8 new musicals will be part of NAMT’s 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals

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8 new musicals will be part of the 34th edition of NAMT Festival of New Musicals

The festival will return to New World Stages in October with in-person performances.


The National Alliance for Musical Theater (NAMT) has announced the new musicals that will be presented during the 34th edition Festival of New Musicalswho will return to the New World stages of Off-Broadway on October 20 and 21 with in-person performances.

Eight new musicals will be presented as concerts throughout the two-day festival, each lasting 45 minutes. All production costs are covered by NAMT. A committee of 17 theater professionals selected this year’s offerings from 480 submissions, the largest pool of submissions in the festival’s history.

In a statement, Executive Director Betsy King Militello said, “After three years away from live Festival presentations, we look forward to welcoming eight incredible writing teams from across the United States and Canada to New World Stages in New York!We were inspired by the breadth, depth and scope of the record-breaking 480 submissions we received and are thrilled to bring all eight selected shows to the musical theater realm in October.

The musicals chosen for this year’s festival are Cooked! Musical comedy (book, music and lyrics by Jord Liu and Deepak Kumar), Blackout (book by Steven Gallagher, music and lyrics by Anton Lipovetsky), come out alive (book and lyrics by Nikki Lynette, music by Lynette, Matt Hennessy, Clay Bail, Malcom Fong, Slavic Livins and Zeke Macumber), King of Pangea (book, music and lyrics by Martin Storrow), Perpetual Sunshine and the Ghost Girls (book and lyrics by Sara Cooper, music by Lynne Shankel), Puppy ! A chewable story (book and lyrics by Marcus Terrell Smith, music by Robin Schäfer), The pope woman (music by Heather Christian, lyrics and book by Shannon Burkett), and The Pelican (book and lyrics by Will Lacker, music and lyrics by Dylan Glatthorn).

Casting and production details for each musical will be released at a later date.

The Festival of New Musicals has featured nearly 300 musicals and over 500 writers in its 34-year history. More than 85% of the performances presented gave rise to subsequent readings, workshops, productions or tours; been fired; and/or recorded on cast albums. Past deals include Come From Away, Lempicka, The Drowsy Chaperone, Lizard Boy, Benny & Joon, Darling Grenadine, Ordinary Days, Striking 12, It Shoulda Been You, Interstate, and Resolutely modern Millie.

Registration for industry members is free and now open at NAMT.org/festival. Audiences can also receive Festival passes through a direct donation to NAMT. Reserve day tickets may be released based on availability.

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