JULY 9th
to
AUGUST 5th
2018

Now in its fifteenth year, the 2018 Festival will take place July 9th through August 5th at locations on West 42nd St. in New York City. Dan Markley serves as NYMF Executive Director and Rachel Sussman serves as Producing Artistic Director. Read More>

ABOUT NYMF

 

The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.

Like any great art form, musical theater is shaped by the events and philosophies of the day. The strength and vitality of musical theater lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. It was with that idea in mind, 14 years ago, that the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) was created – to provide an effective platform to introduce new shows, new perspectives, and new blood into the musical theater 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 400 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.

NYMF was honored with a 2013 Drama Desk Award recognizing its first decade of creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form.

 

Below is a lineup of their 2018 participants.

 

2018 NYMF Line-up

(FULL PRODUCTIONS in alphabetical order)

 

68: A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL

Book and Lyrics by Jamie Leo; Music by Paul Leschen

A fiercely original work, inspired by the volatile events of the 1968 Democratic Convention and their place in history and our future. Albee Fellow Jamie Leo’s book and lyrics chronicle citizens in collision with history, airborne by award-winning composer… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

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AN AMERICAN HERO: A NEW WORLD WAR II MUSICAL

Book by Kenneth L. Stilson; Music and Lyrics by Cody Cole

An American Hero tells the story of a romantic and cheerful Irish immigrant, who joins the Army and falls in love and marries an American woman before being sent to fight the Second World War. He suffers terrible losses, while his wife joins the war effort at home. They both endure the war, but their battles take heavy tolls. On his return, he rejects the Medal of Honor for simply surviving the worst day of his life. In the end, he learns the depths of his love of family, the sacrifices of heroes, and the meaning of becoming an American.

 

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BAD ASS BEAUTY: THE ROCK OPERA

Book by Stefanie A. Seskin; Music by Anthony Gemignani & LaQuinta Prince, lyrics by LaQuinta Prince and additional music & lyrics by Stefanie Seskin

Aralyn Ford is an ugly duckling who never realized she was a swan thanks to years of abuse at the hands of her father. She’s been careening through life putting everyone else’s needs before her own to the point where even she doesn’t know which face she’s… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Book, Music and Lyrics by Luke Byrne

Sam and Emily are sisters on holiday at the beach where they stumble upon a tragic chapter of local history, one that has left behind a lingering mystery. As the girls uncover the details of the story, it pulls them into deeper waters. "Between the Sea and…[READ MORE CLICK HERE]

EMOJILAND

Book, Music and Lyrics by Keith Harrison & Laura Nicole Harrison

Inspired by The Unicode® Standard, this electric ensemble piece explores the interconnected lives of two dozen emojis whose existence inside a smartphone becomes increasingly complicated after a software update. Driven by a thrilling, clever, heartfelt… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

IF SAND WERE STONE

Book & Lyrics by Carly Brooke Feinman; Music by Cassie Willson

If Sand Were Stone follows a remarkable poet as she and her family grapple with her early-onset Alzheimer's disease at the peak of her career. As their world unsteadies and shifts, they must learn how to hold fast to love, against all odds. Loosely based… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

INTERSTATE

Book and Lyrics by Kit Yan & Melissa Li; Music by Melissa Li

Interstate is an Asian-American pop-rock poetry musical about Dash, a transgender spoken word performer and his best friend Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. Together, they are Queer Malady, an internet-famous activist band on their first road trip… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

PEDRO PAN

Book by Rebecca Aparicio; Music & 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 one day be reunited with his…[READ MORE CLICK HERE]

PETER, WHO?

Book and Lyrics by Justin Moran & Jonathan Roufaeal; Music by Doug Katsaros & Adam Podd

PETER, WHO? tells the story of a nerdy high school senior named Peter, who wants to be special, wants to stop being invisible to the other students, and maybe even talk to the girl that sits behind him in chemistry. But after he’s bitten by a radioactive… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

SONATA 1962

Book by Patricia Loughrey; Music by Thomas Hodges; Lyrics by Patricia Loughrey and Thomas Hodges

Raising a musically gifted child was a challenge that Margaret Evans cherished, and she devoted her life to her daughter. The world begins to open up for Laura when she gets a scholarship to study at a prestigious music school. But she falls in love with a…[READ MORE CLICK HERE]

THE GUNFIGHTER MEETS HIS MATCH

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Abby Payne; Choreography by Glitter Kitty Productions

The Gunfighter Meets His Match is a wild West musical conceived and written by Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Abby Payne. The universal love story, inspired by the New York City music scene and the short stories of Louis L'Amour, is one of love, loss,…[READ MORE CLICK HERE]

THICKET & THISTLE'S WHAT'S YOUR WISH?

Book by Thicket & Thistle, Music by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest & Corley Pillsbury; Lyrics by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest & Corley Pillsbury

When two teenage best friends get sucked into a magic storybook, they discover that getting home will take more than just a wish. With time running out, will Nicholas and Brian’s friendship survive their perilous journey through Death Forest? Turn the page… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

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(CONCERTS in alphabetical order)

           

BREAKING GROUND

Student Leadership Program

We are called millennials, generation Y, generation me, the internet generation, and much more. Whether we are ready or not, young people are carving the pathway for the future. Our song cycle, Breaking Ground, focuses on the unique issues facing our… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

DEFY YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Music and Lyrics by Riley Thomas

Is it just another musical theater concert? You decide. Riley Thomas brings his unique blend of contemporary musical theater infused with pop, rock and jazz to push the boundaries of what musical theater can be about. A high-energy, humorous revue of… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS

"Book by De Gré, Anderson & Gay;" Music by Christian De Gré; Story by Serrana Gay; Lyrics by Joseph Anderson;

FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS is the story of a kid. The skinny kids hated him, no matter what he did.They taunted him until he took revenge without amends. It was a tasty lesson for Fatty Fatty No Friends. [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

GIRL FROM NOWHERE

Book by Victoria Rigby; Original Music and Lyrics by Lauren Pritchard; Developed and Directed by Whitney Mosery

After a sold-out run at London's Other Palace and a hit production at the Edinburgh Fringe, concert musical GIRL FROM NOWHERE crosses the pond to make its U.S. debut. It’s Texas, 1969 and the country is bursting with the vibes of peace, love and rock ‘n’…[READ MORE CLICK HERE]

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: AN EVENING OF NEW AMERICAN MICRO-MUSICAL WORKS

Back for the second year, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is a new concert presentation of micro-musicals – 30 minutes or less – inspired by relevant textual and visual prompts. Commissioned by NYMF with support from The ASCAP Foundation, the Mayor's Office of Media… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

INTERSECTING CHORDS

Various Artists

Join us for our concert series that celebrates female, queer, and trans artists who are changing the landscape of musical theater. Formerly known as Women of Note, these two separate concerts are now more inclusive than ever before. Featured artists… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

LIVING HISTORY: AN INSIDE LOOK AT SHOW TIME! THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL

Created, Written, and Performed by Ben West; Musical Continuity and Arrangements by Fran Minarik

Writer-performer Ben West offers a sneak peek and discussion of his upcoming documentary musical, SHOW TIME! THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, which premieres Sept. 13 at the Theatre at Saint Peter’s. SHOW TIME! tells the story of a uniquely… [READ MORE CLICK HERE]

MYTHOS: THE CRIMSON CHORUS

Book & Lyrics by Heather Jopling; Music by David Velarde

An arrogant vampire is cursed to love and lose the same human for all eternity. Will they find redemption or be forever cursed? Vanity, vengeance and vampires reign supreme in this original dramatic rock opera. With a powerful rock orchestral score,…[READ MORE CLICK HERE]

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http://www.nymf.org/festival/calendar/

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