Festival of New MusicalsIn 1989 the Festival of New Musicals was created to provide a forum to celebrate the new musicals that were being produced and presented around the country. Since then, the Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to 268 musicals and 512 writers from around the world. More than 85% have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions and tours, been licensed, and/or recorded on cast albums as a direct result of the Festival!

Held over two days in New York City every fall, the Festival produces 45-minute presentations of eight new musicals before an industry-only audience with the experience and resources to move the work forward.

FESTIVAL PURPOSE AND GOALS

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can extend their development trajectory.  The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Objectives and Goals:

  • Showcase quality new musicals with a wide range of subject matter, style and concept
  • Nurture composers, lyricists and book writers of all identities and backgrounds
  • Stimulate networking opportunities for NAMT Members and theatre professionals
  • Encourage future productions of new musicals
  • Provide a forum to spark new collaborations and ventures
  • Encourage future productions of new musicals
(Video from the 25th Annual Festival in 2013.)