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New York Musical Theatre Festival Adds More Extensions: MO FAYA, ACADEMY And CROSS THAT RIVER

New York Musical Theatre Festival Adds More Extensions: MO FAYA, ACADEMY And CROSS THAT RIVER

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.
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.

A complete list of the remaining performances for the 2009 Festival follows...

Full Productions

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 nominee, Urinetown and Into the Woods)
TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 15, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 4:30pm
Added Performance Thursday 10/15 at 1pm

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

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
Added Performance Friday 10/16 at 11pm

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. 13, 4:30pm; Oct. 16, 8pm
Added Performance Wednesday, October 14th 11pm

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 Mahowald (Pirate Queen, Jekyll & Hyde), Steven Booth (Avenue Q, Glory Days), 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)
Added Performance Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 5pm

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)
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;
Added Performances Wed. October 14th 1 pm & Fri. October 16th 11pm

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. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 4:30pm; Oct. 17, 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)
Added Performance Thursday Oct 15 at 11pm

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.
With Paul Kandel (Tommy), Laura Jordan (Cry Baby), and Mary Ellen Ashley (Annie Get Your Gun original Broadway cast)
American Theatre of Actors - Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues)
Oct. 12, 5pm; Oct. 12, 9pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 17, 9pm

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?
With Brenda Braxton (Tony nom - Smokey Joe's Café; Chicago), Natalie Bradshaw (Jersey Boys) and Lorraine Serabian (Tony nom - Zorba)
TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Oct. 13, 4:30pm; Oct. 14, 1pm; Oct. 15, 8pm; Oct. 18, 1pm

Rainbow Around the Sun
Music and lyrics by Matthew Alvin Brown; Book and additional lyrics by Tom Stuart
Local rock hero Zachary Blasto struggles with personal demons as he relives both painful and joyous memories during a radio retrospective of his career. Based on the album and film of the same name, prog-rock concert meets musical theatre in this fast-paced dissection of broken hearts, life through a liquor bottle, and rebirth through loss.
With Matthew Alvin (film Rainbow Around the Sun), Jamie Buxton (film Rainbow Around the Sun), Janine DiVita (Grease), and Jefferson Slinkard (Mamma Mia)
45th Street Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 17, 4:30pm

Seeing Stars
Book by Shelley McPherson; Music by Don Breithaupt; Lyrics by Jeff Breithaupt
Eddie "Bare Knuckles" McSorley and "Gentleman" Joe Sullivan are two rival boxers in love with Jean, a feisty reporter, in this tough and tender original musical set in Hell's Kitchen in the '30s. A black-and-blue romance with a bruising climax and a colorful cast of pugs, thugs, and dames, Seeing Stars explores the world of "boys being boys" and the women who love them.
With Kevin Earley (A Tale of Two Cities, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables),
Michael Halling (A Tale of Two Cities, In My Life, Pajama Game, The Boy From Oz and The Scarlet Pimpernel)
Choreographed by Liza Gennaro (Once Upon a Mattress, The Most Happy Fella)
Theatre St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Oct. 13, 9pm; Oct. 16, 9pm; Oct. 17, 1pm

Street Lights
Book by Joe Drymala and Akin Salawu; Music and Lyrics by Joe Drymala
Monique is going to be the next Alicia Keys. Her brother is on track to be bigger than Thurgood Marshall. But none of this matters when their world is filled with violence, apathy, and broken promises. Can they keep faith when there's no reason for hope? From writer/composer Joe Drymala and director Ryan J. Davis, the creators of the Broadway-bound 2006 NYMF hit White Noise, comes Street Lights, mixing pop, R&B and hip-hop to crank up the volume on the voice of a new generation saying yes, we can.
With Carla Duren (110 in the Shade, Hairspray), Jay Garcia (Altar Boyz), Gayle Turner (The Wiz), Jim Stanek (Story of My Life, Lestat, Little Women)
American Theatre of Actors - Chernuchin Theatre (314 West 54th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Oct. 13, 8pm; Oct. 14, 8pm; Oct. 16, 7pm; Oct. 17, 1pm; Oct. 17, 5pm; Oct. 18, 1pm

The Toymaker
Book, Music and Lyrics by Bryan Putnam
When Sarah's marriage falls apart after two failed pregnancies, stories of a childless toy maker of the past propel her on a desperate search that spans the globe and time itself. In this tale of enduring passion and hope, Sarah's quest to find a missing toy and solve the mysteries of a village destroyed by war lead her to a destiny of fulfillment she once thought impossible.
With Rosena M. Hill (The Color Purple, Spamalot, Ragtime), Rob Richardson (A Tale of Two Cities), Greg Stone (The Pirate Queen, Oklahoma!, Les Miserables) Dale Soules (Grey Gardens) and Joan Barber (Man of La Mancha)
Theatre St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Oct. 12, 9pm; Oct. 13, 1pm; Oct. 17, 9pm; Oct. 18, 4pm

Under Fire
Book and Lyrics by Barry Harman; Music by Grant Sturiale
Set in the late 1970s during the bloody revolution in El Mirador, a Central American country lies
under the heel of the ruthless dictator Tacho. Russell Price, a young American photojournalist, is swept up in the maelstrom and embarks on a search for the mysterious rebel leader Rafael-whom no one has ever photographed. As Price makes his way into the heart of darkness, he encounters people working on both sides of the struggle, all with different and shadowy agendas...
With Jack Noseworthy (Sweet Smell of Success, Jerome Robbins' Broadway), John Herrera (Drood), James DePaiva ("One Life to Live")
Theatre St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Oct. 12, 5pm

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