Additional Casting and Directors Announced for the 27th Annual Festival of New Musicals

We’re thrilled to announce additional directors and casting for the 27th Annual Festival of New Musicals, taking place on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Costs of LivingCosts of Living

Book, music & lyrics by Timothy Huang

Director: Marlo Hunter (Callaway Award-winner for Unlock’d)

Cast: Jenni Barber (Broadway: The Nance), Kiet Cao, Daniel J. Edwards (Broadway: Anything Goes), Ali Ewoldt (Broadway: Les Misérables), Raymond Lee (Broadway: Anything Goes, Honeymoon in Vegas), and Kelvin Moon Loh (Broadway: The King and I)

Based on a true story, COSTS OF LIVING chronicles the lives of two immigrant cab drivers who come to New York for the American dream but instead find a nightmare scenario.  Set to a rock and pop theatre score, featuring a predominantly Asian-American ensemble.




Imagine HarryImagine Harry

Music & lyrics by Will Van Dyke, book & lyrics by Jeff Talbott

Director: Brandon Ivie (Off Broadway: Jasper in Deadland)

Music Director: Ian Weinberger (TV: “The Sound of Music Live”)

Cast: Brad Oscar (Broadway: Something Rotten, The Producers), William Parry (Broadway: Passion, Gypsy), Preston Sadleir (National Tour: Next to Normal), Myra Lucretia Taylor (Broadway: Nine), Taylor Trensch (Broadway: Wicked; Off Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine)



The Last Queen of CanaanThe Last Queen of Canaan

Book by Harrison David Rivers, lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik, music by Jacob Yandura.

Director: Peter Rothstein (Power Balladz, Artistic Director of Minneapolis’ Theater Latté Da)

Music Director: Matt Gallagher (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, Hands on a Hard Body)

Cast: Chasten Harmon (Broadway: Hair), Kecia Lewis (Broadway: Leap of Faith, The Drowsy Chaperone), Kenita Miller (Broadway: The Color Purple), Jon-Michael Reese (National tour: The Book of Mormon), Margo Seibert (Broadway: Rocky), Q. Smith (Broadway: Mary Poppins)




Music by Andrea Daly, book & lyrics by Jeff Bienstock, story by Bienstock & Daly.

Director: John Simpkins (Off Broadway: Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova).

Music Director: Vadim Feichtner (Broadway: …Spelling Bee)

Cast: James Monroe Iglehart (Broadway: Tony Award-winner for Aladdin), Lauren Marcus (Hello, Dolly at Papermill Playhouse), George Salazar (Broadway: Godspell), Ryan Vona (Broadway: Once), Jason SweetTooth Williams





Book & lyrics by Daryl Lisa Fazio, music by Aaron McAllister

Director: Schele Williams (PBS’s Broadway or Bust)

Music Director: Madeline Smith (Off Broadway: Futurity, An Octoroon)

Cast: Joél Perez (Broadway: Fun Home), Lauren Worsham (Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Tony Nom)





Music & lyrics by Duncan Sheik, book & lyrics by Kyle Jarrow

Director: Chloe Treat (Off Broadway: TheaterworkUSA’s The Lightning Thief) with Rachel Chavkin (The Great Comet, Prelude)

Music Director: Jason Hart (Regional: Because of Winn Dixie; Whisper House)

Cast: Lilli Cooper (Broadway: Spring Awakening), Daniel Everidge (Broadway: Grease), Kevin Mambo (Broadway: Fela!), John Schiappa (Broadway: Rocky), Emily Skeggs (Broadway: Fun Home, Tony Nom.), Theo Stockman (Broadway: Hair, American Idiot), Adrienne Warren (Broadway: Bring It On), with Foley Artist Jeremy Bloom (Off Broadway: The Mysteries)




On The EveOn The Eve

Music & lyrics by Shawn Magill & Seth Magill, book by Michael Federico, story by Michael Federico, Shawn Magill & Seth Magill

Director: Sam Buntrock (West End & Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, Olivier Award and Tony Award noms)

Cast: Will Connolly (Broadway: Once)



Othello: The Remix

Othello: The Remix

Book, music & lyrics by The Q Brothers (GQ and JQ), developed with Rick Boynton

Director: Brian Hill (Goodspeed Musicals’ The Theory of Relativity)

Cast: GQ (The Bomb-itty of Errors), JQ (The Bomb-itty of Errors), Postell Pringle (Broadway: A Free Man of Color), Jackson Doran (A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol, Chicago Shakespeare’s Funk It Up About Nothin’)


Festival of New MusicalsRegistration for the Festival is open to theatre industry professionals and major donors to NAMT through October 9. For more more information on registration (including walk-up), plus details on all eight Festival shows, the Songwriters Showcase and the Songwriters Cabarets, visit the Festival web page now, or email


NAMT thanks the following foundations, government agencies and organizations for their ongoing support of our programs:  ABE Charitable Foundation, The Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York Creative Space Grant, ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Fund, BMI Foundation, The Dramatists Guild Fund, Friars Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Noël Coward Foundation, The Purple Plume Foundation, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Foundation, Stacey Mindich Productions and The Shubert Foundation.

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