded! Sent to her father’s study as punishment, she discovers the folder of letters. As they come to life in this whimsical musical, everyone grows and learns to get along, transforming an awful day into an awesome one!

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (248 West 60th Street, between Amsterdam & 11th Avenues)

Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 4, 4pm

Liberty

Book and Lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein; Music by Jonathan Goldstein

A beautiful, French immigrant arrives in New York Harbor. There’s something different about her, something larger than life.  It’s the age of optimism, but there’s a recession going on, and immigration is a hot-button issue. Can the arrival of Liberty really solve anything? There are powerful political forces working against her, and a precious few who see her potential. Can Liberty’s friends keep her from being deported? Maybe even put her on a pedestal?  See for yourself. You’ll never look at Liberty the same way again.

A NYMF Concert Presentation

Acorn Theatre Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm

Live! Nude! Girl!

Book and Lyrics by Donna Kaz; Music by Wayne Barker

What if a 1950’s 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.

A NYMF Developmental Series Reading Presentation

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 15, 1pm; Oct. 15, 4:30pm

Moisty the Snowman Saves Christmas

Book and Lyrics by Bradford Scobie, Music by Bradford Scobie and Christian Dyas

This kiddy show for adults is the naughty little fairy tale of how one filthy and flamboyant New York snowman saves Christmas.  Join Moisty and all his friends – a homeboy elf, a lesbian rag-doll, and the Baby Jesus – as they struggle to save Christmas from the witchy and glamorous Mayor Bloomburger-Meisterburger.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 8, 8pm; Oct. 9, 11pm; Oct. 10, 11pm

Nightingale and the Satin Woman

Book by William Kotzwinkle and Elizabeth Gundy; 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.

A NYMF Developmental Series Reading Presentation

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 2, 1pm; Oct. 2, 5pm

One Night Stand

By Quinn Beswick, Adam Cochran, Kobi Libii, Samantha Martin, Josh Margolin,

Jonah Platt, Mollie Taxe, and Andrew Resnick

A completely improvised hour-long musical! Using an audience-suggested title, everything is made up on the spot without ANY writing or planning, including the music, the lyrics, the singing melodies, the characters, the choreography, the plot, the dialogue and anything else you can think of. Fun for all ages!

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Oct. 9, 10:30pm; Oct. 11, 9pm

Punk Princess

Book and Lyrics by Yasmine Lever; 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.

A NYMF Developmental Series Reading Presentation

Theatre St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 14, 4pm; Oct. 14, 8pm

Rated RSO: The Music and Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver

Multi-award winning composer and lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver brings sexy schoolteachers, provocative rent-boys, obsessive homicidal teenagers, and fairy dust to rock out at NYMF! Directed by Travis Greisler, this concert features a ridiculous cast of talent from Broadway to L.A., singing their faces off to Ryan’s eclectic work. Ryan is the recipient of the 2008 Richard Rodgers Award and the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant, a 2009 MAC nominee and the composer of Mrs. Sharp (recently featured at Playwrights Horizons, starring Jane Krakowski). Rated RSO sold out when it played Joe’s Pub in May so don’t miss it this time around!

American Theatre of Actors – Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 7pm; Oct. 5, 9:30pm

R.R.R.E.D: A Secret Musical
Book by Adam Jackman, Katie Thompson and Patrick Livingston;

Music and Lyrics by Katie Thompson
In the Year 2005, the Oxford Hair Foundation predicted that due to the rampant intermixing of the population, the recessive gene which causes red hair would be extinct by the year 2100. Today, redheads have taken matters into their own hands. A world without redheads is no kind of world they are going to let happen, and if heads have to roll, well, they sure as hell won’t be red… heads.

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 2, 1pm; Oct. 2, 11pm; Oct. 3, 11pm

Educational Series

Triple Threats: Writers Who Write Book, Music AND Lyrics

Moderator: Peter Filichia (TheaterMania, Newark Star-Ledger)

Guests: Michael John LaChiusa, Monica Bauer (Lighter, NYMF ’09),

Bryan Putnam (The Toymaker, NYMF ’09)

It’s tough enough to compose a perfect score, write profound lyrics or create a captivating book, but to do all three is the mark of true talent. Forget the actor/singer/dancer, without these triple threat writers, there would be no show! Join us as we talk with some of theater’s most prominent writers, who’ll let us in on the joys and struggles of the demanding yet rewarding job of composer, lyricist and librettist.

Barnes & Noble (1972 Broadway)

Oct. 1, 5pm

Showtunes in Translation: The Global Appeal of Musicals

Moderator: Michael A. Kerker (Director of Musical Theatre, ASCAP)

Guests: Joe DiPietro, Mark Hollmann, Will Aronson and Kyoung-Ae Kang (My Scary Girl, NYMF ’09), and Eric Wainaina (Mo Faya, NYMF ’09)

It’s the 21st Century and it seems to be a small world after all. People on every continent are connected by the World Wide Web, cell phones, film, television, and…musical theatre? From Avenue Q in Sweden to Dreamgirls in Seoul, Broadway isn’t limited to Broadway anymore. Come learn about the differences and similarities between various productions around the globe, NYMF’s own international shows, and why people from all over the world share a universal love for the musical.

Barnes & Noble (1972 Broadway)

Oct. 8, 5pm

Next to Normal: A Journey from NYMF to Broadway

Moderator: Isaac Robert Hurwitz (Executive Director & Producer, NYMF)

Guests: Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal)

The hit musical Next To Normal has taken Broadway by storm, but the road to success has not always been easy for creators Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. After numerous revisions and workshops, Next To Normal has evolved into the heart-wrenching story of a dysfunctional suburban family struggling in the face of psychological illness, love and loss. Join the Tony-award winning team in an exclusive interview discussing Next To Normal’s journey from a bold idea to a Broadway smash.

Barnes & Noble (1972 Broadway)

Oct. 15, 5pm

NYMF @ NITE

In Therapy With Celine

Book by Evan Storey; Featuring the Music of Celine Dion
Join in the hilarity of a 50-minute therapy session of woe and heartache with a sex-starved head case (played by Christina Cataldo) belting hits such as “All By myself,” “I Drove All Night,” “The Power of Love,” “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and many, many more.
Sweet Caroline’s
(322 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) Oct 13, 8:30pm TICKETS: $15 plus a 1-drink minimum

Sing, But Don’t Tell

Words by Sam Carner; Music by Derek Gregor; Directed by Igor Goldin
Irreverent, soulful, and insightful, Sing, But Don’t Tell explores the many eccentricities of isolation and connection in the modern city. An evening of original songs by Carner and Gregor and directed by Igor Goldin (Unlock’d, NYMF 2007 – “Best In Fest,” Talkin’ Broadway “Best Original Theatrical Score” and “Best Musical”), Sing, But Don’t Tell combines glorious harmonies and musical comedy with elements of progressive rock to weave together the musical stories of five New Yorkers, as they struggle to break habits, get out of ruts, and shed their urban armor.
Sweet Caroline’s (
322 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) Oct 18, 6pm TICKETS: $15 plus a 1-drink minimum

ROOMS Album Launch Party

Straight from its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at New World Stages, we bring you the ROOMS A Rock Romance album promo party. Enjoy live performances of songs from ROOMS and hear tracks from the forthcoming Time-Life cast album. ROOMS features music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights Big City) and book by Paul Scott Goodman and Miriam Gordon.  www.RoomsMusical.com Sweet Caroline’s (322 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues Oct 14, 8:30pm

TICKETS: $20

NYMF Sixth Anniversary Season Opening Night Celebration
As the lights come up on new musicals with the start of the festival, there is no better way to celebrate than with a party! Dance the night away with the NYMF family at our opening night bash and meet the casts and creative teams of this year’s shows!
Touch (240 West 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue) Sept 28, 9pm TICKETS: Free for NYMF Members and Patrons

NYMF Closing Night
Hoist a glass or three as we toast an unforgettable three weeks of new musicals at our free closing night party. The 2009 festival may be ending but the fun lives on as you mingle with new friends and old. Sweet Caroline’s (322 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) Oct 18, 8:30pm TICKETS: Free for NYMF Members and Patrons

Partner Events

ARGENTINA passionate!

Created and Directed by Roi “Bubi” Escudero

Performed and Choreographed by Rubén Celiberti

ARGENTINA passionate! is an intrinsic, sensual and passionate musical spectacle embodied in a multimedia performance-art piece interpreting Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and other Argentinean legends and featuring Andy Chmelko, Jennifer Loryn, and La Banda Argentina. It reflects the Argentine idiosyncrasy through its culture, music, dance and its zest of life. Through a series of tableaux and connected musical vignettes, the audience will discover and explore an Argentina beyond Tango.

ATA – Beckmann Theatre (314 West 54th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct  5, 9:30pm; Oct 6, 9:30pm; Oct 7, 9:30pm

TICKETS: $15

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, the wildly popular weekly soiree, brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and glamour to the legendary Birdland in New York City.  Every Monday night showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, creating an impromptu variety show with jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.  The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair, and the audience is invited to participate in the musical fun.  It’s the party that would happen if somehow David Letterman and Ed Sullivan threw a hip house party around a nine-foot concert grand piano.  CBS-TV called it “Extreme Open Mic!”  For more information, go to www.CastPartyNYC.com.

Birdland (315 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues)

WHEN: September 28, October 5, and October 12 at 9:30pm

TICKETS: $10 cover plus a 1-drink minimum

Musicals on Television

As part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Paley Center for Media will screen a sampler of musicals written exclusively for television including The Bachelor (1956), starring Hal March, Jayne Mansfield, Julie Wilson, and Carol Haney, with music and lyrics by Steve Allen (plus additional songs by Ervin Drake); Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (1958), starring Tab Hunter, Dick Button, Carmen Mathews, and Peggy King, with music and lyrics by Hugh Martin; and Alice Through the Looking Glass (1966), with an all-star cast including Jimmy Durante, Nanette Fabray, Jack Palance, Ricardo Montalban, Tom & Dick Smothers, and Agnes Moorehead, and music by Moose Charlap and lyrics by Elsie Simmons. In addition, the Paley Center will also screen the 1967 television adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, starring Robert Goulet, Pernell Roberts, and Patricia Neway.

SCHEDULE:

Saturday, October 10 at 1 p.m.         The Bachelor (“The Sunday Spectacular,” 1956)

Saturday, October 10 at 3 p.m.         Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (“Hallmark Hall of Fame,” 1958)

Sunday, October 11 at 1 p.m.            Alice Through the Looking Glass (1966)

Sunday, October 11 at 3 p.m.            Carousel (“Armstrong Circle Theatre,” 1967)

The Paley Center for Media (25 W. 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues)

TICKETS: Suggested donation: $10, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children under 14

(212) 621-6600; www.paleycenter.org

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