The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced today the eight musicals selected to be part of the 24th Annual Festival of New Musicals at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).
This year’s NAMT Festival of New Musicals will present works by 17 writers, including a Tony Award winner (Sheinkin); an Obie, Ed Kleban and two-time Rodgers Award winner (Childs); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award winners (Milburn and Vigoda) and Jonathan Larson Grant recipients (Alter, Collins, Davis, Mizer and Moore, plus two-time winners Childs, Milburn and Vigoda). Alter, Childs, Milburn, Mizer, Moore, Sheinkin and Vigoda are alumni writers from past NAMT Festivals.
The annual Festival of New Musicals attracts theatre producers from around the world for this industry-only event to discover eight new musicals presented in 45-minute staged readings over two days. All production costs are underwritten by NAMT, with no cost to the writing teams. For the ninth consecutive year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals will be presented at the premiere Off Broadway facility New World Stages, located at 340 West 50th Street. A limited number of free seats will be available to the public on a standby basis. Registration for Industry members is free and now open at www.namt.org.
Over 150 musicals were submitted earlier this year by theatres, producers and agents from around the world to the 14-member Festival Selection Committee, comprised of leaders from across the NAMT membership. The Committee uses a blind review process to select eight new musicals that are not only exciting and thought-provoking, but also represent the future of Musical Theatre. The Committee is co-chaired by Heather Schmucker from The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University (IL) and Kevin Moriarty from Dallas Theater Center (TX). Committee members include: Pamela Adams, formerly of Trinity Repertory Company (RI); Joe Barros, New York Theatre Barn (NY); Elise Dewsberry, Academy for New Musical Theatre (CA); Mara Isaacs, McCarter Theatre Center (NJ); Eric Louie, The Old Globe (CA); Søren Møller, The Danish Academy of Musical Theatre (DK); Kent Nicholson, Playwrights Horizons (NY); Steven Peterson, Maine State Music Theatre (ME); Peter Rothstein, Theater Latté Da (MN); Tara Smith, Playing Pretend (NY); and chairs emeriti Donna Lynn Hilton from Goodspeed Musicals (CT) and Steve Stettler from Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (VT).
The 24th Annual Festival of New Musicals is overseen by NAMT New Works Director and Festival Producing Director Branden Huldeen and General Manager Lisa Dozier.
Among the most well-known Festival highlights are Tony Award winners The Drowsy Chaperone and Thoroughly Modern Millie; Off Broadway shows such as See Rock City & Other Destinations, Vanities-a new musical, Ordinary Days, I Love You Because, Ruthless, Songs for A New World, Striking 12, Summer of ’42; and regional successes Ace, Children Of Eden, Jane Austen’s Emma, Harold and Maude, Honk!, Meet John Doe and Tinyard Hill, among others. In the past 24 years, NAMT has introduced over 200 shows and 400 writers to the industry, and almost 75% of these shows have found subsequent productions, tours, licensing agreements and/or cast albums as a direct result of the Festival.