Monday, October 24, 2011

Love for NAMT Festival 2011

After the whirlwind of the 2011 NYMF, I wanted to take a little breather, but musical theatre never sleeps and another very important musical festival is still on the horizon. Though the National Alliance of Musical Theatre's annual festival this week (10/27-10/28) is for industry only, it's an important yearly festival where theatre professionals gather and enjoy presentations from 8 new musicals. This is a great opportunity for up-and-coming shows to find productions, and having gone 2 years ago, I can honestly say that for any theatre lover, it is a wonderful 2 days of getting to know other members of the theatre community and discussing what opportunities are out there for new shows. This year has a fantastic line-up of shows and writers that have been mentioned here on the blog, as well as some fabulous writers who have not yet made their appearance. Take a good look at this year's list, and be on the lookout for future productions (or if you're a producer, reach out and contact these people!). Here are this year's participants:

Bernice Bobs Her Hair
Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan, Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

Bloodsong of Love
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Joe Iconis

Dani Girl
Music by Michael Kooman, Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dimond

The Dogs of Pripyat
Book by Leah Napolin, Music by Aron Accurso, Book and Lyric by Jill Abramovitz

Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge
Book by Cara Reichel, Book, Music, and Lyrics by Peter Mills

Notes to Marianne
By David Rossmer and Dan Lipton

Pregnancy Pact
Book and Lyrics by Gordon Leary, Music by Julia Meinwald

Watt?!?
Books and Lyrics by David Javerbaum
Music by Brendan Milburn

Also, if you're curious to know more about the shows, checkout NAMT's Youtube channel, which is featuring 7-question videos from each of the writing teams, giving you a glimpse at their shows and providing insight into where each of them are in the development process. Below is David Rossmer and Dan Lipton talking about Notes to Marianne:

2 comments:

therealsephyr said...

Thank you for the write up. I'm really interested in seeing Notes to Marianne. I love the plot and I have a feeling the songs are great. I found your blog today and I really enjoy your posts! - Sephyr

Kimberly Lew said...

Thanks for the nice comment! Definitely check out some of the other NAMT videos. I saw a past production of Bloodsong of Love and adored the music. There are a ton of other great writers in this group of shows!