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October 25 - 26, 2018

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

Register now for the 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals presented at New World Stages in New York City on October 25 & 26, 2018!

Over the course of two days, 45 minute cuts of eight new musicals will be presented to over 700 industry professionals.  The Festival celebrates what’s next in musical theatre by creating a nurturing environment for discovery, development and advancement of the musical theatre art form.

Already registered? Checkout our Guide to Navigating the Festival.

Musicals

17 Again

Director
Gary Griffin

Music Director
Ben Cohn

Cast
Mallory Elizabeth Bechtel, Caissie Levy, Will Roland, Will Swenson and Marissa Jaret Winokur

Ideal Cast Size: 20

Ideal Band Size: 5

Style: Family Comedy

Synopsis

Life doesn’t always work out the way we want, or expect it to. What would happen if you could turn back the clock to a younger version of yourself and start over? 17 Again—a new musical based on the hit 2009 film starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry—tells the story of a married 35-year-old man who fears his best days have passed him by…until he mysteriously wakes up as a seventeen-year-old high school basketball star with the chance to rewrite the future he believes he was meant to have.

More about 17 Again

A.D. 16

Director
Stephen Brackett

Music Director
Julie McBride

Cast
Greg Hildreth, Hailey Kilgore, Bonnie Milligan and Graham Stevens

Ideal Cast Size: 6f, 6m

Ideal Band Size: 8

Style: Dramedy

Synopsis

A.D. 16 tells the story of what happens when teenage Mary Magdalene falls in love with the boy next door: teenage Jesus. Featuring an R&B score that evokes the best of TLC, En Vogue, Prince and more, this comedic coming-of-age story asks the question: what if your first crush really WAS perfect?

More about A.D. 16

Gun & Powder

Director
Warren Adams

Music Director
Steven Jamail

Cast
Colin Anderson, Allison Blackwell, Rebecca Covington, Liisi LaFontaine, Solea Pfeifffer, Emily Rogers and Ryan Shaw

Ideal Cast Size: 10-16

Ideal Band Size: 9

Style: Western Folktale

Synopsis

Gun & Powder is inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke: African American twin sisters who passed for White and were outlaws. Set in Post-Emancipation Texas, we follow our heroines’ journey of defying racial boundaries and seizing what rightfully belongs to them. They are successful, until a little romance shakes everything up.

More about Gun & Powder

Monstersongs

Illustrations
David O'Neill

Director
Jenn Thompson

Music Director
Emily Marshall

Cast
Sam Cieri, J. Quinton Johnson, Euan Morton, Julia Murney and Luca Padovan

Ideal Cast Size: 4M, 3F

Ideal Band Size: 5

Style: Fantasy Rock Song Cycle

Synopsis

Monstersongs puts audiences in a synthesized world of graphic novels, rock musicals, live performance, and new technology. Following the journey of a child who opens a portal into the psyches of often misunderstood creatures; Monstersongs flips the switch on the monster narrative, inviting audiences to explore the humanity that binds us all.

More about Monstersongs

The River Is Me

Director
Schele Williams

Cast
Jeremy Kushiner

Ideal Cast Size: 9 (4F, 5M)

Ideal Band Size: 5

Style: Drama

Synopsis

The River Is Me is a music theatre ghost memoir centering on Bo—a funny 14-year-old comic book fan—who must recall and reckon with the last moments of his life, which ended when he was brutally lynched for whistling at a white woman in 1955, in order to save the mother he leaves behind.

More about The River Is Me

Row

Director
Anne Kauffman

Music Director
Wiley Deweese

Cast
Jeannette Bayardelle, Andrew Durand, Jo Lampert and Kristen Sieh

Ideal Cast Size: 9

Ideal Band Size: 5

Style: Adventure Drama

Synopsis

In 1998, Tori Murden set out in her homemade rowboat attempting to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo. She unknowingly rowed into the heart of Hurricane Danielle. Row tells a heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of finding your heart in the middle of the ocean.

More about Row

The Wicker Husband

Director
Charlotte Westenra

Music Director
Eli Zoller

Ideal Cast Size: 12

Ideal Band Size: 6

Style: Folk Musical

Synopsis

Woven from an exciting blend of folk music, storytelling and puppetry, The Wicker Husband is a magical story of love, redemption and revenge. It tells the timeless tale of the outsider, of the battle for self-acceptance in a society that constantly reminds us what it means to be “Ugly.”

More about The Wicker Husband

XY

Director
Hunter Bird

Music Director
Jennifer Lin

Cast
Jacob Morrell, Isabella Russo and Miiko Toiviainen

Ideal Cast Size: 6

Ideal Band Size: 7

Style: Comedic Drama

Synopsis

Chris can’t shake Christine. She’s with him everywhere he goes, staring back when Chris looks in the mirror. But when Chris falls in love, the divide between then and now begins to blur. XY is a musical drama about accepting the past and coming home to the most unfamiliar of places: ourselves.

More about XY

Festival Schedule

Thursday, October 25, 2018
9:30 - 10:00 am
Check-in/Registration
10:00 - 10:50 am
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

11:20 am - 12:10 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

12:10 - 1:50 pm
Lunch (on your own)

(don’t forget to check out the Midday Cabaret in the Green Room lounge during lunch both days!)

Green Room Lounge

Midday Cabaret
(Premiere or Select Pass required for entry)

1:50 - 2:40 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

3:10 - 4:00 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3

Songwriter Showcase
(Only open to pre-registered Premiere, Select and Access Pass holders)

Green Room Lounge
Friday, October 26, 2018
9:30 - 10:00 am
Check-in/Registration
10:00 - 10:50 am
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

11:20 am - 12:10 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

12:10 - 1:50 pm
Lunch (on your own)

(don’t forget to check out the Midday Cabaret in the Green Room lounge during lunch both days!)

Green Room Lounge

Midday Cabaret
(Premiere or Select Pass required for entry)

1:50 - 2:40 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

3:10 - 4:00 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3
Green Room Lounge

Open for coffee and networking

4:30 - 5:30 pm
Stage 1
Stage 3

Meet the Writers Panel
(Only open to Premiere and Select Pass Holders)

Green Room Lounge
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Closing Cocktail Party

(For registered Premiere Pass holders only.)

Open bar and the ultimate networking opportunity with this year’s writers and VIPs!

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:00 am
Member's Post-Festival Collaboration Meeting

Registration required–location information will be emailed!

As of 10/2/18. Subject to change!

Writers & Artists

Troy Anthony

Music, The River Is Me

Troy Anthony is a composer, actor and director based in New York City. He and his writing partner Sukari Jones have presented work at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Prospect Theater Company and the Musical Theatre Factory. Commissions include Atlantic Theater Company, The Civilians and Princeton University. Troy has been seen in the Public Theater’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It, as well as Prospect Theater Company’s Tamar of the River. He leads the Public Theater’s Public Works Community Choir and focuses on the intersection between art and social justice at the DreamYard Art Center. He’s a graduate of Otterbein University.

Ross Baum

Music, Gun & Powder

Ross Baum is a composer, performer and music arranger. His musical scores include: Gun & Powder (2018 Richard Rodgers Award, Signature Theatre’s SigWorks Musical Theater Lab), Crowndation: I Will Not Lie To David (National Black Theatre), Anne Frank: My Secret Life and A Letter to Auntie Rosa (Diverging Elements Theatre Company). He was selected as winner of NY City Center’s Sondheim Remix contest and Disney/NMI’s 2018 New Voices Project. As founder and music director of RANGE a cappella, he has provided vocal arrangements for Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Billboard, Playbill, the E! Network, and a YouTube channel totaling 30 million views. Education: MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, NYU; BFA, Syracuse; BMI Workshop. www.rossbaum.net

Bekah Brunstetter

Book, A.D. 16

Bekah Brunstetter ’s plays include The Cake (The Echo), Going to a Place Where You Already Are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage Fall 2016, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe) and Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater.)  She is currently a member of the Echo Theater’s Playwright’s group. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed; I Just Want My Pants Back), ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and Starz’ American Gods. She is currently a Producer on NBC’s This is Us. MFA, The New School for Drama.

Angelica Chéri

Book & Lyrics, Gun & Powder

Angelica Chéri is a playwright, bookwriter/lyricist and screenwriter. Her play Berta, Berta premiered at the 2018 Contemporary American Theater Festival. Plays from her trilogy The Prophet’s Cycle include: The Seeds of Abraham (workshop, Pershing Square Signature Center, 2013, mentored by Lynn Nottage; production, Billie Holiday Theatre, 2014), The Sting of White Roses (production, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, 2016) and Crowndation: I Will Not Lie to David (2018 workshop, National Black Theatre, I Am Soul Residence). She and Ross Baum received the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award for Gun & Powder. Angelica holds a BA in Theater from UCLA, an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU.

Darren Clark

Lyrics & Music, The Wicker Husband

Darren Clark’s musical and lyrical commissions have included: Day of the Living (RSC); Fantastic Mr. Fox (lyrics only for Nuffield Theatre, UK Tour 2016); The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Edinburgh Festival, UK Tour, West End for Scamp Theatre 2016); These Trees Are Made of Blood (Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse). Darren is an associate artist with the children’s theatre company Paper Balloon, writing music and lyrics for all their shows. His collaborations with Rhys Jennings include: The Wicker Husband, which won the Inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016, and Turing, a musical exploring the life of codebreaker Alan Turing.

Daniel Goldstein

Book, Row

Daniel Goldstein is a writer and director based in Brooklyn. He is the winner of the 2016 Kleban Prize for most promising musical theatre librettist. His musical Unknown Soldier, written with the late Michael Friedman, had its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He is currently under commission by Roundabout Theatre Company for a play about Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of The Art of the Deal, called Orange Crush. He is developing a new musical based on the David Lynch film The Straight Story. His work as a director has been seen on and off Broadway and around the world.

Oliver Houser

Book & Lyrics & Music, XY

Oliver Houser is a NY-based actor and musical theatre artist. His work has been performed at The Kennedy Center, The Other Palace Theatre, The NY Musical Festival, the NY Fringe Festival, The SoHo Playhouse, the Kaufman Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below and other venues across the United States. He has developed work at Goodspeed Musicals, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, the ASCAP and BMI Musical Theatre Workshops and the Ucross Foundation. Oliver is a 2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a SongSpace Grant recipient and winner of the ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award for songwriting. He is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. www.oliverhouser.com

Rhys Jennings

Book, The Wicker Husband

Rhys Jennings trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The Wicker Husband, which won the MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016, is Rhys’ first professional credit as a bookwriter. Visiting the US in 2005, he wrote and created a large scale community theatre show called The Color Goblins for the town of Burgaw, North Carolina. As an actor, Rhys has worked extensively on stage and radio, and in 2009 he won the BBC Carleton Hobbs Award. His next collaboration with Darren Clark will be Turing, a biographical piece about WWII codebreaker Alan Turing.

Sukari Jones

Book & Lyrics, The River Is Me

Sukari Jones is a playwright, screenwriter and lyricist whose work explores the intersection of race and power in the United States, with a particular focus on the Black experience in America and complicated mother-daughter relationships. She received her BA from Vassar College, and her MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Memberships: Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Workshop; The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. Sukari’s work has been commissioned/produced at Goodspeed Musicals, Lincoln Center Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, Village Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Joe’s Pub and The Public Theater. Fellowships: W.K. Rose (Vassar College), MacDowell Colony.

Dawn Landes

Lyrics & Music, Row

Dawn Landes is a singer-songwriter whose thoughtful music you might have heard if you watch Bored to Death, House, Gossip Girl or The Good Wife. Along with releasing six albums since 2005 (and an EP inspired by yé-yé, ’60s French pop music), she’s a frequent collaborator with contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones and composer Nico Muhly. She has appeared with the NYC Ballet, TED and Lincoln Center’s prestigious American Songbook Series. Her newest album Meet Me at the River was produced by Country Music Hall of Fame legend Fred Foster and will be released August 2018 on Yep Roc Records.

Cinco Paul

Music and Lyrics, A.D. 16

Cinco Paul, with Ken Daurio, has written the movies Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me 3, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, The Secret Life Of Pets, The Santa Clause 2 and Bubble Boy. He also wrote the lyrics for the six songs in The Lorax, and is the recipient of the ASCAP Sammy Cahn Award for lyric writing and the Harold Arlen Award for the score of Bubble Boy the Musical, the original cast recording of which was recently released on Ghostlight Records. BA in English, Yale University. MFA in Screenwriting, USC.

Marco Pennette

Book, 17 Again

While a student at NYU, Marco Pennette interned for Harold Prince and sold his first script to the sitcom Kate & Allie. Pennette soon relocated to Los Angeles where he created the NBC comedy Caroline in the City. He was also a show runner for series such as Ugly Betty (Emmy nominee) and Desperate Housewives. He currently writes for the CBS comedy Mom. His theater credits include the Off Broadway play Motherhood: Out Loud and the revised book for the 2015 Broadway revival of On the 20th Century. He is currently writing stage adaptations of Return of The Living Dead and the Universal film Death Becomes Her.

Rob Rokicki

Book & Lyrics & Music, Monstersongs

Rob Rokicki is a songwriter, performer, music director and educator. He is the composer/lyricist of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (book by Joe Tracz) which was nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, an Off Broadway Alliance Award and a Lortel Award. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actor’s Equity, and is an alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Other projects: Love, NY, Strange Tails, Relativity (with Michael Ruby) and the graphic novel rock album, Monstersongs (art by David O’Neill). Albums are available on Broadway Records and Great White Wax. BFA, BA University of Michigan. www.robertrokicki.com

Michael Weiner

Lyrics & Music, 17 Again

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

Alan Zachary

Lyrics & Music, 17 Again

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

Hotels & Accommodations

Novotel New York Times Square

226 West 52nd Street
New York, NY

www.accorhotels.com

Novotel New York Times Square is offering Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference attendees standard king rooms for $359/night from October 22 through 25. Rooms are limited and this offer expires on September 28, 2018. See the hotel's website for property details. NAMT organizational members also receive year-round discounts at this hotel (see link below).

To book, click the button above or call 212-315-0100 or email Anissa.Velez@accor.com and by use group code NAT1022.

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Registration

Rates and Deadlines

The Festival is free and open to theatre industry professionals (see details below) or by donation to NAMT. NAMT members receive passes based on their member type (see details below).

Starting October 9, a $20 late registration administrative fee will be applied to all Festival registrations, including NAMT members.This fee helps to offset additional administrative support required during this busy time.

Online registration for the Festival ends on October 21. We strongly encourage you to register online so that we can have your badge ready, and to pick your schedule due to the possibility of individual readings closing due to capacity limits.

Walk-up attendees at New World Stages will be subject to a $30 fee.

Registration Process

All attendees must be registered, and registrations are not transferable. The Festival is also a networking event; each attendee will receive a badge, which gives you entry to the events (there are no tickets). You may register multiple attendees from the same organization on the same form.

Your registration will not be complete until you click the SUBMIT button at the very end of the form and you have paid (if applicable). You will see a confirmation screen and receive an email upon completion.

Non-Member Attendance Eligibility

We define an industry member as anyone currently working professionally in the theatre who can aid in the development of the shows or careers of the writers we present. If you are not a NAMT member, you will be asked when you register to state your affiliation with  another professional organization/group/network, such as TCG, The Broadway League, LORT, ART/NY, etc..

If you are not industry, you may make a donation of $250 or more and receive a special pass to attend the Festival with VIP benefits as our gift (see details below). Please click the Register button below to make this donation and register for the Festival.

Festival Passes

There are four different passes available for the Festival, each with its own level of access and benefits outlined in the chart below. Industry members who are not members of NAMT will be asked to select their pass level when they register. Although a General Pass to the Festival is free to industry professionals, your tax-deductible contribution allows the Festival of New Musicals to create a nurturing environment for the discovery, development and advancement of the new works, at no cost to the writers participating.

Pass Type Chart

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NAMT Member Registration

NAMT member organizations receive a limited number of complimentary Premiere Passes and Select Passes (see chart above).

  • Institutional Voting members receive 4 Premiere Passes and 2 Select Passes
  • Independent Producer Voting members receive 2 Premiere Passes and 2 Select Passes
  • Academic, Developmental and International members receive 2 Premiere Passes and 1 Select Pass
  • Associate Members receive 1 Select Pass

(Not sure what kind of member you are? Check the directory!)

Standby

Public standby lines for those unable to register start 20 minutes prior to each reading. Standby seating is limited and is not guaranteed.

Fall Conference

The Fall Conference is a separate event open to NAMT members and invited guests only. Those attendees may register for both events at once using this registration form. Or visit the Fall Conference section of the website for more details.

Thank You, 30!

In addition to the Conference and Festival, this year we’re kicking things off with a special gala event celebrating the first 30 years of NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals. You may purchase tickets for Thank You, 30! when you register for the Conference and Festival, all on the same easy form.


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Guidelines

Participation Guidelines

NAMT is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diversity of experiences, talents, skills, cultures and opinions that our members bring to our community, and specifically to our events. We invite you to participate in the Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals in a spirit of open-mindedness, curiosity and respect.

We want every NAMT event to be a safe, inclusive and productive environment for all participants. In that spirit, we ask you to…

  • Be inclusive, actively seeking and inviting diverse perspectives
  • Listen to understand
  • Participate in an active and direct way, with professionalism and respect for others
  • Be considerate, kind, constructive and helpful in your language and actions
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and language
  • Respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other attendees

NAMT staff and Board may take action (up to and including expulsion with no refund and exclusion from future events) to redress disruptive, disrespectful or offensive behavior or any other actions deemed in conflict with the above guidelines.

Thank you to every NAMT community member for helping to make all of our events informative, inclusive and respectful.