The 10 best NYMF shows to see at 2016’s New York Musical Festival

Time Out New York

The New York Musical Festival officially begins today, which means that thousands of people will soon be swarming into Midtown theaters in the hope of discovering the next big musical-theater things. Since the festival began in 2004, it has been an important developmental stepping stone for musicals; prominent alums include Next to Normal[title of show]Chaplin and The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. Problem is, it can be hard to sort through all the options and decide what to see: This year's NYMF includes 18 full productions (each running for five or six performances), as well as readings, concerts and other events. Here's our round-up of ten shows that seem especially promising. Good luck!