Gerard Alessandrini
(© Tristan Fuge)
Gerard Alessandrini
(© Tristan Fuge)
The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the selections for the 2011 Next Link Project, NYMF's primary writer service program. This year's festival will run September 26-October 16.

Among the entries is Madame X, featuring book, music, and lyrics by Forbidden Broadway's Gerard Alessandrini and Robert Hetzel. This over the top take on Douglas Sirk films and the ever-durable genre of the altruistic, self sacrificing mother is a new twist on John Singer Sargent's classic portrait, Madame X, as she haunts an over-sexed housewife who won't take responsibility for her own hedonism...until it's too late!

Next Link selections also include Blood [By The Mummers], featuring book, music, and lyrics by [By The Mummers]; The Brain That Wouldn't Die! In 3-D!!!, with book and lyrics by T. Sivak and E. Gelman, music by T. Sivak; Date of a Lifetime, with book and lyrics by Carl Kissin, music by Robert Baumgartner Jr.; Jack Perry is Alive (And Dating), with book and lyrics by Harrison David Rivers and Daniella Shoshan, music by Julia Meinwald; and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, with book, music, and lyrics by Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs.

Addditonal selections include Look at This Fucking Hipster, with book by Keythe Farley, music by Lori Scarlett and John Ballinger, and lyrics by Lori Scarlett; Man of Rock with book and lyrics by Daniel Heath, music by Kenneth Flagg; Outlaws, with book by Perry Liu, Joe Calarco and Alastair William King, music by King and Liu, lyrics by Liu; Rio, with book, music, and lyrics by Mitch Magonet and Joey Miller; Time Between Us, with book and lyrics by Brett Schrier and Tess Barker, music by Brett Schrier.

All entries undergo double-blind evaluations by several members of NYMF's reading team, with finalists referred to a grand jury of celebrated industry professionals. This year's jury includes Joe DiPietro (playwright), Tamara Tunie (actress/producer), Anthony Rapp (actor/musician/author), John Carrafa (director/choreographer), Amanda Lipitz (producer), Barbara Freitag (producer), and Michael Starobin (musical orchestrator).

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