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NYMF Announces Casting For 2009 Festival, Extensions Announced for COUNT TO TEN, HURRICANE and PLAGUED

NYMF Announces Casting For 2009 Festival,  Extensions Announced for COUNT TO TEN, HURRICANE and PLAGUED

In the glory days of the movie musical, folks joked that MGM stood for "Makes Great Musicals" and it boasted more stars than in the heavens.

Well, in the 21st century, both are also true of The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), which this year will feature many of Broadway's and Off-Broadway's favorites including Matthew Alvin (film Rainbow Around the Sun), David Andrew Anderson (The Wild Party, Man of La Mancha), Mary Ellen Ashley (Annie Get Your Gun), Joan Barber (Man of La Mancha), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q), Patrick Benedict (Joseph the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Forever Plaid), Stephen Berger (The Pajama Game, Into The Woods), Stephen Bienskie (Chess, Cats), Stephanie Youell Binetti (Curtains), Nick Blaemire (Cry-Baby, Altar Boyz, Glory Days), Randy Blair (Adding Machine), Corey Boardman (Altar Boyz), Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe's Café, Jelly's Last Jam), Michael Buchanan (Cry-Baby, Mame at the Kennedy Center), Tituss Burgess (Guys Dolls, The Little Mermaid), Jamie Buxton (film Rainbow Around the Sun), Jenna Coker-Jones (Little Shop of Horrors, Evil Dead, Fame on 42nd Street), Jenn Colella (High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy), Cicely Daniels (The Little Mermaid, Rent, All Shook Up), Kathy Deitch (Wicked, Footloose), James DePaiva ("One Life to Live"), Janine DiVita (Grease), Harris Doran (Love Jerry), Kevin Earley (A Tale of Two Cities, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables), Willy Falk (Tony nominee for Chris in the original cast of Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line), Felicia Finley (Catch Me If You Can, Happy Days), Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5, The Producers), Andy Gale (Side Show, Rags), Rita Gardner (The Wedding Singer, The Fantasticks), Gregg Goodbrod (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Michael Halling (A Tale of Two Cities, In My Life, Pajama Game, The Boy From Oz The Scarlet Pimpernel), Colin Hanlon (Rent), Ann Harada (Avenue Q, 9 to 5), Neil Haskell ("So You Think You Can Dance," 9 to 5, Altar Boyz), John Herrera (Edwin Drood), Greg Hildreth (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Rosena M. Hill (The Color Purple, Spamalot, Ragtime), Rob Hinderliter (Pinkalicious The Musical, College: The Musical), Lisa Howard (9 to 5, South Pacific, ... Spelling Bee), Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Carly Jibson (Cry-Baby, Hairspray), Jeremy Jordan (Rock of Ages), Laura Jordan (Cry Baby), Paul Kandel (Tommy), Russell Arden Koplin (Les Miserables, James Joyce's The Dead), Doug Kreeger (Rooms, The Visit), Leslie Kritzer (Legally Blonde, Rooms), Austin Ku (The Pirates of Penzance, Anything Goes), Liz Larsen (Hairspray, Tony Award & Drama Desk Award nominee for Most Happy Fella, Damn Yankees), Michael McCormick (Curtains, The Pajama Game, Gypsy, Kiss Me Kate, 1776, Kiss of a Spider Woman), Emily McNamara (The Awesome 80's Prom, My First Time), Paolo Montalban (The King I, Pacific Overtures), Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, "The Love Guru"), Jim Newman (Curtains, Minelli on Minelli, Sunset Boulevard, The Who's Tommy), Jack Noseworthy (Sweet Smell of Success, Jerome Robbins' Broadway), Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio), Charlie Pollock (9 to 5, Urinetown), Everett Quinton (Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatrical Company), Peter Reardon (La Cage aux Folles, Passsion, Urinetown), Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys), Rob Richardson (A Tale of Two Cities), Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde), Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables, Dessa Rose), Tory Ross (9 to 5, Cry Baby), William Ryall (Guys & Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chess, How to Succeed In Business Without Trying), Sarah Saltzberg (...Spelling Bee), Lorraine Serabian (Zorba, Cabaret), Marlon Sherman (Mary Poppins, Beauty the Beast), Megan Sikora (Curtains), Jefferson Slinkard (Mamma Mia), Nikki Snelson (Legally Blonde), Dale Soules (Grey Gardens) Nick Spangler (Winner of "The Amazing Race", The Fantasticks!), Ben Steinfeld (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Greg Stone (The Pirate Queen, Oklahoma!, Les Miserables), Dennis Stowe (Shrek, The Wedding Singer), Nick Sullivan (Footloose), Sam Tedaldi (Naked Angels' The Black Crook), Mary Testa (42nd Street, On the Town, Xanadu), Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown, Wicked), Clarke Thorell (Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray), Charles Wallace (Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe's Café, Jekyll & Hyde), Barbara Walsh (Company, First Wives Club), Noah Weisberg (South Pacific, Legally Blonde), Marguerite Willbanks (Beauty and the Beast), Darryl Winslow (Avenue Q), Michael Winther (33 Variations, Damn Yankees, 1776, Mamma Mia!), Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair, Road Show), and Our Lady J.

Tickets to all shows and festival events are now on sale. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, now in its sixth year, has premiered more than 175 new musicals since 2004. The largest musical theatre event in America, NYMF has been hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," and is widely regarded as the key source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2009 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by Back Stage, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, New World Stages, NASDAQ OMX, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline's, Tekserve, TheMenEvent.com, The Tank, and Times Square Squared. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jaimie Mayer, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. NYMF's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

A complete list of the 2009 Festival follows...

Full Productions

Academy

Book, Music and Lyrics by John Mercurio

Conceived and Developed by Andrew Kato

At St. Edward's Academy, two seniors make a harmless bet on whether they can influence an unsuspecting freshman to break a few rules to succeed. But when the transaction goes recklessly out of control, the boys become entangled in a fight for their own academic and personal survival. Inspired by Goethe's Faust, Academy is a pop chamber musical about boys learning to become men-and remaining true to themselves.

With Corey Boardman (Altar Boyz, Next to Normal) and Gabriel Violett (Spring Awakening)
Directed by John Carrafa (Tony noms for Urinetown and Into the Woods)
TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 7, 1pm; Oct. 10, 8pm; Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 15, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 4:30pm

 

All Fall Down

Book by Greg Turner; Music and Lyrics by Selda Sahin

Golden boy Ben Little is embarking on his next great adventure: college. Everything comes crashing down, however, when he inexplicably jumps from the window of his sixth story dorm room. Astonishingly surviving the fall, Ben returns home-where nobody will talk about what happened or ask questions that might tear apart their picture-perfect world.
With Mary Testa (Tony noms for 42nd Street and On the Town; Xanadu), Jenn Colella (High Fidelity, Urban Cowboy), Charlie Pollock (9 to 5, Urinetown)
Directed by Lonny Price (Tony nom for A Class Act)
45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 9, 8pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 14, 4:30pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 17, 1pm; Oct. 18, 4:30pm

 

Anjou: A Tale of Horror

Book, Music and Lyrics by Guillermo Mendez and Lupita Sandoval
Catalina d'Medici, queen of France, engages in bloody crimes and inexpressible cruelties against her own people in her quest to enthrone her son, Henry d'Anjou. Politics and passion are interwoven throughout one of history's most sordid events in this electrifying and magnificent musical tale of horror. Sixteenth-century France comes to life in a modern-day Mexican Pop Opera!

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.

Presented by the TJMTC Mexican Youth Theatre Company, www.tjmtc.org

Theatre St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 8, 8pm; Oct. 9, 1pm; Oct. 11, 8pm; Oct. 12, 1pm

 

Cross That River

Music, Lyrics and Story by Allan Harris; Book by Andrew Carl Wilk

The unsettled West of the 1860's provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes to Texas to become one of America's first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom blends old-fashioned storytelling with an infectious score that ranges from country and bluegrass to soul, blues and rock gospel in a sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous chronicle of hardship and enduring perseverance.

With Soara-Joye Ross (Les Misérables, Dessa Rose), Charles Wallace (Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe's Café, Jekyll & Hyde)
Directed by Andrew Carl Wilk (Multi-Emmy award winner, National Geographic Channel)
Choreographed by Donna McKechnie (Tony award, A Chorus Line)
TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 12, 8pm; Oct. 13, 1pm; Oct. 14, 4:30pm; Oct. 16, 8pm; Oct. 17, 1pm; Oct. 18, 4:30pm

 

The Cure

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Weiser

In this rock and roll fable, two friends set out for a night of revelry and stumble across the world's last surviving vampires. Offered the chance to live forever, one man is seduced while the other barely escapes with his life, setting in motion an even greater fight for survival. At the crossroads of humanity and immortality, lies...The Cure.

With Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, "The Love Guru"), Michael Buchanan (Cry-Baby, Mame at the Kennedy Center), Gregg Goodbrod (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
American Theatre of Actors - Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm; Oct. 2, 10:30pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 10, 9pm; Oct. 11, 1pm

 

Fantasy Football: The Musical?

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Ingber

September 1991, New York City. An unemployed stats geek and a small-time bookie realize that their passion for sports is keeping them from maintaining a job or a girlfriend. Combining forces, they set out to create the ultimate sports fan experience-and, in the process, pull their lives together-in this "bromantic comedy" of a musical.

With Nick Spangler (Winner of "The Amazing Race", The Fantasticks! GIANT ), Patrick Benedict (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Forever Plaid), Rob Hinderliter (Pinkalicious The Musical, College: The Musical), Emily McNamara (starred and co-wrote The Awesome 80's Prom, My First Time), Ben Steinfeld (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Nick Sullivan (Footloose), Sam Tedaldi (Naked Angels' The Black Crook) and Christine Pedi (Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio)
TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 2, 1pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 4, 4:30pm; Oct. 4, 8pm; Oct. 8, 8pm

 

Fat Camp

Book by Randy Blair and Timothy Michael Drucker; Music by Matthew roi Berger; Lyrics by Randy Blair

Nothing is going to make rock-and-roll rebel Robert Grisetti stay at fat camp this summer. That is, except for one ex-Navy Seal father, two suspiciously cheery camp counselors, and a 12-foot barbed wire fence. Visit Camp Overton, a weight loss retreat for hefty teenagers, as secrets, sex, S'mores, and self-image collide in this new musical comedy exploring the trials and tribulations of being "the fat kid."

With Carly Jibson (Cry -Baby, Hairspray), Clarke Thorell (Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray), Sarah Saltzberg (...Spelling Bee), Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair, Road Show) and Randy Blair (Adding Machine)
Directed by Alex Timbers (Drama Desk nom - Gutenberg! The Musical; OBIE Award - A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson)
Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 2, 9pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 7, 9pm; Oct. 8, 5pm

 

F#@KING UP EVERYTHING

Book by Sam Forman and David Eric Davis; Music and Lyrics by David Eric Davis

Can Christian Mohammed Schwartzelberg stay true to himself and still get the girl? Or will he lose her to the guy in leather pants? Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's indie music scene with a gallery of hipsters, stoners, artists, cougars, songwriters and puppeteers, F#@KING UP EVERYTHING is a rock musical comedy with heart. And ironic t-shirts.

With Neil Haskell ("So You Think You Can Dance," 9 to 5, Altar Boyz), Noah Weisberg (South Pacific, Legally Blonde), Jenna Coker-Jones (Little Shop of Horrors, Evil Dead, Fame on 42nd Street), Liz Larsen (Hairspray, Tony Award & Drama Desk Award nominee for Most Happy Fella, Damn Yankees), and Kate Rockwell (Legally Blonde, NBC's "Grease: You're The One That I Want.")
45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 7, 1pm; Oct. 11, 4:30pm; Oct. 11, 8pm; Oct. 13, 4:30pm; Oct. 16, 8pm

 

Gay Bride of Frankenstein

Book by Dane E. Leeman and Billy Butler; Music and Lyrics by Billy Butler

A graphic novel comes alive on stage when Edna, Chloe, Harry and Thad stumble in to a night of rock music that can raise the dead! Will the girl get the girl? Never has there been a Halloween love story like this with mystery, magic and a cartoon caper that will scare you silly.

With Emma Hunton (Spring Awakening), Jonathan B. Wright (Spring Awakening), and Darryl Winslow (Avenue Q, Evil Dead)

TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 3, 8pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 8, 1pm; Oct. 11, 4:30pm

 

The Happy Embalmer

Book, Music and Lyrics by Mark Noonan and Nick Oddy

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, count to three... Now picture a no-holds-barred steel cage match between Mel Brooks, Bruce Lee, Monty Python & Axl Rose.Wait...What? Edward Nando is a lonely embalmer. Emily is his lost love (unfortunately, she's dead). But Ed has a special purpose... Enter a pistol-shootin' Texan madman, a groovy Russian scientist, and one bad-ass Dalai Lama. Oh, yes - all hell is about to break loose.

With Daniel Reichard (Jersey Boys, Candide), Megan Sikora (Curtains),
Tituss Burgess (Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid), and John Jeffrey Martin (Hairspray)
Directed and Choreographed by Kelly Devine (Tony nom, Rock of Ages)
Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 6, 8pm; Oct. 7, 5pm; Oct. 8, 9pm; Oct. 9, 1pm; Oct. 10, 5pm; Oct. 10, 9pm

 

 

Hurricane

Book by Michael Holland and Eric Bernat; Music and Lyrics by Michael Holland

Napatree, Rhode Island, 1938: As the tourist season comes to a close, a young meteorologist's unconventional prediction of impending disaster goes unheeded by his superiors, resulting in one of New England's greatest natural catastrophes. With a vibrant score by award-winning songwriter Michael Holland which incorporates elements of Depression-era pop, folk opera, and contemporary song, this epic musical portrait captures an all-but-forgotten moment in American history, one that ultimately emerges as a testament to hope, endurance, rebirth, and survival.

With Joe Mahwould (Pirate Queen, Jekyll & Hyde) and Rita Gardner (The Wedding Singer, The Fantasticks)
Directed by Michael Bush
Set and Light Design by Christopher Akerlind (Tony award - The Light in the Piazza; OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design)
Theatre St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Oct. 1, 9pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 3, 9pm; Oct. 6, 5pm; Oct. 10, 9pm

Added Performance October 9th at 5 PM

 

 

Judas and Me

Book and Lyrics by Chad Beguelin; Music by Matthew Sklar

It's tough keeping up with the Joneses when your neighbor's kid is the Messiah. Consumed by jealousy, Rheba Iscariot pushes her son Judas to be better than Jesus... and we all know how well that turns out. A new musical comedy by the Tony-nominated writing team of Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, Judas and Me is a hilarious look at life with the ultimate biblical stage mom.

With Barbara Walsh (Tony nom - Falsettos; Company), Nick Blaemire (Cry Baby), Ann Harada (Avenue Q, 9 to 5), Doug Kreeger (Rooms), Leslie Kritzer (Drama Desk nom - A Catered Affair; Outer Critics Circle nom - Rooms), Nikki Snelson (Legally Blonde), Dennis Stowe (Shrek, The Wedding Singer), and Jennifer Laura Thompson (Tony nom - Urinetown, Wicked)
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
American Theatre of Actors - Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Sept. 28, 8pm; Sept. 30, 8pm; Oct. 2, 7pm; Oct. 4, 5pm; Oct. 4, 9pm; Oct. 9, 7pm

 

The Last Smoker in America
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell; Music by Peter Melnick

In a world where smoking has recently been outlawed, Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he's convinced he's black. Their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for the right to light up as The Last Smoker in America?

With Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q), Felicia Finley (Catch Me If You Can, Happy Days), and Marcus Neville (The Full Monty)
Directed by Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Adrift in Macao)

Costume Design by Michael Macdonald (Tony nom - Hair)

45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 12, 8pm; Oct. 13, 1pm; Oct. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 8pm; Oct. 18, 1pm

 

Lighter

Book, Music and Lyrics by Monica Bauer

What would YOU sacrifice to get a killer body? Two diet-crossed lovers, Connie and Stevie, break up when Connie is humiliated searching for a wedding dress. Leaving her chubby would-be-hubby, she becomes a national singing weight-loss sensation on satanic Doctor Dan's show, American Weight Loss Idol. With the help of his nutty friends, can Stevie save Connie before she becomes the ultimate Skinny Bitch? A love story with a plus-size heart.

With Cicely Daniels (The Little Mermaid, Rent, All Shook Up) Willy Falk (Tony nominee for Chris in the original cast of Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line), Marguerite Willbanks (Beauty and Beast)
TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 8pm; Oct. 7, 4:30pm; Oct. 11, 1pm; Oct. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 8pm

 

Lorenzo

Book by Judd Woldin and Richard Engquist; Music by Judd Woldin; Lyrics by Richard Engquist

Lorenzo DaPonte, libertine and librettist, was driven out of Venice by furious husbands, fled Vienna to escape a furious emperor, and snuck out of London to avoid furious creditors. His spirited rise to fame and subsequent freefall from grace is the stuff of operatic legend. An epic tale befitting Mozart's most famous collaborator and the true love that saved him in the end.

With Peter Reardon (Urinetown, Passion),Trish Rapier (The Boy from Oz)

Acorn Theatre (410 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Oct. 5, 8pm; Oct. 7, 1pm; Oct. 9, 5pm; Oct. 9, 9pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 11, 1pm

 

 

Marrying Meg

Book, Music and Lyrics by Mark Robertson

Based on the play The Lass wi the Muckle Mou by Alexander Reid

It's 1603 and renowned minstrel Thomas the Rhymer has set out to write his masterpiece-a heroic ballad of mortal derring-do. But when he is cursed by the Queen of Elfland with a tongue (and a quill) that cannot lie, and confronted with a world that refuses to play by storybook rules, Thomas's heroic masterpiece seems determined to remain unwritten in this rollicking Scottish musical comedy.

With Stephen Berger (The Pajama Game, Into The Woods), Stephen Bienskie (Chess, Cats), Stephanie Youell Binetti (Curtains), Harris Doran (Love Jerry), Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5, The Producers), Lisa Howard (9 to 5, South Pacific, ... Spelling Bee), Michael McCormick (Curtains, The Pajama Game, Gypsy, Kiss Me Kate, 1776, Kiss of a Spider Woman), Jim Newman (Curtains, Minelli on Minelli, Sunset Boulevard, The Who's Tommy), Tory Ross (9 to 5, Cry Baby), and William Ryall (Guys and Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chess, How to Succeed In Business Without Trying)
Musical Staging by Christopher Gattelli (Drama Desk nom - Altar Boyz; Tony nom - South Pacific)
Theatre St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Sept. 29, 8pm; Oct. 1, 5pm; Oct. 2, 9pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 4, 4pm; Oct. 6, 9pm

 

Max Understood

Book by Nancy Carlin; Music by Michael Rasbury; Lyrics by Nancy Carlin and Michael Rasbury

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