Today I volunteered at The New York Musical Theatre Festival where I helped put placards together and passed out brochures and programs to New Yorkers on the street and we donated gift certificates to their annual gala.
If YOU love musicals I definitely recommend checking out this festival. They are ALL musicals and they have special events and workshops going on for 3 weeks beginning next week!
They are running 30 shows from July 8th-28th and they are celebrating their 10 year anniversary! Visit their website for info on purchasing tickets! If you are interested in volunteering they could use more support too!
MISSION & HISTORY
NYMF exists to ensure the future vitality of America’s greatest art form by providing an affordable way for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre audiences, and by serving as the preeminent launching pad for stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals.
Like any great art form, musical theatre is shaped by the events and philosophies of the day. The strength and vitality of musical theatre lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. It was with that idea in mind, ten years ago, that the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) was created – to provide an effective platform to introduce new shows, new perspectives, and new blood into the musical theatre canon.
The first Festival, staged in 2004, featured over thirty new fully staged full-length musicals and was met with critical and popular acclaim. More than 350 shows have premiered at the Festival since then, featuring more than 8,000 artists and entertaining more than 300,000 audience members. The musicals and artists introduced at NYMF have, in turn, gone on to further successes on and Off-Broadway, across the country, and around the globe – reaching literally millions of theatergoers worldwide.
This year, NYMF was honored with a Drama Desk Award recognizing its first decade of creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form.
Here’s a little more info:
THE NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE 2013 LINE-UP
One of the most anticipated announcements of NYMF’s season is finally here: we’ve got more productions to add to the summer slate!
The Awakening of Angel DeLuna
Book by Judylynn Schmidt; Music by Lee Ellis; Lyrics by Judylynn Schmidt and Lee Ellis
Ollie let the love of his life slip through his fingers and has regretted it ever since. A spectacle with live trapeze acts that will remind you why the human spirit is undefeatable and love is worth every risk.
Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue Presents “The Brontës”
Book, Music and Lyrics by Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams
Everyone’s favorite 19th Century literary family gets the rock-and-roll treatment from Washington DC’s hippest theatrical troupe.
Book by Jeremy Culver; Music by Charleene Closshey
Original songs by Nick Everitt and Liesl Karlsson; Painting by Jeffry Feeger
With a sweeping, emotional score and an artist painting live on stage, this stunning fusion of art, film and music explores the power of imagination and, ultimately, what it means to be human.
Homo The Musical!
Book by Lola Rock-N-Rolla; Music and Lyrics by Gina Volpe
Posing as a suburban housewife, an alien from Planet Homo has infiltrated a religious middle-American town. Will the good people of Pleasant Valley Pines notice before their whole community erupts in chaos and depravity?
Book by Jason Slavick and the LAB Ensemble; Music and Lyrics by Nathan Leigh
Greek mythology meets burlesque, puppetry, and a folk-rock score in the latest piece from acclaimed ensemble Liars and Believers, creators of last year’s gritty Festival hit, Le Cabaret Grimm.
Book by James Burn and Ian Poitier, Music and Lyrics by James Burn
The side-splitting new musical that dishes the dirt on soap opera. Tune in to this tuneful, farcical frolic through the on- and off-screen drama of America’s favorite daytime soap!
Life Could Be A Dream
Book, Music and Lyrics by Roger Bean
From the creator of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Sixties doo-wop group the “Crooning Crabcakes,”get one more chance at fame and fortune when they enter a local contest on Big Whopper Radio. Can they realize their dreams of making it to the big time?
Book by Jennifer Robbins; Music by Dan Martin; Lyrics by Michael Biello
Sparks fly when troubled Chef Harry meets the landlord’s daughter, Sherri — but then things start moving much too fast. With a healthy helping of humor and just the right amount of spice, this bouncy musical provides a recipe for finding your path in life.
Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life
Book, Music and Lyrics by Amity Dry
Join four best friends as they discover marriage is nothing like the movies, motherhood can push you to your limits and no one makes you laugh like your girlfriends do.
That Lady from Maxim’s
Book, Music and Lyrics by Bryan Williams
After a night of too much champagne, respectable Dr. Petypon wakes up to find a woman in his bed — and winds up in a maze of mistaken identities and catapulting chaos in this hysterical French farce.
Book by Rob Ackerman; Music by Eli Bolin; Lyrics by Sam Forman
English teacher Kim Brindell has been assigned to coach the Ladyhawks, a team of wide-eyed, misfit, high-school girls who can’t seem to win a game. Can Kim overcome her own past, help her girls and win it all, in this funny, heart-filled show with a contemporary pop-tinged score.
ALUMNI & AWARDS
In nine years, NYMF has presented over 350 new musicals. Over 85 of them have gone on to further productions following NYMF. Beyond New York, NYMF shows have delighted theatregoers in 48 states and 24 countries around the world!
24 NYMF shows have transferred to Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz; Balls…The Musical?; The Big Voice: God or Merman?; The Blue Flower; Captain Louie; Fat Camp; F#%king Up Everything; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Gutenberg! The Musical!; In Transit; The Last Smoker in America; My Vaudeville Man; Next to Normal; Play It Cool; Rooms: A Rock Romance; The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World; Shout! The Mod Musical; Tales of Custard the Dragon; The Other Josh Cohen; Things to Ruin; [title of show]; Unlock’d; With Glee; Yank!
3 NYMF shows have opened on Broadway: Chaplin; Next to Normal; [title of show]
NYMF shows have gone on to win: 1 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; 3 Tony Awards; 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards; 2 Drama Desk Awards; 1 Lucille Lortel Award; 3 Obie Award Citations; 1 Los Angeles Ovation Award; 2 Barrymore Awards; 6 Helen Hayes Awards; 2 Richard Rodgers Awards
And have been nominated for: 13 Tony Awards; 29 Drama Desk Awards; 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards; 4 GLAAD Media Awards; 19 Helen Hayes Awards; 16 Lucille Lortel Awards; 9 Barrymore Awards; 6 Ovation Awards; 7 Jeff Awards