The New York Musical Theatre Festival presents Broadway Idol. The nine contestants competing for the title of Broadway Idol and a NYMF-produced showcase concert at Ars Nova are Shannon Amiry, Elizabeth DeRosa, Saum Eskandani, Jaclyn Huberman, Beth Kirkpatrick, Terry Lavell, Jamieson Lindenburg, Jeff McLean and Katie Thompson. None of the contestants have never appeared on Broadway.
ROUND ONE: My Favorite Things-Friday, September 15 @ 11:00 PM. Contestants will each sing a Broadway song of their choice and be critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges followed by an audience vote on favorites. The six with the most votes go on to Round Two.
ROUND TWO: Anyone Can Idol-Friday, September 22 @ 11:00 PM. Each of the six performers will sing a Stephen Sondheim song and be critiqued by a panel of Broadway actors who have famously appeared in Sondheim shows followed by the audience voting for their favorite. The three with the most votes advance to Round Three.
ROUND THREE: A Star Is Born-Friday, September 29 @ 11:00 PM. The final three performers get two shots at a "signature song": one that plucked another Broadway performer from obscurity and the one they'd like to make their own.
Celebrity judges include Stephen Schwartz, Lillias White, Marc Shaiman, Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, Chip Zien, Felicia Finley, Kevin Cahoon, Lonny Price and Marin Mazzie. Seth Rudetsky hosts.
Broadway Idol is the main event at NYMF @ Nite, NYMF's Festival party series, held every Friday during the Festival from 9 PM-12:30 AM at New World Stages. Ticket price includes one free drink, music, dancing, entertainment and Broadway Idol. Each night is themed: Hawaiian Tropic sponsors "Luau" on September 15 , which features a limbo contest, "Speakeasy" features Brooklyn band Project Jenny Project Jan on the 22nd and "NYMFtoberfest" ends the series on the 29th. NYMF @ Nite is hosted by The NYMFettes, the Festival's official ambassadors of musical theatre cheer.