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   Features  >  NY Theater Reviews

 
FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
at New World Stages

PLACE YOUR BETS
By SANDY MACDONALD


It’s that time of year again. Oct. 17-18, theater handicappers – even non-pros with shallow pockets – will have an opportunity to place their bets on future hits at the 25th annual Festival of New Musicals, produced by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT).

Every fall, producers from around the country gather in New York to hear hour-long excerpts of nine shows in development, plus a “Songwriters Showcase” in which Tony-winners present up-and-comers.

This year, in addition, as an anniversary treat, NAMT will be hosting a benefit concert – “Show Off!” – at NYU’s Skirball Center on Oct. 20, featuring stellar past performers such as Kerry Butler, Dee Hoty, Telly Leung, Beth Leavel, Patti Murin, Christopher Sieber and Lillias White delivering songs from NAMT’s playbook to date. Edward Hibbert will serve as commentator, à la The Drowsy Chaperone – just one of the successful runs for which NAMT can claim credit, or at least prescience. During the past quarter-century, the NAMT Festival has introduced more than 250 shows, three-quarters of which have gone on to subsequent productions.

For those not quite ready to assume angelhood, the Festival offers a limited number of free seats to the public on a standby basis. The big draw is the chance to see Broadway stars like Sutton Foster assay new material. She’ll be participating in a staged reading of The Astonishing Return of…The Protagonists!, billed as “an action-packed superhero comedy.”

For further details, see www.namt.org.

 


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