In signature NYMF style, this year's Next Link Project selections are eclectic and far-reaching—from Josh Canfield's zombie musical comedy to Linda and Laura Good's Ladyship, the story of two sisters who, in , make the journey from London to Australia to becoming unwilling convict wives. Other highlights of the new season include a folk music-infused love story featuring two serial killers Buried ; a musical comedy for the holiday season titled Ugly Christmas Sweater; and the tale of a freethinking Victorian Era woman who goes behind her husband's back to befriend his newest patient, a transgender woman named Nancy Perfectly Victorian. Dates, casting, and creative teams are to come. What follows is a heartfelt and hilarious challenge to Victorian double standards…many of which linger to this day. 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.
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More than half of these productions are chosen by leading theater artists and producers through an open-submission, double-blind evaluation process; the remaining shows are invited to participate by the Festival's artistic staff. There were sixteen iterations of NYMF in total, one every year from to The festival premiered over musicals, which have featured the work of over 8, artists and have been attended by , theatergoers. In addition to full productions, NYMF presents a wide range of special events, readings and concerts of new music, educational seminars, explorations of musicals in TV and film, and unusual collaborations with other New York-based arts organizations. In , the Festival featured a series of co-productions with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater exploring the nexus of improvisation and musical theater. During the off season, NYMF produced a number of concerts, from large star-studded evenings like "The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds ", to intimate events like a salon with composer Duncan Sheik. It also operated a year-round writer service program, The Next Link Project, which provided dramaturgical, professional, entrepreneurial and financial support to help writers bring their musicals to fruition as fully staged productions. On July 17, , the musical title of show became the first show to transfer from the New York Musical Theatre Festival to a commercial Broadway production when it opened at the Lyceum Theatre. The show closed October 12, after playing 13 previews and performances. In , NYMF won a Special Drama Desk Award "for a decade of creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form.
Fifteen years and 400 shows later, the festival of new musicals is calling it quits.
NYMF Passes are now on sale and offer discounted tickets, early ticket booking, and priority seating. Visit nymf. Invited Productions are selected for the Festival on a rolling basis. They receive 5 performances in the Festival each summer. There is no fee to apply, and they are open to any writer - produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation. 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 along, colliding with their families, jobs and obligations, determined to ensure the child turns out alright. Narrated by Sara, the young woman that baby grows up to be, My Real Mother is filled with humor and heart and set to a lush, contemporary musical theatre score.
The New York Musical Festival, which paved a path to exposure for the creators of new musicals — even landing a few shows eventually on Broadway — has shut down after 15 years. But the annual festival, which featured readings, workshops and some staged productions, had been facing a shortfall recently, with several key leaders announcing their resignations at the start of More than shows have premiered at the summer festival, one of a handful of musical-focused developmental gatherings in the United States. Its success as a launching pad had flagged in recent years, however. He understood the company was in debt when he was hired in February, but said that nonprofits often carry on without fully balancing their books. He and other staff members had been working without pay since Aug. He submitted his letter of resignation on Jan. Artists will have to go through the court-appointed bankruptcy trustee to be paid what they are owed, said Keith Sherman, a spokesman for the board. Other writers, directors and composers whose work has been showcased in the festival took to social media to lament its collapse. You done good.