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National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced preliminary casting and additional programming for their 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which returns in person and takes place on Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21, 2022, at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Registration for industry members is free and now open at www.namt.org/festival. The public can also receive passes to the Festival through a donation to NAMT. There is also a day-of standby line for the general public for free admission (based on availability).
Initial casting for this 34th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS includes Liana Sta. Ana (Broadway: Miss Saigon), Will Blum (Broadway: Beetlejuice), Benai Alicia Boyd (LA: Bronco Billy), Kai An Chee (Regional: Mr. Holland‘s Opus), Genesis Adelia Collado (NY: Notes from Now), Nadia Dandashi (NY: Love/Sick), Kayla Davion (Broadway: Tina), Diana DeGarmo (Broadway: Hairspray), Jacob Dickey (Broadway: Aladdin), Michelle Dowdy (Broadway: Hairspray), Was Garlington, Jared Goldsmith (Tour: Dear Evan Hansen), Alan H. Green (Broadway: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), Darron Hayes (Regional: Joseph… Dreamcoat), Lauryn Hobbs (Chicago: Life After), Diana Huey (Tour: Disney’s The Little Mermaid), Bre Jackson (Broadway: Six), Jade Jones (Olney: Disney’s Beauty & the Beast), Olivia Kaufmann (Broadway: Mean Girls), Rachel Kay, Tamika Lawrence (Broadway: Caroline, or Change), Fay Ann Lee(Broadway: Miss Saigon), Angel Lin (Regional: Mr. Holland‘s Opus), Jacob Louchheim (NY: Petrified Lighting), Zonya Love (Broadway: Beetlejuice), Wade McCollum (Broadway: Wicked), Judy McLane (Broadway: Mamma Mia!), Mary Kate Morrissey(Broadway: Mean Girls), Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Sam Primack (Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen), Michelle J. Rodriguez (NY: East o’, West o’!), Graham Rowat (Broadway: Meteor Shower), Nora Schell (Broadway: Jagged Little Pill), Helen J. Shen (Regional: Man of God), Kristen Sieh (Broadway: The Band’s Visit), Mary Testa (Broadway: Oklahoma), Ching Valdes-Aran (Broadway: The Wild Party), Timothy Warmen (Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Nicole Weiss (Regional: Octet), Lenny Wolpe (Broadway: Wicked), Amra-Faye Wright (Broadway: Chicago), Audrey Rose Young (Tour: Fiddler on the Roof) and more to be announced.
The casting director for the Festival is Michael Cassara, CSA.
NAMT’s Songwriters Showcase features innovative music from three new musicals currently in development. This year’s Songwriters Showcase will include:
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Book, Music & Lyrics by Joey Contreras
Songwriters Showcase will be hosted by John-Andrew Morrison (Broadway: A Strange Loop) and James Jackson (Broadway: A Strange Loop).
The MIDDAY CABARET’s give Festival attendees the chance to listen to short sets of new music in the relaxed Green Room Lounge. During the lunch break on both days, there will be two 20-minute Midday Cabarets, each featuring a different songwriter. This year’s Midday Cabaret writers include Deborah Abramson, David Davila, Andrea Grody and Rona Siddiqui.
Now in its 34th year, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS attracts theatre producers from around the world for this industry-only event to discover eight new musicals presented in 45-minute concert presentations over two days. All production costs are underwritten by NAMT. As a non-profit organization, NAMT funds the Festival entirely through donations, sponsorships and contributions.
Registration for industry members is free and now open at www.namt/festival.
This year, a committee of 17 theatre professionals selected eight new musicals out of 480 submissions-the Festival’s largest submission pool ever. The musicals chosen for the 34th Annual Festival are:
Baked! The Musical (Book, Music & Lyrics by Jord Liu & Deepak Kumar), Blackout (Book by Steven Gallagher, Music and Lyrics by Anton Lipovetsky), Get Out Alive (Book & Lyrics by Nikki Lynette, Music by Nikki Lynette, Matt Hennessy, Clay Bail, Malcom Fong, Slavic Livins and Zeke Macumber), King of Pangaea (Book, Music & Lyrics by Martin Storrow), Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls (Book & Lyrics by Sara Cooper, Music by Lynne Shankel), Pup! A Chew Story (Book & Lyrics by Marcus Terrell Smith, Music by Robin Schäfer), The Female Pope (Music by Heather Christian, Lyrics & Libretto by Shannon Burkett), The Pelican (Book & Lyrics by Will Lacker, Music & Lyrics by Dylan Glatthorn).
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jord Liu & Deepak Kumar
Director: May Adrales
Music Director: Alexander Tom
May Adrales is a theatre director, educator, artistic leader and mother based in NYC. Primarily a director of new work, she has helmed over 30 world premieres across the country. She currently serves as the Director of the Theatre Program at Fordham University. She is a Drama League Fellow, TCG Alan Schneider Directing Awardee, Next Generation Fellow, Denham award recipient and Paul Green Directing award. (mayadrales.net)
Alexander Tom is the former Program Head for BFA Musical Theater at Pace University and is currently the Resident Music Supervisor for Montclair State University. Broadway: The Music Man. Off-Broadway: The Visitor. Regional: State Fair (The Rev), Pacific Overtures (Signature – DC).
About Baked! The Musical: When she doesn’t receive the scholarship that would send her to her dream school, Jane Huang, with her best friend and the class degenerate, secretly builds a Chinese bakery cannabis edible empire. Baked! The Musical is a reflection on failure, self-worth, and what we owe the people we love.
Book by Steven Gallagher
Music and Lyrics by Anton Lipovetsky
Director: Asher Lloyd Ehrenberg
Music Director: Lily Ling
Asher Lloyd Ehrenberg (they/them) is a theatre maker based in NYC. Recent collaborations include work with Atlantic Theater Company, Bang on a Can, New York City Center, La Jolla Playhouse, and NYU. They have assisted and been the associate of directors including Laurie Woolery, Billy Porter and Anne Kauffman. In 2019, Asher was named the inaugural Directing Apprentice at New York City Center for their Encores! Off-Center season. They are an Indie TheatreFund grant recipient and a founding collaborator of the Trans Theatre Collective.
Lily Ling is a Chinese-Canadian music director, conductor, pianist and educator. She was the first female Music Director for Hamilton and the first person of Asian descent to conduct the production on Broadway. Additional credits: World Premieres of How to Dance in Ohio (Syracuse Stage) and Bruce (Seattle Rep).
About Blackout: On August 14th, 2003, Toronto was plunged into chaos when the largest blackout in North American history left millions stranded in the dark. Inspired by real events, Blackout tells three stories of hope, resilience and connection that unfold when the city is dark, and strangers band together to find the light.
Lyrics & Libretto by Shannon Burkett
Music by Heather Christian
Director: Mei Ann Teo
Music Director: Kris Kukul
Mei Ann Teo (they/she) is a queer immigrant from Singapore making theatre & film at the intersection of artistic/civic/contemplative practice. They served as artistic director of Musical Theatre Factory for 3 years and is now an Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Work at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Kris Kukul (Music Director) Current/Recent: Beetlejuice The Musical! (Broadway, National Tour, South Korea), Sing Street (Huntington), Head Over Heels (Pasadena), You’re the Voice (Australia), The Liz Swados Project (Ghostlight), David Byrne‘s Joan of Arc (Public), In The Green (LCT), Songbird (59E59), Runaways (City Center), Jeff Buckley’s The Last Goodbye (Old Globe). Resident MD Williamstown – 10 seasons. Adjunct faculty NYU/Tisch.
About The Female Pope: The Female Pope is a highly disputed story about a woman in the 9th century who rose to the papacy. A young girl’s father – desperate to keep her safe – disguises her as a boy, with the promise of an education. This unlocks a passion for learning that propels her to the most powerful position in the world – a stunning achievement that threatens the very existence of the Catholic Church itself.
Book & Lyrics by Nikki Lynette
Music by Nikki Lynette, Matt Hennessy, Clay Bail, Malcom Fong, Slavic Livins, and Zeke Macumber
Director: Roger Ellis
Music Director: Andrea Grody
Roger Ellis directs experimental theatre and film projects exploring post-traumatic growth, identity and the digital. Following a pre-pandemic run in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s LookOut Series, Ellis adapted _Get Out Alive_into an award-winning film, screened at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival and San Francisco’s Decibels Music Film Festival.
Andrea Grody – Broadway: T_he Band’s Visit, Tootsie. Off-Broadway/Regional: Suffs, Public Works’ As You Like It, The Fortress of Solitude, The Great Immensity (all Public Theater), The Band’s Visit (Atlantic), Assassins (Yale Rep), Robin Hood and Unknown Soldier (Williamstown). As writer/composer: Strange Faces_. Creator of WordWaves (www.singwordwaves.com). B.A. Princeton, M.A. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
About Get Out Alive: Nikki Lynette’s new autobiographical afrogoth musical raises mental health awareness through the lens of an underground concert. With music that is equal parts punk, hip hop, alternative rock and pop, Nikki’s true story shows that when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.
Book, Music & Lyrics by Martin Storrow
Director: Richard Israel
Music Director: Deborah Abramson
Richard Israel is an L.A. and New York-based theatre director specializing in the development of new musicals. Current development projects include A Very Brady Musical and The Black Dahlia: A New Musical. Richard has directed published and original musicals throughout the United States, and is the proud recipient of the LADCC Career Achievement Award for Directing.
Deborah Abramson has served as Music Director or Associate Music Director for several premiere productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at regional theaters. As a composer, she has written songs and shows with William Finn, Peter Mills, Amanda Yesnowitz, Chip Zien and many others, and she intends to write many more.
About King of Pangaea: After a sudden loss shatters his world apart, twenty-one-year-old Christopher Crow travels back to the imaginary island of his childhood in hopes of finding answers that will bring the pieces back together. _King of Pangaea_explores the rich, complicated, and at times beautiful world of loss, examining what it means to become king or queen of one’s own heart.
Book & Lyrics by Will Lacker
Music & Lyrics by Dylan Glatthorn
Director: Alan Muraoka
Music Director: Adam Cole Klepper
Alan Muraoka – New York: Avenue Q (Resident Director), The Nice List (Virtual), Gentleman’s Guide… (Virtual-2022 Telly Award), Kung Fu (Signature – AD), Falsettoland (NAATCO).
Adam Cole Klepper is a preeminent pianist, conductor and music director. At 23 years old, he enjoys working as an assistant conductor at Titanique Off-Broadway, collaborating with Tony-nominee Kate Baldwin, Six’s Samantha Pauly, and working as a teaching artist for Broadway Imagined. Thanks to Dylan and Will. @adamcoleklepper
About The Pelican: In the not-too-distant future, The Pelican Bar is almost all that remains of a Florida coastal town devastated by climate change. When a new category of hurricane approaches, the few offbeat residents that remain must make a choice: exchange their freedom for safety in a nearby Corporate City or risk the storm to keep their town alive. Brimming with raucous melodies and deep grooves, humor and heartbreak, The Pelican is a musical that shines with the colorful chaos of Florida.
Book & Lyrics by Sara Cooper
Music by Lynne Shankel
Director: Ann Yee
Music Director: Julie McBride
Ann Yee is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been seen throughout Europe and the US, including The Royal Opera House, Gothenburg Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Goodman, Dallas Theater Center, Broadway and London’s West End. Film work includes A Bigger Splash with Ralph Fiennes.
Julie McBride is currently the music director for Moulin Rouge on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePants, Head Over Heels, Ink (MTC), Pretty Woman, Finding Neverland and Pretty Woman. Select Off Broadway and regional credits: Unknown Soldier, These Paper Bullets!, Miss You Like Hell, Deathless and Daddy Long Legs.
About Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls: Featuring an all-women+ cast and an original through-composed 1920s-2020s mashup score, Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls tells the true story of the capitalist exploitation and knowing radium poisoning of workers by the U.S. Radium Corporation-and the women who fought back.
Book & Lyrics by Marcus Terrell Smith
Music by Robin Schäfer
Director: Rachel Klein
Music Director: Adam Brenner Laird
Rachel Klein: Off-Broadway: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre/the Grateful Dead musical); Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theatre); The Anthem (“What makes this show pop is the bracing vision of its director, Rachel Klein.”-The New York Times). Selected NYC/Regional: More Than All the World; Circus of Circus (The House of Yes), The Suffragist, 54 The Musical_. http://www.rachelkleindirector.com/
Adam Brenner Laird is thrilled to be part of NAMT’s Festival! Broadway: Beetlejuice. National Tours: Book of Mormon, Wicked, Les Miserables.
About Pup! A Chew Story: Is finding a forever home at the heart of every dog? Or are they meant for greater things? The strength of friendship is put to the ultimate test when two inseparable companions – a tri-pawed pit bull and his chew toy – embark on a quest for a forever home in Hollywood.
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