34th Annual Festival of New Musicals
October 20 - 21, 2022
The 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals will be presented at New World Stages in New York City on October 20th & 21st, 2022. Register now!
Over the course of two days, 45-minute cuts of eight new musicals will be presented to over 600 industry professionals. Selected from a careful review process, the Festival celebrates what’s next in musical theatre and the incredible stories and artists that are leading the way.
Baked! The Musical
Cast Size: 8-10
Band Size: 4-piece pop band with strings
Genre & Style:
When she doesn’t receive the scholarship that would send her to her dream school, Jane Huang, with her best friend and the class degenerate, secretly builds a Chinese bakery cannabis edible empire. Baked! The Musical is a reflection on failure, self-worth, and what we owe the people we love.
Total Cast Size: 8
Orchestra Breakdown: 3-5
Genre & Style:
On August 14th, 2003, Toronto was plunged into chaos when the largest blackout in North American history left millions stranded in the dark. Inspired by real events, Blackout tells three stories of hope, resilience, and connection that unfold when the city is dark, and strangers band together to find the light.
The Female Pope
Ideal Cast Size: 9
Ideal Band Size: 9
Genre & Style:
The Female Pope is highly disputed story about a woman in the 9th century who rose to the papacy. A young girl’s father – desperate to keep her safe – disguises her as a boy, with the promise of an education. This unlocks a passion for learning that propels her to the most powerful position in the world. A stunning achievement that threatens the very existence of the Catholic Church itself
Get Out Alive
Ideal cast size: 4
Ideal band size:9
Genre & Style:
An Autobiographical Afrogoth musical
Nikki Lynette’s new autobiographical afrogoth musical raises mental health awareness through the lens of an underground concert. With music that is equal parts punk, hip hop, alternative rock, and pop, Nikki’s true story shows that when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.
King of Pangaea
Total Cast Size: 6
Orchestra Breakdown: 5 (Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Violin)
Genre & Style:
The musical style of King of Pangaea is folk rock. The overall tone of the show is whimsical, reverent, upbeat, and honest.
After a sudden loss shatters his world apart, twenty-one year old Christopher Crow travels back to the imaginary island of his childhood in hopes of finding answers that will bring the pieces back together. King of Pangaea explores the rich, complicated, and at times beautiful world of loss, examining what it means to become king or queen of one’s own heart.
Total Cast Size: 7
Orchestra Breakdown: 8 (piano, guitar, electric bass, drums, 2 violins, viola, cello)
Genre & Style:
Futurism, Climate Change
In the not-too-distant future, The Pelican Bar is almost all that remains of a Florida coastal town devastated by climate change. When a new category of hurricane approaches, the few offbeat residents that remain must make a choice: exchange their freedom for safety in a nearby Corporate City or risk the storm to keep their town alive. Brimming with raucous melodies and deep grooves, humor and heartbreak, The Pelican is a musical that shines with the colorful chaos of Florida.
Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls
Cast Size: 8-24
Ideal Band Size: 6
Genre: social commentary, historical, political, through composed, feminist
Genre & Style:
Featuring an all-women+ cast and an original through-composed 1920-2020s mashup score, Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls tells the true story of the capitalist exploitation and knowing radium poisoning of workers by the U.S. Radium Corporation—and the women who fought back.
Pup! A Chew Story
Total Cast Size: 18
Orchestra Breakdown: 9 musicians (Key 1, Key 2, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Cello, Trumpet, Sax)
Genre & Style:
Dark Comedy (*contains adult language)
Is finding a forever home at the heart of every dog? Or are they meant for greater things? The strength of friendship is put to the ultimate test when two inseparable companions — a tri-pawed pit bull and his chew toy — embark on a quest for a forever home in Hollywood.
Thursday, October 20, 2022 (All times ET)
(don’t forget to check out the Midday Cabaret in the Green Room lounge during lunch both days!)
Green Room Lounge
(Premiere or Select Pass required for entry)
Friday, October 21, 2022 (All times ET)
(don’t forget to check out the Midaay Cabaret in the Green Room lounge during lunch both days!)
Green Room Lounge
(Premiere or Select Pass required for entry)
Songwriters Showcase on Stage 4
(Only open to pre-registered Premiere, Select and Access Pass holders)
Green Room Lounge
For registered Premiere Pass holders only.
Open bar and the ultimate networking opportunity with this year’s writers and VIPs!
Saturday, October 22, 2022 (All times ET)
At this meeting, NAMT organizational members interested in working on Festival shows will have a chance to talk about future collaborations and development. Exact time and location TBD. Watch your email for details, and please select the meeting on your schedule if you’re interested in attending so we have a head-count.
As of 8/9/22. Subject to change!
Writers & Artists
Lyrics and Libretto, The Female Pope
Shannon Burkett is an actor, writer, and producer based in NYC. Acting: Broadway – The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (Arthur Miller, starring Patrick Stewart). Off-Broadway – The Atlantic, The Flea, Soho Rep, New Georges, WPA, Playwrights, as well as commercial runs. Librettest/Lyricist: The Female Pope (music: Heather Christian, O’Neill Semifinalist, NAMT 2022), So You Wanna be a Porn Star: a story of sex love and rock-n-roll, (music: Peter Salett), and The Cult. Productions: music video (Winner: Best Music Video at Los Angeles Movie Awards) and sold-out benefit cabarets (Laurie Beechman – Breast Cancer Awareness Month). www.shannonburkett.com
Music, The Female Pope
Heather Christian is a Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Obie Award winning composer/performer making music centered shows and rituals. She is a 2021 Richard Rodgers Award winner and Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellow. Recent composing/performing credits include her own work Oratorio for Living Things (Ars Nova), Animal Wisdom (The Bushwick Starr, Wooly Mammoth, ACT) I am Sending You the Sacred Face (Theater In Quarantine), Prime: A Practical Breviary (Playwrights Horizons Soundstage). She has released 11 records, teaches vocal-based music composition at NYU, and can be seen regularly in concert halls and dive bars as Heather Christian & the Arbornauts. www.heatherchristian.bandcamp.com
Book & Lyrics, Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls
Sara Cooper is a Playwright-Lyricist. Highlights: Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls, Richard Rodgers Award (2022), Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (2021), New York Theatre Barn New Works (2021), 5X15, Beck Center/Baldwin Wallace (2021), NAMT 15-Minute Challenge (2020); ASCAP Foundation Lucille and Jack Yellen Award (2021); HoT, Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals (2022), Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove (2020); The Memory Show, LAMB Theatre (2022), New Bard, London (2016), Transport Group (2013), WaterGateMedia, Seoul (2012-2013), Barrington Stage Company (2010), NAMT (2010); Barrington Stage Spark Grant (2020); Elevator Heart, Moxie Arts (2019), Tisch (2016); Jonathan Larson Grant (2014). MFA GMTWP, NYU. Dramatists Guild, ASCAP. http://saracooper.me
Steven Gallagher is a Toronto based writer, director, and actor. Blackout, written with Anton Lipovetsky premiered in 2021 in Toronto’s High Park, co-produced by The Musical Stage Company and The Canadian Stage Company. His play Stealing Sam was seen at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2021 and at the 2014 New York United Solo Theatre Festival where it was awarded Best Drama. Memorial, winner of the Trafalgar 24 Play Festival, premiered in Toronto in 2013. His musical Pollyanna, written with composer Linda Barnett, was shortlisted for the 2016 Playwrights Guild of Canada Best New Musical Award. He is the recipient of the Aubrey & Marley Dan Fund for New Musicals and a Harold Award.
Lyrics & Music, The Pelican
Dylan Glatthorn is a Brooklyn based composer & lyricist. Original musicals: The Pelican, Edison, & Bittersweet Lullaby (licensed through MTI). Dylan has written music for nine feature films, numerous shorts, documentaries and commercials for clients such as Lindt, Nickelodeon, Oakley, Red Bull, Alessi, & PBS. Composed & arranged for Diana DeGarmo’s GEMINI; co-producer & arranger for LOLO’s X and upcoming lauren. Awards: New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Sound Design, Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music in Film, Best Original Score at First Run Film Festival, & two-time recipient of the Alan Menken Award. Member: ASCAP, Theatre Now’s Musical Writers Lab & The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. www.dylanglatthorn.com
Book & Lyrics & Music, Baked! The Musical
Deepak Kumar is a playwright, composer, and lyricist based in the Bay Area, CA. His work most often deals with Asian-Americans grappling with the messiness of their identities as they relate to their unique American experiences. His work has been produced by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (NPC22), Underscore Theatre Company in Chicago, the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO), Musical Theatre Factory, and PACE University in NYC, Faultline Theatre in San Francisco, and Shotgun Players in Berkeley, CA. He is a Eugene O’Neill NMTC Semifinalist, a Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semifinalist, and a 2022 Macdowell Colony Fellow.His first show (co-written with Jord Liu), Baked! The Musical, was produced in Chicago as part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival where it had a sold out run and won awards for best lyrics, best lead performer, best supporting performer, and best ensemble. He has worked with Underscore Theatre Company, the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) and Shotgun Players.
Book & Lyrics, The Pelican
Will Lacker is a New York City based playwright & lyricist originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. Original Works: The Pelican, Bittersweet Lullaby (licensed through MTI), Catch the Westbound, Edison, The Invasion, The Custodian, and Trials of a Scientific Mind. His works have been produced at theaters and festivals around the country, including The Player’s Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall, The Flea, NYC Fringe, Woodstock Fringe, Alexandra Film Festival, and Gen Con Film Festival. Will earned a BA from Marymount Manhattan, an MFA from Queens College, and is a graduate of the UCB improv school. Member: Theatre Now’s Musical Writers Lab, Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP. www.wlacker.com
Lyrics & Music, Blackout
Anton Lipovetsky is a composer and lyricist from Vancouver, Canada. He is currently a Crescendo Series Artist at Toronto’s Musical Stage Company. Anton has been commissioned to write music and/or lyrics for ten original musicals, including Blackout, Cowboy Tempest Cabaret, Ordinary (Musical Stage), This Is It (Nashville Children’s Theatre), and Way Out There (YES Theatre). Three of Anton’s musicals have been shortlisted for the Playwright’s Guild of Canada Musical Award. As an actor, Anton has performed on stages across Canada, including the NAC and the Stratford Festival. He is a graduate of Studio 58 and Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory.
Book & Lyrics & Music, Baked! The Musical
Jord Liu is a theater maker, musician, and creative technologist based in San Francisco CA whose work centers collaborative engagement with art. She has worked with Underscore Theater in Chicago, the Chicago Musical Theater Festival, the New York Musical Festival, the Musical Theater Factory and National Asian American Theater Company (NAATCO) in New York, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, and SFBATCO, FaultLine Theater and Z-Space in San Francisco.
Book & Lyrics & Music, Get Out Alive
Nikki Lynette is a social impact artist who fuses mental health activism into her performances, filmmaking, and visual art. With her musical about depression Get Out Alive she made history as the first black female playwright to be produced by American Music Theatre Project and the first AMTP work to debut at Steppenwolf. The film adaptation of Get Out Alive has won 3 awards. A proud ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), her first TEDx Talk, hosted by Princeton University, was an opportunity for her to share how her punk culture roots aided her suicide recovery.
Music, Pup! A Chew Story
Robin Schäfer (Composer) is a songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who resides in Cologne, Germany. He had considered himself only a semi-professional musician, while pursuing a career in business administration, until 2018, when he decided to do music full-time. Over the years Schäfer played and composed in several original bands of various genres. Currently he focuses on his own Singer/Songwriter project, ROBIN SHEPHERD, and the instrumental Soul-Funk band MALAKO ZOO. He also works as a session musician and music teacher.
Lynne Shankel – As composer: bare: The Musical (additional music); Red Velvet (original music, The Old Globe), HoT (Goodspeed Festival of New Works 2022, Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Grove 2020, New York Theatre Barn New Works Series 2020) Perpetual Sunshine & the Ghost Girls (2022 Richard Rodgers Award, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 2021, 5×15 Festival 2021). As composer/lyricist: Postcard American Town (SDSU New Works Initiative winner 2020, New York Theatre Barn New Works Series 2019, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 2018). 2021 ASCAP Lucille and Jack Yellen Award. Album: Bare Naked on Yellow Sound Label. Lynne teaches Musical Theatre Composition at the University of Michigan. Lynneshankel.com
Marcus Terrell Smith
Book & Lyrics, Pup! A Chew Story
Marcus Terrell Smith (Book/Lyrics) graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Linguistics. The following year he was accepted into the Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS) at Pace University in New York City, receiving an MFA in Acting. After graduating, he joined the national tour of Broadway’s Book of Mormon. Smith then moved to Los Angeles, where he diversified his talents as an actor on TV/Film and continued his work in theater. He is also a prolific storyteller, currently writing narrative lore for League of Legends (Riot Games) and Magic: The Gathering.
Book & Lyrics & Music, King of Pangaea
Martin Storrow believes that creativity lives at the heart of everything. A prolific artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, Martin has released six records and a collection of poems, and has played more than a thousand concerts across the US and in Africa, Australia, and the Middle-East. His original music has been featured in film and television shows on NBC, Starz, and Netflix. King of Pangaea is Martin’s first musical, and was inspired by his lived experience.
Hotels & Accommodations
Yotel New York Times Square
570 Tenth Avenue at W 42nd Streetwww.yotel.com
The Yotel New York Times Square is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals participants Premium Queen Cabins for $259/night (plus taxes and fees) for the nights of October 17 through October 21, 2022. Book by October 3, 2022 to get this offer. (Rates are good two days before and after these dates subject to availability.)
The Yotel is a unique hotel experience just steps from the Pershing Square Signature Center and a 15-minute walk to New World Stages. Yotel appeals to those who find traditional hotels uninspiring, searching for a different experience and not just a great sleep. They deliver that experience to Generation YO through awesome people, smart design and the creative use of technology, providing unique spaces, each with their own personality, connected by a sense of community, all delivered with a touch of fun and tons of passion.
Click here to book by October 3. If asked for a code, enter G2210NATION1.
Margaritaville New York Times Square
560 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
The Margaritaville Resort New York Times Square is offering Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals participants Standard King Rooms for $315/night (plus taxes and fees) for the nights of October 17 through October 21, 2022. Book by September 17, 2022 to get this offer. (Rates are good two days before and after these dates subject to availability.)
A tropical oasis in the heart of New York City, Margaritaville Resort Times Square invites you to get on island time — in world-famous Times Square. Whether you’re kicking back in your breezy room or suite, lounging poolside on the rooftop deck with a frozen concoction, or taking a culinary tour through the Caribbean at our restaurants, this relaxing retreat is your passport to paradise. And when you’re ready for adventure, you’ll find many of the city’s most famous attractions within walking distance, including the theaters of Broadway, Central Park, and the iconic Empire State Building.
This rate includes:
- Priority Access to the Pool
- Two bottles of water daily
- Wi-Fi access
- 24-hour access to the FINS UP! Fitness Center
- In-room coffee
- Luggage storage
- In-room Chromecast, Netflix, Hulu
Click here to book by September 27.
Hotel Offers Available for NAMT Members
NAMT members have access to discounted rates at multiple Midtown Manhattan hotels year-round. Visit the Discounts and Deals page and log in for details and to book one of these great hotels now.
Additional hotel offers for the week of the Fall Conference and Festival of New Musicals coming soon.
Please read below for details about who may attend the Festival of New Musicals and how to register. Then click the button at the bottom the page when you’re ready to proceed! The registration form will also walk you through the process by asking you questions.
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 11, 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 16 at 11:59 pm. 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. Please allow extra time to register and have your badge printed.
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.. General passes to the Festival are free to industry members as defined above. You may receive upgraded access as our thanks for a donation to support the Festival (see below).
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 all on one single form.
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. Capacity at Festival presentations is limited, and a VIP pass guarantees your admission. In addition, while 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 new works, at no cost to the writers participating.
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NAMT Member Registration
NAMT member organizations receive a limited number of complimentary Premiere Passes and Select Passes as part of their member benefits:
- 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!)
Public standby lines for those ineligible to register start forming 20 minutes prior to each reading. Standby seating is limited and is not guaranteed.
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.
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 all of our Conferences, Roundtables, Festivals and other events, both online and in-person, 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
- Recognize that some people are comfortable responding quickly and verbally and others are not, and create space for those who may need more time to be heard
- 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
- Use “I” statements and avoid generalizations
- Assume good intentions but acknowledge impact
- Ask questions if something isn’t clear, and receive both questions and answers with openness and generosity
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and language
- Respect confidentiality requests by speakers and other participants
We 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 perceived by NAMT staff and/or Board to be in conflict with the above guidelines.
We know that learning and working together can produce both joy and conflict. We recognize that to learn is to stumble, and we are striving to provide a space for risk, creativity, respect, appreciation, growth and collaboration. When addressing conflicts of any type, we commit to these Participation Guidelines.
Thank you to every NAMT community member for helping to make all of our events informative, inclusive and respectful.
COVID-19 policies will be set in accordance with our host venue’s policy at the time of the event, as well as New York City and State regulations, and theatre industry best practices. These are subject to change at any time!
As of June 27, 2022, we are strongly encouraging but not requiring masks when not eating/drinking, and encouraging all attendees to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. This policy may change at any time, so please be sure to check your pre-Festival emails.
If you’re planning to attend theatre, restaurants, museums, etc., policies vary by venue, so always check ahead of time.