18th Annual Festival of New Musicals
October 8 - 9
The 18th Annual Festival of New Musicals was held in New York City at New World Stages on Sunday, October 8 and Monday, October 9, 2006 for an invited audience of NAMT members and musical theatre producers.Festival Program
Randy Blair, Christine Bokhour, Shawn Elliot, Dee Hoty, Joe Kolinski, Megan McGinnis, Michael Minarik, Charlie Pollock, Jenny Powers, Tim Smith, Paul Anthony Stewart and Haviland Stillwell
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Dangerous Beauty tells the tumultuous tale of Veronica Franco, a notorious courtesan/poet of 16th century Venice. Forced to become a courtesan when her mother reveals that they have lost their fortune and therefore the marriage to the man she loves is impossible, Veronica ultimately embraces the courtesan life because it affords her the means to an education and an active role in the cultural and political life of her beloved city. As Venice is ravaged by war, plague, and the Inquisition, Veronica is put on trial for Witchcraft. An epic story of passion, politics and poetry. Dangerous Beauty features a book by screenwriter Jeannine Dominy, lyrics by Golden Globe winner (for the song ‘The Rose’) Amanda McBroom (Heartbeats: NAMT Festival 1992), and music by Johnny Mercer Songwriter award winner Michele Brourman (I Married Wyatt Earp, Heartbeats: NAMT Festival 1992).
Jane Austen's Emma
Lianne Marie Dobbs, Suzanne Grodner, Brian D'Arcy James and Dani Marcus
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In early 19th century England, Emma Woodhouse, endowed with wealth, beauty and prestige, attempts to arrange a wealthy marriage for her poor friend Harriet, a young girl with questionable origins. In the process she disregards her own feelings and everyone else’s. A series of scheming escapades ensue as Jane Austen’s characters deliver us delicious irony while the seemingly trivial events provide social observation and profound moral significance. Creator Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical Jane Eyre.
Kim Bromwell, Stephen DeRosa, Tiffany Haas, Jenn Harris, Adam Heller, Leslie Kritzer, Janet Metz, David Reiser, Steven L. Rosenhaus, Douglas Sills and Lillias White
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It’s 1961, and after three flops, funny man Jerry Barron is in need of a hit. His family is keeping secrets and losing patience. And he’s wallowing in despair. Luckily, Maury Mintz calls and offers him the chance of a lifetime: to put his family on the air on live television in a Christmas special called JERRY CHRISTMAS! Only problem is, they’re Jewish. As Jerry wrestles with his career, his family, his identity, and his faith, one major question looms – will the special put Jerry back on top? Jerry Christmas has music and lyrics by Drama Desk and Richard Rodgers Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, A Little Princess, NAMT Festival 2005) and book by Daniel Goldfarb (Modern Orthodox, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Party Come Here, NAMT Festival 2005).
Darius DeHaas, Pat Duke, Struan Erlenborn, Jeff Morrow, Jason Nettle, Peter Samuel, Judy Storey, Renee Veneziale, Cheryl Wilson and Lynne Wintersteller
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Set in New York City, Julian Po is a modern day musical myth. This rollicking, yet cautionary tale of Man’s greatness combines the traditional musical theater form with the sounds of Americana blue-grass and mountain music. Julian Po begins with ‘The Muses,’Â a four piece, strolling mischievous band invoking the day when a strange man mysteriously arrives in an even stranger middle-American town. His presence causes the sleepy lives of the Townspeople to awaken; from the Town Mayor to the Town Barber to the youngest Town member, no one’s life is ever the same once they meet Julian Po. Book and lyrics are by television writer Andrew Barnett. Music is by pop and theatre composer Ira Antelis.
One Step Forward (fka The Boys Are Coming Home)
Ian Brennan, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Merle Dandridge, Gregg Edelman, Marc Kudisch and Andrew Rannells
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It’s 1945, World War II has just ended, and the battle-scarred boys are returning home to women who have had their first taste of independence. Bea and Ben are reluctant lovers, both unwilling to surrender their single status. Helen and Charlie find their love and trust tested by lies and accusations instigated by John, the boy thwarted in love and life. As Helen, Bea and their best friend Shirley keep their promise to conceal the interracial love between Maggie and Brad, all the characters learn to face the challenges that life has to offer in this new and changing world. One Step Forward was created by a Canadian team of collaborators including composer Leslie Arden (Jefferson Award winning The House of Martin Guerre), award winning author Berni Stapleton, and director/choreographer Timothy French.
Home (fka Piece)
Amy Spanger, Tia Speros, Katie Thompson and Kate Wetherhead
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Upon returning to her childhood home following the passing of her mother, Katherine Mathews, finds herself clinging to the memories of her past; engaging in conversations she’s had with her mother at the ages of 17, 26 and 35. In a soaring musical full of unexpected recollections, Katherine pieces together the patterns of a life filled with promise and compromise, third strikes and second chances, and always, a mother’s unconditional love. Piece has a score by Scott Alan (Detour) and a book by writer Tara Smith.
Ward Billeisen, Eric Bondoc, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Mary Testa, Alton White and Tommar Wilson
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Based on a Korean folk tale, Sunfish is the magical story of Aheh and the fantastical lengths she will travel to restore her Blind Father’s sight. Aheh’s adventures take her to the bottom of the ocean and beyond, in a theatrical world where anything can – and does – happen. This timeless story of love and sacrifice is given a touching and hilarious spin as a modern family musical. Sunfish was created by recent NYU Musical Theatre Writing graduates Michael L. Cooper and Hyeyoung Kim.
Megan Hilty, Katie Klaus, Leslie Kritzer and Sarah Stiles
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Chronicling the comic journey of three vivacious Texas teens from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives, liberated women and beyond, this tangy tale of coming-of-age in the ’60s and ’70s is a musical voyage racing through an era that had to be lived to be believed. With a tunefully evocative score by David Kirshenbaum (The Summer of ’42: NAMT Festival 1999, Party Come Here: NAMT Festival 2005) and Jack Heifner’s hilarious adaptation of his long-running off-Broadway smash, Vanities – A New Musical offers a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of best friends caught up in times that are a-changin’.
FALLING FOR EVE by David Howard and Bret Simmons
ETHAN FROME by Michael Ruby and Adam Gwon
FARAWAY BAYOU by Michael Milton, Margaret Dorn and Janie Barnett
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU by Brian Hargrove, Barbara Anselmi, Jill Abromovitz, Carla Rose Arnone, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall
JOYCE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO DATING by Scott Logsdon and Steve Marzullo
LONG SEASON by Chay Yew and Fabian Obispo
PLASTIC! By Robert Maddock, Joe Iconis and Reza Jacobs
ROCKWELL: LIFE ON A PALETTE by Eleanor Albano, Anthony Barnao and Ron Abel
THE STORY OF MY LIFE by Neil Bertram and Brian Hill
WRITING ARTHUR by David A. Austin
Writers & Artists
Lyrics & Music, Home (fka Piece)
Since returning to New York City in 2003 many of Broadway’s elite have sung Scott Alan’s songs, including Liz Callaway, Jonathan Groff, Shoshana Bean, Adriane Lenox, Stephanie J. Block, Cheyenne Jackson, Eden Espinosa and more.
Scott Alan has sold out concerts of his music in New York City, London, Holland, Germany, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and Australia.
On May 24th, 2012 Scott Alan’s composition, “It’s Good to See You Again” was featured on the premiere episode of the ninth season of “So You Think You Can Dance.” His work has also been heard in the documentary The Standbys and on VH1’s reality show Off-Pitch.
Lyrics & Music, One Step Forward (fka The Boys Are Coming Home)
Leslie has written over a dozen musicals, including the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning THE HOUSE OF MARTIN GUERRE and the Chalmer?s Award winning THE HAPPY PRINCE. She wrote the scores for HARVEST MOON RISING, A MEETING OF MINDS, and THE BOYS ARE COMING HOME, which was produced by Chicago?s AMTP in 2006, and was included in NAMT?s Festival of New Musicals later that year. Leslie composed the music for Toronto?s Canadian Stage Company?s productions of THE BEARD OF AVON and IT?S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and has spent four seasons composing for The Stratford Festival. Her family musical, THE PRINCESS AND THE HANDMAIDEN, premiered at LKTYP in 2009. Leslie collaborated with Norm Foster on the oft produced THE LAST RESORT and NED DURANGO, and was commissioned to write choral works for both the VIVA Youth Singers and The King Edward Choir.
Music, Dangerous Beauty
Michele Brourman is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose best-known song, ?My Favorite Year?, has been recorded by Michael Feinstein, Margaret Whiting, Cleo Laine, and more. With lyricist Amanda McBroom, she?s written the songs for 18 animated features for Universal Studios, including the beloved ?Land Before Time? series, writing for Reba McIntyre, Michael York, David Carradine, Jodi Benson, Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Corbin Bleu and a host of others. Her work has been featured in television and film and performed by countless cabaret artists, garnering numerous awards and critical acclaim. Brourman?s work for the theater includes the dance and incidental music for the original Broadway production of ?Working?, and the score for the musical ?Dangerous Beauty? (with Amanda McBroom) produced at the Pasadena Playhouse. With Sheilah Rae, she?s created a series of short musicals, five of which have been finalists for the prestigious Heideman Award at the Actors? Theater of Louisville.
Book & Lyrics, Sunfish
MICHAEL COOPER Broadway: It Shoulda Been You (Additional Lyrics), starring Tyne Daly and directed by David Hyde Pierce. Off-Broadway: City Of (Original music, with lyrics by playwright Anton Dudley). MAC Award nominee, 2005 Jonathan Larson Award Winner. BA: Williams College; MFA: NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Sunfish (Co-Book/Lyrics with composer Hyeyoung Kim) Top Jury Honor DIMF, South Korea (2013). Rites of Passage, Museum Pieces, and The Dome (Prospect Theater Company); Lizardman! (Libretto, with music by David Mallamud for The Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire). Selected for NAMT, The ASCAP/Disney Workshop, 4×15 at The Musical Theater Factory, NYTB (Timelines), and the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. Associate producer for ZOMBIE, an award-winning short film based on the Joyce Carol Oates novella, written by and starring Bill Connington. Upcoming: Composing music for The Bourgeoys Constitu tion, with book and lyrics by Anton Dudley. www.michaelcoopermusicandlyrics.com
Book & Lyrics & Music, Jane Austen's Emma
Paul Gordon co-wrote the Broadway musical Jane Eyre, nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score. He won a 2009 Ovation award for his score to Daddy Long Legs and won the 2007 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his book to the musical Emma (NAMT Fest ?06) which has played all across the country. Daddy Long Legs, written with John Caird, has had productions all over the world including London and Tokyo. Being Earnest, written with Jay Gruska, premiered at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley this April. Little Miss Scrooge, written with John Caird and Sam Caird, will premiere at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura this Christmas. paulgordonmusic.com
Lyrics, Dangerous Beauty
Amanda McBroom’s name came to the attention of the public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song, “The Rose” hit number one on the charts. Her songs have been recorded by Barbara Cook, Manhattan Transfer, Judy Collins, Barry Manilow, and Reba McEntyre.
She received a Golden Globe, a Grammy nomination, the Johnny Mercer Songwriter of the Year Award, and the Mabel Mercer Lifetime Achievement Award.
She has written lyrics for 16 Universal Animation features, including the Land Before Time series. She was a featured lyricist for the TV classic series, Cop Rock.
She has written two musicals, Heartbeats, and A Woman of Will, and is lyricist for Dangerous Beauty, which had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Her 9th CD of original songs, “Voices,” has just been released on her label, Gecko Records and went to #1 on Amazon.com in its first week.