Book by Cheryl Benge, Christy Brandt, Rosanna E. Coppedge, Valerie Fagan, Ross Freese, Mark Houston, Sandee Johnson, and Peggy Pharr Wilson
Overweight Prom Queen Candidate Loses Crown! Housewife Keeps Severed Head On Cake Plate! Bambi Goes Haywire in Forest With Uzi! To the expiring mind of a modern American woman, life can read like a tabloid headline. A fast-paced, take-no-prisoners satire of life and pop culture, the award winning musical "6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know" is a wild and very left-of-center view of the world from an entirely feminine standpoint. In a series of bizarre but hysterical songs and sketches, the authors explore road rage, self-help books, TV soap operas, "genuine press-on nails", Barbie and Ken's secret fantasy life and what is and isn't feminine... with an unforgettable detour through a meadow where Bambi goes haywire in the forest with an Uzi. This cult hit slams into New York after successful regional productions and winning over the Edinburgh Fringe. This rock musical review spares no one in its insightful and hilarious takes on the...
Schedule: Sep 26th, 8:00 pm, Sep 28th, 2:00 pm, Sep 29th, 9:00 pm, Sep 30th, 4:30 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 11:00 pm
Music by Dana P. Rowe
The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde
Country rock n' roll like they dish up at the Grand Ol' Opry! Our wildly talented band of musicians and performers uses contemporary line dancing and the Nashville sound to recount the story of that famous duo - Bonnie and Clyde! Bonnie breaks Clyde out of prison and together they break the country out of the monotony of the Great Depression! Like Romeo and Juliet, but served Southern fried, This is the Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde. Visit us at www.balladofbonnieandclyde.com Creative Team DANA P. ROWE (Composer, Musical Director) Dana P. Rowe is an internationally recognized composer of musicals, incidental music and songs. Mr. Rowe composed The Witches of Eastwick, which had productions in London (Olivier Award Nominee), Moscow, Tokyo and Melbourne. He is also co-producer of the Original London Cast Recording available on First Night Records, UK. His other credits include Zombie Prom, which had productions...
Schedule: Sep 14th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 9:00 pm, Sep 17th, 5:00 pm, Sep 19th, 5:00 pm, Sep 21st, 9:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 5:00 pm, Sep 25th, 7:00 pm
Music by John Gideon
See Bottom of Page for HOT Images and Song Downloads! Winner of "Excellence in Music and Lyrics" (NY Fringe Awards) for Lost - The Musical in 2003, which Time Out called "The Best Musical in the Fringe," Inverse is BACK with The Banger's Flopera, a musical "perversion" of that infamous tale of high-class low-lifes, The Beggar's Opera. Watch in arousing disgust as gangstaz, porn stars and street singers rock and rap their way through a world in which dumbshits win elections, thugs make bank, and www.exploitedteens.com gets 1 million hits a day. While Beggar's took place in 17th century London, Banger's takes place in 21st century New York City. While Beggar's begins with Mr. Peachum exploiting his hoard of street beggars, Banger's begins with Mr. Peacock exploiting his band of street singers. While Beggar's depicts the seedy goings-on of Mac the Knife, the King of Thieves, Banger' s gives us Mac the Knife as the King of Thugs. And while the...
Schedule: Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 9:00 pm, Sep 17th, 4:00 pm, Sep 18th, 8:00 pm, Sep 20th, 9:00 pm, Sep 25th, 1:00 pm
Music and Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
When a UN peacekeeping ship is captured by terrorists from the Dreggish Republic it comes down to the lounge act from Atlantic City to save the day. A new musical comedy by Douglas Carter Beane and Douglas J. Cohen. www.DramaDept.org
Schedule: Sep 16th, 8:00 pm, Sep 19th, 1:00 pm, Sep 20th, 4:30 pm, Sep 20th, 8:00 pm, Sep 21st, 4:30 pm, Sep 22nd, 4:30 pm, Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 26th, 1:00 pm, Sep 26th, 8:00 pm, Sep 27th, 1:00 pm, Sep 27th, 4:30 pm, Sep 28th, 8:00 pm, Sep 29th, 1:00 pm
Music by Andy Abrams
"But, I'm a Cheerleader" is a wacky coming-of-age comedy about Megan, a typical high school cheerleader who has the perfect life. That is, until she finds out that everyone she knows thinks she's a lesbian and her parents send her to a "rehabilitation" camp called "True Directions." It is at this camp, under the strict tutelage of headmistress Mary Brown that Megan meets Graham, a sexy tomboy who shows her exactly what her "true direction" is.
Schedule: Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 1:00 pm, Sep 18th, 7:00 pm, Sep 19th, 1:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 5:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 9:00 pm, Sep 25th, 2:00 pm
Music by Peter Hilliard
The quintessential opera/ musical cross-over piece, Don Imbroglio offers a side-splitting music-theatre experience filled with laughter and singing, opera and family, divas and bimbos, love and pastry, and a requiem for a dead cat. This user-friendly musical farce is The Godfather meets The Marriage of Figaro meets Noises Off. Don Imbroglio is smart and funny, and the songs are tuneful and memorable.
Schedule: Sep 25th, 8:00 pm, Sep 27th, 8:00 pm, Sep 28th, 1:00 pm, Sep 29th, 4:30 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 4:30 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm
Book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Darkly funny and brutally honest, this powerful new musical chronicles one family's personal battle to cure a mother (Amy Spanger) of her long-term depression, with the controversial help of one hotshot young doctor (Anthony Rapp) who prescribes electric shock therapy as her last resort treatment.
Schedule: Sep 14th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 18th, 4:00 pm, Sep 21st, 4:00 pm, Sep 21st, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm
Music and Lyrics by Steven Fisher
Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the lovable but scatterbrained fairy godmother Isabelle and her clock-ticking, cliff-hanging, nail-biting journey to save the Princess. This delightful new musical fairy tale is destined to become a classic. Move over, Disney!
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 28th, 4:30 pm, Sep 29th, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 1:00 pm, Oct 1st, 1:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 1:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 4:30 pm
Music and Lyrics by Stephen M. Schwartz and Norman Thalheimer
Book by Cornell Christianson, music and lyrics by Stephen M. Schwartz and Norman Thalheimer. GREASE meets WAR OF THE WORLDS in this new 1950s sci-fi musical-comedy with Original Staging by Jeff Calhoun, Tony nominee for GREASE, director of Tony-winning revival of BIG RIVER at the Roundabout, and director of BROOKLYN. This fun, campy show centers on a high school kid whose only chance to save his girlfriend is to find the secret hidden in a comic book that can stop an attack from outer space.
Schedule: Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 1:00 pm, Sep 17th, 4:30 pm, Sep 21st, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 29th, 1:00 pm
Music by Jenny Giering
The Mistress Cycle is a daring new musical telling the story of five women: Tess, a contemporary Manhattan photographer; Anais Nin, famed sexual adventurer of the early 20th century; Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II of France in the 16th century; Lulu White, a turn-of-the-last-century bordello madame; and Ching, a 14-year-old concubine in 12th century China. Though each inhabit the role differently, together they share their experiences of "mistresshood" to learn, grow and identify with one another.
Schedule: Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 4:30 pm, Sep 18th, 1:00 pm, Sep 21st, 8:00 pm, Sep 22nd, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm
Music by Adam Blau
In the face of the national scandal that was the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, Monica! The Musical dares to answer the crucial question: Exactly how did something this ridiculous happen? And it dares to answer this question in song.
Schedule: Sep 21st, 8:00 pm, Sep 22nd, 4:30 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 25th, 1:00 pm, Sep 28th, 7:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 1:00 pm
Music by Hal Goldberg
"NERDS://A Musical Software Satire," - An outrageous epic take on the parallel stories of computer pioneers, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, two technological geniuses, as they blaze a path from "garage inventors" to warring titans of the computer revolution. Book and Lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, creators of the Off-Broadway hit THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS and Music by Hal Goldberg.
Schedule: Sep 20th, 8:00 pm, Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm, Sep 25th, 8:00 pm, Sep 28th, 1:00 pm, Sep 29th, 4:30 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 4:30 pm
No Boundaries No Boundaries is the contemporary story of 18 year old childhood friends: the free-spirited Ali, who's white, and the reserved Joshua, who's black. Set to attend Juilliard, Ali unexpectedly grabs a chance to audition for Mistahs and Sistahs, an up-and-coming rap group. Though she initially overcomes the group's resistance to including a white girl, her involvement triggers a series of events rife with racial tension that ultimately overwhelms Joshua and threatens their friendship. In the midst of youthful idealism and the myopic, passionate pursuit of dreams, Joshua and Ali must confront the confounding divide between how we see ourselves and how others see us, and the painful realities of identity, loyalty and race. No Boundaries is driven by a dynamic score of songs ranging from hip hop to soul and rock to gospel, written by six contemporary songwriting and performing artists: Sam Bisbee, Pamela Laws, Laura Love, Marcus Miller, Speech, and The Spooks....
Schedule: Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 1:00 pm, Sep 16th, 5:00 pm, Sep 17th, 9:00 pm, Sep 18th, 2:00 pm, Sep 21st, 2:00 pm
Lyrics by Michael Barry Greer
Music by Doug Katsaros
ORPHAN TRAIN * A New American Musical * Book by: L.E. McCullough Lyrics by: Michael Barry Greer Music by: Doug Katsaros Directed by: Patricia Birch Produced by: Jonathan Stuart Cerullo * New York City 1872. . . Thousands of orphans throng the streets of a city wracked by crime, pestilence and economic chaos. Young minister Charles Loring Brace has a solution: send these "surplus" children to new families in the West, saving lives and souls while providing cheap labor for the nation's expanding frontier. ORPHAN TRAIN follows a spirited group of orphans as they embark upon the greatest adventure of their young lives. Some will find comfort and fulfillment of dreams, others misery and danger worse than what they left behind. And when the program is threatened by scandal, will Rev. Brace have the force and courage to save it? ORPHAN TRAIN is a powerful reminder of how a nation and its character are built - one child; one family at a time. This world premiere New York...
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 28th, 2:00 pm, Sep 30th, 9:00 pm, Oct 1st, 1:00 pm, Oct 1st, 5:00 pm
Music by Todd Almond
One man, one woman, both approaching 30, individually successful and impossibly in love. How can two people be together when they're a world apart? Pamela Bob and Matt Bogart star in this funny and poignant, award-winning piece by Todd Almond and Gus Kaikkonen.
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 4:30 pm, Sep 29th, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 4:30 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 1:00 pm
PLANE CRAZY is a high-flying tribute to sixties musicals that features sexy stews, randy pilots, sleazy ad guys, and crusading feminists in an engaging story about a time "When Stews Were Sexy and the World Was Sexist". PLANE CRAZY is set during an explosive time in history: The intersection of the dawn of the Jet Age; the introduction of the Pill; the genesis of the modern Women's Movement; and the Golden Age of Advertising. PLANE CRAZY explores these clashing values in an engaging story that follows two young stews who are learning about love and life in the high-flying airline business circa 1965.
Schedule: Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 4:30 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 19th, 1:00 pm, Sep 19th, 4:30 pm, Sep 21st, 1:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 4:30 pm, Sep 24th, 4:30 pm, Sep 25th, 1:00 pm
A journey through some of the lesser-known tunes of Academy and Grammy award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. With hits such as Wicked, Pippin and Godspell, not to mention work on the film scores of The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, actors will rediscover some of his most exciting and in many cases, unheard music and lyrics. Directed by Jamie Mcgonnigal, who was responsible for the New York concerts of Pippin, Children of Eden and the upcoming Secret Garden, and with music director Ray Fellman, the cast will feature performances from some of new york's finest undiscovered talents including Jeremy Benton, Marcie Passley, Christine Rowan and Horace Smith.
Schedule: Sep 25th, 7:00 pm, Sep 25th, 10:00 pm, Sep 26th, 10:00 pm, Sep 27th, 9:00 pm, Sep 28th, 7:00 pm, Sep 28th, 10:00 pm
Music and Lyrics by Ed Dixon
Richard Cory, the new musical by Ed Dixon and A.R. Gurney is an exciting new concept in musical theatre. Based on the famous poem by E.A. Robinson, it tells the story of a man who has "everything" yet simply cannot fit in. Each scene is in a different musical style, but in every interaction, Richard fails to find his own voice. Told in a startlingly original construction, the devastating story unfolds with wit and humor that nonetheless delivers us and Richard to his inevitable conclusion.
Schedule: Sep 14th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 18th, 4:30 pm, Sep 19th, 7:00 pm, Sep 19th, 9:30 pm, Sep 21st, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 30th, 4:30 pm
Music and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
A Rock Romance... From the composer of BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY and the director of BAT BOY and TICK TICK BOOM... Rooms centers on songwriting partners Monica Miller and Ian Wallace, who meet in Glasgow, Scotland in 1977. Monica is a middle-class Jewish girl interested in the bright lights of Broadway while Ian is a working-class rock-and-roll Catholic boy. Opposites attract and the two form an instant bond. Their music takes them from Glasgow to London to New York. Though Monica longs to see every room in the world, Ian is happy with four walls, a window, his music and a scotch. This rock romance explores their musical journey around the world and through time.
Schedule: Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 1:00 pm, Sep 18th, 4:30 pm, Sep 18th, 8:00 pm, Sep 21st, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 10:30 pm
Act I Preamble One Life by Oscar Brown, Jr. Rags And Old Iron/Watermelon Man by Oscar Brown, Jr. (medley) and Norman Alfred Curtis Work Song by Nat Adderly and Oscar Brown, Jr. Afro Blue by Ramon Santamaria But I Was Cool by Oscar Brown, Jr. Jeannine by Oscar Brown, Jr. and Duke Pearson Really by Oscar Brown, Jr. A Young Girl by Charles Aznavour, Oscar Brown, Jr. and Robert Maurice Chauvigny Female Faces by Oscar Brown, Jr. Dat Dere by Oscar Brown, Jr. and Bobby Timmons Children of Children by Oscar Brown, Jr. Brown Baby by Oscar Brown, Jr. Joy by Oscar Brown, Jr. There will be one 10-minute intermission. Act II All Blues by Miles Davis and Oscar Brown, Jr. Signifying Monkey by Oscar Brown, Jr. I'll Be Back by Oscar Brown, Jr. Snake by Oscar Brown, Jr. Bid 'Em In by Oscar Brown, Jr. Forty Acres and a Mule by Oscar Brown, Jr. People Of Soul/Brother Where Are You? By Oscar Brown, Jr. Blue Smoke and Mirrors by Oscar Brown, Jr. Looking Ahead From September by Oscar Brown, Jr. Column Of...
Schedule: Sep 14th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 4:30 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 18th, 1:00 pm, Sep 21st, 4:30 pm, Sep 25th, 4:30 pm
Lyrics by Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen
Music by Gunnar Madsen
Compelled by prophecy, a desperate father forces his misfit daughters out of school and into the recording studio. The Shaggs have been called "better than the Beatles", "the worst band ever", "Godmothers of Outsider Music". Based on a bizarre true story about surviving destiny.
Schedule: Sep 27th, 8:00 pm, Sep 28th, 8:00 pm, Sep 29th, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 4:30 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 1:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 4:30 pm
A new musical by Broadway performer, Andrea Frierson-Toney, inspired by 1941 field recordings and the famous Gee's Bend, Alabama quilters
Schedule: Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 1:00 pm, Sep 18th, 8:00 pm, Sep 19th, 4:30 pm, Sep 20th, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 4:30 pm
Lyrics by Paul Leigh and George Stiles
Music by George Stiles
It was a classic comedy novel by Henry Fielding, and then an Academy Award winning movie. Now, TOM JONES is a rambunctious and bawdy new musical. Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Tom Jones is a good-natured lad with a small problem - he can't turn his back on a beautiful woman! Happy go lucky and utterly unable to resist temptation, his passions get him thrown out of his home, into several tavern brawls - not to mention beds, hedgerows and rich ladies' houses - and into terrible trouble with his true love, Sophia! TOM JONES: THE MUSICAL features music by Olivier Award winning composer George Stiles (Mary Poppins), with book and lyrics by Paul Leigh. Written in collaboration with Daniel D. Brambilla and Vera Guerin, the show has Choreography by Christopher Gatelli (Silene! The Musical, Altar Boyz), Musical Direction by Lynne Shankel (Altar Boyz, upcoming Princesses), and is directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party).
Schedule: Sep 26th, 8:00 pm, Sep 27th, 5:00 pm, Sep 27th, 9:00 pm, Sep 28th, 9:00 pm, Oct 1st, 9:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 7:00 pm
Lyrics by Kenneth Grimes and David Wohl (with Susan Einhorn)
Music by David Wohl
What is the effect of the passage of time on our dreams? Uncle Jed's dream to have his own barbershop in the Arkansas of 1928 doesn't come true until he is 79 years old, and he accepts that he cannot build it alone, but needs his niece Sarah Jean and his entire community to help him.
Schedule: Sep 20th, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 9:00 pm, Sep 27th, 1:00 pm, Sep 29th, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 5:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 2:00 pm
Music by Shane Rettig
Inspired by Tod Browning's 1927 silent horror classic, THE UNKNOWN is the story of Alonzo, the Armless Knife Thrower, whose obsession with his target, Joan, drives him over the edge. But nothing is what it seems in this freak show of dreams. The Strongman, the Dwarf, the Circus Master, and the Girl all have wills of their own. If you've ever liked your love toxic rather than true, step right up for this erotic ride. What do you want to see?
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 29th, 4:30 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 1:00 pm, Oct 1st, 4:30 pm
Come see what they're talking about. "It was a beautiful evening, expertly crafted and performed."- David Marquez "I was happy to have been there for this "not to be missed" event. The story was very well told, subtly acted and carefully sung. Your struggle was clear, comic at times and beautifully earnest. You had such a graceful stride through the one-man ninety minute marathon. I was proud of you and have great faith many good things are to come for you as a result of your refined work." - Matt Bogart "Shonn is just fabulous! So unbelievably talented! I loved it!" - Lee Roy Reams "Shonn was really terrific! It's a great showcase - shows a lot of range - and I loved his commitment to the material. I was very impressed." Michael Rupert "I'll be there Friday! I can't wait to see it!" Kevin McCollum Come see the show! Opening night was SOLD OUT, so get your tickets now for one of three remaining performances!...
Schedule: Sep 27th, 8:00 pm, Sep 29th, 4:30 pm, Sep 30th, 11:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 1:00 pm
Lyrics by Steve Mackes, Dave Ogrin, and Ben Budick
Music by Dave Ogrin
Blast off for zany sci-fi adventure as two astronauts and their robot crash a planet of sexy, beautiful women. Destination: a far-out, 60's-inspired, rock musical comedy where youth, idealism, true love, lust, revolution and snack food triumph over warped authority.
Schedule: Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 4:30 pm, Sep 18th, 8:00 pm, Sep 19th, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 25th, 4:30 pm
Music by Joseph Zellnik
YANK! is a WW2 buddy-movie-of-a-musical, a love song both to the Hollywood "it takes one of every kind" platoon flicks as well as the lyricism of 1940s Broadway. It tells the story of Stu (a war reporter) and Mitch (a private) who fall in love in Basic Training and then meet again when Stu is on assignment reporting on Mitch's outfit. In addition to being suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie) it explores what stories get told in wartime, what gets remembered, and how WW2 became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together.
Schedule: Sep 14th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 1:00 pm, Sep 16th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 1:00 pm, Sep 18th, 1:00 pm, Sep 18th, 4:30 pm, Sep 21st, 4:30 pm, Sep 21st, 8:00 pm
Lyrics by Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker is at her wit's end. She's past deadline for a collection of her work. She can't get her typewriter to listen to reason. Her ex-husband (twice-over) wants her in Hollywood to write a screenplay for Marilyn Monroe, and she can't pay her rent. Can she cope? Of course she can. When all else fails, "You might as well live."
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 4:30 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm, Sep 25th, 1:00 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 4:30 pm
Bump in the Road by Carole Lonner is about two men and two women who find themselves in middle middle-age and discover that their lives are still very much in the present tense. They come together, fall apart, cope, flail and, ultimately, prevail. And there are songs.
Schedule: Sep 29th, 3:00 pm, Sep 29th, 7:00 pm
Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak
Music by Steven Lutvak
CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY is a new musical vaudeville about the notorious smear campaign against muckraking author Upton Sinclair during the race for Governor of California in 1934. In the depths of the depression, Sinclair offered a way out, offering hope to millions across the nation with his E.P.I.C. plan (End Poverty In California). Painting Sinclair as a Commie and worse, William Randolph Hearst, Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Aimee Semple McPherson, Louella Parsons and even Shirley Temple are just some of the characters involved in the outrageous shenanigans in the country's first real media campaign.
Schedule: Sep 19th, 3:00 pm, Sep 19th, 7:00 pm
"The Big Beginning" by Peter Shrubshall and Richard Free
The Big Ending by Shrubshall & Free Mel Starke hates musicals. The trouble is, he produces them and they make him an awful lot of money. When he gets a tumor on the brain, though, he starts to see them in a whole new light. The Big Beginning: book and lyrics by Scott Guy music by Ross Kolling. The story of innocent Cora Garber whose life falls apart after she makes an impulsive promise to her brother on his deathbed to produce his musical, The Big Ending.
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 4:30 pm
JUBILEE: the tragicomic rock n' roll extravaganza which follows an odd cast of characters each on their own journey toward happiness. Join A Little Girl on a Tricycle, A Young Woman in a Flight Attendant's Uniform, Hot Dog Cart Boy and others in this absurdly magical and poignant exploration of fate, family, and fish.
Schedule: Sep 20th, 4:30 pm
Lyrics by Adam Abraham
Music by Michael Weiner
This comic re-imagining of America's past tells the story of Liberty Smith, the unsung hero of the American Revolution. Through surprising adventures, he influences major historic events, from George Washington and the cherry tree through Benjamin Franklin's experiments with electricity to the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 3:00 pm, Sep 22nd, 5:00 pm
Music by Alexander Zhurbin
Medvedenko loves Masha, Masha loves Kostya, Kostya loves Nina, Nina loves Trigorin, and Trigorin loves fishing... What do seagulls have to do with anything? Chekov called his play a comedy and at long last we're taking him seriously.
Schedule: Sep 13th, 2:00 pm, Sep 13th, 5:00 pm
Music by Gary William Friedman
Cultures collide in passion and politics, jealousy and revenge when King Solomon meets the Queen of Sheba in this new pop rock gospel musical.
Schedule: Sep 27th, 3:00 pm, Sep 27th, 6:00 pm, Sep 28th, 1:00 pm
Lyrics by Frank Evans
Music by Christopher Berg
A heartwarming musical about World War II British war brides and the American soldiers they loved. "War Brides" chronicles the lives of the women, separated from their husbands for nearly two years, in their struggle to be reunited with them. Cited by The Norwich Bulletin as "Best of the Year" and "the little musical that could" by The Philadelphia Enquirer. Book: Ron Sproat; Music: Christopher Berg; Lyrics: Frank Evans; Director: Bick Goss. A limited number of seats for this event are available by contacting (212) 989-6706
Schedule: Sep 27th, 2:30 pm
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Schedule: Sep 15th, 7:30 pm, Sep 15th, 10:00 pm
*******Proceeds to Benefit the RED CROSS************ Sabrina Gordin and The New York Musical Theatre Festival Present GUILTY PLEASURES Broadway Rocks Out! Musical direction by Jonah Speidel Hosted by: Spamalot's Greg Reuter and Lori Chase Featuring: Ryan Link (Rent, Aida) Julie Garnye Sara Kramer (Mamma Mia) Brandon Wardell (Assassins, Good Vibrations) Erin Leigh Peck (Dance of the Vampires) Jamison Stern (By Jeeves) Lori Ann Strunk (Aida) Josh Kobak (Rent) Rashad Naylor (Hairspray) The Broadway Boys And Ilene Kristen. Don't expect to hear and Sondheim or Schwartz - it'll be more like Zepplin and Joplin as some of Broadways biggest talents sing some of Rock's greatest songs. We all know what it takes to be a rock star: awesome pipes, a dazzling, sexy stage presence, the knack for holding an audience in the palm of your hand and whipping them into an emotional frenzy. Hey -- that's exactly what it takes to be a Broadway star, too. This show lets you in on Broadway's...
Schedule: Sep 18th, 8:00 pm
Michael Longoria is a groundbreaking new singer-songwriter who just released his debut album, Under 1000 Shades of Blue. This recording is a collection of songs he wrote backstage while performing in Broadway's Hairspray. A true poet, his lyrics take the listener to a higher level with melodies so catchy, you'll be humming long after you've heard the tunes. Now performing regularly in New York City, Michael's shows are a must-see. His off-beat sense of humor and banter on stage leave even the complete stranger with a true sense of what this unique new artist is all about! Visit www.michaellongoria.com and discover the artist giving birth to a new sound.
Schedule: Sep 18th, 8:00 pm
"New from NYU" is an afternoon of songs by alumni of the New York University Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. Featured writers include: Jonathan Larson Foundation award winners Michael C. Cooper & Hye-Young Kim, Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller and Liv Cummins & Rob Hartmann Richard Rodgers Award winners Sam Carner & Derek Gregor, Daniel Levin & Jonathan Portera, and Nathan Christensen & Scott Murphy; and Dina Gregory & Sam Piperato, Stephanie Jones & Janice Lowe, and Joel Derfner 2005 Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinken, whose work has appeared at the O' Neill Musical Theater Conference.
Schedule: Sep 17th, 3:00 pm
Schedule: Sep 21st, 8:00 pm
Whiskers on Kittens is a journey down a sad, sad road. If life is a highway, then Love is a lemonade stand waiting to be run over by an 18 wheeler speeding out of control. Whiskers On Kittens is a dynamic, exhilarating and offbeat one-man show starring John Hill (Hairspray, bare) - a story for all seasons and a not to be missed emotional experience. Please call the MAKOR/92nd ST. Y ticket line at 212.415.5500, or go online to the MAKOR website by clicking on the ticket link below, then select the MAKOR THEATER menu item.
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm
Music and Lyrics by Lawrence Rosen
Peek into the private world of 10 teens as they come of age in trendy Westport, Connecticut. Diverse characters based on real-life situations ignited Broadway's Lawrence Rosen to compose an eclectic score. A universal story of transformation set in an affluent suburban High School. Enter Freshmen, exit Seniors... Who will you be in four years? Center Stage Theatre Company
Schedule: Sep 26th, 4:30 pm, Sep 26th, 8:00 pm
Based in Chicago, BWC has amazed audiences around the world with its signature show-a completely improvised hour-long musical that has been described as a cross between "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Simpsons." Truly every aspect of the musical - the plot and characters, musical accompaniment, song lyrics and even what they call "choreography" - is made up on the spot. The group, which also created the scripted holiday musical, "Moulin Scrooge," was named Best Improv Troupe by Chicago Magazine and Best Visiting Comedy Act by Time Out NY in. BWC returns after a sold-out run at NYMF 2005.
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 9:30 pm, Sep 23rd, 9:30 pm, Sep 24th, 9:30 pm, Sep 26th, 9:30 pm, Sep 28th, 9:30 pm, Sep 29th, 9:30 pm, Sep 27th, 10:30 pm, Sep 28th, 10:30 pm, Sep 30th, 10:30 pm
Music and Lyrics by Julia Gregory
This is the story of Camille, a French courtesan who learns the true meaning of love in her last months of life. Set in Paris in 1875, this piece translates beautifully into our genre of Musical Theatre. At its core it is a story of love and forgiveness, a message as powerful today as it was for audiences of its time. With the sweep of Les Miz and the passion of Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers (Camille and Armand) come together only to be split apart by the conventions of society. And as her lover holds her lifeless body in the final moments of the play, we realize that our time on earth is finite, too. We must look to ourselves to be more compassionate, more forgiving, and live each day as if it were our last.
Schedule: Oct 1st, 1:00 pm, Oct 1st, 4:30 pm
What happens when divas collide? Find out in John Flynn's "Dances With Pitchforks: Confessions of a Farm Boy". The year was 1998, when the internet was just starting out, and message boards and blogs were unheard of. Starring in Paper Mill Playhouse's production of "Gypsy" were Broadway legend Betty Buckley, pop star Deborah Gibson, and non-Equity nobody John Flynn as Farm Boy #5. And like any non-Equity Farm Boy with too much free time on his hands, John shares tales of rehearsal antics via e-mail. And from there on out - all Hell breaks loose! It is a story of dashed hopes, fragile egos, lost innocence, and grown women in cow costumes.
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm
Adapted from the classic Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray is an aspiring young songwriter and social idealist finding his way in the Greenwich Village of the mid-1960s. He is discovered and becomes the reluctant protege of an unscrupulous English rock 'n' roll promoter, who introduces him to the life, fame and fortune he never sought. But like a drug, this new celebrity begins to take him over and he falls deeper under its spell as his musical career soars. Dorian's soul falls away and a monstrous persona slowly moves in as the years progress. Only a photograph taken early in his career and secreted away reveals the horror that he has become. As he enters the new millennium, he is still youthful in appearance, but bereft of friends, moral virtue and true companionship. And finally he realizes that he cannot escape the life he bargained for. This modern allegory is accompanied by 20 original songs that bare the idealistic passion which Dorian Gray cannot recover. His fate was sealed...
Schedule: Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 1:00 pm, Sep 16th, 5:00 pm, Sep 17th, 12:30 pm, Sep 18th, 12:30 pm
Lyrics and Music by Jeremy Schonfeld
DRIFT examines the phenomenon of divorce and child custody. Based on the concept album of the same name, composer/ lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld and playwright Craig Pospisil have written a heart-wrenching, affecting ,and often humorous show about the effects divorce has on everyone who goes through it, and how people find a way to pick up the pieces and start again.
Schedule: Sep 19th, 3:00 pm, Sep 19th, 8:00 pm, Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 15th, 1:00 pm, Sep 15th, 4:30 pm, Sep 16th, 1:00 pm, Sep 16th, 10:00 pm, Sep 17th, 1:00 pm
Lyrics by William Shakespeare and Cory Krueckeberg
Music by Jessica Fogle
SPEAKproductions introduces a musical feature film screenplay, Fairies, based on its award-winning short film that has screened in over 75 international film festivals. The project reunites writers Thomas Gustafson and Cory Krueckeberg with composer Jessica Fogle to create a fantastically moving, musical dream come true. Struggling with his homophobic classmates and community, Timothy's fading spirit soars when his eccentric Drama teacher, Ms. Tebbit, embraces his differences and casts him as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In tune with the forces of nature, Ms. Tebbit awakens Timothy's voice with the magical power of Shakespeare. He uses the potion he finds hidden in the text of Midsummer to drive his crush, the star rugby player, to fall in love with him. With this newly discovered ammunition, Timothy puckishly unleashes a wave of blossoming homosexuality upon his closed-minded town and within the ensuing chaos, he finally finds the equality and love he deserves. Having upset...
Schedule: Sep 26th, 3:00 pm, Sep 26th, 7:00 pm
Lyrics by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Music by Scott Brown
Doug Simon and Bud Davenport wrote a MUSICAL! And they think it's really GOOD! It's called: GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! It's the TRUE story of Johann Gutenberg, the Printing Press, an evil Monk, and a beautiful wench named Helvetica. And they're gonna perform the CRAP out of it for Broadway producers... AND FOR YOU!! But mostly for YOU! Anthony King and Scott Brown are the masterminds behind Doug Simon and Bud Davenport - two simple dolts who set-out to musicalize quite possibly the least musical event in history - the creation of the printing press. GUTENBERG! THE MUSICAL! is a hilarious story of misguided passions, historical inaccuracies, Broadway aspirations and, of course, trucker hats. GET READY TO READ!!
Schedule: Sep 24th, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm
In just minutes, I EAT PANDAS does what it takes Andrew Lloyd Webbers YEARS to do: crap out a musical from start to finish. I EAT PANDAS creates a different musical, based on your suggestion, every time they perform! Every performance a musical will be made up on the spot - complete with dancing, dramatic glances and original, improvised songs. They have performed at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Providence Improv Festival, and venues all over New York City. They were recently nominated for an Emerging Comic of New York award. For their NYMTF performances, I EAT PANDAS - Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner musician Travis Ploeger - have invited some of their favorite performers and friends to play with them. Joining then as I EAT PANDAS, & FRIENDS are Tara Copeland, Eugene Cordero, and Jeff Hiller. They weave magic before your very eyes! Like fairies! And they eat pandas.
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 11:00 pm, Oct 1st, 10:30 pm
Music by Stephanie McCullough
Today's little girls know they can be lawyers and little boys know they can be nurses... now what? In a world where lessons on sharing seem trite and being nice to your neighbor can get you shot, thank God there's LISTEN KID..., the hilarious new musical that explores what kids /really/ need to know. LISTEN KID... pulls no punches as it teaches brutally honest lessons about 21st-century topics, from childhood obesity to the dangers of being "friends with benefits." You'll wish you saw this show when you were nine!* Intended for mature audiences* (although your kids would probably appreciate the honesty).
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 29th, 8:00 pm
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR received 4 Tony nominations in 1965, including Best Musical. This satiric chronicle of World War One examines the human side of armed conflict through its witty book, period images and musical parodies, including Pack Up Your Troubles, Goodbye-ee, and Keep The Home Fires Burning. This reading marks the first public presentation of its Broadway-bound revival. http://www.lovelywar.com
Schedule: Sep 26th, 8:00 pm, Sep 27th, 2:00 pm
Schedule: Sep 12th, 7:00 pm
The Pearl Brunswick (New York's only all all-female musical improv group) present their full-length musical, replete with all of the ensuing pathos, bathos, and exaggerated diva-esque hand motions. THRILL to their soaring harmonies! WRITHE IN ECSTASY to their extemporaneous melodies! Watch as characters fall in and out of love, realize the true meaning of life, and experience earth-shattering epiphanies... all while dancing.
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 11:00 pm, Sep 29th, 11:00 pm
Educational Events & Seminars
Scenic, Costume and Lighting Designers talk about their special contributions to the aesthetics of the musical. How do designers approach a musical as opposed to a straight play? How do they collaborate on various projects with directors & producers? How do they make their vision work within a production budget, whatever the size? Is Broadway in danger of becoming Las Vegas? What the heck is "convergence"? Are the constraints of budget a limit to imagination or a challenge?
Schedule: Sep 21st, 6:00 pm
Come watch as prominent musical theatre writers serve as master teachers for two new musicals in development. Past Masters have included Stephen Sondheim, Sheldon Harnick , John Kander, Thomas Meehan, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally. Reservations required. A limited number of seats for this event are available by contacting 212 830-8360 NYMF members, Platinum and gold Passholders only.
Schedule: Sep 29th, 5:00 pm
Ever since A Chorus Line used the lives of real dancers to creat the ultimate backstage musical, performers have played an increasingly important part in the development process for many new musicals. This panel of Broadway and Off-Broadway writers and performers discusses the crucial contribution of the actor in developing characters, offering behind-the-scenes insights into the creation of some of the most acclaimed shows on and off Broadway.
Schedule: Sep 29th, 5:00 pm
There was a time when Tammy Wynette and Ethel Merman lived in different worlds. Today, country music sounds can increasingly be found in musicals like Big River, Tom Sawyer and Floyd Collins. What is the attraction of country music's narrative songwriting for telling stories in the theatre? A demonstration panel with live performances. Sponsored by Virgin and the ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund.
Schedule: Jan 15th, 6:30 pm
Playwright, librettist, bookwriter - what's the difference? If you thought musicals were just plays with music, think again! Respected playwrights-turned-musical-theatre-writers reveal the challenges of writing the book for a musical, giving insights into the process and into the creation of well-known shows.
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 6:30 pm
Though it's been decades since musicals routinely made the pop music crats, many of today's theatre composers have had successful careers in pop music. How is theatre writing different? How is pop music influencing songwriting for the theatre? NYMF partners with the American Theatre Wing's monthly seminar series to explore and celebrate the craft of writing for today's musical theatre featuring writers David Yazbek, Rupert Holmes, Lucy Simon and the writers of upcoming Broadway musical The Color Purple.. Sponsored by The ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund. Note: Advance reservations required for this event, which will be filmed for television broadcast. ATW members: reserve seats through ATW. NYMF Passholders: we have a limited number of free tickets that can be reserve dthrough your passes. General Public: $10. Call (212) 817-8215.
Schedule: Sep 15th, 12:00 pm
You've written the show: now what? What's the path to full production? This panel offers a unique opportunity to learn about the opportunities for developing and showcasing new work - from choosing venues to finding an audience, from raising money to stretching your budget to gaining press attention and industry buzz. How much do production values matter, and when? If you are an early-career producer or writer - or just want to get a better sense of how to make a splash - this panel is for you!
Schedule: Sep 28th, 6:00 pm
Music by Alan Cancelino
One Bingo-crazed Grandma is the only hope for St. Francis Retirement Center. If a nun, several Elvises, and others can help her get to Bingo City, Texas in time, Grandma Bingo just might win the $2M prize to save the home.
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 2:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 4:00 pm
CANCELLED! Please go to our website and sign up for our e-mail list. The Broadway Curtain Calls programs on September 14 and 21 have been cancelled because the Snapple Theater Center is not yet completed. Debuting this fall, Broadway Curtain Calls plans to offer periodic "open to the public" presentations focusing on current and upcoming theater and special events on and off Broadway, and the people who make them happen. To celebrate the New York Musical Theatre Festival's second season, Broadway Curtain Calls had planned to host two one-hour programs featuring cast members and creative teams to discuss and perform numbers from their NYMF shows. At the new Snapple Theater Center, 1627 Broadway (southwest corner of Broadway & 50th Street). For more information and to sign up for our mailing list, visit us at www.BroadwayCurtainCalls.com
Schedule: Sep 14th, 6:00 pm, Sep 21st, 6:00 pm
Schedule: Sep 27th, 6:00 pm
Where can you find Josh Groban, Christine Ebersole, Adam Guettel, Chita Rivera, The Altar Boyz and Liza Minnelli on Monday nights? At JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY, that's where! The Broadway elite entertain each other at the grand piano during this weekly event that, in it's three-year run, has become a New York tradition. Join Caruso, along with Billy Stritch at the piano and Steve Doyle on bass, for a social gathering that comes complete with impromptu performances! Birdland (315 West 44th Street, NYC) 212-581-3080 Every Monday Night at 9:30pm
Schedule: Sep 12th, 9:30 pm, Sep 19th, 9:30 pm, Sep 26th, 9:30 pm
The artist’s super sized dynamic virtual murals projected on the walls of The Philip Coltoff Greenwich Village Center creates an atmosphere of magic realism upon the striking urban panorama. Bubi’s distinctive dream-like multimedia sonic backgrounds have appeared at The New York Musical Theatre Festival as part of her performance art pieces.
Schedule: Sep 29th, 8:00 pm, Sep 29th, 10:00 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 10:00 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 10:00 pm
From the creators of THE TAXI CABARET, ILLYRIA, and THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE, this comic song cycle touchingly examines loneliness in modern day New York, and the often-hilarious search to find true connections in a city of twelve million people.
Schedule: Sep 24th, 3:00 pm, Sep 25th, 7:00 pm, Sep 27th, 8:00 pm
One night...four of musical theatre's most influential composers. Benefitting the Songbook Project, Inc., TRUNK SONGS will feature rarely -heard music from four of the theatre world's leading voices. In a one-night-only concert event, these contemporary and legendary composers will share the same stage to present their more obscure work, their newest work, and even a few of their personal favorites and classics. The Songbook Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to promoting the art of live performance with a focus on both new and classic popular songs.
Schedule: Sep 25th, 7:00 pm
Music by Andrew Gerle
With a winning mix of clever wit and surprising warmth, The Tutor tells a fresh, funny, contemporary tale of romance, art, and what it really takes to get into Princeton. When a struggling young novelist takes a job tutoring a sullen Manhattan girl, he thinks he's just out for quick cash. But when the characters in his novel start to come to life, and his teenage pupil begins to open up, his life takes a few surprising turns. The Tutor is a three-time winner of the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award, which is administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Schedule: Sep 10th, 8:00 pm, Sep 11th, 2:00 pm, Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 18th, 2:00 pm, Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm, Sep 25th, 2:00 pm, Sep 28th, 8:00 pm, Sep 29th, 8:00 pm, Sep 30th, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 2:00 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm, Oct 2nd, 2:00 pm
What do Ashlie Atkinson (Fat Pig), Ryan Duncan (Altar Boyz), Sherie Rene Scott (TONY Nominee, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Tracie Thoms (RENT, the Movie), Alice Ripley (TONY Nominee, Side Show), Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (Junie B. Jones), Hope Clarke (Caroline or Change), Linda Gabler (Cabaret), Julie Garnye (HAIR Concert), Edie Cowan (Original Little Shop of Horrors), Natalie Douglas (5 time MAC Award Winner), Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway), Donovan Patton (EMMY Nominee, Blues Clues), Jay Rogers (When Pigs Fly), Kevin Townley (Shockheaded Peter), Gregory Simmons (Six Degrees of Seperation), John Leone (Les Misarable), Lanny Myers (6 Time EMMY winner), Anika Larson (Zanna, Don't), Cornell Womack (On Golden Pond), Michael Pemberton (Not About Nightingales), Lisa Barnes (Rescue Me), Siobahn Fallon Hogan (Rescue Me, Seinfeld), Lainie Sakakura (Flower Drum Song), Tricia Brouk (Romance and Cigarettes), Eli Wallach, Tony Randall and Anne Jackson have in common? Over the last...
Schedule: Sep 13th, 8:00 pm, Sep 14th, 8:00 pm, Sep 15th, 8:00 pm, Sep 16th, 8:00 pm, Sep 17th, 3:00 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 19th, 8:00 pm, Sep 20th, 8:00 pm, Sep 21st, 8:00 pm, Sep 22nd, 8:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 3:00 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm
NYMF Archive | Past Festivals
Schedule: Sep 2nd, 8:00 pm
Schedule: Sep 23rd, 8:00 pm, Sep 24th, 8:00 pm, Oct 1st, 8:00 pm
Dan Lipton & David Rossmer are emerging as unique voices of contemporary, and often original, musical theater. Their eclectic work bounces from pop songs to broad satire to instrumental concert music. They both write music and lyrics together in a truly collaborative partnership. Join top Broadway performers and musicians in an exciting evening of their material. For tickets please call the MAKOR ticket line at 212.415.5500, or go online to the MAKOR website by clicking on the ticket link below, then select the MAKOR THEATER menu item.
Schedule: Sep 26th, 8:00 pm
Schedule: Sep 14th, 7:30 pm, Sep 15th, 7:30 pm, Sep 17th, 8:00 pm, Sep 18th, 1:00 pm, Sep 18th, 4:00 pm, Sep 18th, 6:00 pm
Schedule: Sep 22nd, 5:30 pm, Sep 22nd, 6:30 pm, Sep 23rd, 1:00 pm, Sep 23rd, 2:30 pm, Sep 24th, 1:00 pm, Sep 24th, 2:30 pm, Sep 25th, 1:00 pm, Sep 25th, 2:30 pm
You wake up to the sound of a phone ringing. A voice on the line says that he has kidnapped your child. There's only one thing: you don't have a child. Do you find out whose kid it is, or roll over and head back to sleep? This is one of many choices you, the audience, will make in this new choose-your-own-adventure musical comedy developed with a team of improv artists. Due to actor scheduling conflicts the September 25th performance has been cancelled.
Schedule: Sep 19th, 7:00 pm, Sep 19th, 9:30 pm, Sep 20th, 8:00 pm, Sep 28th, 7:00 pm, Sep 28th, 9:30 pm