In conjunction with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Ars Nova presents the following events: BROADWAY SPOTLIGHT: MERLE DANDRIDGE Monday, September 11 @ 8:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. In an inimitable evening of songs ranging from jazz to rock to funk to your favorite Broadway tunes, Tarzan's Merle Dandridge brings her incredible talent and a phenomenal list of special guests to the stage as part of Ars Nova's Broadway Spotlight series. Also featuring appearances by Manoel Felciano, Chester Gregory, and Destan Owens. GROOVELILY Tuesday, September 12 @ 8:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. Crashing through the boundaries of rock, folk, jazz and pop with their critically-acclaimed original music, New York sensation GrooveLily fuses musical theater with some straight-up rock and roll and brings you an unbelievable show that defies categorization. Injected with sharp wit, soaring vocals and freshly-nuanced songwriting, the trio features the blazing six-string electric violin of Valerie Vigoda, the lightning-fingered piano of Brendan Milburn, and the energetic drums of Gene Lewin. ANDREW LIPPA AND A PIANO Wednesday, September 13 @ 8:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. In this special concert engagement, composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa graces the Ars Nova stage for an unparalleled evening of music from shows both old and new. With accolades including a Grammy nomination, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and others, Andrew Lippa's music transcends genres and boundaries marking him as one of the foremost composer/lyricists of modern musical theater. For one night only, he will take this stage with only himself, his music, and a piano. ANNIE GOLDEN: VELVET PRISON Wednesday, September 20 @ 8:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. At home both on Broadway and at CBGB's, Annie Golden (Milos Forman's Hair, Broadway's The Full Monty, New World Stages upcoming Mimi Le Duck) and musical director Marsh Hanson bring their phenomenal storytelling song-cycle Velvet Prison to NYMF at Ars Nova. Infusing an unpredictable blend of ballads and show-stoppers from Tom Waits to Stephen Sondheim to Tammy Wynette with an array of different characters and original medleys, Golden returns to her rock roots and blows you away with her bullet of a voice. DANIEL REICHARD Friday, September 22 @ 11:45 PM Buy tickets to this event. Daniel Reichard, star of Broadway's Jersey Boys, returns to Ars Nova to explode late-night with a rare midnight performance featuring special guest musicians in a night of music you won't want to miss. Daniel's other credits include starring as artist Keith Haring in Radiant Baby at the Public Theater, the original cast of Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Celebration, The Thing About Men at the Promenade Theatre, and many others. THE PETERSONS Sunday, September 24 @ 9:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. Described by The New York Times as "a hipster theater mock-rock group with a devoted following," New York's favorite family band, The Petersons, will crack you up and save your soul in a hilarious night of music and comedy. The Petersons are Matt Saldivar (The Wedding Singer), Keira Naughton, Evan Robertson, Pete Simpson, and Adam Stein. TASTISKANK Monday, September 25 @ 10:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. Catch two of Broadway's hottest leading ladies Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast) and Kate Reinders (Wicked) as they shred the term ingenue with the debut of their hilarious new band TastiSkank. With songs about everything from sex to pills to dirty boys who will remain nameless, TastiSkank is the newborn love child of the Indigo Girls and Tenacious D. JOE ICONIS: THINGS TO RUIN Tuesday, September 26 @ 8:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. Ars Nova and NYMF welcome 2006 Jonathan Larson Award winner Joe Iconis for Things to Ruin, an evening of incendiary songs about porn stars, panic attacks, drug runs and true love featuring his unique collision of musical theater and unadulterated rock. Performed by a cast of viciously talented young singers and a highly flammable four-piece band led by Joe himself, Things to Ruin will rock your world with an explosion of music and high drama. Directed by John Simpkins, in association with Temporary Theatre Company. OLD SPRINGS PIKE Friday, September 29 @ 8:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. With four of New York's hottest young musicians including Spring Awakening's John Gallagher, Jr., Old Springs Pike blends the cricket chirp of a suburban slow-fade with the subway scream of metropolitan mayhem. Using four part harmony as a diving board, these early twenty-somethings find themselves in stylistic depths ranging from a fair-paced folk to a rarely restrained roots rock. With an energetic, spontaneous live act, Old Springs Pike proves that its not just a concert, but an event. DONNA LYNNE CHAMPLIN: FINISHING THE HAT Sunday, October 1 @ 7:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. Following her sold out performances at Ars Nova, Donna Lynne Champlin (Sweeney Todd) returns for another hilarious evening of all new stories and songs ranging from Broadway favorites to Irish classics to Gospel and back again. And just in case you haven't heard, Champlin will encourage the audience to decide which of her tales of inspiring and embarrassing moments they would like to hear most! With musical direction by Andrew Gerle. MANOEL FELCIANO Sunday, October 1 @ 10:00 PM Buy tickets to this event. In a double-header with Sweeney Todd co-star Donna Lynne Champlin, Manoel Felciano will beguile you in a rare and intimate evening of music with his soulful sounds and captivating charm. Manoel's other credits include: Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Saturday Night Fever, Whistle Down the Wind, Shockheaded Peter and Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF/Public Theater).