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Amy Justman, Theresa McCarthy, and Noah Weisberg to Headline NYTB's New Musicals MARTIAN CHILD and GOING SOUTH

The tenth season of New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series continues on Monday, May 22, 2017 at The Cell with pre-premieres of two new musicals: Martian Child and Going South.

Martian Child, based on the novella by David Gerrold, is a new musical with book and lyrics by David Brush and music by Rachel Dean (the team behind the new musical The Anxiety Project). What happens when a single science fiction writer from Los Angeles adopts a 9-year old boy who believes he's from Mars? Together, David and Dennis must navigate the treacherous waters of adoption to discover how it feels to be alien and what it means to be human. Based on the award-winning true story by David Gerrold, Martian Child is a funny, touching and honest account of discovering where you belong no matter where you're from. Sammi Cannold (Ragtime on Ellis Island) directs, and the cast features Tsilala Brock (Migguel Anggelo, Satchel Paige), Noah Hinsdale (Fun Home, Finding Neverland), Christopher Michael McLamb (Ragtime on Ellis Island, Unexplored Interior), Trevor St. John-Gilbert (Les Miserables, The Church of Why Not), Franca Vercelloni (Ragtime on Ellis Island, Tony 'N Tina's Wedding), Noah Weisberg (Elf, South Pacific), and Jessica Tyler Wright (War Horse, Sweeney Todd).

Going South is a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Katya Stanislavskaya (Resident Alien). North Carolina has been in the news a lot lately. Some say it no longer qualifies as a democracy. Most have heard about its views on discrimination and its infamous "bathroom law." But lurking just beneath the surface are its outdated family laws. Going South examines the legal, social and emotional ramifications of getting divorced in the 21st century American South. Joe Barros (Cagney, Gigi) directs, and the cast features Amy Justman (In Transit, Company, Phantom of the Opera), Theresa McCarthy (Floyd Collins, Queen of the Mist), Arden Truax, Matthew Hardy, Babs Rubenstein (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Joanna Carpenter, and Anne Wechsler.

Both shows will be featured in the 7PM and 9PM presentations at The Cell, located at 338 West 23rd Street in New York City. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased on New York Theatre Barn's website:

New York Theatre Barn, a Manhattan based non-profit theatre company founded in 2007, incubates, develops, and produces new musicals that tell untold stories. Our stories are inspired by the lives of real people and actual events that challenge our preconceived ideas, and promote inclusion and positive social change. In today's divisive political and social climate, we believe that now more than ever, these types of stories need to be seen and heard by more people. Theatre Barn's core program is, the New Works Series, presents bi-monthly "pre-premieres" of new musicals in the early stages of development. With each installment, two new musicals are showcased before a live audience and a worldwide virtual audience. Since the series' inception, the company has presented more than 350 writers in more than 80 pre-premieres, and have amassed a catalogue of more than 750 videos with 600,000+ views on our YouTube channel.

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