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#BlackGirlJoy: Star Johnson in Concert

#BlackGirlJoy: Star Johnson in Concert

Created by Star Johnson

Washington D.C.-bred writer and composer, Star Johnson brings a night of hip-hop, soul, and pop-infused musical theatre to the stage in her NYMF concert. #BLACKGIRLJOY explores the growing pains and pratfalls of young adulthood and celebrates the beauty of… [read more]

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2000 Nickels: A Vietnam Legacy

2000 Nickels: A Vietnam Legacy

Book by Margaret Brochu; Music and Lyrics by John Brochu

2000 NICKELS: A VIETNAM LEGACY is an original drama about medevac pilot Joe Rego’s quest to reconcile with the enemy he fought and the country that betrayed him. Dying of Agent Orange leukemia, Joe’s last mission is to recover the self he lost in war, and… [read more]

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A Wall Apart

A Wall Apart

Book by Sam Goldstein & Craig Clyde; Music and Lyrics by Graham Russell

An original rock musical about a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. With music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, this epic story examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, and marriage. What is the price of… [read more]

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Auditioning for the Musical Theater

Auditioning for the Musical Theater

Work out your musical theater audition material with guidance from a leading casting director! Michael Cassara will hear your best audition song and work with you from his unique vantage point "behind the table." Class will include a Q&A and a discussion… [read more]


Backbeard: The Musical

Backbeard: The Musical

Book by Matthew McElligott, Larry Tuxbury & Brian Sheldon; Music by Michael Musial; Lyrics by Matthew McElligott, Michael Musial & Larry Tuxbury

This rollicking musical tells the tale of Backbeard, the hairiest pirate who ever lived, and his quest to answer the question "How should a pirate look?" When a rowdy birthday party ruins his clothes, a pair of persuasive tailors convince him to try a… [read more]

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Ben, Virginia, and Me (The Liberace Musical)

Ben, Virginia, and Me (The Liberace Musical)

Book by Roger O. Hirson; Music and Lyrics by Barbara Carole Sickmen; Original Concept by Barbara Carole Sickmen

Before Liberace entered the world of glitz and glamour, the legendary showman crossed paths with history's most notorious gangster and his girlfriend, forming a unique bond. Featuring a lavish original score, this world premiere musical explores the… [read more]

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Camp Wanatachi: In Concert

Camp Wanatachi: In Concert

Book by Bekah Brunstetter & Natalie Elizabeth Weiss; Music by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss & Travis Stewart; Lyrics by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss

CAMP WANATACHI is an electro-musical that explores two girls’ journey of sexual discovery within the unlikely setting of an all-female Christian summer camp. Spirit-soaked and hormone-charged, this “hilariously subversive piece of theater” (New York… [read more]

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Christmas In Hell

Christmas In Hell

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Gary Apple

Sweet little six-year-old Davin has missed Christmas. On Christmas Eve, he was in the same hospital as Charles Manson and was taken down to Hell by mistake. Now Christmas is over and Davin is back...fiendishly changed. This irreverent holiday musical… [read more]

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Closing Night Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Closing Night Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Mingle with new friends and old as we toast performances, productions, and memories of three unforgettable weeks of new musicals. Be there for the opening of the envelopes and presentation of the NYMF Awards on the final night of the 2017 Festival. [read more]


Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray

Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dayett; Music by Christopher Dayett & Kevin Mucchetti

With what magic they can muster, an outcast troupe of players re-invents Oscar Wilde’s 1890 gothic tale of the young and mysterious Dorian Gray. His dashing looks are captured in a single portrait that allows him to remain young and untouched as he spirals… [read more]

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Eco

Eco

Book by Bethie Fowler; Music and Lyrics by Jenna Mate

Many years from now, as humanity faces the ravages of climate change, the government has tried but failed to combat nature with technology. Amidst the chaos, a young woman called Eco searches for her family. With a contemporary-pop soundtrack and the… [read more]

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Errol and Fidel

Errol and Fidel

Book by Boyd Anderson & Guy Anderson; Music by Peter Kaldor, John Kaldor and Doug Oberhamer; Lyrics by Boyd Anderson

Cuba, 1958: Revolution is in the air! In his final year Errol Flynn has one last adventure. The dashing star of so many Hollywood blockbusters yearns to be a real hero, and Fidel Castro fits the bill. What Fidel craves is fame, and who better than Errol to… [read more]

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Firefly in the Light

Firefly in the Light

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Shayna Toh

Torn between a possessive mother, her childhood sweetheart Jake, and spirited friends, Wendy deserts home in search of city lights, fame, and a long-lost father. 7 years later, Wendy and Jake's destinies once again intertwine. With rekindled love within… [read more]

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FORA

FORA

Book and Lyrics by Jae Antoinette Broderick; Music by Matthew A.C. Cohen & Jae Antoinette Broderick

FORA is a brand new musical about love, history, family, and country set on the island of Forafu – a place of vibrant people, rich ancestry, soulful music, and lost magic from another time. We meet Forafu in the time of its Great Migration as the island is… [read more]

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Fourteenth Annual Opening Celebration

Fourteenth Annual Opening Celebration

Raise the roof with Festival performers and creative teams, arts patrons, and Broadway stars at our annual Opening Night bash. This exclusive event is open to NYMF Patrons, Passholders, and Participants. Join us and you too can celebrate like there’s no… [read more]


FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL

FREEDOM RIDERS: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MUSICAL

Book by Richard Allen; Music and Lyrics by Richard Allen & Taran Gray

In 1961, 400 ordinary human beings put their lives on the line to bring attention to the injustice of segregation in an action that would show the world an image of the 'burning bus America,' whose existence most Americans wanted to ignore. FREEDOM RIDERS:… [read more]

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Generation Me

Generation Me

Book by Julie Soto; Music by Will Finan; Lyrics by Julie Soto; Story by Julie Soto & Ryan Warren

At age 15, Milo Reynolds had it all: a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the “coolest” parents, and friends who worshiped him. So when Milo takes his own life on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they… [read more]

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Georama: An American Panorama told on 3 Miles of Canvas

Georama: An American Panorama told on 3 Miles of Canvas

Book by West Hyler & Matt Schatz; Music and Lyrics by Matt Schatz; Arrangements, Additional Music, and Lyrics by Jack Herrick

In the 1850s John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating… [read more]

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Happily: The Musical

Happily: The Musical

Book by Livi Perrone; Music by Sean P. Pallatroni; Lyrics by Sean P. Pallatroni & Livi Perrone

Happily Ever High is the #1 preparatory school for fairy tale youth. At the beginning of their education, students are assigned specific storybook roles such as Prince, Princess, Knight, or Fairy Godmother. According to their parents and teachers, finding… [read more]

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I Am, I Will, I Do

I Am, I Will, I Do

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Manjovi

As the owners of Party City Now rebrand their wedding business to embrace marriage equality, Dave, their gay music director, has never felt more alone. Doomed to a life of playing weddings, Dave longs for love of his own. But, when he’s forced to sing a… [read more]

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Killer Wigs From Outer Space

Killer Wigs From Outer Space

Book by David Nehls & Zac Miller; Music and Lyrics by David Nehls; Additional Lyrics by Zac Miller

KILLER WIGS FROM OUTER SPACE is the story of Orville, a carnival handyman attacked by a galactic, brain-eating parasite. This alien from another planet transforms Orville into a rock-and-roll prophet for peace with out-of-this-world hair. Battling forces… [read more]

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Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth

Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth

Book by Emilie Landmann & Carrie Morgan; Music by Jonathan Quesenberry; Lyrics by Carrie Morgan & Jonathan Quesenberry

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY VS. THE DEVIL: AN AMERICAN MYTH is a Faustian comedy that dares to ask the question, “How did Matthew McConaughey win an Academy Award?" This show recounts how the RomCom-starring stoner became an A-list award winner. Matthew has his… [read more]

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Miss Blanche Tells It All

Miss Blanche Tells It All

Book by Jason Jacobs; Music by Matthew C. Pritchard; Lyrics by Matthew C. Pritchard & Jason Jacobs

1969 New Orleans: it’s standing room only. The band starts the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter – but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he… [read more]

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MOTHERFREAKINGHOOD! (MATERNAL DISCRETION ADVISED)

MOTHERFREAKINGHOOD! (MATERNAL DISCRETION ADVISED)

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Julie Dunlap & Sara Stotts

Rachael, wide-eyed and optimistic, is elated to finally put her party days behind and become a mom... #YAY! Angie has pre-enrolled her unborn child in the most exclusive all-girls preschool (definitely a girl, she already has a boy). After three kids,… [read more]

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Musical Songwriting Workshop

Musical Songwriting Workshop

This introductory workshop led by Anna K. Jacobs (POP!; Harmony, Kansas; Teeth; Echo) takes participants through an authentic musical theater songwriting process. Participants have explored the relationship between music and language, learned key… [read more]


My Dear Watson

My Dear Watson

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jami-Leigh Bartschi

Follow the legendary friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Through the mystery, action, and cleverness woven throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, MY DEAR WATSON looks beyond the realm of narrative and into the heart of the man… [read more]

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Night Tide

Night Tide

Book and Lyrics by Taylor Tash; Music by Nathania Wibowo

Inspired by the B-movie of the same title, NIGHT TIDE tells the kitschy and compelling tale of Johnny Drake, a lonely Naval sailor. While enjoying his first shore leave in a spooky, run-down seaside resort town, he meets Mora, a seductive and mysterious… [read more]

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Numbers Nerds

Numbers Nerds

Book by Laura Stratford; Music by David Kornfeld; Lyrics by Alex Higgin-Houser; Story by Larry Little; Additional Music by Dylan MarcAurele

Numbers Nerds is an almost all-girl high school math team from Waukesha, Wisconsin. The team has won the Regional Math Competition and is chosen to compete in the National Math SUM-IT. These smart and funny whiz kids must unite to solve difficult math… [read more]

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NYMF Preview Concert

NYMF Preview Concert

NYMF presents a preview of the 2017 New York Musical Festival, as part of the Worldwide Plaza Summer Concert Series. Get a sneak peek at some of the new musicals before they are presented at the Festival, July 10 - August 6 This preview concert is… [read more]

Concert

Painting Faye Salvez

Painting Faye Salvez

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rachel Covey

PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ is a new musical about the family and friends of Faye Salvez, a teenage girl who’s been missing for three years. Faye’s mother, in an attempt to save her crumbling marriage, has commissioned an artist to paint a family portrait. This… [read more]

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Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: The Musical

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: The Musical

Book by Sheryl Berk, Carrie Berk & Jill Jaysen; Music and Lyrics by Rick Hip-Flores

New kid, Kylie Carson is "different" – which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter… [read more]

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Pedro Pan

Pedro Pan

Book by Rebecca Aparicio; Music and Lyrics by Stephen Anthony Elkins

Based on the real-life events of Operación Pedro Pan, a young boy is sent to the U.S. to escape the growing dangers of post-revolutionary Cuba. To survive, Pedro must learn a new language and a new culture – while hoping to someday be reunited with his… [read more]

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Play Like A Winner

Play Like A Winner

Book and Lyrics by Erik Johnke; Music by David Wolfson

In the fiercely competitive world of girls’ soccer, how far would you go for your child? PLAY LIKE A WINNER is a satire of the soccer mom world based upon the award-winning play All About the Kids by Caytha Jentis. At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead on… [read more]

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Qing Cheng/Dark City

Qing Cheng/Dark City

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Daniel Walker

QING CHEN takes place in the Dark City, the most densely populated place on Earth. Qing Cheng tells the story of Ahn, an innocent young woman alone in a terrifying world and The City, an awe-inspiring spirit of the metropolis who embodies power, greed,… [read more]

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Sing with Vocalery

Sing with Vocalery

Calling all professional singers! Join Séverine Parent for a workshop to discover your vocal identity, increase your confidence, and enhance your potential. Drawing from 10 years of experience as a talent scout and vocal coach for Cirque Du Soleil,… [read more]


Song Interpretation Masterclass

Song Interpretation Masterclass

Led by Jenn Colella

Join Broadway’s Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominee Jenn Colella (Come From Away, If/Then, Chaplin) for a song interpretation master class that will focus on the skills behind acting the song and nailing your audition. Jenn Colella has taught… [read more]


TEMPLE of the SOULS

TEMPLE of the SOULS

Book by Anita Velez-Mitchell, Lorca Peress & Anika Paris; Music by Dean Landon & Anika Paris; Lyrics by Anita Velez-Mitchell & Anika Paris; Additional Lyrics by Dean Landon

TEMPLE OF THE SOULS is an award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a Conquistador, and Guario, a young Taíno, meet in the magical rain forest… [read more]

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The Body Politic

The Body Politic

Book and Lyrics by Charles Osborne; Music by Leo Hurley

A transgender man from Afghanistan emigrates to North Carolina at the height of the Afghan War, in this explosive musical about a collision of cultures that redefines the American family. Iphis sees his world reflected through the contrasting lenses of a… [read more]

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The Cadaver Synod: A Pope Musical

The Cadaver Synod: A Pope Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Robbie Florian

In the year 897 A.D., Pope Stephen VII dug up the rotting corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, and placed it on trial in front of the entire Roman Clergy, Senate, and Aristocracy. After screaming at it for hours, Stephen had the body dismembered,… [read more]

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The Demise

The Demise

Book and Additional Lyrics by Doug Kreeger & Elizabeth Yng-Wong; Book, Music, and Lyrics by Joel Henry Stein

An audience-immersive rock-opera experience, THE DEMISE is a cross between Alice in Wonderland, The Wiz, and Dante's Inferno. The show pushes the boundaries between reality and theater, making an audience member the star of the show. Exploring themes of… [read more]

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The Fourth Messenger

The Fourth Messenger

Book and Lyrics by Tanya Shaffer; Music and Additional Lyrics by Vienna Teng

What if the Buddha were a woman, living in our times? Mama Sid is a modern-day “awakened one” with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid’s mysterious past, exposing secrets that could change everything. Epic and… [read more]

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The Goree All-Girl String Band

The Goree All-Girl String Band

Book and Lyrics by Michael Bradley; Music by Artie Sievers

The year is 1938 and The Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. They also happen to be convicted criminals. The six band members teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program.… [read more]

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The House of Edgar Allan Poe

The House of Edgar Allan Poe

Book and Music by Morgan Hollingsworth; Lyrics based on the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Clemm Poe & Frances Sargent Osgood

THE HOUSE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE is a musical based on the life and work of the famous author and poet of horror. As Edgar Allan Poe grieves the inevitable death of his wife, he calls upon his past lover, the raven-esque Sarah Shelton, to help him cope with… [read more]

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The Light Rail

The Light Rail

Book by Chelsea Hickman; Music and Lyrics by Kira Stone

Stinging from old and recent loss, childhood neighbors Sam and Lindsay reunite by chance on Seattle’s light rail. As they begin to fall in love, they slowly learn that healing can be found in the most unusual places, and in other people just as broken as… [read more]

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The Shakespearean Jazz Show

The Shakespearean Jazz Show

Music by Patrick Greeley; Lyrics by William Shakespeare

Energetic and innovative, THE SHAKESPEAREAN JAZZ SHOW reinvigorates and recontextualizes Shakespearean performance. Experience how the loose, improvisatory nature of jazz music can free Shakespearean text, allowing the feeling and intent of the words to be… [read more]

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Book by David Mauk & Brenda Mandabach; Music by David Mauk; Lyrics by David Mauk

In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden. Extraordinary events force him to venture underground where he must face the demons that… [read more]

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United We Stand (Student Leadership Program)

United We Stand (Student Leadership Program)

Music and Lyrics by Various Student Artists

The New York Musical Festival’s Student Leadership Program invites you to UNITED WE STAND, a song cycle that celebrates the ties that bind us together and challenges us to embrace what sets us apart. UNITED WE STAND is a night of original work created by… [read more]

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Women of Note

Women of Note

Music and Lyrics by Various Artists

Join us for our concert series that celebrates female, queer, and trans* artists who are changing the landscape of musical theater. Featuring dynamic sounds and incredible performers, this concert has become such a staple of the Festival, that we'll be… [read more]

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Woody - A New Fairy Tale

Woody - A New Fairy Tale

Book, Music, and Lyrics by John Carden & Nolan Doran; Additional Book by Nick Corley

WOODY - A NEW FAIRY TALE is a quirky musical adventure about a young man looking to find connection in a world that's becoming increasingly disconnected. Join us as we set loose characters from Collodi's classic Pinocchio into today's modern sexual… [read more]

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