NYC: Musical Theatre Festival Enters Second Week
The New York Musical Theatre Festival is waltzing into its second week without flagging there are at least as many intriguing offerings now as when we wrote last week. But first, take note that the festival has clearly learned from the Fringe's example, at least in some ways, including the idea of scheduling events that aren%t simply staged musicals. For the last week, for example, there were screenings of movie musicals; starting Thursday you can see compilations of classic TV musicals. There are also reading-only events, singing-only events, and various panels and seminars the full listing is in the program PDF. Or perhaps you do want to see a real show, but not one that's pulling out all the stops in an effort to land financing for a more permanent run. The NYMF folks don't seem to be the kind to view that as heresy, nor to take umbrage at having fun poked at them at least, if they were, they probably wouldn't have partnered with Dixon Place for the Warning: Not For Broadway series, or taken the improv group The Pearl Brunswick into their fold of performances. The Not for Broadway shows start Thursday at the Marquee; some cleave faithfully to the idea in the series title (can you imagine Olsen Terror, which is about an insomniac who realizes he's turning into the Olsen Twins on Broadway? Not that it wouldn't be sweet to see) while at least a couple others really could go big-time (we can't wait to see how Gary Plotkin has adapted Roald Dahl's wonderful children's novel The BFG). Other shows fall in between, such as Tuesday, Brett Macias and Caroline Murphy's musical about a day in the lives of 7 high school sophomores, and Janine McGuire and Emily Paul's Wake Her Up, which brings some of the Greek gods into the 21st century club scene (hardly a stretch of the imagination, really).