As of November 2009, the festival has premiered over 200 musicals, which have featured the work of over 6,000 artists and have been attended by 170,000 theatergoers. As of August 2010, NYMF alumni productions had been produced in 44 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia, and in 16 countries worldwide.
NYMF audiences have enjoyed premieres of new musicals from Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States, featuring a broad spectrum of contemporary musical styles including R&B, jazz, hip-hop, Broadway, emo-pop, rock, punk, ska, country and opera. NYMF premieres have ranged from original pieces like Next To Normal, Altar Boyz, Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and title of show, to adaptations of classic stories like Caligula, The Portrait of Dorian Gray and Much Ado About Nothing (About Face).
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 2005, the Festival featured a series of co-productions with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater exploring the nexus of improvisation and musical theater. NYMF has also partnered with The Paley Center each season to present special screenings of Musicals on Television.
Also in 2005, the New York Musical Theatre Festival received the 21st Jujamcyn Theaters Award, a $100,000 prize given to a not-for-profit institution that has made an "outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent for the theatre."
NYMF also features a Dance Series, celebrating the fusion of musical theatre and dance. Each series included one new musical commissioned by the Festival: Common Grounds (2006), Platforms (2007), Wild About Harry (2008), and Andy Warhol Was Right (2009).
During the off season, NYMF produces a number of concerts, from large star-studded evenings like "The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds," to intimate events like a salon with Grammy Award nominee and Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik. It also operates a year-round writer service program, The Next Link Project, which provides dramaturgical, professional, entrepreneurial and financial support to help writers bring their musicals to fruition as fully-staged productions. The Next Link Project culminates with twelve writing teams each year receiving subsidized productions in NYMF's fall Festival.
Some of the shows that have transferred to commercial or major non-profit runs include: the long-running, Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, The Big Voice: God or Merman, Captain Louie, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Gutenberg! The Musical!, Meet John Doe, Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire, Shout! The Mod Musical and Yank!
On July 17, 2008, the musical title of show became the first show to transfer from the New York Musical Theatre Festival to a commercial Broadway production when it opened at the Lyceum Theatre. The show closed October 12, 2008 after playing 13 previews and 102 performances. It was produced by Kevin McCollum, the producer of Rent and Avenue Q, as well as Roy Miller, producer of Drowsy Chaperone, The Vineyard Theatre, Laura Camien and Kris Stewart, founder emeritus of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In 2009, Next To Normal became the second show to transfer from the New York Musical Theatre Festival to a commercial Broadway production. It became a smash hit at the Booth Theatre, winning 3 Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Leading Actress In A Musical. "Next To Normal" went on to win the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, only the ninth musical to be so honored in the history of that award.
Also in 2009, NYMF began a partnership with the Daegu International Musical Theatre Festival (DIMF), which shares its dedication to new musicals and new artists. The partnership includes a production exchange, which began with the hit Korean production of My Scary Girl at NYMF, and continued in the Summer of 2010 with the 2009 NYMF musical Academy at DIMF. NYMF's Korean production of Academy received awards for Best Musical and Best Supporting Actor at the annual Daegu Musical Theater Awards.
August 2010, NYMF announced that writer-director Baz Luhrmann would
serve as Honorary Chairman of its 2010 Festival.
The Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway non-profit theatre company, located at 108 East 15th Street in Manhattan, New York City, near Union Square. It is best known for its productions of the Tony award-winning musical Avenue Q, Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive and Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell's Obie award-winning musical title of show. The Vineyard describes itself as "dedicated to new work, bold programming and the support of artists." The company is the recipient of special Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards for Sustained Excellence, and the 1998 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007.
The Vineyard is also home to the Vineyard Community of Artists, an alliance of playwrights, composers, actors, designers, and directors that provides artists with a broad range of opportunities to develop their work, strike new collaborations, and participate in the ongoing life of the theatre. It sponsors panel discussions, guest speakers, informal readings of works-in-progress and full readings of new plays.
Other notable productions include Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls, Becky Mode's Fully Committed, Craig Lucas's The Dying Gaul, Christopher Shinn's Where Do We Live, Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination, Gina Gionfriddo's After Ashley, the Laura Nyro musical Eli's Comin, and Kander and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys.
Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) is a theater company located in New York City. Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, Manhattan Theatre Club has grown since its founding in 1970 from a prolific Off-Off Broadway showcase into one of the countrys most acclaimed theatre organizations.
MTCs many laurels include fifteen Tony Awards, six Pulitzer Prizes, 47 Obie Awards and 29 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. MTC has won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement, a Drama Desk for Outstanding Excellence, and a Theatre World for Outstanding Achievement.
MTC produces plays and musicals on and off-Broadway while maintaining a commitment to living playwrights and taking a comprehensive approach to artistic development and arts education. Its mission and values give MTC a unique place in American theatre.
Eastern Standard by Richard Greenberg
The Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut is a not-for-profit theater company founded in 1964 by George C. White. The O'Neill is the recipient of the 2010 Regional Theater Tony Award. The O'Neill is home to the National Theater Institute (est. 1970), and several major theater conferences including the National Critics Conference (est. 1975), the National Musical Theatre Conference (est. 1978), the Puppetry Conference (est. 1990), the Cabaret Conference (est. 2005) and the National Playwrights Conference (est. 1965). The Monte Cristo Cottage, Eugene O'Neill's childhood home in New London, Connecticut, was purchased and restored by the O'Neill in the 1970s and is maintained as a museum. The company also received a Special Tony Award in 1979. The theater's campus, overlooking Long Island Sound in Waterford Beach Park, has four major performance spaces: two indoor and two outdoor. The O'Neill is run by Executive Director Preston Whiteway.
Also known as Walnut Grove and Hammond Estate, the seven buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 21, 2005.
The following is a list of plays, musicals, and performance pieces first developed at the O'Neill that have gone on to further success.
National Musical Theater Conference
National Playwrights Conference
History of the American Film Christopher Durang (1976)
Cabaret & Performance Conference
Story of My Life (2006)