The National Alliance for Musical Theater announces the selections for the 2021 Festival of New Musicals


The National Alliance for Musical Theater has announced the lineup of new musicals for its 33rd annual Festival of New Musicals. The festival, consisting of eight new musical plays, will be presented in person on October 20 and 21, as well as via a live broadcast presented in conjunction with Broadway On Demand.

“After navigating the circumstances of last year’s pandemic by presenting a fully online festival, we are happy to evolve to meet this year’s needs. Our hybrid festival, which will include both the vital community development of an in-person event and the enhanced accessibility of a digital presentation, is designed to give as many people as possible the chance to experience this extraordinary group of artists. year, ”said Executive Director Betsy King Militello.

Since its inception, the festival has presented more than 300 new musicals to industry professionals and more than 85% of the shows presented have benefited from additional development opportunities. Some past festival shows include Come From Away, Lempicka, the sleepy chaperone , Benny & Joon, Ordinary days, hitting 12, should’ve been you, highway, and Resolutely modern Millie.

The cast of each musical and other lineup details will be announced soon. Festival registrations will open later in July at

Read on for more information on this year’s festival titles.

Book by Melis Aker and Tatiana Pandiani
Music by Jacinta Clusellas
Lyrics of Jacinta Clusellas and Ruben Dario
“In an epic world of magical realism, Bluebird, an idealistic poet, seeks a better life in a new land. Years later, in present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a songwriter, struggles to forgive her father, to understand his roots and reconnect in a country she has never known. “

Fanny and Stella: a fabulous new musical
Music and lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer
Book by SEVAN
“London, 1870s: Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton were run-of-the-mill middle-class boys who grew up in Dulwich, who fled their suburban upbringing to live as Fanny & Stella in frantic Victorian London. throws in their own coup: the sensational show-trial of the “He-She Ladies.” Dominating the press and scandalizing the nation, the investigation revealed all the sordid details of their wild life. ”

Little Duende
Music and lyrics by Robi Hager
Book and lyrics by Georgina Escobar
“In the land of Elflán, life and beauty flourish. Adelita, an adventurous and curious young elf, is eager to find what lurks beyond the horizon. When the evil spirit of La Mancha kidnaps her mother, Adelita is forced to travel north to the land of the Hadaseñas in the hope of being reunited with her again. “

Book and music by Cheeyang Ng
Book and lyrics by Eric Sorrels
Maya it is many things: it is a philosophy of Hinduism; the idea that the world around us is really an illusion; and a girl’s name. Located in the British Raj in 1930, Maya is the story of a struggling poet who needs a wake-up call, much like India itself. When Gandhi’s nonviolent independence movement arrives at Māyā’s gate, she is plunged into one of the most turbulent political climates in history. When she becomes involved in the cause, she begins to shatter the illusions that have deceived her to discover the difference she will truly make. “

The missing peace
Book, music and lyrics by Kalani Queypo and Kyle Puccia
“Chase wakes up from a coma, his past is hazy. To his family’s surprise, Chase is happy and free until the dark memories start to come back like quick cuts from a movie trailer that just don’t add up. As Chase grapples with his suicide attempt, the bad choices he made, and the people he hurt along the way, he begins to overcome his pain and heal his feelings. relationships with those he loves most. “

Private Gomer Jones
Written by Marshall Pailet
“1914. Young Gomer Jones has ambitions to join the Welsh Army. But since he lost his hearing he needs the help of a nurse with connections to the deaf community to pretend to walk past the recruiters. This is how Gomer’s journey begins as a deaf soldier pretending not to be a deaf soldier. He loses friends, his moral compass and his humanity. And then, through a series of moments in an increasingly insane war, he finds himself.

Senior class
Book, melodies and lyrics by Melvin Tunstall
Music by Greg Borowsky
“When the top-class music production of My beautiful lady canceled due to budget cuts, two theater nerds in Harlem convince school to put on a one-night-only, royalty-free staging Pygmalion. When they meet a subway dancer named Alizé, art begins to imitate life as they attempt to transform her into their perfect Eliza Doolittle. However, this new modern day Eliza educates them all as she proves that she can dooolittle and so much more. “

TL; DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix
Book and Lyrics by EllaRose Chary
Music and lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn
“We start with T and L hanging in the air over the Grand Canyon – they quickly kiss each other and then, with the help of their new queer community (The Band), seek a queer future that has never been shaped. for them, a happy ending they deserve. “


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