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NYMF Announces Additional Concerts, Talkbacks & Workshops; Tickets Now On Sale

Completing the programming for the 10th annual New York Musical Theatre Festival, NYMF announced several additional concerts, a series of educational workshops, and a "Musicals on Television" screening series in partnership with the Paley Center for Media. This year's Festival will begin July 8th and continue through July 28th. Single tickets are currently on sale.

In addition, the Festival announced an array of free events to take place on the NYMF Hub Stage, in the lobby of The Pershing Square Signature Center (420 W. 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). These free events include talkbacks with artists from Festival productions, panel discussions on topics relating to careers in the theatre, as well as live music performances. The NYMF Hub also includes the Signature Café and Bar, which will be open until midnight during the Festival and will offer food and beverage discounts for NYMF members and ticketholders.


NYMF Songwriting Workshop in association with ASCAP

Anna K. Jacobs (POP!, Harmony, Kansas) leads this weeklong introductory workshop on writing songs for musical theater, open to individual composers and lyricists (who will be paired) as well as pre-existing songwriting teams. Participants will develop and write a song over the course of the week, culminating in the opportunity to perform their work and receive feedback from Tony-nominated composer-lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party). Space is extremely limited; applications will be accepted until June 20. To download the application, visit

When: July 22, 24, 25 and 26, 9am-12pm (participants attend all sessions)

Where: The Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center

Price: $100 for the entire workshop

Auditioning for the Musical Theatre:

Master Class with Michael Cassara, CSA

Work out your musical theatre audition material with guidance from NYMF's resident casting director! Michael Cassara will hear your best audition song and work with you from his unique vantage point "behind the table." Class will include a Q&A, a discussion of the "Business of the Business," and insider information on how to get involved with NYMF and beyond.

When: July 14, 12pm-4pm

Where: The Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center

Price: $10 to audit; $50 to participate (limited to 15 participants)

Structure! The Musical, or Everything You Need to Know About Musicals You Can Learn from Star Wars**

What do Mrs. Lovett and Darth Vader have in common? In this class/performance/Q&A by award-winning librettist, screenwriter and NYMF alumnus Sammy Buck, learn how classic screenplay structure from a variety of movies translates into memorable characters, song moments and stories of musical theatre greats - old, new and yet-to-be. **This seminar is not affiliated with or endorsed by Lucasfilms, The Walt Disney Company or the Galactic Empire.

When: July 10, 5pm

Where: PTC Performance Space

Price: $25



NYMF's Student Leadership Program (SLP) presents MINT'D: an evening devoted to newly-minted musical theatre student composers and performers. In the middle of the summer heat, MINT'D is the place to be to experience the fusion of voices by students from across the world! Join us for either Series A, Series B, or both, as we bring to you a new take on the future of the genre!

When: Series A: July 12, 5pm; Series B: July 12, 8pm

Where: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center

Price: $20; $15 at box office with student ID

The Music Box: A Celebration of Female Composers

In 1920, they got to vote. In 2013, they got to write musicals. Come join us as we celebrate lady composers from all career stages in a one-night-only concert event. With contributions from Masi Asare, Lydia Benecke, Suzy Conn, Julianne Wick Davis, Carmel Dean, Amy Engelhardt, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, Amanda Green, Anna K. Jacobs, Stephanie Johnstone, Kailey Marshall, MAdeline Martin, Grace McLean, Julia Meinwald, Juliana Nash, Susannah Pearse, Kamalah Sankaram, Zoe Sarnak, and more to be announced. Directed by Karen Azenberg.

When: July 21, 6pm and 9pm

Where: PTC Performance Space

Price: $25

Freilich & Benson Split the Keys

A wild night of wizards, relatives, gingerbread men, and other unlikely protagonists. Up-and-coming composers Josh Freilich and Nikko Benson share an evening of new, irreverent tunes fresh from the inaugural All-Star Songwriters series as seen at William Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company.

When: July 22, 9pm

Where: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center

Price: $25


As part of NYMF 2013, the Paley Center pays tribute to Broadway composer and lyricist Richard Adler (who died last year at the age of 90), and screens a television special from 1968 - Kiss Me, Kate with Robert Goulet - and the 1955 TV musical Our Town with Frank Sinatra. All screenings are at the Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street; for more details.

Sheaffer's Showcase: LITTLE WOMEN (1958)

CBS; 60 minutes; black & white

A television musical based on the classic novel, with original songs by Richard Adler. Directed by William Corrigan, with musical numbers staged by John Butler.

When: July 13, 2pm

North Carolina People: Richard Adler (1992)

North Carolina Public Television; 25 minutes; color

Richard Adler is interviewed about his life and career by University of North Carolina President William Friday.

When: July 13, 3pm

General Electric Theater: DAMN YANKEES (1967)

NBC; 120 minutes; color

A television adaptation of the Tony-winning 1955 Broadway hit with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Directed by Kirk Browning, with choreography by Ernie Flatt.

When: July 13, 3:30pm

Armstrong Circle Theatre: KISS ME, KATE (1968)

ABC; 90 minutes; color

This adaptation of the Cole Porter classic-the final of four lavish Armstrong Circle Theater musical theater offerings (produced by Norman Rosemont and Robert Goulet)- stars Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence, and features Jessica Walter, Michael Callan, Russell Nype, Jules Munshin, Marty Ingels, and Bob David Doyle. Directed by Paul Bogart and choreographed by Lee Theodore.

When: Sunday, July 14, 2pm

Producers' Showcase: OUR TOWN (1955)

NBC 80 minutes; black & white

Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn wrote the songs for this adaptation (book by David Shaw) of Thornton Wilder's landmark play, first produced on Broadway 75 years ago. Starring Frank Sinatra, Eva Marie Saint, and Paul Newman; with Paul Hartman, Peg Hillias, Ernest Truex, Sylvia Field, and Shelley Fabares. Directed by Delbert Mann, with choreography by Valerie Bettis. Songs include "Love and Marriage" and "Look to Your Heart.

When: Sunday, July 14 at 3:30pm


All Hub Programming will take place in the lobby of The Pershing Square Signature Center (420 W. 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). For a complete schedule of free events in the NYMF Hub, including details about the artists participating in panels and talkbacks and an up-to-date list of free music performances, visit


The Business of Being an Artist

Marketing, web programming, finances, contracts... somehow they didn't teach you about all of that in your MFA program! Meet our experts, who will set you on the road to treat your art as a business. Hosted by NYMF Senior Associate Producer Melanie Hopkins.

When: July 9, 6-7pm

The Collaboration of Director and Music Director

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, in partnership with NYMF, presents a discussion about the relationship between a Director and Music Director and how best to collaborate through the development, rehearsal, and preview process. Guests will be Director Jeremy Dobrish and Musical Director Meg Zervoulis. To reserve a spot, RSVP to

When: July 15th, 6-7pm

Life After Being a Performer

Most of us start our lives in the theatre as performers, but what do you do after deciding that the actor's life is not for you? Join us for this informational session about alternative careers in the theatre industry. Presented in collaboration with The American Theatre Wing's Theatre Intern Group.

When: July 16, 6-7pm

What's New in the Arts?

In partnership with Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA), NYMF presents this panel on the state of commissioning new work. Where are the opportunities? Where is the money coming from?

When: July 22, 6-7pm


Feather: Painting Live on Stage

Award-winning live artist painter Jeffrey Feger discusses his craft, while painting the audience!

When: July 13, 3-3:30pm

The Awakening of Angel DeLuna: Running Away With the Circus

The cast and creatives of this spectacle-filled musical discusses circus history and its use in contemporary art and media.

When: July 13, 7-7:30pm

Swiss Family Robinson: Staging a Shipwreck

What is an island like after a shipwreck? The designers of this show discuss how they developed and executed their vision of the famous story.

When: July 14, 3-3:30pm

Crossing Swords: Fight! Fight!

Come see a fight choreography demonstration from the CROSSING SWORDS team, and maybe even learn a few moves of your own!

When: July 14, 7-7:30pm

Mother Divine: The Man Behind the Musical

Come hear about the REAL Father Divine and his ministry that inspired the musical - complete with local history, and some rare video footage!

When: July 18, 7-7:30pm

Bend in the Road: Make Me A Song!

Writers Benita Scheckel and Michael Upward demonstrate their unique songwriting process by taking live suggestions from the audience.

When: July 20, 3-3:30pm

Searching for Romeo: A New Take On an Old Favorite

Writer and scholar Brian Sutton discusses the process and many incarnations of Shakespeare adaptation.

When: July 21, 3-3:30pm

Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist: It's an Illusion!

Join the creators of GARY GOLDFARB: MASTER ESCAPIST as they discuss the unique challenge of presenting magic on stage.

When: July 21, 7-7:30pm

Icarus: Making Friends

Director Jason Slavick of Liars & Believers teaches a bit about puppets, how to make them, and how to make them come to life!

When: July 25, 7-7:30pm

Marry Harry: Out of the Box

Performer Kate Rigg demonstrates some of her own performance art and discusses how traditional performance and performance art are working together in MARRY HARRY.

When: July 27, 7-7:30pm

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