After three sold out engagements, FUTUREFEST returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below!
Presented by the Foundation of New American Musicals and Open Hydrant Theater Company, this popular Los Angeles/New York City showcase spotlights rising local young talent in a celebration of the next generation of musical theatre artists. At FutureFest, middle/high-school and college students sing songs from new musicals written by leading and rising lyricists/composers.
Songs by Stephen Schwartz, Scott Alan, Ryan Scott Oliver, Jeff Thomson, Oliver Houser, Michael Cooper, Jordan Mann, Ben Toth, Chad Beguelin, Erik Przytulski, Michael Kooman, Christopher Dimond and many others have been showcased at this event, hosted by special celebrity guests. Past hosts have included Patrick Cassidy (Assassins), Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), AJ Holmes (Team StarKid/Book of Mormon), Jonah Platt (Wicked), Paris Barclay (Glee, DGA President), Ben Toth (Musical Director, Kristin Chenoweth, Cheyenne Jackson) and Graham Phillips (13,The Good Wife).
Students are selected from a variety of middle/high schools/colleges such as NYU, Pace University, Fordham, Columbia, Stuyvesant HS, Bronx High School of Science, Regis HS, Bronx Prep, Democracy Prep, Monsignor Farrell, Notre Dame Academy, Pelham HS, Bronx School of the Arts, and LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts.
Bob Klein, Linda Shusett, and Marcia Seligson (Past Producing Artistic Director of Reprise, UCLA) and Luis Cardenas and Sarah Rosenberg (Artistic Directors of Open Hydrant Theater Company) are proud and honored to bring FutureFest to New York City! Join us for an exciting evening of musical theatre presented by tomorrow’s rising stars.
The evening will be hosted by Sasha Forman.
Play Like a Winner, Generation Me, and Peace, Love and Cupcakes all won NYMF Awards! Zoe Wilson won an Outstanding Individual Performance Award for Play Like a Winner; Carrie Berk won an Outstanding Individual Performance Award for Peace, Love and Cupcakes, and the show received a special citation for “Building A Movement Through Musical Theatre”; and Milo Manheim and Julia Nightingale won performance awards for Generation Me, as well as Best Musical and many other awards for the show! Find out more in these Facebook and Instagram posts:
Happy Trails to Gianna Harris, Brandon Niederauer, Sammy Ramirez, Paul Luke Bonenfant, Raghav Mehrotra, and Jersey Sullivan, who all played their final performance in School of Rock today! We can’t wait to see what’s next for all of you!
Happy Trails to Hudson Loverro, who played his final performance in A Bronx Tale today! Congrats on a great run!
Finally, Happy Trails to the companies of The Traveling Lady, Play Like a Winner, Generation Me, and Peace, Love and Cupcakes, which all finished their runs today! Best of luck in all your future endeavors!
Christian Mullins (Kinky Boots tour) made his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots this week!
Watch footage from the A Bronx Tale performance at this week’s Broadway in Bryant Park below or on BroadwayWorld.com!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Peace, Love and Cupcakes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet, Generation Me, A Bronx Tale, The Lion King, Anastasia, and Frozen!
Happy Opening to the cast of Peace, Love and Cupcakes at New York Musical Festival! I saw their opening performance tonight, and it was such a fantastic, fun show. You can still see it now through Sunday!
Happy belated birthday to Jersey Sullivan (School of Rock)! We hope you had a great day, Jersey!
YBAN’s Emily saw Kinky Boots tonight and loved it! Great job, Christopher Convery and Christian Mullins!
Falsettos will arrive on BroadwayHD on August 14th! Get more details on BroadwayWorld.com.
Ben Cook (Billy Elliot, Ragtime) has joined the cast of the world premiere of Mean Girls the musical in Washington, D.C.!
Today’s Broadway in Bryant Park featured performances from cast members from A Bronx Tale and Anastasia!
Watch alumni Nico Bustamante (A Room of My Own), Grayson Taylor (Mothers and Sons, New York Spring Spectacular), and Meliki Hurd (Matilda) appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”!
And here are pictures and videos from the kids of Waitress, Play Like a Winner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peace, Love and Cupcakes, and Generation Me!
Today was Broadway Barks! It took place in Shubert Alley beginning at 3pm, and the celebrity presentations started at 5:30pm, including alum Sophia Anne Caruso (Blackbird, Runaways, Lazarus, The Nether, The Sound of Music LIVE, Ruthless!).
Amanda Swickle (Tink!) has joined the cast of Eco at New York Musical Festival! The show runs from July 11-16; get more information on NYMF.org.
Check out Luca Padovan (Marvin’s Room, School of Rock, Newsies) in the Squigs sketch for Marvin’s Room on Broadway.com!
Brandon Niederauer (School of Rock) will play a show in Brooklyn on July 13th! Get more details on SupportLocalMusic.co.
Here’s a sneak peek at Peace, Love and Cupcakes from the NYMF preview concert!
Look for Suri Chen (Miss Saigon) in print ads for Joe Fresh!
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