Some 30 original musical productions are getting their shot at first playing for an audience in the Theatre District this month.
The ninth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival, which runs through next weekend, has been the launching pad for musicals like Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal that have gone on to Broadway, off-Broadway or national tours.
Other noteworthy past productions include Altar Boyz, Guttenberg the Musical, The Blue Flower and The Shaggs.
Adam Feldman, theatre critic for Time Out New York, described the festival as an incubator for musical theater.
“When you see a show at NYMF you shouldn't expect to that it's going to be the full perfect version of the eventual show,” Feldman said. “But it's a great way to see shows in their initial stages of development and it can be fascinating when you see them later in their fully fledged forms.”.
The festival runs through July 29. For the schedule and tickets go to www.nymf.org.