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2019 Songwriting Workshop

2019 Songwriting Workshop

With Ben Bonnema and Joe Iconis

This introductory workshop led by Ben Bonnema (The Apple Boys, Peter Panic, Boys Who Tricked Me) will take participants through an authentic musical theater songwriting process. Participants should expect to explore the relationship between music and… [read more]


Abduction

Abduction

Book by T.J. Pieffer; Music by Becki Toth and Brad Kemp; Lyrics by T.J. Pieffer and Becki Toth

Science! Cows! Musical Theatre! In the small town of Pluto, Indiana, Pippa Peterson must save the day from mysterious extraterrestrial lights before her whole town is beamed into outer space. It's "The Twilight Zone" flipped on it’s head, with a cast of… [read more]


Alive! The Zombie Musical

Alive! The Zombie Musical

Music and Lyrics by Josh Canfield

With the cover of the night, zombies terrorize a small town, but when morning comes they leave no trace of their feasting, just missing people. One feisty news reporter, Shelly Sheets, is on the case when she witnesses her co-worker, Eve, being kidnapped… [read more]


Bisland & Bly

Bisland & Bly

Lyrics by Marialena DiFabbio and Susannah Jones; Music by Marialena DiFabbio; Book and Additional Music by Susannah Jones

In November 1889, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland set off in opposite directions on a history-making race around the globe to beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record from Around The World In Eighty Days. Though a world apart, Nellie and Elizabeth found… [read more]


Black Hole Wedding

Black Hole Wedding

Words by Katherine Brann Fredricks; Music by Paul E. Nelson

Lying, stealing, forging, kidnapping, government-manipulating oil baron Dean captures and warehouses renewable energy discoveries. Shy uber-geek Raymond fights back with a black hole trash compactor. Will Dean feed Raymond’s fiancé to the black hole, in… [read more]


Brother Nat

Brother Nat

Book and Lyrics by Liana Asim and Jabari Asim; Music by Allyssa Jones and Damien Sneed.

In this sung-through musical inspired by Nat Turner’s historic slave insurrection, the hero toils and dreams of freedom until an Angel appears and issues a divine directive: Rise and revolt! The sign Nat has been waiting for arrives: a solar eclipse. In… [read more]


Buried

Buried

Music and Lyrics by Cordelia O’Driscoll, Book and Lyrics by Tom Williams, Orchestration by Olivia Doust

When Rose and Harry meet on a date, they uncover something unexpected: they’re both serial killers. This unconventional love story is a darkly comedic tale of friendship, road trips and life on the edge. Oh… and a whole lot of murder. Accompanied by a… [read more]


Casting and Audition Workshop

Casting and Audition Workshop

With Michael Cassara

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]


Chance

Chance

Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard Isen

50 something year old Gregory has spent his adult life denying the loss he experienced as a young man during the AIDS crisis. After a near-death experience, The Lady appears. Is she an inner guide from the Jungian collective unconscious? A musical… [read more]


Creating a Spectacle

Creating a Spectacle

A Created by NYMF Event

NYMF Artistic Director West Hyler (Cirque du Soleil's Paramour, Big Apple Circus, Air Play, Djembe!), along with a select group of circus-theater professionals, will speak about the intersection of circus and musical theater and share experiences of… [read more]


Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies)

Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies)

Book, Lyrics, & Music by Melissa Crum and Caitlin Lewins.

In this hot mess musical, a group of close friends struggles to navigate the tragedies of life. Guided by poor decision-making and maybe too much alcohol, these buddies try anything to find happiness while the ties of friendship fray. This dark musical… [read more]


Finding Beautiful

Finding Beautiful

Book, Music, Lyrics by Anessa Marie and Danny Bristoll

FINDING BEAUTIFUL is a song cycle written by Danny Bristoll and Anessa Marie, the first transgender woman to compose for the main stage and the first ever NYMF Fellow. Follow a cast of seven individuals as they struggle to build a community while striving… [read more]


Flying Lessons

Flying Lessons

Book by Donald Rupe; Music by Donald Rupe and Cesar de la Rosa; Orchestrations by Cesar de la Rosa, Josh Ceballos and Jason Bailey

In this charming musical, Isabella is a young Latina whose teacher has just assigned the final project of her eighth-grade year: research a historical figure and write a paper about what made them great. Joined by her quirky friends, Isabella has to decide… [read more]


Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer

Music by Charlie H. Ray & Sam Columbus; Lyrics and Book by Charlie H. Ray

In the summer of 1964, civil rights workers from New York City join forces with grassroots activists in Meridian, Mississippi. Freedom Summer follows their crusade for equality as they navigate racism, corruption, and violence in the Jim Crow south. As the… [read more]


Head and Heart

Head and Heart

The Student Leadership Program

As young people trying to figure out our truths in this world fractured by extremes, we feel the tensions of logic versus emotion in almost everything we do. It’s the rational pitted against the empathetic. The inner scales between the two that influence… [read more]


Hero

Hero

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Aaron James

What happens when an out of shape, over 40, gay geek named ‘Hero’ gets his own "origin story?" Hero is the exact opposite of the “superhero” image that he sells in his comic book store…except when it comes to heart and intent. Despite his powers not being… [read more]


Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space

Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space

Music and Lyrics by Yuri Worontschak, Book and Lyrics by Paul Western-Pittard

Krystal Lyons, failed beauty-pageant contestant, checks into rehab, run by Illuminati-lizard Overlords using the hospital as a cover. They’re on a mission to colonize the planet. The problem is – they’re running out of time before the mission is cancelled… [read more]


Intersecting Chords

Intersecting Chords

Too often in today's world, the stories that carry the most power only share one side. If you could rewrite a story to redefine stereotypes or share a new perspective, what would it say? Join us for our concert series that celebrates female, queer, and… [read more]


Kafka

Kafka's Metamorphosis: The Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Matt Chiorini; Additional Music and Lyrics by Travis Newton.

Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find that he'd caught the musical theatre bug! Kafka's mystifying and mesmerizing novella comes to musical life onstage. Gregor's rude awakening and metamorphosis parallels the frustrating journey of our dauntless… [read more]


LadyShip

LadyShip

Book, Music & Lyrics by Laura & Linda Good

Convicted of petty crimes and sentenced to journey to a land they had never known, teenage Irish sisters Alice and Mary are forced to make the treacherous crossing from London to Australia in 1789. With a contemporary alt/pop score by Linda and Laura Good… [read more]


Leaving Eden

Leaving Eden

Book and Lyrics by Jenny Waxman; Music by Ben Page; Additional Music by Ada Westfall

Woman and Man will never be the same. In the beginning God created man and woman; Adam and Lilith. Lilith has some questions, Adam has some rules, and in a modern metropolis, Eve must deal with a mess of her own creation. Leaving Eden is a musical that… [read more]


Mississippi the Musical

Mississippi the Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics; Gregory James Tornquist

With a soulful, bluesy, soundtrack, Mississippi the Musical is a mixed race, gothic tale of a troubled white girl, Kitten, acknowledging her racism, evolving and embracing the reality that change is required of her and everyone in Hope River. The music… [read more]


My Real Mother

My Real Mother

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Riley Thomas, based on the bestselling book Open: An Adoption Story in Three Voices.

Alaina and Alex are strangers when Alaina and her husband adopt Alex's baby girl, but they form an unexpected bond that transforms them both. Chronicling 25 years of their tumultuous and powerful relationship, Alaina and Alex make up the rules as they go… [read more]


Overture the Musical

Overture the Musical

Book by Krista Eyler and Barbara Nichols; Music and lyrics by Krista Eyler

This is a story about saving something beautiful. Overture celebrates the extraordinary grass-roots effort to help the Kansas City Philharmonic survive during its 1953-1954 season. In 1953, the Kansas City Philharmonic debuted its first opera festival and… [read more]


Queen E: The Reluctant Royal

Queen E: The Reluctant Royal

Book and lyrics by Leola Floren Gee; Music by Rick Lukianuk

Misogyny, check. Xenophobia, check. Traitorous sycophants, check. King Xerxes of Persia sponsors a beauty pageant in order to replace his stubborn wife with a submissive one. The mysterious Esther wins, becoming an undercover bride whose secret mission is… [read more]


Savage the Musical

Savage the Musical

Book by Nicolette Blount & Lindel Hart; Music by Nicolette Blount & John Waynelovich; Lyrics by Nicolette Blount & John Waynelovich

Savage is a dramatic musical inspired by the true story of 1920s Native American sharpshooter and silent film actress, Wanda Savage, as told through jazz and blues influenced pop music. Wanda was a renegade performer who shot her way through circuses,… [read more]


The 2019 Opening Night Celebration

The 2019 Opening Night Celebration

At Sony Hall

Raise the roof with Festival performers and creative teams, arts patrons, and Broadway stars at our annual Opening Celebration. This exclusive event is open to NYMF Patrons, Passholders, and Participants. Tickets will be available for purchase for those… [read more]


The F*ck Am I Doing

The F*ck Am I Doing

Lyrics by Ali Keller, Music by Emily Rose Simons

A song cycle about that feeling you get when you all of a sudden realize you ARE the adult in the room, but you haven't figured out how to adult yet. [read more]


The Oldenburg Suite

The Oldenburg Suite

Lyrics by James Feinberg; Music by Matthew Dylan Rose

The Oldenburg Suite is a sung-through musical about twelve tumultuous years in the lives of sculptor Claes Oldenburg, his wife, artist and art historian Coosje van Bruggen, and his brother Richard, Director of the Museum of Modern Art. A saga of seventies… [read more]


The Road to NYMF

The Road to NYMF

Created by NYMF

If you're interested in being a part of NYMF as either a writer or a creative member of a NYMF show, attend this free informational session to learn how to submit a show and the process by which creative teams are introduced to writers and producers. [read more]


Till

Till

Book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro; Music and Lyrics by Leo Schwartz

TILL is the emotional and moving true story of Emmett and Mamie Till. In 1955, a black teenager visiting relatives in Mississippi was murdered. His body was thrown in the Tallahatchie River where it was discovered three days later, mutilated and… [read more]


Underground: An Urban Tale

Underground: An Urban Tale

Book by John Viscardi; Music by Thomas Hodges; Lyrics by Thomas Hodges

Underground: An Urban Tale is a feel-good musical about a teenage girl who travels with her brother underground into the subway tunnels of New York in search of a story for her documentary. On her journey she encounters a hopeful and charismatic group of… [read more]