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Welcome to the Hamptons, where fireworks are about to go off – guests are gathering at the old Jordan estate at 210 Amlent Avenue for Fourth of July Festivities with their host, Mrs. Jordan, a retired actress. But one unexpected guest, Judah, a young poet, will soon ignite a firestorm of events. In his search for the truth, he will unearth long-kept secrets that will lead to unexpected consequences. This compelling new musical is inspired by the stylish storytelling of Ibsen, Chekov, and O'Neill.
Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the return of The New York Musical Improv Festival (NYMIF), now in its seventh year.
Ranging from traditional musical theatre fare to adrenaline-pumping rap battles, past festivals have showcased powerhouse groups such as Baby Wants Candy (with cast members whose credits including Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and The Colbert Report), The Improvised Sondheim Project (comprised entirely of performers and faculty from legendary improv training ground, The Second City in Chicago) as well as hip-hop improv darlings North Coast (recently featured in Time Out New York).
A disillusioned teen idol from a small southern town returns home on the eve of the centennial celebration and realizes he's left more behind than gospel and grits. But is what Jeremiah feels love or just nostalgia? His return upends the town. Aunt Leona takes advantage and shines a light on her veteran gospel group as they put a new spin on ol' time gospel. She comforts Jeremiah saying, "You have to make your own music, sing your own song." The message of this romantic comedy is reflected in the style of its music – acappella.
The Mo Show chronicles one woman's journey with reincarnation as she finds the meaning of self-love. She is accompanied by the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman, her Jiminy Cricket-esque conscience. The show is a unique compilation of a song cycle and cabaret act, but more than anything, it tells a great story of self-acceptance. She journeys from a 1920s serial killer burlesque dancer, leading into a hopeless romantic living a grim fairytale in the 1950s, followed by a 1970s hippie lesbian drummer chick on a mission to find free love.
Beyond Words celebrates the intangible power of musical theatre to express what words alone cannot say. When speaking will no longer suffice, we are moved to sing, and the inhibitions of the real world fade away. Beyond Words is a transcending showcase of original musical theatre, where music gives life to what can only be expressed through the freedom of song.
Blizzard: A Love Story is a serio-comic look at love and letting go. When an epic snowstorm shuts the city down, Ian shows up at his ex-girlfriend's door looking for a place to crash and a chance to revive their relationship. With the weather forcing them together, Ian and Lacey are forced to confront their past. And though it's clear they love each other, this love provides no shelter – for them the storm outside reflects their love; beautiful and oh so destructive.
Blizzard: A Love Story will be running with two other one-acts for a full evening of theater. The program will also showcase Years May Go By… by Julie Hayes and Trust in Chariots by Roderic Wachovsky.
"We can always use a brand new legend in this old world and now we have one. The Calico Buffalo." Liz Smith, syndicated columnist — When the first-born son to the chief of all buffalo arrives covered with the markings of a calico kitten, the chief, his son, and the entire buffalo nation are catapulted into the adventure of a lifetime. The Calico Buffalo is a compelling theatrical experience. From the first musical moment, Grammy® Award-winning composer Peter Stopschinski lets us know we are in for one wonder-filled ride.
Claudio Quest is a new musical comedy that follows a very super hero, his less super little brother, and one butt-kicking princess, as the three embark on a mission to overcome killer eggplants, a love-starved platypus, and their own 8-bit existential crisis.
One year after their friend Gabriel's death, four young men return to the lake house they had spent their summers growing up in. Gabriel's family has finally put the house up for sale and the boys have come to say goodbye. However, the tranquility of November on the Lake Erie coastline does not linger for long as tensions rise. Fingers are pointed about the night of their friend's tragic death. Moments of silence are broken onstage as the minds of these young men explode into song.
Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera is a story of love, loss, and indecision where sweethearts become adversaries in pursuit of what they cannot live without. Told entirely through continuous, haunting rock and roll, Deep Love features Jon Peter Lewis from American Idol, his bandmate from The Voice Ryan Hayes (of the group Midas Whale), and Amy Whitcomb from The Voice and The Sing-Off. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, it promises to delight all ages. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed in their best funeral attire.
Every August, performing arts pilgrims converge on the cultural mecca of Edinburgh. Catch our North American companies before they make the journey across the pond in the closest thing to Festival Fringe this side of the Atlantic.
East to Edinburgh returns to 59E59 with shows in both Theater B and C giving North American shows the opportunity to fine-tune their acts. As in Edinburgh, the programming is not curated, the technical elements are kept to minimum, and all shows begin promptly at their advertised time!
Repurposing the Russian blogosphere's sneering nickname for a perverted Europe, Gayropa centers on the effort to obtain recognition of a glittering new nation whose population will consist of all the world's LGBT people. Yet what is intended as a way to protect those facing oppression and violence soon inspires a slew of competing visions for the country. Giving voice to Russian activists, marriage enthusiasts, politically-minded show queens, and young people struggling for survival, Gayropa is about building a global community that defies borders.
Eric is writing a musical about his life. But instead of actors, he's using voices...the voices in his head. Frustrated with his own writing and his relationship with his mother, Eric brings his "HeadVoices" to life, and together they begin to musicalize his story. Headvoice is a funny, touching, and original musical that tells the story of a young composer growing up and discovering love, loss, and the power of music.
Trapped on a stalled subway car, six strangers discover it's not just the train that's stuck. A poignant musical comedy about making connections, living in the moment, and moving on in life. Oh, and one more thing: a woman just went into labor.
Award-winning and iTunes Pop Chart-ing songwriter Joey Contreras brings his brand of musical pop to NYMF. Inspired by the spectacle of award show performances, this one-night-only concert will present Joey's catchy and emotionally charged music in a way it's never been heard before. The evening will also feature a host of special guests including Broadway's Ben Fankhauser and Adam Kaplan. Don't miss out on experiencing this exciting new voice on the scene!
The Last Time We Were Here, an intimate new folk rock musical, transports us to a world of dimly lit bars in which a single moment can be transformed into a lingering memory by no more than a guitar and a mic. Jacob, a singer-songwriter on a path toward super-stardom, struggles to make sense of the big moments in his life – most notably the end of his relationship with Grace, a passionate woman fascinated by a romance from the past. Two other characters weave the stories of other couples into this powerful blend of music, love letters, and poetry.
PROGRAM A - July 10th
Full Length Play:
A Perfect Robot by Sarah Saltwick, directed by Jesse Kane-Hartnett Ten Minute Plays:
Ghost Hypothesis by Maximillian Gill, directed by Kelly Johnston
Mars One Project by Jennifer Roberts, directed by Laura Hirschberg
Ruby, Now and Again by Anne Maria Wynter, directed by Matt Barbot
Blueberries Weep by David L. Williams, directed by Suzanne Agins
PROGRAM B - July 11th
Full Length Play:
Still Quiet by Emily Dendinger, directed by Ariel Francoeur
Ten Minute Plays:
Boldly Go by Matt Barbot, directed by Laura Hirschberg
Jesus Saves by Eoin Carney directed by Matt Barbot
The Offer by Bella Poynton, directed by Ariel Francoeur
Searching by Owen Panettieri directed by Kelly Johnston
Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series Award, this Latin-infused American musical is inspired by the true story of a Princeton undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant from the Dominican Republic. When Manuel gets a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford, he's faced with the realization that he can't leave the USA. He takes on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime: the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is Manuel worthy? No one is spared in this political comedy that pulls no punches about immigration reform and the American Dream.
Moses Man powerfully portrays the indomitable spirit of survival as it recounts the true saga of a Holocaust survivor, chronicling his perilous nine-year journey throughout Europe, Cyprus, Palestine, and Africa before finally finding freedom and home in America. Moses Man, based on the historically significant implications of the displacement of those facing persecution during the Holocaust, also reflects the contemporary dilemmas faced by each of us, aiming to instigate consideration, conversation, and education.
There are icons, and those who help make them. Talleyrand is a master politician operating in the shadows. He thinks he can manage the man he's grooming for greatness. But there's one thing Talleyrand can't control – Napoleon's obsession with Josephine. In the battle to come, two of the three will be known forever. One will emerge as the devil incarnate.
BAM's Next Wave Festival has permanently changed the artistic landscape, featuring breakout performances and landmark productions. Using a name that plays on the New Wave in French cinema, BAM president and executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein launched a series entitled "The Next Wave/New Masters" in November 1981 with four productions: three dance works, plus Philip Glass' new opera Satyagraha. A more ambitious program followed in 1982, including a two-evening performance work by Laurie Anderson entitled United States: Parts I-IV.
The success of these first two years helped propel a bolder and riskier program in the years to come—one that has defined BAM and an entire generation of artists. Current Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo was the producing director of the Next Wave in its inception and continues to spearhead BAM's adventurous programming roster with emerging and established artists, including Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Robert Wilson, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, and Lev Dodin.
Two guys, both named Michael, spend a rainy Saturday night lying on the floor of an empty apartment reading comic books – and testing the limits of their brand new friendship. Their own secret histories and future hopes begin to surface through conversations about the Omega Kids, a ragtag group of super-powered teens, and all of the reboots and retcons, apocalypses and alternate universes from all their years in print. It's a play about telling other people's stories in order to tell your own, and what happens when the barrier between fiction and reality starts to blur.
Set in the small rural town of Jacksonia, Wisconsin, the story follows the relationship of Jenny Zimmermann, an ambitious writer, and Edison Wolters, a young man who works on his family's farm. The two have grown up together and now, as they are graduating from high school, they must decide what comes next. Will they plan a life together or follow their own separate dreams? Backed by a contemporary folk band, Passing By is rich with floating melodies, lively rhythms, and memorable songs.
Pope! An Epic Musical is an award-winning musical comedy of superhero proportions. It tells the tale of a young, idealistic, rock-star Pope, and his ambitious nemesis, the Archbishop, who will stop at nothing to wear Pope's Mitre. In this comic book world, the papal masses are charmed at first, but Pope soon learns that a few well-placed enemies can overpower a few million fans. When the tyrannical Archbishop sweeps in and seizes power, the world cries out for a hero…and only Pope can answer the call! Good and evil collide in this rambunctious, Shakespearean power struggle where lines must be drawn, sides must be taken, and confrontations must be musical!
Get real and get ready for an original adult musical comedy about real men behaving like...well...real men. It's a madcap, musical romp through manhood, shared with women, children, and yes, even puppets. Real men, who make a habit of juggling their balls every day: fatherhood, mid-life crisis, dating, marriage, potency, sexuality...and the lack of it. Real Men answers the one pertinent question on everyone's mind, "Do real men sing and play with puppets?" Get real! You'd better believe they do.
Katy may live in a tiny trailer park, but that doesn't stop her from having enormous dreams. As a single mother, living with her own single mother, she does all she can to get her son out of their "single wide" situation. This includes avoiding all men, especially the type who left her there in the first place. But when her son befriends the reclusive new move-in two trailers down, Katy sees something different in him that makes her take a second look.
Paris, 1847. Songs For The Fallen takes you through the extraordinary life of Marie Duplessis – courtesan, party girl, liar, and legend – from desperate poverty to her meteoric rise as the most notorious woman in France. Part vaudeville, part cabaret, part MTV-goes-Baroque, it is the wild and hilarious tale of a woman who knew one thing: good girls don't make history. The unbelievable tale that inspired The Lady of the Camellias, La Traviata, and Moulin Rouge!, Songs For The Fallen is an invitation to the decadent final party of the real-life woman.
Spot on the Wall tells the story of one family's search for expression and empathy inside a museum. Paul Hunter, a talented photographer, is about to have an exhibition of his work at the museum – but when his artwork focuses on his mother's recent lost battle with cancer, his family finds out how difficult it can be to face your pain and your past. With allusions to Greek mythology and a contemporary score, Spot on the Wall reminds us to delve into the ugly truth and look for the beauty.
Summer Shorts is an annual event where audiences can get reacquainted with some of their favorite American playwrights, and discover new talent.
At the Summer Valley Fair you can be anyone you want to be...right? Aching for more than the blue glow of 432 friends, one sixteen-year-old girl trades the safety of her attic for roller coaster screams, laser light nights, boys who might be real, and supermoon girls who definitely aren't. Summer Valley Fair is the great hope that even without uploading, we can sing ourselves into existence.
SummerStage is an outdoor festival of the arts held each year at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Performances are mostly free, with the exception of a few big name benefit concerts that help fund the free SummerStage programming.
For a detailed schedule of events, click the link below.
Tales From Geriassic Park – On the Verge of Extinction, returns to The United Solo Theatre Festival for an Encore Performance. Last year, the production won an award for Best Comedic Script and played to sold-out houses at the United Solo Festival. Tales From Geriassic Park is written and performed by Verna Gillis. Eva Tenuto who is the Executive Director of the TMI Project, directs.
Former child "star" and current NYC-based award-winning writer and performer Tim Realbuto (The Sopranos, The Emperor's Club) returns to NYMF in this deeply personal, hilarious, and poignant show based on his life growing up in show business. After touring Wunderkind throughout NYC (including sold out runs at Joe's Pub and 54 Below) and across the country, Tim brings his newest (and final) version of the show to NYMF, where his musical Ghostlight premiered in 2011. Expect an evening full of original songs, covers, and special guests.
Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this indie-rock album musical follows a broken songwriter on a madcap cab ride into a soundless world to save his muse from the hands of a lonely fangirl. Set in a heightened version of late '90s Nebraska, To Hell and Back is a story of love stronger than death, exploring such themes as loss, the hero complex, finding inspiration, and the wonderful fear of taking that first new step forward.
Join Marzullo and friends as they musically explore life, love, sex, and other worldly things in this staged concert of Steve Marzullo's music, with lyrics and poems by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, W. B. Yeats, Katherine Lench Meyering, Amanda Yesnowitz, and many others.
Join Tony® and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/lyricist Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then, High Fidelity) for a one-night-only concert event featuring music from an array of projects, both old and new. Kitt will be joined by singers from his pop and musical theatre projects, along with some special guests and a few surprises!
Based on the Olympic skating "knee whack" scandal, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera is the story of two girls going for the gold. Produced in Boston, LA, and Portland, OR, it's drawn strong reviews ("Brilliant and touching"; "Absurdly funny...surprisingly poignant"; "Black Swan on ice"). The show has inspired its own media madness on Good Morning America, ESPN Hollywood, NPR, CBS, the AP, and more. It's a dark comedy done with heart.
NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation winner Kathryn Allison (Broadway's Aladdin) and first runner-up Paul Ianniello team up for a one-night-only concert event, Under Construction. An outrageously funny and diverse evening of song and stories, Under Construction celebrates what it is to be a living work in progress, both on and off the stage. Kathryn and Paul share the stage with surprise musical guests and a full band. Creative team includes director Joey Murray (The Broadway Dolls, Can-Can), and musical director Andrew Wheeler (Naked Boys Singing), who are both returning to The New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In her revelatory show, Broadway's Karen Mason offers a different riff on the age-old question, "Is it the singer or is it the song?" Namely: "Is it the singer… or is it the accompanist?" In this funny, tuneful, and deeply moving portrait of friendship and recovery, Karen explores her sixteen-year relationship with her musical director/arranger, Brian Lasser, whose life was tragically cut short in the 1990s. Co-written with Barry Kleinbort, Unfinished Business With Karen Mason is an unforgettable theatrical experience set to a throbbing musical beat.
The mischievous and magical adventure of Peter Pan is retold from Wendy's modern-day perspective with a contemporary folk/rock score. With Book by Jason Cannon and Music and Lyrics by David Maglione & Tomas Ruiz, Wendy's Shadow takes the audience back to Neverland – where dreams are born, and time is never planned – and asks if it's ever possible to leave the one you loved.
In Storyville, New Orleans, young prostitute Cora Covington falls in love with Apolline Albert, a beautiful Creole woman, and draws her into a life of prostitution. When Apolline's husband returns from up North and wants her back, a desperate Cora will do anything to keep her from leaving. This special concert event will feature a 12-piece orchestra playing a score reflective of American music as operetta, ragtime, tango, and blues meet in a brothel at the dawn of jazz.
Join us for a one-night-only concert event as we celebrate the women writers who are changing the landscape of musical theatre. Featuring dynamic sounds and incredible performers, don't miss this one-of-a-kind annual NYMF event as we honor the ladies who are making theatre sing! The evening will include songs by Deborah Abramson, Lynn Ahrens, Barbara Anselmi, Carmel Dean, Zina Goldrich, Amanda Green, Marcy Heisler, Anna K. Jacobs, Kait Kerrigan, Zoe Sarnak, Georgia Stitt, Shaina Taub, Jeanine Tesori, and more.