2013 Sound Bites Festival to Showcase 10 New Musicals Today at 47th Street Theater

Don't miss out on getting tickets for the first-ever Sound Bites Festival! This unique event showcases excerpts from 10 new musicals and the work of 10 up-and-coming writing teams. The festival is today, December 9th, at The 47th Street Theater at 8 pm. Sound Bites is the first-ever ten minute musical theatre festival and is hosted as a benefit by Theatre Now New York. Tickets for $25 are on sale to the public NOW on Theatre Now's website at TNNY.org and by phone at 855-254-SHOW or 855-254-7469.

The top ten finalists for the first ever Sound Bites Festival are:

"A Relative Relationship" Book, Music & Lyrics by Timothy Huang
"Finding the Words" Book & Lyrics by Andy Roninson & Chris Critelli, Music by Andy Roninson
"Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot" Music by Matt Patrick Walsh, Book and Lyrics by Nathan Brisby
"JUICE: Based on the O.J. Simpson Trial" Book & Lyrics by Patricia Bebe McGarry, Music by Gabe Greene
"Singing Dixie: A Country Jukebox Musical" By Caitlin Gallo
"SLAM!" Book & Lyrics by Danielle Trzcinski, Music by Jonathon Lynch
"Some Place Like Home" Book, Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon
"The Charm" Book & Lyrics by Christiana Little, Music by David Shenton
"The Giver" Book & Lyrics by Nathan Christensen, Music by Scott Murphy
"The Oedipus Project: Antigone" Adapted by Sarah Norris, Music & Lyrics by Kyle Norris

Tickets are now on sale to the public for $25 on the TNNY website at www.tnny.org. For only $25, you will see 10 musical excerpts -- is there a better deal in NYC?

Theatre Now New York is so pleased to have Music Theatre International as a sponsor of the Sound Bites Festival. Thomas Morrissey, Artistic Director for the Sound Bites Festival, said "as a leading licensor for musicals, having the support of MTI is significant and a huge vote of confidence for the writers involved." Sponsorships are available for $1,000, $750, and $500. Sponsors will receive a prominent ad in the program, free festival tickets, signage and promotion at the event, and invitations to the after party.

The festival will be presented as a benefit and the proceeds of the Sound Bites Festival will support Theatre Now's programs to develop new plays and musicals. In keeping with this mission, Sound Bites' goal is to seek out and cultivate new writers and composers and develop new musicals. In order to raise funds for this important work, the festival is presented as a benefit so Theatre Now NY can continue to promote the understanding and appreciation of Live Theatre and its process to the general public and provide opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established theatre professional in their ongoing creative process. Each musical will compete for Festival Awards and for inclusion in future programs with the creative team of Theatre Now New York. Sound Bites offers a unique opportunity for talented writers, composers, and lyricists to showcase their work publicly in front of a live audience.

Stephen Bishop Seely, Producer for the Sound Bites Festival, said he is "so thrilled to have a great group of amazing writers and I have no doubt they will write some fantastic shows in the future." He added that "Sound Bites has an incredible array of material and it will be wonderful to see each and every show perform at an exciting, face-paced evening on December 9th!"

Theatre Now New York is a professional theatre company whose history originates with two established companies - the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. Theatre Now New York brings together the founding principles of both these companies; developmental work and main stage theatrical productions.

The mission of Theatre Now New York is to facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the reimagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation of classic works through readings, productions, workshops and work-in-progress presentations and to promote the understanding and appreciation of Live Theatre and its process by the general public and provides opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established theatre professional in their ongoing creative process. In keeping with this mission, Sound Bites' goal is to seek out and cultivate new writers and composers and develop new musicals. For more information on Theatre Now New York and to join their mailing list visit their website at www.tnny.org

Sound Bites - 10 minute musical theatre festival in New York City will run at 47th Street Theater at 304 West 47th Street and 8th Avenue at 8 pm on Monday, December 9th. Tickets for $25 online at www.tnny.org and by phone at 855-254-SHOW or 855-254-7469. For more information about Sound Bites, visit www.soundbites.tnny.org.



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