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September 22 - 23

New World Stages 340 W 50th Street, New York, NY

Musicals

Great Expectations

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Charles Dickens’ novel of Pip, Miss Haversham, Estella, and Magwitch brought to musical life: Pip’s education from boyhood to a man of class, and his unending love for Estella.

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Cowboy Waltz (fka Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief)

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We knew him as Red Rock Brody, the ultimate TV Cowboy Hero. He rode out of the Old West and into your living room in 1951, and for thirteen years, youngsters in America spent every Saturday morning with him. Flash forward thirty years to join the now aging actor who originated the role of the Cowboy Hero, and a lawyer in mid-life, who grew up watching him on TV.

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I Sent A Letter To My Love

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This is a chamber musical about a middle-aged sister and her physically disabled brother living in a small town in the fifties and what happens when they surprise each other and themselves with new possibilities.

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One Red Flower: Letters From 'Nam

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A world premiere production sharing the stories of 6 U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam war as told through a series of letters to their wives, mothers, girlfriends. Based on actual letters provided by the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission, this is a poignant look at the trials, fears, hardships, and longing for home these men felt. It is a tribute to all veterans and their families.

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Making Tracks

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A young Asian-American rock musician sets the beat in this innovative and colorful new musical. Audiences will journey with him through his family’s six-generation struggle to find their voice in America. A distinctly modern, mesmerizing musical tale of triumph and tragedy.

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The Mystery Of The Dancing Princesses

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When a young wanderer named Caleb stumbles upon a desolate kingdom, he discovers that a devastating mystery is plaguing the king and his six daughters. With the help of Fulvio, an Italian prince-turned fox, Caleb sets out to solve the mystery and win the hand of a princess.

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Fabulous Fitches, The (fka Palm Beach)

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The Fabulous Fitches is an American musical fable set in the screwball world of 1930’s. Liz, a biracial showgirl desperate for financial security, has passed herself off as a Brazilian coffee heiress in order to wed into the wealthy Fitch family — only to find that her ex-husband, Max, is posing as one of the Fitch family servants so that he can write a socialist exposé on the excesses of the upper class. Will Liz and Max be able to keep one another’s secret — especially when they’re still in love with each other? Will Liz’s handsome new fiancé, Lance, be able to keep certain secrets of his own now that he plans to marry? And how will all of this effect the Fitch family’s place at the pinnacles of industry, politics and society? The Fabulous Fitches is a brash musical comedy that asks how far people are willing to go to make sure they have a place at the American table. The book for The Fabulous Fitches is entirely original and is not an adaptation of any other work, film, or play.

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The Screams Of Kitty Genovese

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A 12-person, single-set music drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese is based on the true story of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed to death outside her home in Kew Gardens, Queens on Friday, March 13, 1964. Using a sung-through score blending various musical styles, Kitty Genovese examines the plight of the victim as she screamed for more than a half-hour, as well as the plights of the 38 neighbors who watched from their windows and did nothing.

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Ug

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Ug is a caveman who invents something he calls a “play” one night after dinner. When Ug and his fellow cave dwellers decided to show the play to a rival tribe, tensions run high as soon as they begin rehearsals.

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When The Rains Come

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When the Rains Come is an epic musical of shamanism, love, and betrayal set in pre-and post- apartheid South Africa. This story reveals how, out of the darkness and fear of oppression, the light of love and the force of destiny can bring hope and a vision of a world where there is “plenty for all.”

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Writers & Artists

Paris Barclay

Book & Lyrics & Music, One Red Flower: Letters From 'Nam

David H. Bell

Book, Cowboy Waltz (fka Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief)

His work in Chicago Theatre, where he is associated with the Marriott Theatre (over 30 Productions) and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (The Three Musketeers, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Comedy of  Errors), has earned him 35 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (winning the coveted award 10 times) and 2 After Dark Awards. David served as the Artistic Director of Historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Associate Artistic Director of Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. David’s work has earned him 4 Carbonall nominations (Florida), a Dramalogue Award (L.A), 5 AJC Awards (Atlanta), an Atlanta Circle of Dramatic Critics Award, a Laurence Olivier Nomination (London), 2 National Endowment Awards, 3 Helen Hayes nominations (winning 1), (Washington D.C.), The Mac and Bistro Awards (NYC), and several National and International writing awards for creating Hot Mikado. He has worked On Broadway, Off Broadway, London, Paris, Berlin, Carnegie Hall, National and International tours, The Kennedy Center, Long Wharf Theatre, and, done the Atlanta sequence of the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.  David is currently a professor of Music Theatre at Northwestern University.

Craig Carnelia

Lyrics & Music, Cowboy Waltz (fka Actor, Lawyer, Indian Chief)

Robert Cary

Book & Lyrics, Fabulous Fitches, The (fka Palm Beach)

Robert Cary is co-author of the book and lyrics for Flashdance (West End 2010, UK National Tour, 2008-9); lyricist and co-author of the book for Palm Beach, written with longtime collaborators Ben Feldman and David Gursky (introduced at NAMT and produced at La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Des McAnuff); co-author with Ben Feldman of Inventing Avi (Off-Bway, 2009); and director of the feature films Ira and Abby, Save Me, Anything But Love.  Upcoming projects include Sharp Dressed Man, Stax, and the feature film My Owner’s Wedding, written with Jonathan Tolins.  Thanks to Jonathan, Ben, David, and Susan Weaving.

David Feinstein

Book, When The Rains Come

David Feinstein, Ph.D.: has collaborated with Ann Mortifee and Edward Henderson on two musicals and on Serenade at the Doorway, a CD that has been used extensively in hospice and palliative care throughout North America and Europe. He is a clinical psychologist and the author of Personal Mythology. He is a pioneer in developing innovative therapeutic approaches leading to nine national awards for his books on consciousness and healing. He and his wife, Donna Eden, have built the world’s largest organization for teaching energy medicine. Their latest award-winning book, The Energies of Love, achieved best-seller status on the NY Times Relationship List. David has served on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Antioch College, and the CA School of Professional Psychology. www.innersource.net

Benjamin Feldman

Book, Fabulous Fitches, The (fka Palm Beach)

Benjamin Feldman wrote Danny and Faye (produced w/Tovah Feldshuh), and co-wrote NAMT Festival 2001 show Palm Beach.  Also an Entertainment Attorney — clients from Rabbit Hole (upcoming, w/Nicole Kidman) to Memphis (B’way, winner Best Musical Tony Award), Ars Nova, and many theaters, producers and artists in television, theater and film.    Published in the CTI Guide to Producing.  Producer credits:  Mae West’s Sex, Trouble in Paradise and The Stand In on stage; Film: The Cutting Room, Another Gay Movie, Another Gay Sequel and The Understudy.  Yale grad.  Boards: The Hourglass Group, the Chase Brock Experience.

Jim Geoghan

Book & Lyrics, Ug

David Gursky

Music, Fabulous Fitches, The (fka Palm Beach)

David Gursky is the composer of THE FABULOUS FITCHES (NAMT Festival 2001) and HEARTBREAKERS (NAMT 2010). Film: “Ira & Abby.” In addition to his composing work, David has conducted the Broadway productions of DAMES AT SEA, THE NANCE, ANYTHING GOES, FINIAN’S RAINBOW, WHITE CHRISTMAS, THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, JANE EYRE, and DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR. Tours: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE PRODUCERS, BIG. Television: “The Wonder Pets.” Pianist: many NYC shows, Radio City, several ENCORES! productions, “The Kennedy Center Honors,” and four N.Y. cast recordings. Education: B.A. Yale College. www.davidgursky.com.

Edward Henderson

Music, When The Rains Come

Edward Henderson: has worked extensively in Canada’s music community, composing theatrical scores for the Stratford Festival and Arts Club Theater Company and documentary scores for the CBC, CTV, Bravo, Knowledge and Vision networks. Commissions include compositions for the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elektra Women’s Choir, The Dance Centre, Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver InterCultural Orchestra and musica intima. He has been nominated for numerous awards, and is the recipient of Juno, Jessie Richardson, Dora Mavor Moore, Leo and Cannes Awards. www.edhendersonmusic.com

John Jakes

Book & Lyrics, Great Expectations

Melissa Manchester

Music, I Sent A Letter To My Love

Mel Marvin

Music, Great Expectations

Ann Mortifee

Book & Lyrics & Music, When The Rains Come

Ann Mortifee, with her extraordinary four-octave voice, is recognized as one of Canada’s most unique and passionate performing artists. She is a prolific writer for theatre. Her albums, musicals, ballets, one-woman shows, workshops and keynote addresses have won her, among many awards, the prestigious Order of Canada. She has traveled the world, worked with the dying, spent time with the head Sangoma of the Zulu Nation, worked in Calcutta with Mother Teresa, and co founded The Somerset Foundation and The Trust for Sustainable Forestry. Her musical When The Rains Come was accepted into the 2001 NAMT Festival.

Woody Pak

Music, Making Tracks

Rick Rhodes

Lyrics & Music, Ug

Vivian Rhodes

Lyrics, Ug

David Simpatico

Book & Lyrics, The Screams Of Kitty Genovese

Jeffrey Sweet

Book & Lyrics, I Sent A Letter To My Love

Michael Weiner

Book & Lyrics & Music, The Mystery Of The Dancing Princesses

Michael Weiner & Alan Zachary wrote songs for Broadway’s First Date, which ran at the Longacre Theatre after a sold-out run at Seattle’s 5th Avenue/ACT Theatres. The show can now be seen in productions across the U.S. and around the world. Recently, Zachary and Weiner penned songs for the acclaimed musical episode of Once Upon a Time on ABC. The team wrote the score for a musical adaptation of the film Secondhand Lions (book by Rupert Holmes) which premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Upcoming musical projects include: 17 Again directed by Adam Shankman and 13 Going on 30 directed by Andy Fickman. For Universal Studios, the duo wrote songs with J.K. Rowling for Celestina Warbeck & the Banshees playing at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Currently, Zachary and Weiner are developing a TV series with Universal Television starring Kristin Chenoweth and have created shows for ABC, FOX, Disney Channel, Disney Animation and Disney Parks around the globe. Zachary and Weiner are recipients of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. www.zacharyandweiner.com

Welly Yang

Book, Making Tracks

Brian Yorkey

Book & Lyrics, Making Tracks

Alan Zachary

Book & Lyrics & Music, The Mystery Of The Dancing Princesses

Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner wrote songs for Broadway’s First Date, which ran at the Longacre Theatre after a sold-out run at Seattle’s 5th Avenue/ACT Theatres. The show can now be seen in productions across the U.S. and around the world. Recently, Zachary and Weiner penned songs for the acclaimed musical episode of Once Upon a Time on ABC. The team wrote the score for a musical adaptation of the film Secondhand Lions (book by Rupert Holmes) which premiered at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Upcoming musical projects include: 17 Again directed by Adam Shankman and 13 Going on 30 directed by Andy Fickman. For Universal Studios, the duo wrote songs with J.K. Rowling for Celestina Warbeck & the Banshees playing at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Currently, Zachary and Weiner are developing a TV series with Universal Television starring Kristin Chenoweth and have created shows for ABC, FOX, Disney Channel, Disney Animation and Disney Parks around the globe. Zachary and Weiner are recipients of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. www.zacharyandweiner.com