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Curtain Going Up: New York Musical Theatre Festival Begins

September 1, 2009 - The New York Musical Theatre Festival kicks off as dozens of new musicals take to the stage beginning on September 28.

Since its inception in 2004, NYMF has premiered more than 175 new musicals – many of which have gone on to award-winning productions on and off-Broadway, in nearly every state, and in over a dozen countries. NYMF alumni include the Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal, currently playing on Broadway; NYMF 2004 hit [title of show], which enjoyed a Tony Award-nominated run last season; and Altar Boyz, now in its fifth year Off-Broadway.

“NYMF was created to showcase a new generation of musicals and musical theatre artists, to ensure that America’s greatest art form remains vibrant, entertaining, and compelling,” said Isaac Robert Hurwitz, NYMF executive director and producer. “More than 50 different shows, concerts, and special events will go up at the Festival – over 250 performances in total, spanning every conceivable style, theme, and genre from punk rock romantic comedies to folk-inflected historical dramas. We’ll have shows by Broadway veterans and by complete newcomers, from native New Yorkers and from teams as far away as Mexico City, Nairobi, and Seoul – in Spanish, Swahili, and Korean, no less.”

Hailed as "the Sundance of musical theatre," the three-week annual festival works to revitalize one of America’s greatest art forms by discovering, supporting and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers, and projects and by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater.

The festival runs until October 18. For a complete list of productions, ticket information and schedule, visit
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