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August 10, 2012




After 21 days, nearly 300 performances, and thousands of applauding theatergoers, the curtain has dropped on NYMF 2012.  The consensus around the office is that our first summer season was a huge success -- and we hope you thought so too!  Thank you for your support and commitment to the Festival; we couldn't have done it without you!

If you haven't yet gotten your musical theatre fill (and really, who has?), never fear - NYMF has more to come, just around the corner! Our Next Broadway Sensation is around the corner, as are submissions for next year's festival. And you can help us ring in our big 10th season next year by getting an Early Bird Membership for NYMF 2013... Read on for all the details!


Stay cool... and see you in September!





The music was bumping, the drinks were flowing, and the company was grooving at the NYMF 2012 Closing Night Party. Check out the pictures:




But in the midst of the party, we still had some business to attend to: 

The 2012 NYMF Awards For Excellence! 


And the awards go to... 


Most Promising Musical Award:

A Letter To Harvey Milk

Book by Jerry James, Music by Laura l. Kramer, Lyrics by Ellen M. Schwartz

Based on the short story "A Letter To Harvey Milk" by Lesl�a Newman


"Best of Fest" Audience Prize:

Baby Case by Michael Ogborn


Theater for the American Musical Prize:

Stuck by Riley Thomas


Excellence in Writing - Music: 

Michael Ogborn (Baby Case) 

Honorable Mention: Randy Klein (Flamb� Dreams), Riley Thomas (Stuck)


Excellence in Writing - Lyrics: 
Michael Ogborn (Baby Case) and Ellen M. Schwartz (A Letter To Harvey Milk) (tie)
Honorable Mention: Matthew Hardy (Flamb� Dreams)


Excellence in Writing - Book: 

Jerry James (A Letter To Harvey Milk)

Honorable Mention: Frances Limoncelli (Arnie The Doughnut), Riley Thomas (Stuck)


Excellence in Direction:

Jeremy Dobrish (Baby Case)

Honorable Mention: West Hyler (Flamb� Dreams), Jenn Rapp (Prison Dancer)


Excellence in Choreography:

Jenn Rapp (Prison Dancer)

Honorable Mention: Michelle Chass� (Le Cabaret Grimm), Luis Salgado (Zapata!)


Excellence in Production Design: 

Kendra Bell, Aaron Sherkow (Le Cabaret Grimm)

Honorable Mention: Baby Case


Outstanding Orchestration: 

Stephen Ferri, Andrew Fox, Adam Michael Kaufman (Foreverman)

Honorable Mention: Newell Bullen (Shelter)


Outstanding Individual Performances: 

Enrique Acevedo (Zapata!), Jessica Burrows (Himself and Nora), Tom Deckman (Arnie The Doughnut), Michelle Federer (How Deep Is The Ocean?), Jeff Keller (A Letter To Harvey Milk), Ryan Kelly (Living With Henry) Leslie Kritzer (A Letter To Harvey Milk), Jillian Louis (Flamb� Dreams), Jeigh Madjus (Prison Dancer), Kevin B. McGlynn (Flamb� Dreams), Stacey Seargent (Central Avenue Breakdown), Haley Selmon (Le Cabaret Grimm), Graham Skipper (Re-Animator The Musical), Morgan Weed (Swing State)


Outstanding Ensemble Performance: 

The cast of Prison Dancer 

Honorable Mention: The cast of Baby Case



Missed the closing night festivities?

Buy your 2013 membership NOW so that you can join in the fun next summer!


In an effort to go "green," NYMF shifted our submission process to a completely online system a few years back. This is what our office used to look like before then...

Yes, it's already that time of year!

Get out your calendars and ready your pens: open submissions for NYMF 2013 will start in mid-September!
Keep an eye out for the starting date -- we've got to make a few system upgrades before we open the floodgates... but in the meanwhile check out our submission guidelines so you can start planning to get YOUR show up on the Festival stage next summer!

Are you a sensation? Do you want to be the Next Broadway Sensation? 

Auditions for this year's NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation (NNBS) contest will be held on September 14th and 15th. Now in its 7th year, the contest is open to performers of any age who have not yet appeared on Broadway -- and as always, the winner will receive his or her own solo concert and performance opportunities throughout the 2013 Festival season. 

So SAVE THE DATE and click here for more information!

A third NYMF alum is making its way to the Great White Way!
Chaplin: The Musical (which first delighted NYMF '06 audiences under the title Behind The Limelight) starts previews on August 21 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.  Click here for more information.



Meanwhile, NYMF shows are heading across the pond!  It was recently announced that the original company of the NYMF 2004 hit [title of show] will be reprising their Broadway (and NYMF) roles in a production on London's West End next year.  But several NYMF-icals are already performing in the United Kingdom:



After its sold-out run at NYMF 2012, Re-Animator the Musical headed directly to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they are continuing to dole out the laughs (and gallons of stage blood) through August 27.


For more details, click here.


Anthony Rapp's NYMF 2010 hit,
 Without You, is also running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Rapp's solo musical, based on his New York Times best-selling memoir, runs now through August 26th in Edinburgh, followed by a run at London's acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory from September 29 through September 15.
Read up on details here.

Once again, from all of us at Team NYMF, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in and supported NYMF 2012. Thank you for your attendance, for your applause, and for your continued support and commitment to the development of the musical theatre genre! We couldn't do it without you!


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Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely  regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work. NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The BWF Foundation, Con Edison, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer Phinney, The New Musical Development Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League.  NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council;  from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and by funds from the NYC Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC.  

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