PROM QUEEN selected for NAMT’s 2017 Festival of New Musicals

National Alliance for Musical Theatre announced the line-up of new musicals for the 29th Annual Festival of New Musicals, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 in New York.

Now in its 29th year, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals attracts theatre producers from around the world for this industry-only event to discover eight new musicals presented in 45-minute concert presentations over two days. All production costs are underwritten by NAMT, at no cost to the writing teams.  As a non-profit organization, NAMT funds the Festival entirely through donations, sponsorships and contributions.

The Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to 244 musicals and 460 writers from around the world. As a direct result of the Festival of New Musicals, more than 85% of the musicals presented have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions and tours, been licensed, and/or recorded on cast albums. Some past Festival shows include this year’s Best Musical Tony Award-nominee Come From Away, The Drowsy Chaperone, It Shoulda Been You, Striking 12, Ordinary Days, Thoroughly Modern Millie, among many others.

This year, a committee of 16 theatre professionals selected eight new musicals out of 240 blind submissions. The musicals they chose for the 29th Annual Festival are: Darling Grenadine (book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik), Fall Springs (music & lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos, book & lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb), GIRL Shakes Loose (music & lyrics by Imani Uzuri, book & lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander, poetry by Sonia Sanchez), Klook’s Last Stand (book by Ché Walker, music by Omar Lyefook & Anoushka Lucas, lyrics by Ché Walker & Anoushka Lucas), Persephone (book and lyrics by Marcus Stevens, music by Oran Eldor),The Passage (book, music & lyrics by David Darrow), Prom Queen (book by Kent Staines, lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal, music by Colleen Dauncey), and Sam’s Room (book by Dale Sampson with Trey Coates-Mitchell, music and lyrics by Caitlin Marie Bell, Marc Campbell & Dale Sampson).

In a statement, Betsy King Militello, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, said: 

From a record-breaking 240 submissions, our incredibly hard-working and thoughtful Festival Committee has picked eight shows—some that tell new stories, some that explore universal themes in surprising ways. This Festival, with its unique voices that need to be heard, is going to be thrilling!

On behalf of the Festival Committee, Co-Chairs Robert Lee, Associate Arts Professor, NYU-TSOA-GMTWP (NY) and Søren Møller, Creative Producer, Fredericia Teater stated:

Choosing eight shows for our Festival has never been so difficult. The 200-plus exceptional submissions this year made for some difficult decisions among the committee, but speaks to a bright future for new musical theatre.

Casting for each musical and further programming details will be announced soon.


THE MUSICALS

Darling Grenadine
Book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik

Darling Grenadine is a seriocomic musical about Harry, a fanciful jingle composer, and his precarious relationships with his girlfriend Louise, his brother Paul, and his Labrador Retriever (…also named Paul.)  Told with a rich contemporary score and a wink to the classic MGM musical, Darling Grenadine explores the friction between romance and reality, bitter and sweet, serving something magical, moving, and boldly new.

Fall Springs
Music & lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos
Book & lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Fall Springs is a semi-charming, cash-strapped town that sits directly on top of America’s largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils. It has big dreams, but at what cost? With new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is crumbling. Boulders, sheds, and the occasional bartender are being swallowed into the ground. And that’s only the beginning.

GIRL Shakes Loose
Music & lyrics by Imani Uzuri
Book & lyrics by Zakiyyah Alexander
Poetry by Sonia Sanchez 

GIRL Shakes Loose is a three-city coming of age journey. Girl finds herself in New York, unemployed, suddenly single and must figure out where she’s going and why she keeps making the same mistakes. It’s up to Girl to figure out where home is and how (and if) she’ll get there.

Klook’s Last Stand
Book by Ché Walker
Music by Omar Lyefook & Anoushka Lucas
Lyrics by Ché Walker & Anoushka Lucas

Klook is a drifter who’s gotten too old to drift. Vinette is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Together, they make a tentative stab at love and happiness until the past catches up with them and dashes their newfound hope. Tough, tender, funny and poignant, Klook’s Last Stand will grab you from the inside out. Soulful music combined with a witty, moving story makes this a mesmerizing theatre experience.

 

Persephone
Book & lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music by Oran Eldor

In Persephone, a myth is raised from the dead, the gods are celebrities hounded by the paparazzi, and their saga is set to a pop/rock score. Teenage Persephone longs for independence from her mother Demeter, but her wish gets distorted when she finds herself trapped in the Underworld by Greece’s perennial bad boy, Hades. What follows is an off-beat, emotionally-charged coming-of-age story for ancient and modern times.

The Passage
Book, music & lyrics by David Darrow

Albert, a sixth grader, has a monster living in his basement. When it captures his father, he enlists his brave new friend, Cassie, and together they embark on an epic journey to save his Dad and his family. The Passage is a coming-of-age story about two imaginative children confronting a reality stranger than anything they could imagine.

Prom Queen
Book by Kent Staines
Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal
Music by Colleen Dauncey

Prom Queen is inspired by the incredible, true story of Marc Hall, the Canadian teenager who took the Catholic School Board to court when they refused to let him attend prom with his boyfriend. In this fun and uplifting musical, Marc has to learn to be his own hero and fight for the right to be himself.

Sam’s Room
Book by Dale Sampson with Trey Coates-Mitchell
Music & lyrics by Caitlin Marie Bell, Marc Campbell & Dale Sampson

This pop concert dramedy follows Sam, a teenager in 1998 with nonverbal special needs, on his path to find a way to communicate. Shifting between cruel reality and pop star fantasy, Sam’s Room powerfully reveals the universal struggle with communication by giving a voice to someone who’s never had one.