Over the course of two days, minute cuts of eight new musicals will be presented to over industry professionals. Already registered? Check out our Guide to Navigating the Festival.
The New York Musical Festival wrapped up its season with the August 5 presentation of the Awards for Excellence, celebrating productions, readings, and concerts that comprised the organization's 15th annual lineup. The production of Between the Sea and the Sky took home a total of five awards at the Hudson Terrace reception, including Best Musical. Also leading the pack with five wins each were Emojiland, Interstate , and Pedro Pan. Stilson; music and lyrics by Cody Cole. Emojiland : Jessie Alagna, Brandon L. Stilson, and Dan Markley Russ Rowland. Recommended Reading:. Over industry professionals have received financial support to weather unemployment during the pandemic.
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More than half of these productions are chosen by leading theater artists and producers through an open-submission, double-blind evaluation process; the remaining shows are invited to participate by the Festival's artistic staff. There were sixteen iterations of NYMF in total, one every year from to The festival premiered over musicals, which have featured the work of over 8, artists and have been attended by , theatergoers. In addition to full productions, NYMF presents a wide range of special events, readings and concerts of new music, educational seminars, explorations of musicals in TV and film, and unusual collaborations with other New York-based arts organizations. In , the Festival featured a series of co-productions with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater exploring the nexus of improvisation and musical theater. During the off season, NYMF produced a number of concerts, from large star-studded evenings like "The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds ", to intimate events like a salon with composer Duncan Sheik.