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The New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Complete Schedule For 2009 Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces Complete Schedule For 2009 Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) today announced the complete schedule for the 2009 Festival, which will begin September 28th and continue through October 18th. A full breakdown of this year's performances and venues follows.

Since its inception in 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has premiered more than 175 new musicals - many of which have gone on to award-winning productions on and off-Broadway, in nearly every state, and in over a dozen countries. NYMF alumni include the Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal, currently playing at the Booth Theater on Broadway; NYMF 2004 hit [title of show], which enjoyed a Tony Award-nominated run last season; and Altar Boyz, now in its fifth year Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

Hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," the three-week annual festival works to revitalize one of America's greatest art forms by discovering, supporting and promoting new musical theater artists, producers, and projects, and by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater. Widely regarded as the essential 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, HX Magazine, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages , Next Magazine, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline's, Tekserve, TheMENEvent, The Tank, and Times Square Squared. Major supporters include ASCAP Foundation, BMI 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, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Tickets to individual festival events are on sale to NYMF Members now and to the general public beginning Tuesday, September 1st. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

After Max escapes the apartment that he shares with his loving but overwhelmed parents, his world will never be the same again. This innovative "sound-scaped" musical is the transformative odyssey of a 7-year old autistic boy, exploring how the need to communicate can bridge an unintelligible chasm. Paving the way is a leaf-blowing philosopher, a string theorist, Pegasus, a mermaid, and all the presidents of the United States.

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

Sept. 28, 8pm; Oct. 1, 1pm; Oct. 3, 4:30pm; Oct. 3, 8pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 7, 8pm

 

Mo Faya

Book and Music by Eric Wainaina

Additional music by Joshua Mwai, Morris Otis Omollo and Helen Akoth Mtawali

DJ Lwanda's voice rings out daily on local radio, leading and inspiring the Nairobi community of Kwa Maji. But Anna Mali, an avaricious real estate diva, craves the land beneath their slum. She seduces the fiery young DJ away with a job at a top nationwide station, and organizes a violent campaign to terrorize the people of Kwa Maji. When the government and media turn a blind eye to the decapitated bodies in the streets, DJ Lwanda must return home to expose the truth. But at what cost?

Performed in English with Swahili

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

Sept. 29, 8pm; Sept. 30, 4:30pm; Oct. 2, 8pm; Oct. 3, 1pm; Oct. 7, 8pm; Oct. 11, 8pm

 

My Illustrious Wasteland

Book, Music and Lyrics by Tod Kimbro

Based on a concept by Jason Bowles

Movie stars are sainted, anti-depressants are mandatory, and a tiny computer resides in every good citizen's brain. Equal parts sci-fi epic, social satire, and high-energy rock show, My Illustrious Wasteland is an exhilarating ride through a wildly imagined future America. Watch as virtual lovers Mogs and Sunny encounter ghoulish tabloid reporters, pushy pop-up windows, terrorist hippies, drug-pushing clergy, and a ruthless Hollywood bad-boy President who presides over his perpetually distracted public.

American Theatre of Actors - Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Oct. 1, 8pm; Oct. 3, 5pm; Oct. 3, 9pm; Oct. 4, 1pm; Oct. 7, 8pm; Oct. 10, 5pm

 

My Scary Girl

Book and Lyrics by Kyoung-Ae Kang; Music by Will Aronson

Dae-woo's been saving his first kiss for someone like Mi-Na but is she as perfect as she seems? Things get weird for a naïve professor when he realizes his new girlfriend may be a seductive serial killer. Based on the hit Korean film and featuring the cast of the award-winning Seoul production, this darkly unpredictable romantic comedy knows that love and trust should go hand in hand... even when there's a severed limb hiding in the kimchi fridge.

Performed in Korean with English supertitles

My Scary Girl is an official selection of the NYMF-DIMF International Production Exchange. For more information about DIMF, please visit www.dimf.or.kr/english

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

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

 

Open the Dark Door

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Lefort Nugent

When the local executioner's son, Skip, falls in love with the rebellious Luna, he and the other upstanding residents of Mortland, USA are shattered by a crisis of faith. Dangerous family secrets and festive beheadings are the norm in this haunting and darkly comic indie-rock musical examining a town crippled by fear and troubled by its past.

American Theatre of Actors - Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Oct. 8, 8pm; Oct. 10, 1pm; Oct. 12, 5pm; Oct. 12, 9pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 17, 9pm

 

Plagued

Book and Lyrics by Vynnie Meli; Music by Casey L. Filiaci

Cinderella's daughter Dusty just wants to study science and cure the Plague with the help of Scoop, a flirtatious chronicler, but her grandmother the Queen wants to marry her off to a rich old prince instead. Odds are against Dusty and Scoop, while Cinderella and Prince Charming fight the odds to stay in love. Will a fairy godmother come out of retirement to show them the way out of the Dark Ages?

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