The Sunday Giveaway: A Silver Membership to the NYMF!

Like it or not, summer, like print advertising, is almost a memory.
But don’t be glum, because the end of summer means that the world’s preeminent musical theatre festival is right around the corner.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival, or what I call “the debutante ball for new musicals,” will feature 30 (!) new musicals this year from 9/26 – 10/16.And one lucky reader is going to get a Silver Membership to NYMF, which includes 4 tickets to any NYMF show, advance booking, early seating and more.

Here’s how to win:

– View the list of shows in this year’s NYMF by clicking here.

– Comment below with the title of the show that you are most excited to see.

– I’ll pick a winner randomly . . . and at the same time, we’ll be giving all the participants a free mini focus group on what shows stand out based on their marketing blurb.


(P.S.  Did you know that NYMF has an app?  They get cool kid points, for sure.)


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  • Rebecca L. says:

    Thrilled to be a part of Central Avenue Breakdown, but looking forward to seeing Fucking Hipsters!

  • Susan says:

    I want to see Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice the Musical. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and singing and dancing, who could ask for anything more?

  • Sarah says:

    CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera!

  • Brian Gold says:

    Madame X! I can’t wait for Gerard Alessandrini to have his work playing in New York again. Although it’s not Forbidden Broadway, I have very high hopes it will be amazing.

  • Linda says:

    I often choose what to see based on the cast, so right now I most want to see Crazy, Just Like Me, which stars the talented Andrew Kober.

  • Sarah P. says:

    I am beyond psyched for ‘Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical’, because I looove Austen and P&P, plus when I heard the amazing Donna Lynne Champlin would be playing Jane I was so on board! 🙂 Am very curious to see how the narrative will combine Austen herself and her creative process with the story/characters of P&P itself…

  • Jeanie B. says:

    I’d like to see Greenwood. Sounds like a fun show to consider for regional theatre.

  • Robb J. says:

    There’s so many to choose from!! on a certain level Madam X for the FB conenction, but the History geek in me may lean towards Ghostlight. I know I have friends who certainly would like Jane Austin . . .
    But yeah, Ghostlight is my choice.

  • Red Rachel says:

    I’m excited to see tons of shows, but if I have to pick one, probably Fucking Hipsters. The title alone resonates with me, as I return to the sweltering City after my only week away for the summer 🙂

  • Enoch Calkin says:

    Honestly, I think almost all of these productions could benefit from putting a little more thought into their publicity, especially their individual blurbs. I’m just not pulled in by most of these descriptions.
    It seems to me that a lot of these productions are assuming that my “insider” knowledge of certain actors, producers, bands, etc will draw me in. As someone who’s less familiar with the NY scene, I look for a captivating storyline to hook me. Not saying those aren’t here, but they aren’t being advertised that effectively.
    The four shows I would attend, based entirely on reading the linked site, would be Central Avenue Breakdown, Cyclops, Ennio, and Time Between Us.
    CAB just seems like a break from taditional musicals and the newer rock musicals. I liked Hedwig so good job mentioning that show, Cyclops…that hooked me. Ennio justs sounds so weird that I’m intrigued, and Time Between Us had one of the best show descriptions.
    Why was it so good? Because instead of telling me what happens, it tells me the questions that it will ask, and this particular question: “is it really possible to build the perfect career and the ideal personal life?” is one that is affecting my personal life at the current time, too. So knowing nothing about the musical abilities of the creators, I’m still drawn the most to this show.

  • Ashley says:

    I would 100% love to see This One Girls Story. By the title alone you have no idea if its a sad or happy show which really intrigues me…..

  • Erin O says:

    Fucking Hipsters!

  • Marybeth says:

    “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.” I’ve been following the development of this show for years now, and I can’t wait to finally see it.

  • Kissless.
    A Touch of Glee? I’m there.
    Runner Up: Tour de Fierce

  • Jason Flum says:

    So many good shows listed, but I think I’d most want to see Madame X — Gerard Alessandrini!

  • Lindsay B says:

    “Crazy, Just Like Me” seems like it could be a lot of fun. Plus, even though its been said, “Fucking Hipsters” is far too apt a title to be ignored.

  • says:

    Fucking HIpsters…but yeah, Not many of them really thrill me. I look for something unique and different and they all seem a variation on a romance. Which I guess is the point of musicals, but it’s such a normal romance. The title of “Fucking HIspsters” is the best, and it has multiple meanings. But the show description isn’t that great — however — I do know how hard it is to write a thrilling summary of what may be a terrific show and and an ok summary.
    I took a class in how to write log lines and synopsis and it’s an art all to itself. The Festival would do well to pay someone to write these things for the the authors and composers – it’s a separate skill in my humble opinion! (someone else wrote my tag lines and nailed it, my plays are good, my “marketing” sucks.)

  • Claire says:

    I’m excited for Fucking Hipsters!

  • Kristin D. says:

    First on my list would definitely be ‘Crazy, Just Like Me’. I’ve been wanting to see Andrew Kober on stage for a while!

  • Joe Giglio says:

    Ghostlight sounds to me like a show worth seeing
    Having just seen Follies on Wednesday I am in a
    Ziegfeld mood

  • Auntief says:

    Tour de Fierce! What can be better than combining Broadway, cabaret, film and talent!

  • Ryan says:

    Fucking Hipsters, definitely… and for my more nostalgic nature, Blanche… and I like a small scale musical orchestra with a string focus. But YES.. these descriptions are awful!! It’s hard enough to sell new musicals with good copy!

  • Jeanie says:

    Kiki Baby – because of Lonny Price!

  • Barbara says:

    TUT. Bridging two worlds on one stage and showing us the human, living, breathing side of a young man we know best by his death along with the man who brought him “to life” so many years later sounds fascinating.

  • William Statham says:

    Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by far! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Emily says:

    I can’t WAIT to see The date of a Lifetime

  • Jake says:


  • Barry says:

    The Brain That Wouldn’t Die in 3D since you won’t have to wear the glasses plus the storyline reminds me of that great film “Reanimator”.

  • Randi says:

    Definitely ‘Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice’ musical. Can’t wait for the season to start!

  • I’m not looking forward to any of them, which is why I should win–so I don’t have to pay for this year’s crapfest.
    (I exaggerate, but only slightly.)

  • Stephen Sweeney says:

    There are so many great entries in NYMF this year. I would have to say first choice would be Cyclops. I’m a sucker for anything Greek mythology and Rock music. It also doesn’t hurt them that the review they quote states that it’s a cousin to Hedwig. BOLD words. I would like to also see Ghostlight. I like the story and old broadway is a subject that we don’t see too much of. I’d like to see Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical. The title is really long but I like the idea of telling the behind the scenes story of the story P&P. We need more Jane Austin Musicals. 🙂 I’d also like to see Kissless (for the Glee factor) and Tut (like the Greek, the Egyptian grabs my attention too).
    Too many great choices to choose just 1. I LOVE NYMF!

  • Jason says:

    Austen’s Pride and Prejudice would be my top pick! This was the first Jane Austen novel to really get me interested in her body of work; I also really enjoyed the Six hour BBC mini-series created featuring Colin Firth!

  • Sarah says:

    Crazy Just Like Me!

  • Andy Monroe says:

    Based on the description alone, DATE OF A LIFETIME sounds like the most original and fun idea, so I’m choosing that as my number one choice (but with CRAZY JUST LIKE ME as a close second)!

  • LauraK says:

    Pride and Prejudice, the MUSICAL?????? SIGN ME UP!
    (I hope Mr. Darcy is adorable 😉

  • Tut– Also Gatsby– and I’m curious to see David Shire’s piece mainly because it’s his first go at lyrics– and he was once a Stephen Sondheim protege, plus he’s a heckuva nice guy. (After briefly meeting him weeks before, he made a point of coming up and saying hello to me when he spotted me during the intermission of Amadeus.) Dark Horses worth checking out: Rio– the updating of Oliver to Brazil, and Greenwood, which combines social networking and a performing arts camp.

  • EllenFD says:

    Absolutely, MADAME X, given its pedigree. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY may be temporarily absent from the scene, but its wildly and subversively clever creator Gerard Alessandrini thankfully is not. So given MADAME X’s pedigree, that’s the one I’m most anxious to see.

  • Eric says:

    I would most like to see Outlaws.

  • Katie O'Brien says:

    Ohmygoodness! There’s so many that look awesome.
    I’d definitely go see “Outlaws” though, by Alastair William King and Perry Liu. That looks pretty darn good, and I love myself a western! Haha

  • Date of a Lifetime is going to be amazing

  • We would love to have you at the show! Stay in touch on Twitter @dateofalifetime or like us on Facebook!

  • Alex says:

    I am so excited to see The Big Bank; the plot looks funny and original. Music-wise, I think Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical and Man of Rock sound great. There’s so many awesome shows this year!

  • John O. says:

    Date of a Lifetime

  • John says:

    I’d like to see “Jack Perry is Alive (And Dating)” – because the music is written by an individual who did not write the book or the lyrics – and as a music writer, these are the kinds of projects I am interested in.

  • Lori Bajorek says:

    Pride & Prejudice since I am curious to see what they have done with it since it was produced in Rochester, NY and they got a new director…

  • consuelo carpenter says:

    Pride and Prejudice. Reminds me of when I read it in High School

  • Scott says:

    There are a lot I’m interested in: Time Between Us and Ghostlight (although sort of sounds like Follies) immediately caught my eye.

  • John R says:

    The Kid Who Would Be Pope sounds like it’ll be really charming and have a lot to say not only about the state of the Church, but the state of love. Like Doubt meets The Sound of Music – just with less confidence and edelweiss.

  • Melissa says:

    I’m drawn to Kissless… they hint at country music and their teenage Texan cast and I so desperately want to see country music succeed on Broadway in some capacity! I think there is a market for it, and someone just needs to figure out how to make it appeal to a wide audience.

  • Kristen says:

    Kissless and Gatsby

  • Porsche says:


  • Barbara says:

    Ghostlight – I like the title, graphic and description. Fucking Hipster was the first title I clicked on, but did not like the description or graphic. Didn’t we have a Pride and Prejudice show a few years back? I’m almost positive I saw it. 2007 or 2008.

  • Randi says:

    Crazy, Just Like Me

  • says:

    Pride and Prejudice, A great musical, from great writers

  • Donald says:

    “Man of Rock” – While this has the potential to be a weak knockoff of “Rock of Ages,” I am hoping that it is something more. And there is a whole Jersey Shore element with it that can’t be dismissed.

  • Katy M says:

    Crazy Just Like Me and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice are the two I would like to see most, with Ghostlight a close third.

  • Zan says:

    Based on the blurb, I’d go with Cyclops. Based on the composer, Jack Perry Is Alive (And Dating).

  • Andrew says:

    I have never been to a NYMF show. I hadn’t gotten a chance to view the lineup of shows until Ken’s blog.
    After reading the synopsis of each show (purposefully not reading credits or creative team), based on show title and synopsis alone I would choose KIKI BABY.

  • Pride & Prejudice! I’m teaching a class on the Regency period and it would be inspirational!

  • says:

    I would like to see Kissless by Chance McClain.

  • Ari says:

    Curious about Greenwood!

  • alanna says:

    Matchmaker Matchmaker i’m Willing To Settle

  • Sunnyleo says:

    “Date of a Lifetime” sounds like a lot of fun (along the lines of “I love you, you’re perfect, now change”). “Cyclops” for the novelty factor but only if couldn’t see the first.

  • Amanda M. says:

    Kiki Baby

  • Matthew says:

    It’s a rare NYMF season where I’m not familiar with any of the shows being presented, so based solely on the people involved – I am most interested in “Kiki Baby” which promises a line up of Broadway A listers directed by Lonny Price, “Madame-X” by Gerard Alessandrini of Forbidden Broadway Fame, My History of Marriage which suffers from a terribly designed logo but promises some great tunes by David Shire and finally Ennio is at the top of my list because this guy looks like he’s his own special creation.

  • Tim says:

    Fucking Hipsters!

  • Scott says:

    I would have to say it is a 3-way tie (Good thing you get tickets to 4 Events)
    Pride & Prejudice, Ghostlight & Madame X.

  • perinh says:

    Ghostlight, and Kiki Baby top my list.

  • Allison B. says:

    CENTRAL AVENUE BREAKDOWN because I like 1940’s and the music of that period. Also DATE OF A LIFETIME and KIKI BABY.

  • Mary Ann says:

    Ghostlight….though it was a tough choice. I’ve always been intrigued by this story, and …well…it feels right…like something that people will want to see. But like I said, it was a tough choice. I have to say the format of the web site did not make it easy for me to browse the shows. Maybe I just didn’t find it, but I would have liked a summary page with all the shows listed with a short blurb about each, instead of having to flip back and forth between the links…there was no summary with each title, leaving you to guess whether you wanted to dig further based only on the name. I didn’t have time to check each show, I just looked at titles that intrigued me. I could have missed something I might have really liked, but didn’t have time to check. If there was such a page, I couldn’t find it…

  • Dana Marie says:

    Outlaws sounds like it has potential

  • Susan says:

    Outlaws could be the surprise hit 🙂

  • judith Caporale says:

    I would love to see The Great Gatsby production. Have read it, seen it as an opera, love the stagings of novels, often amazing

  • Roger Gindi says:

    I’m eager to see THE KID WHO WOULD BE POPE!

  • Megan says:


  • Rick Reynolds says:

    MADAME X! I need a dose of Lana Turner.

  • Liz says:

    CRAZY JUST LIKE ME is my number 1 pick at NYMF this year!

  • Erin S. says:

    My History of Marriage

  • Carol says:

    There are seven I’d like to see, starting with the more traditional-sounding show with score by a known composer David Shire. What drew me to “My History of Marriage” was the link from the blurb “Nan must write a book about the history of marriage. Scenes from her book take us on a hilarious journey through the annals of matrimony where she learns a thing or two about her own relationships.” Sounds like fun and would have meaning. (Also, as an author myself, I like to see shows that involve writers.)
    I’m drawn to Tut because of the unusual concept. I liked the blurb on Tempest Toss’d .. “here to help you conquer your “Shakesfear” ….
    I’m curious about “Just Like Magic”
    “Time Between Us” also sounds like it could be good. An expected plot line for friendship shifts. Two friends will be in a situation where they are “achieving half of their dream” and leaving the other half behind. That happens so often in life – so that resonated with me.
    I like the “What if” in Gotta Getta Girl, and the set up for “Matchmaker Matchmaker I’m Willing to Settle” – a twist on dating based on true stories.
    If I were only choosing one, I’d probably see the David Shire musical.

  • David C Neal says:

    Well, ENNIO sounded interesting for sure…but out of deference to my wife who adores P&P, I have to say Pride & Prejudice as she would definitely want to be taken to this show!

  • Jordan Levine says:

    “Cyclops” stands out to me. Seeing that one word in the listens makes me do a double-take and snags my interest.

  • WC says:

    It would love to see Date of a Lifetime as I enjoyed attending the reading of it so much. But, The Kid Who Would Be Pope just sounds hiliarous!

  • Mason says:

    Upon hearing the music for The Big Bank on their website, I was amazed. The songs are driving, passionate, and electrifying, making the music captivating from the very beginning. Although The Big Bank is fun, the story is extremely relevant to today’s financial and economic situation. Go hear the music at and like The Big Bank on Facebook!

  • Shane says:

    Without knowing anything about the shows, the one that jumped out at me from the blurbs was Crazy, Just Like Me.

  • Andy L. says:

    I’m most excited for “Tour De Fierce.”

  • Brittany says:

    OOO Crazy, Just Like Me sounds like it would be a great show =)

  • Christine Garfinkel says:

    I can’t possible choose just one…so I’ll say Ghostlight, Greenwood, Kissless and Tut…all different and sound so intriguing!!!

  • Kimberly Lew says:

    There are so many great composers in this year’s offerings, and I’ve been wanting to know more about “Crazy, Just Like Me,” “Jack Perry Is Alive (And Dating),” and “Pride and Prejudice” for a while. Also would like to see “Date of A Lifetime” staged after attending the reading last year.
    Based on synopsis alone, though, I think “Kiki Baby” will be really interesting. I am also very curious to know what “Gatsby” is going to sound like.

  • doug says:

    “Even I, a jaded New Yorker, says…” – CYCLOPS! A childhood friend (and that was a LONG time a go, let me tell you) is one of the creative geniuses behind this production (book and director, Louis Butelli). I wouldn’t miss it for the world!

  • David g. says:

    I’m quite looking forward to ghost light! But CRAZY JUST LIKE ME is a frontrunner.

  • Lilia says:

    I can’t wait to see The Big Bank. There could not be a more relevant topic for our time. I can envision the hilarity!

  • Diane says:

    So many interesting choices of shows to see as usual–hard to pick just one. But for sure I like to see what is being done with familiar novels or stories, so two of the shows I’d like to see are Pride & Prejudice and Outlaws.

  • elibba says:

    the kid who would be pope — the songs are just quirky and hilarious.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    My top choice would have to be “Ghostlight” since I love the New Amsterdam Theatre and I have always wondered who Olive Thomas was.

  • Call me cheap and tasteless, but I think my top choice would have to be Balls…The Musical?

  • Wendy Hall says:

    The Brain that Wouldn’t die in 3-D – quirky eye catching title, it mentions being in 3-D which keeps it current with 3-D TV and film being in fashion at the moment (though theater has obviously always been 3D) and whilst I haven’t read any kind of description about it, a brain that doesn’t die implies zombies or the like, so that could be interesting to see. Love NYMF, so much to see, so little time.
    Also, Tess was incredible last year, so I wouldn’t mind watching Pride and Prejudice to see another classic as a musical.

  • Judy says:

    Having heard the music for The Big Bank on their website and followed the amazing story regarding its creation, I cannot wait to see it in full performance. So I (along with my family) are coming to the festival from Michigan to see a show that has words and music with Broadway potential–

  • Z says:

    Madame X -The Musical

  • Ethan says:

    The Big Bank! Who can’t relate to that?!

  • Kevin McMullan says:

    GHOSTLIGHT because of the title and subject; TUT (what can I say, a past life); MADAME X because I like Madame X and GATSBY because I’m curious about the score and knew about the project.

  • Audra says:

    Time Between Us and Crazy, Just Like Me…
    The music they have up sounds amazing.

  • Jay says:

    Madame X -The Musical

  • Maury Johnson says:

    1. First off, 9 shows had NO musical clips. Disqualified!
    2. These shows came from very impressive creators (book, lyrics, music) but the shows didn’t live up to that promise. They were too ordinary: Crazy Just Like Me, Fucking Hipster (offensive title as well), My History of Marriage, Tut.
    3. These shows were disqualified because of technical issues with their marketing: (too few songs, no or poor quality video/recording, etc: Blood [by the mummers], Greenwood (link to youtube, but no video there), Kiki Baby, Kissless, This One Girl’s Story.
    4. Old concept, already done before: Man of Rock (even the title!), Outlaws, Tour de Fierce (in spite of a great title!)
    5. Nice enough but the music was all pretty much just standard ‘chirpy, talky’ Broadway: Big Bank, Blood, Central Ave Breakdown, Crazy Just Like Me, Fucking Hipster, Ghostlight, Jane Austen’s P and P, The Kid Who Would Be Pope, Time Between Us.
    6. First runner up: Les Enfants de Paris. LOVED the middle eastern musical injection. The show logo/graphic provides a clue to the content of the show. The video teaser was a good attempt. Some of the videos were of uneven quality or interest; should have been omitted. I’d really like to hear these songs performed!
    7. Winner: Madame X Good variety of musical styles to maintain interest. Using a medley for the songs is a great idea. You don’t have to drag through track after track to get a nice overview. Bio information connecting it with Forbidden Broadway indicates this guy knows what he is doing. The video was brilliant. The Douglas Sirk style and nice interview with the author made you really want to go. You KNOW this one is going to have great production values. Of course a fair amount of money was put into this…that other shows probably couldn’t afford…. but still. This marketing effort says: We’re polished and prepared to knock your socks off!!
    Maury Johnson

  • Kris says:

    I’m so excited to see the BIG BANK. The songs are catchy & funny. The style seems like a throwback to classic musical theater while the subject matter is distinctively modern and universal. Can’t wait.

  • Andrew says:

    Madame X because of Gerald Alessandria, we continue to expectd good things from him, and Ghostlight, because it features Daisy Eagan and Kimberly Faye Greenberg (we just can’t get enough Fanny Brice!). I also get some good vibes from the development production of “Gotta Getta Girl” which sounds like it will be quite sweet. (Yes, I realize that all these are showbiz based stories in some ways, Madame X because after all it is no doubt a satire on the great Douglas Sirk flix.

  • Julie says:

    I’m most excited for Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice because I simply love the book and am a hopeless romantic!

  • Tempest Toss’d…I’d like to see how they adapted it and what they did with Prospero’s long explanation in Act 1, sc. 2. The Tempest really needs a prequel called The Duke Of Milan. Been considering revisiting The Tempest; we did it the second year of our touring summer Shakespeare program and I wonder how it would go with 12 years of growth.

  • Jamisa Spalding says:

    I think the general consensus is Madame X but I would love to see Gatsby. I mean who doesn’t love a good Fitzgerald plus it would be interesting to see how that that story adapts with the Jazz music.

  • Anthony says:

    Kiki Baby seems to have a couple of amazing actresses.

  • Monica says:

    I want to see Jane Austen’a Pride and Prejudice the Musical. Love the story.
    Kissless also sounds appealing.

  • Steve S. says:

    Fucking Hipsters sounds interesting…

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