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The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced an additional five musicals that have been invited to the 2011 festival, to run September 26-October 16.

The works join seven other previously reported invited musicals as well as previously announced Next Link Project productions on the 2011 festival slate.

Among the invited musicals is Jacob and Daniel Seligmann's The Big Bank, about a banker who has lost his passion for his career, and Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto's Ghostlight, which is based on the true story of Olive Thomas, a small-town girl who rises in the ranks of the Ziegfeld Follies to headline alongside Fanny Brice.

Other musicals which have been invited to the festival are Drew Gasparini and Louis Sacco's Crazy, Just Like Me, about two best friends who find their relationship threatened by personal epiphanies; Tor Hyams and Adam LeBow's Greenwood, which centers on long-lost performing arts camp friends who reconnect decades later through social networking; and Chance McClain's Kissless, about awkward misfit who is forced to live with an uber-jock and his quirky family over summer break.

NYMF has announced the pieces that will be presented as special events in the Festival. Among them is a presentation of Gatsby: The Songs in Concert, which will feature songs from a unproduced musical version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby by Hugh Wheeler, Lee Pockriss, and Carolyn Leigh.

NYMF will also offer Stephen Pietrantoni, David Laurin and Patrick Olafson's Ma Femme, Ma Blonde, et Ma Roulotte (My Wife, My Girlfriend and My Trailer), which puts a French Canadian twist on Betsy Kelso and David Nehls' The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

Other special events will include BALLS!...the Musical?!?, Onalea Gilbertson, Jonathan Lewis, and Morag Northey's Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame, Maxine Lyle's Step Show, and the Shakespeare-inspired Tempest Toss'd.

In addition NYMF will offer readings of the Stephen Tyler Davis and Taylor Bridges' Huckleberry Haywood, a spunk rock opera, Carey Ramos and Lamont Dozier's Many Happy Returns, and Daniel Korb and Darren Korb's Marry Me.

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