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News NAMT's Festival of New Musicals Launches Oct. 21 in Manhattan The National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 22nd annual festival of new musicals, featuring Big Red Sun, Lizzie Borden, Play It Cool and Red Clay, is presented in New York beginning Oct. 21

The annual two-day festival, which runs through Oct. 22, offers theatre writers the chance to have their works showcased before an audience of theatre professionals from New York and around the country. All production costs are underwritten by NAMT.

While the event is produced for industry members, day-of tickets are made available to the general public.

Founded in 1985 and based in New York City, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre is a national service organization dedicated exclusively to musical theatre. Kathy Evans is the executive director for the organization.

The 2010 NAMT Festival of New Musical Selections follow:

Big Red Sun
Book and lyrics by John Jiler
Music by Georgia Stitt

"A teenage boy unearths a dark family secret as he searches for his long-lost father through the bewildering landscape of post-WWII America… where innocence has vanished, and the simple melodies of Kern and Berlin have been replaced by the dizzying energy of jazz and the birth of rock-and-roll." Big Red Sun features Bradley Dean (A Little Night Music), Danielle Ferland (Into the Woods), Parker Pogue, Eric Anderson (South Pacific), Rachel Coloff (Fiddler on the Roof) and Stephen Berger (The Pajama Game ). Peter Flynn directs.

The Bowery Boys
Book and lyrics by David H. Bell
Music by Jeremy Cohen
Co-created by Aaron Thielen

"A musical that follows the journey of Dick, a streetwise kid, and his gang of bootblacks trying to 'make it through the day.' The backdrop of the show is Five Points New York in 1876, where Dick rescues a young English girl, who through a series of unfortunate circumstances, is abandoned by her devious step-father and his compatriots. The show follows Dick and the boys trying to protect Mary and reunite her with the only family she has left, her Grandfather. Loosely based on the writings of American writer Horatio Alger, this musical deals with the great distance between the American mythology and the much darker and more ominous truth about life in the tenements of the time."

The Bowery Boys cast includes Jill Paice (Curtains), Curtis Holbrook (Xanadu), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), John Cudia (Phantom of the Opera), Kathy Voytko (Nine), Cullen R. Titmus (Avenue Q), Adam Kantor (Rent), Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening), Brian Bohr (Not Wanted on the Voyage), Nate Lewellyn, Max Quinlan and Andrew Redlawsk. Dominic Missimi is the director.

The Giver
Book and lyrics by Nathan Christensen
Music by Scott Murphy
Based on the book by Lois Lowry

"12-year-old Jonas lives in a perfect world, without pain, conflict or loneliness. But after being assigned to carry the memories of life before 'Sameness,' an ability learned from a mysterious man called the Giver, Jonas must choose between his perfect community and a world that contains both beauty and pain."

The cast of The Giver features Terrence Mann (The Addams Family), Stanley Bahorek (Spelling Bee), Vivienne Cleary, Carmen Ruby Flloyd (Avenue Q), Jaimie Kelton, Justin Keyes (Mary Poppins), Heather Matarazzo ("The Princess Diaries"), Mike Masters (Face The Music ) and Eliseo Roman (In The Heights). Pam Berlin serves as director.

Book by Robert Cary and Benjamin Feldman
Music by David Gursky
Lyrics by Robert Cary
Based on the MGM motion picture written by Robert Dunn, Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur

"Sexy female con artist Max Connor marries eligible bachelors, refuses them sex, and then discovers them in bed with a younger woman – leading to hefty annulment settlements. But the 'other woman' is actually Max’s daughter Page, who’s in on the con. Then Page breaks the cardinal rule: she falls in love."

Tony Award-nominated director Christopher Ashley stages Heartbreakers, featuring Rachel deBenedet (Catch Me If You Can), Patti Murin (Xanadu), Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys) , Nancy Opel (Urinetown), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Kevin Ligon (Finian’s Rainbow), T. Oliver Reid (Mary Poppins), Lisa Rothauser (The Producers), Jason Michael Snow (South Pacific), P.J. Benjamin (Wicked), Sydney James Harcourt (American Idiot) and Zakiya Young (The Little Mermaid).

Lizzie Borden
Music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
Lyrics by Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
Book and additional music by Maner

"A rock roadshow retelling of the bloody legend of America’s first and favorite axe-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl, Lizzie Borden. Featuring four fierce rocker girls and a live band, this driving musical reveals why Lizzie took up that axe and how she became an American folk hero."

The cast of Lizzie Borden includes Jenny Fellner (Pal Joey, Wicked), Marie France Arcilla (Working), Beth Malone (Ring of Fire) and Carrie Cimma under the direction of Victoria Bussert.

Play It Cool
Conceived by Larry Dean Harris
Book by Martin Casella and Larry Dean Harris
Lyrics by Mark Winkler
Music by Phillip Swann
Additional Music by Jim Andron, Michael Cruz, Marilyn Harris, Emilio Palame, Joe Pasquale and Larry Steelman

"Everyone’s got a secret at Mary’s Hideaway, an underground nightclub in sexy, sultry, repressive 1953 Hollywood. Inspired by film noir and driven by a sizzling jazz score, this story of five very ambitious people is about finding the courage to be who you are. You just need to…Play It Cool."

The cast includes Sally Mayes (Closer Than Ever), Jenn Colella (High Fidelity), Michael McGuirk (Sessions), Caesar Samayoa (Hot Feet) and Michael Buchanan (Addams Family). Sharon Rosen is director.

Red Clay
Music by Scott Ethier
Book and lyrics by Jeff Hughes

"Set in the six months leading up to Rosa Parks’ historic ride on a Montgomery bus, Red Clay uses a new jazz and gospel-infused score to tell the story of the ordinary Americans who changed this nation in extraordinary ways."

The cast of Red Clay features C. Kelly Wright, Kenita R. Miller (Xanadu), J. Bernard Calloway (Memphis), William Jackson Harper (Ruined), Michael Genet (Fences), Herndon Lackey (Parade), Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Finian’s Rainbow), Arbender Robinson (The Little Mermaid), Ben Harney (Dreamgirls), Chauncey Bellamy and Marci Henderson. Broadway veteran Jerry Dixon serves as director.

The Trouble With Doug
Book and music by Will Aronson
Book and lyrics by Daniel Maté

"The Trouble With Doug is a contemporary comedic reimagining of Kafka’s Metamorphosis in which a happy, healthy young man transforms inexplicably into a giant talking slug. Thrust together awkwardly under the same roof, Doug, his family, and his fiancée all struggle to understand and respond to this strangest of crises."

Tony Award-winning actress Victoria Clark stages The Trouble With Doug, which includes Barbara Walsh (Company), Matthew Hydzik (West Side Story), Lindsay Mendez (Everyday Rapture), John Jellison (Memphis) and Jason "SweetTooth" Williams (Bloodsong of Love).

Musicals previously presented in NAMT's Festival of New Musicals include Vanities, Ordinary Days, Dangerous Beauty, Emma, The Gypsy King, The Story of My Life, Tinyard Hill, The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Children of Eden, I Love You Because, Songs for A New World, Striking 12, Summer of '42, Ace, Children of Eden, Harold and Maude, Honk! and Meet John Doe.

For more information visit NAMT.

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