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New York Musical Theatre Festival Announces 10 Additional New Musicals for 2012

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF)
announces
10 additional new musicals for 2012

Festival will run July 9 – July 29

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced 10 additional musical productions for their ninth annual festival. These musicals will play alongside the ten Next Link productions made public last month, as well as several productions, special events and concerts to be announced in the coming weeks. This year's Festival will begin July 9th and continue through July 29th.

{module ad_left_body}Since its inception in 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival has premiered more than 300 new musicals - more than 75 of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters and in almost every state and in 16 countries worldwide. NYMF alum Next to Normal won three Tony Awards in 2009 and was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. The Broadway production of NYMF alum [title of show] earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical.   NYMF 2004 hit Altar Boyz played well over 1,500 performances Off-Broadway and spawned two National Tours. NYMF alums The Blue Flower and The Shaggs enjoyed off-Broadway productions this season, and NYMF ’09 hit Fat Camp recently began previews off-Broadway.

“As we enter into our ninth festival, we couldn’t be more excited with the diversity of this year’s Festival offerings,“ said NYMF Executive Director and Producer Isaac Robert Hurwitz. “We received a record number of submissions this year and are confident that there is something for everyone. As the festival grows and expands, we are thrilled and grateful that our audience has as well.”

This year's Festival will run July 9th – July 29th. Memberships, which combine a charitable contribution with discounted ticket packages, are on sale now. Members can start booking tickets on May 15th (single tickets will go on sale a month later, on June 15th). To purchase a membership, please visit www.nymf.org/member.

BABY CASE

Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael Ogborn

In 1927, publicity-shy Charles Lindbergh, Jr. makes the first non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic and becomes a great American hero, the envy of millions… until his infant son is kidnapped, setting off the first true media circus of modern times!  A kaleidoscopic look at a nation gripped by gossip and hypnotized by the strobe of flash bulbs as one family’s personal tragedy spirals into a national obsession and a murder trial morphs into sensationalized, headline entertainment.

HIMSELF AND NORA

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Brielle

One of the greatest romances of the 20th Century -- Nora, a passionate chambermaid, becomes lover and muse to the brilliant and hard-drinking novelist, Mr. James Joyce… Himself!  While his writings exile them from their beloved Ireland and bring the condemnation of the Catholic Church, their bawdy partnership inspires some of the most bubbling wordplay ever written in the English language.  Directed by Michael Bush, this tuneful journey launches two soul mates through three tumultuous decades of laughter and art.

HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN?

Book by Pia Cincotti

Music and Lyrics by Peter Cincotti

It's summer and the temperature's rising when suddenly every beach on the Jersey Shore is threatened with closure: The water is too polluted for swimming!  That is until Rob -- a small town pool technician -- stumbles upon an opportunity that will change his life and save the sea.  But when a local handy man's lust for power and revenge threatens Rob's world, the two rivals are thrust into battle to restore the ocean and win the heart of a woman they both love.  A musical comedy about love, lust, and chlorine. 

LE CABARET GRIMM

Book and Lyrics by Jason Slavick

Music by Cassandra Marsh

Celebrating the grim in the Brothers Grimm and putting the gory in a bedtime story, Boston’s Liars and Believers Lab brings their neo-burlesque punk cabaret to NYC.  Hosted by chanteuse Veronique du Blahblahblah and complete with masks, puppetry, dance, demons, and talking chickens, Le Cabaret Grimm spins an original tale wrapped in variety show drag.  It’s a journey of loss, longing and desire tinged with the darkness of Berlin, a soupçon of Paris and the strong whiff of a downtown Bowery dive.

RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL

Book by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and William Norris

Music and Lyrics by Mark Nutter

Adapted from the story by H.P. Lovecraft

Based on the film “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator” produced by Brian Yuzna

A brilliant young medical student discovers a glowing, green serum that can bring the dead back to life… unfortunately, with disastrous results!  Based on the classic stories of H.P. Lovecraft and the sly 1985 cult horror film, Re-Animator the Musical arrives straight from its award-winning LA run, with a wildly eclectic score, George Wendt of “Cheers” in the cast, and more special stage effects than you can shake a severed limb at.  Take a seat down front in the Spatter Zone for an even bloodier good time!

REQUIEM FOR A LOST GIRL

Book and Lyrics by Onalea Gilbertson

With additional material by the Chorus

Music by Marcel Bergmann

A heartfelt journey of darkness and hope exploring mental illness, addiction, the murder of a young homeless woman, and the turn-away tragedy of our broken social system.  This Brechtian Modern Age oratorio of strikingly original compositions will be performed by a chamber ensemble with a Choir, multiple Soloists, and a special chorus of men and women who have themselves grappled with the stigma of homelessness – all sharing their very personal stories of love, loss, grief and beauty.

STAND TALL

Book and Lyrics by Lee Wyatt-Buchan

Music by Aldie and Sandy Chalmers

It’s David vs. Goliath – but not a slingshot in sight!  When shepherd boy David is prophesized to become the next king… heck, he’d rather be a rock star, anyway.  Not that tough guy Goliath’ll let some freakin’ sheep-lover take the crown, setting the stage for the biblical rivals to clash in an epic Guitar Hero battle!  Following a successful run in the UK, this family-friendly rock musical takes on the issue of bullying as it spins its tale of a little guy who must overcome obstacles, face fears and finally: Stand Tall!

THE GROOVE FACTORY

Book by Chad Kessler and David James Boyd

Music and Lyrics by David James Boyd

Welcome to New York City, designer drug capital of the world: it’s New Years Eve, 1999!  With "Y2K Doomsday" panic in full swing, Chazz escapes to the city from Virginia, hoping to gain entry to the hottest party on the planet – taking place on the eve of apocalypse at the last mega-dance club still standing!  Hosted by DJ D. Vinyl and featuring a pulsating original score of electronic pop-dance music, The Groove Factory journeys back to that mind-bending place whose drop-dead-on-the-dance-floor legend lives on forever.

TROUBLE

Book by Michael Alvarez

Music and Lyrics by Ella Grace

Everybody knows the real education in high school doesn’t happen in the classroom.  And that learning never comes easy.  It’s about absent parents and star-crossed love, insecure crushes and rekindled flames.  It’s about beer and weed and all night parties where the geek steals secret kisses with the hottest jock on the team.  It’s about music bursting with the pain, love, friendship, and sexuality of growing up.  It’s about 24 Hours…7 Friends…Forever Changed.  Everybody ready for Trouble?

ZAPATA!

Book by Ana and Peter Edwards

Music and Lyrics by Peter Edwards

An idealistic Occupy Wall Street protestor teeters on the angry edge of violence, when suddenly… Emiliano Zapata, hero of the Mexican Revolution, appears to show him the right way to fight for the disenfranchised 99%!  Rage rock meets mariachi music as a 21st Century economic warrior travels back in time to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with ordinary people struggling for their land and the lives of their families, alongside one of the greatest revolutionaries of modern times.

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Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2012 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group, and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by American Eagle Outfitters, Back Stage, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Disney Store Times Square, Fox 5/ WNYW-TV, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Queerty.com, Thomson Reuters, TheMenEvent.com, Times Square Squared, and Yelp. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The BWF Foundation, Con Edison, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer Phinney, The New Musical Development Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League.  NYMF is supported, in part, by funds from the New York City Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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

For more information, please visit: www.nymf.org