NYMF 2014!

frankiec
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NYMF 2014!
Posted: 5/25/14 at 04:52pm
As a long time member of this message board, I hope it's okay to share my excitement that...a musical that I've been co-writing for the past three years, WIKIMUSICAL, is going to be a part of this summer's New York Musical Theatre Festival! I basically keep pinching myself everyday that this is happening. Having met with some of the creative teams for the other NYMF shows this year, I have been blown away by their level of talent and commitment. I'm feeling very grateful and really, really excited to see new, original musicals getting a space to grow.

WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 5/25/14 at 06:01pm
Congrats on getting into NYMF!

I try to attend a handful of shows each year, and just the other day I going through the website trying to figure out which ones sounded the best this go around.

Hope you have a good experience with the fest!
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frankiec
Chorus Member
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NYMF 2014!
Posted: 5/25/14 at 10:38pm
Thanks Whizzer! As someone who loves reading all of your first preview reviews, I very much appreciate it! I have met some really great musical theater fans on this site and I am excited to share the show with everyone. :)
AEA AGMA SM
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NYMF 2014!
Posted: 5/26/14 at 04:09am
"As a long time member of this message board, I hope it's okay to share my excitement that..."

I think there's a huge difference between legitamately sharing news about a project you are excited to be a part of and shilling. This definitely falls under the former.

Congratulations and here's to a successful run for you and the rest of your team!
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Benzy92
Broadway Legend
joined:5/24/03
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Posted: 5/26/14 at 02:43pm
Whizzer what shows popped out to you for this summer? Excited for the festival!
frankiec
Chorus Member
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NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 07:43am
Bumping this thread to let everyone know that today (Thursday, June 26) NYMF is hosting a free outdoor concert at World Wide Plaza (50th Street b/w 8th and 9th) from 12:00 to 2:00. I think about 15 shows will feature performances! WIKIMUSICAL will perform two songs: "Search Engine Crash" and "Mean Is the New Nice" (featuring Brenda Braxton). Come stop by during your lunch hour if you can!
GavestonPS
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joined:6/10/12
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 07:53am
Not only is it okay with me, but I am pleased to report I am green with envy!

Well done, you, Mr. frankiec!
Mr Roxy
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joined:5/17/03
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 08:55am
The Bill Clinton musical is part of this right?

The jokes are already starting. Craig Ferguson (gonna miss him when he leaves) gave a slew of alternate titles. My favorite was Fidddle Her On The Roof
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macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 11:53am
Thanks for posting about the Worldwide Plaza concert. I'm going to head over there now!

A friend is performing in The Mapmaker's Opera, so I have tickets for that.
lightguy06222
Broadway Star
joined:12/3/06
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 01:18pm
PRODUCER KEN DAVENPORT'S TOP 5 SHOWS THAT STAND OUT AT NYMF!

I look forward to seeing a couple of these, and I'm actually designing one of them!

What stands out for YOUUU at this years festival???

https://theproducersperspective.com/my_weblog/2014/06/five-shows-that-stand-out-at-the-nymf-2014.html

1. Clinton: The Musical

Could the timing be any more right for a musical based on the new American political powerhouse family, with Hillary looking like a shoe-in for the nomination, and a favorite to win the actual iron throne in 2016? Not only did this show stand out to me, because of its timely subject matter, but it stood out to the mainstream press. Earlier this week, the show got picked up by Fox, MSNBC, and about a zillion other news channels around the world. I’m already hearing whispers about a NYMF extension. A Clinton musical just sounds fun. And why not? The Clintons are the new Kennedys. They just live out their dysfunction in the open!

2. Somewhere with You

I’ve blogged about Broadway needin’ a country musical on several occasions, and yee-freekin’-haw, here comes one. Somewhere is a jukebox musical (not sure if I’ve seen one of those at NYMF before), featuring some surefire Storme Warren-lovin’ hits like Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere with You” and Uncle Kracker’s “Smile” all written by JT Harding. But this show ain’t all tan lines and dixie cups . . . it’s got a dark side to it, as it’s set in post 9/11 rural south. That said. They had me at Kenny Chesney.

3. The Snow Queen

Adapting a Hans Christian Andersen tale is always a good bet for a musical. Adapting a Hans Christian Andersen tale that has also been adapted into a certain Disney musical is an even better bet (especially with the original tale in the public domain). Although I don’t expect there to be much in terms of special effects at a NYMF production, my imaginative eye can picture a pretty big spectacle for a show like this, and we all know how Broadway audiences love them some spectacle.

4. Mr. Confidential

The marketing blurb for Mr. Confidential begins, “Before TMZ and Gawker . . . ” and already I’m intrigued. America is obsessed with gossip, now more than ever, so of course we’re interested in where it all began. And that’s what this show is all about. I’m a sucker for true or even “mostly true” stories (as this show is billed). A little history and a little music make for a musical that I want to see.

5. Rescue Rue

Rescue Rue is about dogs. You know who likes dogs? Everyone. Rescue is billing itself as a family-friendly musical told by a “colorful cast of puppets and people.” So why did this catch the eye of the guy that produced the one-man Macbeth last year? Disney introduced the family musical to Broadway two decades ago. But not every family can see a Disney show. But they still want to see a show. That’s why the city has blown up with shows like Freckleface Strawberry, The Berenstain Bears, and many more. There’s a market in the small family musical – especially one featuring dogs.


Moving to NYC Sept 2nd. Looking forward to seeing American Idion, Aadams Family, Fela!, La Cage Aux Folles, Little Night Music, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Promises Promises, Wintuk
DooWahDiddy
Featured Actor
joined:8/26/08
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 02:27pm
Congrats! Sonny's a friend of mine, and I'll be playing keyboard for another show at nymf, Deployed. I know how hard it is to get your show into the festival; well done!!
Benzy92
Broadway Legend
joined:5/24/03
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 02:33pm
I caught Mother Jones at WWP today and they sounded amazing! I've also been a Lynne Wintersteller fan forever so hearing her in anything is quite the treat!
dreaming
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joined:4/24/09
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 02:33pm
I'm interested in The Snow Queen-I heard great things about it.
macnyc
Broadway Legend
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NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 03:34pm
frankiec, thanks for posting about the concert! It was really terrific. It's amazing how much talent there is in this town. Most shows performed two numbers. I saw 11 shows perform, plus the last part of Deployment (which looked good), and Rescue Rue, which I didn't hear enough of to form an opinion.

The shows that appealed to me the most were:

WikiMusical: The first number was very clever. (Regarding the title: I thought the announcer was saying Wicked the Musical, and I was surprised that anyone would want to name their show that! Or maybe they would.)

Searching for Romeo was upbeat and fun.

Somewhere With You was appealing if you like country music.

ValueVille: This to me is a must-see. NaTasha Yvette Williams almost yanked the trees in the plaza out of the ground with her stunning voice. The first song performed was good too.

Mapmaker's Opera: My friend's in this one, so I'm giving it a plug, but it sounded good. Joel Perez from Fun Home is in it, and it was great to see him. (I miss Fun Home!)

Propaganda the Musical: Dale Sampson did a great job with his number. He started out with a dead mike, recovered nicely, and slammed the song home.

Overall the performances were amazing, with many talented singers. I think the festival this year looks to be an excellent one. Best of luck with your show, frankiec!













Updated On: 6/28/14 at 03:34 PM
Blockhead24
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/09
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 04:49pm
"Propaganda the Musical: Dale Sampson did a great job with his number. He started out with a dead mike, recovered nicely, and slammed the song home."

I just did a show with him! One of the loveliest people you could ever hope to work with. Hoping to see him in this.
*formerly obsessedjb*

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Littleshopofcarrie
Broadway Star
joined:12/9/12
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 04:52pm
LOVED Mother Jones!!!! Cast sounded very strong and those little kids were great!
finebydesign
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
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Posted: 6/26/14 at 05:00pm
Glad to see it isn't just a bunch of ironic parodies people seem to just print out from 80s tv episode guides.
AirJewels
Understudy
joined:7/11/13
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 05:21pm
I am sooooo excited about Somewhere With You!
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/26/14 at 05:33pm
The shows seemed very strong to me, as much as is possible to tell from two songs. And I recognized one of the Mother Jones kids from Matilda. I'm glad Dale Sampson is a nice guy. I love it when good people get ahead. His performance stood out, even among an afternoon of wonderful showings.
HaleyKlaus
Swing
joined:6/23/14
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Posted: 6/28/14 at 10:17am
Congrats Frankiec! I recently moved to NYC and am new to BroadwayWorld, but being a part of a show at NYMF has been such great exposure to the theatre world here. I'm working on THE GIG musical for the festival, and although its my first real experience with NYC theatre, it is incredible to see how much dedication everyone puts in for just 3 weeks of rehearsing. I feel like NYMF is one of the best ways to showcase raw talent in this city!
frankiec
Chorus Member
joined:6/27/05
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 6/28/14 at 11:22pm
Thanks everyone for your kind words and support! We had a great time at the concert--and the feedback for "Search Engine Crash" has been amazing (we've worked hard on that song!). It was also fun to see Ben Cameron confessing his undying love for Brenda Braxton! I couldn't be happier with our cast and I'm so excited to watch the show continue to develop in rehearsals over the next three weeks (we open near the end of the festival).

It's so easy to get caught up in your own show, so this was also a great day to remind ourselves of all the amazing talent surrounding us at NYMF. I know I plan on catching a bunch of the other shows myself.
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
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Posted: 7/3/14 at 06:39pm
I would like to congratulate Frankiec, WIKIMUSICAL has been named the #5 best musical at NYMF by TheaterMania!




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frankiec
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Posted: 7/3/14 at 10:42pm
Thanks GingerBread Man! Hopefully people will love the show as much as the title. : )

We did the NYMF Press Event yesterday (Brenda Braxton performed) and it was great to get mentioned today on TheaterMania and in Newsday. So it's been an exciting week!

A bunch of the NYMF shows are participating in a blog about the experience: if you want to check it out, here's the link (it will be updated once a week for the next three weeks):

http://contemporarymusicaltheatre.wordpress.com/
frankiec
Chorus Member
joined:6/27/05
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 7/3/14 at 10:42pm
Thanks GingerBread Man! Hopefully people will love the show as much as the title. : )

We did the NYMF Press Event yesterday (Brenda Braxton performed) and it was great to get mentioned today on TheaterMania and in Newsday. So it's been an exciting week!

A bunch of the NYMF shows are participating in a blog about the experience: if you want to check it out, here's the link (it will be updated once a week for the next three weeks):

http://contemporarymusicaltheatre.wordpress.com/
frankiec
Chorus Member
joined:6/27/05
NYMF 2014!
Posted: 7/7/14 at 10:46am
NYMF begins TONIGHT! I'm going to try to see Cloned this evening. If you're in town, please consider supporting new musical theatre and check out a show or two.

Here's today's Playbill listing on the festival, which highlights WikiMusical! : )

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193162-Kenita-R-Miller-Brian-Charles-Rooney-and-Many-More-Part-of-2014-New-York-Musical-Theatre-Festival-Launching-Tonight
Mike3
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joined:7/15/04
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Posted: 7/7/14 at 10:20pm
Was anyone else at the reading of ALWAYS, RACHEL this afternoon? I have mixed feelings about the show, but I would go again just to hear "Help Your Child to Wonder" again. Laurie Wells and Remy Zaken were wonderful.

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