New York Musical Festival

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Your guide to NYMF 2017.

July 10 - August 6, 2017

Planning on attending NYMF? Be sure to check out our Savvy Audience Guide to the New York Musical Festival


Since its inaugural fest in 2004, NYMF has presented stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals every summer in order to ensure the future vitality of the art form. This edition continues that mission with a wide array of shows, readings, concerts, and special events by both established and up-and-coming writers, starring seasoned performers, many of whom work regularly on Broadway. 


Show-Score is thrilled to sponsor NYMF 2017! For the full NYMF lineup, visit nymf.org. In addition to attending festival offerings, there are other ways for our members to get involved:


  • Vote for your favorite event (production, reading, or concert/event) with the Show-Score Best of Fest, NYMF's audience choice award. 

  • Review and score select festival shows on Show-Score. See the list below.
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The Shakespearean Jazz Show (NYMF)

Members say: Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Enchanting, Clever
94
Critics
65
1 review
Members
96
5 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: The Nine Worthies provide a parade of Shakespearean sonnets, songs, and scenes set to original New Orleans-style jazz.

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Energetic and innovative, 'The Shakespearean Jazz Show' reinvigorates and recontextualizes Shakespearean performance. Experience how the loose, improvisatory nature of jazz music can free Shakespearean text, allowing the feeling and intent of the words to be expressed in a completely new way. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the playful antics and soulful music live in 'The Shakespearean Jazz Show.' This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

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Generation Me (NYMF)

Members say: Great singing, Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing
88
Critics
85
4 reviews
Members
89
31 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This new musical explores the heartbreak, confusion, and survivor’s guilt of those left behind after a teen's suicide.

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At age 15, Milo Reynolds had it all: a seat at the popular table, the perfect girlfriend, the “coolest” parents, and friends who worshiped him. So when Milo takes his own life on Monday morning, his friends and family are left questioning everything they thought they knew about him. Told in flashbacks that open Milo’s story like a mystery, 'Generation Me' identifies a generation more privileged, self-interested, oblivious...and lonelier than ever. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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MotherFreakingHood! (Maternal Discretion Advised) (NYMF)

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Great singing
80
Critics
61
3 reviews
Members
90
9 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An irreverent, pee-your-pants-funny original musical comedy about three unlikely friends who bond over motherhood.

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Rachael, wide-eyed and optimistic, is elated to finally put her party days behind and become a mom...#YAY! Angie has pre-enrolled her unborn child in the most exclusive all-girls preschool (definitely a girl, she already has a boy). After three kids, Marcia thought she was done. Is it bad that she doesn’t want to cancel her wine of the month club or stop having sex on her back? With a soundtrack ranging from rock to pop to funk and more, join these three unlikely friends as they bond in the trenches from pregnancy tests to empty nests, dominating the diapers and tackling the teens with unmotherly charm, one bottle at a time! An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

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Backbeard: The New Musical (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Funny, Great singing
85
Critics
81
5 reviews
Members
90
8 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This rollicking musical tells the tale of Backbeard, the hairiest pirate who ever lived, and his quest to answer the question, "How should a pirate look?" 

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When a rowdy birthday party ruins his clothes, a pair of persuasive tailors convince him to try a vibrant new outfit of patterned trousers, a colorful coat, and a pig. Now the fearsome pirate must face his greatest challenges—winning the acceptance of the Pirate Council, the townspeople, and even his own crew—in a high-spirited story of courage, acceptance, and standing up for who you are. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

 

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Peace, Love, and Cupcakes: the Musical

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Delightful, Great acting
83
Critics
70
4 reviews
Members
88
19 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This musical based on by Sheryl and Carrie Berk bestselling young adult chapter book originated at Vital Children's Theatre.

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New kid Kylie Carson is "different"–which can make middle school a very scary and unfriendly place. So she cooks up a sweet solution: form a cupcake club that's open to anyone seeking friendship and a place to belong. But the popular clique turns bitter with jealousy and vows to destroy the club's efforts. Kylie is now faced with a tough choice: stoop to the mean girls' level or take the higher road. The pop-infused score by Rick Hip-Flores brings the children's book of the same name to life, and drives home a message of empathy, love, and the power of young people to change the world. This production will support NoBully.org and is best for ages 6 to 12.

 

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Georama: An American Panorama Told on 3 Miles of Canvas (NYMF)

Members say: Great singing, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny
84
Critics
79
7 reviews
Members
86
14 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In the 1850s John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. This new musical tells his story.

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Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today, an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

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I Am, I Will, I Do (NYMF)

Members say: Funny, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
81
Critics
45
1 review
Members
85
12 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: As three diverse couples struggle to find compromise, this new romantic musical comedy teaches us that perhaps being “outside the norm” is the new normal.

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As the owners of Party City Now rebrand their wedding business to embrace marriage equality, Dave, their gay music director, has never felt more alone. Doomed to a life of playing weddings, Dave longs for a love of his own. But when he’s forced to sing a duet with human rights attorney Harris, sparks ignite and hope is born.

This is a Beta Musicals at NYMF. Beta Musicals are new musicals that are further along in their development process than readings, but not produced with all the elements of a full production. Often, Beta Musicals will focus on a few keys elements they are interested in exploring through the NYMF process, such as choreography, puppetry, or specific design components. As Beta Musicals are still in active development, there will be a feedback form available to audiences to share their thoughts.

 

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The Goree All-Girl String Band (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Ambitious, Refreshing
81
Critics
74
6 reviews
Members
82
35 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: The year is 1938 and The Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. They also happen to be convicted criminals.

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The six band members teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program. Through sisterhood, determination, and a little bit of luck, these women work (and play) together to fiddle their way to freedom. Inspired by a true story, 'The Goree All-Girl String Band' is a tale of redemption that features an ensemble of actor-musicians performing a brand-new country score. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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Miss Blanche Tells It All (NYMF)

Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Relevant, Clever
81
Critics
78
5 reviews
Members
82
19 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive show takes us on one man’s journey of desire, self-expression, and liberation.

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1969 New Orleans: it’s standing room only. The band starts the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter–but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk, filled with clues about his past and the key to his future. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

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The Light Rail (NYMF)

Members say: Great singing, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Absorbing
80
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
80
14 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In this contemporary musical, movement and music combine to depict the realities of people living with mental illness, and the power we all have to live imperfectly and beautifully.

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Stinging from old and recent loss, childhood neighbors Sam and Lindsay reunite by chance on Seattle’s light rail. As they begin to fall in love, they slowly learn that healing can be found in the most unusual places, and in other people just as broken as themselves. This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

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Numbers Nerds (NYMF)

Members say: Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
79
Critics
77
8 reviews
Members
80
20 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A tale of girls becoming women, conquering both anxiety and rivalry, and finding a way to affirm themselves both as individuals and team members so they can win at math…and at life!

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'Numbers Nerds' is an almost all-girl high school math team from Waukesha, Wisconsin. The team has won the Regional Math Competition and is chosen to compete in the National Math SUM-IT. These smart and funny whiz kids must unite to solve difficult math problems without getting distracted by teen drama and pressures. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

 

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Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy
76
Critics
64
8 reviews
Members
80
30 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A Faustian comedy that dares to ask the question, "How did Matthew McConaughey win an Academy Award?" Featuring Broadway regulars including Lesli Margherita and Max Crumm.

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This show recounts how the rom-com-starring stoner became an A-list award winner. Matthew has his loyal agent Penny, his best friend Woody Harrelson, and his beloved bongos. Now all he needs is to be taken seriously in his art. Enter a demon with a deal too good to be true. Friendship, love, and loyalty are all tested in this hell-raising adventure to win Matthew the Oscar...and save his soul. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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Play Like A Winner (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing, Great writing
75
Critics
55
4 reviews
Members
80
28 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A satire of the soccer mom world based on the award-winning play 'All About the Kids' by Caytha Jentis.

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In the fiercely competitive world of girls’ soccer, how far would you go for your child? At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead at center stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell us the story of how all this began… An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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Qing Cheng/Dark City (NYMF)

Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Good music & singing, Bland & predictable story, Relevant
75
Critics
-
0 reviews
Members
75
5 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: A young refugee girl arrives penniless and alone in what appears to be the most frightening place on earth: Qing Cheng–the Dark City.

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Follow Ahn’s journey as the harrowing becomes habitable, and hope and humanity triumph in a dangerous city. Based on the real-life Kowloon Walled City just outside of Hong Kong, this uniquely Chinese/American musical offers a timely exploration of the refugee experience. This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

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The Fourth Messenger (NYMF)

Members say: Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
74
Critics
71
6 reviews
Members
76
21 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: This new show wonder, what if the Buddha were a woman living in our times? Featuring Nancy Anderson.

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Mama Sid is a modern-day “awakened one” with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid’s mysterious past, exposing secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, 'The Fourth Messenger' investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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Temple of the Souls (NYMF)

Members say: Romantic, Enchanting, Great singing, Absorbing, Entertaining
74
Critics
61
6 reviews
Members
82
21 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. 

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Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a Conquistador, and Guario, a young Taíno, meet in the magical rain forest of Puerto Rico. To escape the intolerant world below, our young lovers run away to the Temple of the Souls where nightmares and dreams come true. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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Camp Wanatachi: In Concert (NYMF)

Members say: Great singing, Funny, Hilarious, Resonant, Relevant
72
Critics
78
2 reviews
Members
71
8 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An electro-musical that explores two girls’ journey of sexual discovery within the unlikely setting of an all-female Christian summer camp.

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Spirit-soaked and hormone-charged, this comically subversive piece of theater celebrates teenage love with pulsing EDM beats and lush orchestral arrangements. A surprising and refreshing take on the coming-of-age musical. This event is part of the NYMF Concert series.

 

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Errol and Fidel (NYMF)

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Absorbing
73
Critics
56
5 reviews
Members
83
15 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: Cuba, 1958. In his final year Errol Flynn has one last adventure. The dashing star of so many Hollywood blockbusters yearns to be a real hero, and Fidel Castro fits the bill.

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What Fidel craves is fame, and who better than Errol to show him how? At the height of the revolution an explosive encounter beckons—fueled by envy, lust, and vanity—with a mysterious woman calling the tune. Or could the CIA really be pulling the strings? Who knew revolution could be so much fun? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

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A Wall Apart (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful
69
Critics
61
10 reviews
Members
73
40 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: An original rock musical about a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. With songs by Graham Russell of Air Supply fame.

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With music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, this epic story examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, and marriage. What is the price of liberty, and will the Wall divide or unite? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project.

 

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The Time Machine (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Quirky, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow
66
Critics
51
5 reviews
Members
71
19 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden.

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Extraordinary events force him to venture underground where he must face the demons that control his future. An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

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Dorian Gray (NYMF)

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Disappointing, Absorbing
60
Critics
38
2 reviews
Members
63
24 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: With found objects and big imaginations, an outcast troupe of players reinvents Oscar Wilde’s 1890 gothic tale of the young and mysterious Dorian Gray.

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Gray's dashing looks are captured in a single portrait that allows him to remain young and untouched as he spirals into a lifestyle of dark secrets and dangerous indulgences. Featuring a haunting and romantic score, 'Dorian Gray' begs the question: Do our sins define our true nature or are we damned by ignorance and mediocrity?

This is a Beta Musicals at NYMF. Beta Musicals are new musicals that are further along in their development process than readings, but not produced with all the elements of a full production. Often, Beta Musicals will focus on a few keys elements they are interested in exploring through the NYMF process, such as choreography, puppetry, or specific design components. As Beta Musicals are still in active development, there will be a feedback form available to audiences to share their thoughts.

 

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My Dear Watson (NYMF)

Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining
52
Critics
38
9 reviews
Members
59
28 reviews

Part of the New York Musical Festival: Told from the perspective of Dr. Watson, this dramatic musical reanalyzes and redefines love and friendship for a man who is seemingly incapable of both.

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Follow the legendary friendship of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Through the mystery, action, and cleverness woven throughout Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, 'My Dear Watson' looks beyond the realm of narrative and into the heart of the man himself...that is, if he has one at all. Is there a man in the machine? An official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival.

 

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