As You Like It

As You Like It

An incredibly dope musical version with hundreds of community ensemble members!

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Extraordinarily hilarious with incredible music. Plenty of adult jokes and middle fingers to keep fans of the movie deliriously happy!

Hamilton Happy Hour: The Room Where It's Happening

Hamilton Happy Hour: The Room Where It's Happening

Hamilton Happy Hour: The Room Where It's Happening

by Brookelynn Mason

Want to win Hamilton tickets while being surrounded by like-minded fans, raise money for Eliza's oooooooorphanage Graham Windham, and maybe (probably) having one too many drinks?

Gillian Pensavalle of The Hamilcast, an American podcast about an American musical about a bastard orphan, is making your dreams come true! She is teaming up with Patrick Hinds (Theatre People Podcast) to deliver delicious cocktails and shots--that you shouldn't throw away!--to loosen you up for an entertaining night at Offside Tavern on Saturday, August 12th.

Drinks, a fundraiser raffle for Hamilton tickets, and all-night listening to the Hamilton cast recording and the Hamilton Mixtape not enough to reel you in? Good news! In addition to the Graham Windham ticket raffle, The Hamilcast is partnering with Freedom Farm Animal Rescue to also raffle signed props straight from the Broadway production itself and a signed playbill. Want a piece of the show (such as "note for your next of kin")? Now's your chance. "Being able to unabashedly sing and dance with fellow Hamilfans is going to be a dream come true," says Hamilcast host Gillian. "And hopefully, it won't be the last time--this might become a pastime!"

The Hamilcast is a fan-run podcast about Hamilton: an American Musical. It is touted as THE Hamilton podcast to listen to by cast members and fans alike, and has listeners in over 100 countries. For more information on Hamilton Happy Hour, click below.

The Great Comet

The Great Comet

Youthful energy everywhere. Straight up sexy theater!

Bandstand

Bandstand

Old-school musical vibes, but in a new-school presentation.

The Constitution

The Constitution

An excellent gateway into absurdist European theater!

Backbeard (NYMF)

Backbeard (NYMF)

Super fun and energetic new musical for kids! 

Coming Up: Developing Artists Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival

Coming Up: Developing Artists Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival

Coming Up: Developing Artists Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival

by Tom Coppola

What if we told you that there is an organization in NYC that not only gives less privileged young performers training in the arts, but also provides the tools to express what is important to them, empowers them to reach their full potential, AND helps guide their personal journeys through their art? Well, listen up! Developing Artists has been doing that since 1999--and then some.

Photos: Divyne Harris &  Bobby Rodriguez

The “and then some” includes the annual Rebel Verses Youth Arts Festival which invites some of the best youth performing arts companies from as far away as Pennsylvania to participate in this two-week festival. By day, the students develop their artistic skills in workshops led by working artists. By night, they perform their own original works, culminating in one collaborative piece involving all of the troupes.

This year brings 2 extra levels of awesome for D.A.’s event: They are producing it in conjunction with a new partnership with the Vineyard Theatre. The Vineyard has been a developmental home to Tony and Pulitzer award winning plays and musicals (Indecent, Avenue Q, How I Learned to Drive), so they know a thing or two about shepherding new work. Aaaand this year’s festival spokesperson is Daphne Rubin Vega (yeah you know her—the original Mimi from RENT). Kewl!

What better way to support emerging artists than to go see these Tony-winners-in-training?

Runs July 27 to August 5. Tickets are $20-25!

Speech & Debate (Berkshires)

Speech & Debate (Berkshires)

Modern-day Spring Awakening meets the writing style of Juno at this production in the Berkshires.

Seeing You

Seeing You

Immersive theater under the High Line!

7 New York Musical Festival Shows To See

7 New York Musical Festival Shows To See

7 New York Musical Festival Shows To See

By Tom Coppola

The beginning of summer ushers in lots of great theater festivals throughout the US. While there’s no lack of summer theatre festivals in NYC that focus the development of new work, the New York Musical Festival is the only one that exclusively shines the light on new musicals. See some of these new works for ridiculously low ticket prices before they move to Broadway for $139 a pop. Here are some NYMF shows that we're keeping our eyes on!


Photo: Michael Kushner

Photo: Michael Kushner

Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth

Alright alright alright, the Academy Award winner has never appeared onstage in NYC, and he’s not in this. But this new musical about MM making a deal with Satan in order to win the Oscar stars Broadway A-listers Lesli Margherita and Max Crumm. You don't have to sell your souls to see THIS!

Runs July 10-16.


A Wall Apart 

No, this is not a political musical about “that” wall. It’s an original rock musical that unfolds a 30-year love story and tests the strength of a family divided during the era of the Berlin Wall. With music and lyrics by Lord Russell Graham of Air Supply (!), the story is equally timeless and topical. Check out the video to hear some of the songs.

Runs July 25-30.


Photo: Blue Fairy Photography

Photo: Blue Fairy Photography

Freedom Riders

Set during the 1960's Civil Rights era, Freedom Riders follows the true story of Civil Rights activists who defied the Jim Crow movement by riding buses through the South to effect change. The show boasts an ethnically diverse cast playing multiple roles, and a rich, hopeful score written by Richard Allen and Taran Gray.

Runs August 1-5.


Photo: Peter Wochniak

Photo: Peter Wochniak

Georama: An American Panorama Told on 3 Miles of Canvas

Chances are you’ve never heard of American artist John Banvard. Many haven’t. Now’s your opportunity to hear the story behind the first millionaire artist in this original musical, which previously appeared at St. Louis Rep. Oh—and it’s written and directed by West Hyler who just worked on Paramour on Broadway. NDB.

Runs August 2-6.


Ben, Virginia and Me

The “Me” in the title is budding pianist named Walter Valentino Liberace, who meets infamous gangster Ben Siegel and his girlfriend Virginia. The notorious duo give Liberace an incredible opportunity to showcase his amazing talent. However, the entertainer fears that his secret personal life could jeopardize his way to stardom. Check out one of the tunes here!

Runs August 2-6.


Backbeard: A New Musical

One of the shows in this festival that is great for the entire family, this musical is based on the popular children’s book series about the hairiest pirate who ever lived and his pursuit of finding acceptance. So, basically, it’s a musical about you. And me. And everyone. Except for maybe the hairiest part…

Runs July 31 - August 6.


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Camp Wanatachi: In Concert

If you want to see a musical in true development stage AND give your opinion about it, head out to see this work in progress billed as “a new electro-musical about sex, God and summer camp”. It’s presented under the NYMF concert series or “beta” musicals (musicals still in development), which means there will be a feedback form available for audiences. They want you to see it! 

Runs July 30 - August 1. 


Pipeline

Pipeline

Brave playwriting + excellent acting = YAS!

Napoli, Brooklyn

Napoli, Brooklyn

Subtly brilliant playwrighting, a star-turn performance, and a "very crazy thing" happens onstage.