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Festival of New Musicals Archives

Festival of New Musicals Archives

There is life after the Festival! Track the progress and learn about upcoming productions of your favorite musicals from Goodspeed's Festival of New Musicals.

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

2014

SEE THE 2014 FESTIVAL PAGE
 

 

Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals Adam Lives

ADAM LIVES

Friday, Jan 17, 7:30 PM
Book, Music & Lyrics by Rob Baumgartner, Jr.
Adam is an unsuccessful songwriter who doesn’t know how to settle into his long-term relationship with Claudia. When he has an opportunity to write for an emerging pop superstar, Adam is forced to decide which he values more: an enduring partnership or a love that is worthy of song. Adam Lives is about finding and keeping the important things in life, but at what cost? 

• Track the show's progress HERE

   
Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals A Proper Place

A PROPER PLACE

Saturday, Jan 18, 7:30 PM
Book by Leslie Becker and Curtis Rhodes
Music by Curtis Rhodes
Lyrics by Leslie Becker
Additional Lyrics by Curtis Rhodes
It is 1902. Mayfair, England. When an upper class British family is shipwrecked on an island with only their butler to help them survive, traditional class systems are questioned and unexpected love blossoms. Based on J. M. Barrie’s play The Admirable Crichton, this musical fantasy with a sumptuous score, dubbed a “cross between Downton Abbey and Gilligan’s Island,” is a classic tale of equality, survival and forbidden love. 

• Track the show's progress HERE

   
Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals The Theory of Relativity

THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY

SUNDAY, JAN 19, 1:00 PM
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
This unconventional new musical from the writers of The Story of My Life is a joyous and moving look at our surprisingly interconnected lives. Through a collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. 

• Track the show's progress HERE


2013

SEE THE 2013 FESTIVAL PAGE
   
 Goodspeed Musicals Nine Wives

NINE WIVES

Friday, Jan 18, 2013
Music & Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen
Book & Lyrics by Dan Elish
Based on the novel, “Nine Wives” by Dan Elish
Nine Wives tells the story of Henry Mann, a 32-year-old bachelor who discovers that the love of his life has met someone new and is about to get married. What’s worse, he’s been invited to her wedding! What follows are Henry’s frantic attempts to find a woman he can take as his date – a potential future wife – to prove to his ex-fiancée (and the world) that he too is ready to move on.

TriARts Sharon Playhouse, July 24-27, 2014

   
 Goodspeed Musicals Come From Away

COME FROM AWAY

Saturday, Jan 19, 2013
Book, Music and Lyrics by David Hein and Irene Sankoff
Come From Away is a rocking musical about when 38 planes from around the world were diverted to a small, Canadian community on September 11th, 2001 - doubling its population in an instant. While the world witnessed the worst acts of humankind, the stranded passengers had their faith in humanity restored by the spirited people who comforted those who had come from away.

NAMT Festival of New Musicals: Fall 2013

   
 Goodspeed Musicals Princesses

PRINCESSES: A NEW ROCK MUSICAL

Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
Book by Janece Shaffer, Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Music, and Lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Four outrageous princesses escape the confines of their castle walls and shock the fairy tale world with their unconventional ways. Princesses is inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and features a contemporary rock score.

 


2012

 SEE THE 2012 FESTIVAL PAGE
 

Goodspeed Musical FNA Harmony, Kansas

HARMONY, KANSAS

Friday, Jan 13, 2012
Music by Anna K. Jacobs
Book & Lyrics by Bill Nelson

A new musical with a lively, soulful score that follows Heath, a farmer in rural Harmony, Kansas and his city-born partner who talks him into joining the newly formed gay men's chorus. Heath discovers a love for making music and unexpected kinship. But when the group decides to perform in public, his world is turned upside down and all that matters to him is threatened.

Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, CA: June 14 - July 22, 2012
New York Theatre Barn at the D-Lounge: July 29, 2013
   

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NOT WANTED ON THE VOYAGE

Saturday, Jan 14, 2012
Music & Lyrics by Neil Bartram
Book by Brian Hill
Based on the novel by Timothy Findley

A housewife, her husband, their three sons, and a talking cat - just an ordinary family living ordinary lives in the turbulent days before the Great Flood. Their ordinary lives are turned upside-down when they learn that they alone will survive the comnig deluge. Filled with magic, mythology and, above all else, hope, Not Wanted on the Voyage is a probocative new musical about the first time the world ended.

• Track the show's progress HERE
   

Goodspeed Musicals FNA The Dogs of Pripyat

THE DOGS OF PRIPYAT

Sunday, Jan 15, 2012
Music by Aron Accurso
Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz
Book by Leah Napolin & Jill Abramovitz
based on the play by Leah Napolin

USSR, 1986. As all humans are evacuated from Chernobyl, their pets are left behind to fend for themselves. This is the story of those animals. Boychik is a gentle mutt who pines for his masters' return. But when a pair of alphas take control, Boychik learns how to hunt, kill and ultimately form a new kind of family. Based on true events, The Dogs of Pripyat is a story about hope and survival when they seem least possible.


2011

 
   
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_Hello! My Baby

HELLO! MY BABY

Book & New Lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner
New Music & Arrangements by Georgia Stitt 

From debutante balls to Delancey Street, Hello! My Baby puts a new-fashioned spin on the great American songbook musical, weaving the updated hits of Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, and a score of others into a timely and hilarious tale of first love, class-struggles, street-gangs, gender-swapping, and a whole lot of ukuleles.

• Track the show's progress HERE
Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura, CA: Mar 21 - April 15, 2012
Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre: Nov 3 - 27, 2011

 
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_Nobody Loves You

NOBODY LOVES YOU

Music & Lyrics by Gaby Alter
Book & Lyrics by Itamar Moses

Nobody Loves You is a romantic comedy about the search for meaningful relationships in a culture dominated by the quest for popularity. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, goes on a reality TV dating show to win back his ex, he instead finds a girl who might be the love of his life. But will she fall for him once he is seduced by the adulation of his fans?

NAMT Festival of New Musicals: Fall 2012
The Old Globe, San Diego, CA: May 9 - June 17, 2012
Second Stage Theatre, New York NY: June 20-August 11, 2013
   
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_Room 16

ROOM 16

Book by Andrea Lepcio
Music by Stephen Sislen
Lyrics by Stephen Sislen & Ben H. Winters
Originally Developed by Stephen Sislen & Ben H. Winters

Room 16 tells the story of the unlikely friendship between G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, and the events leading to the Watergate break-in of June, 1972. With a score spanning America popular musical styles from swing and big band to folk and early '70s rock, Room 16 is a fast-paced and darkly comedic look inside American political history.
 

2010

 
   
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Hello Out There

Friday, Jan 15, 2010
Book & Lyrics by Eric Price
Music by Frank Terry

It’s the summer of 1995, a dozen years before the current financial crisis and the scandal of Bernie Madoff.  Three Internet-savvy teens are able to earn tens of thousands of dollars in the stock market using an ingenious method that may or may not be illegal. When an immigrant taxi driver loses his life savings because of the teenagers’ game, he alerts the SEC. What was initially a high-flying summer of getting rich turns upside down as the S.E.C. chases the teens across the Internet, through the New Jersey suburbs, and all the way to Wall Street.

• Staged Reading at Playwright's Horizons, NYC: March 2011
Adirondack Theatre Festival, Glens Falls, NY: July 2011
• Track the show's progress HERE

   
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_ReWrite

ReWrite

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Book, Music & Lyrics by Joe Iconis

This triple feature of wild musicals connects in surprising and dangerous ways. “Nelson Rocks!” is a pop/rock show about a young dude who needs to fix his life before the class bell rings. “Miss Marzipan” is a dizzy musical about a high-stakes dinner party. A little bit of blood is spilt, but it’s nothing that some kitchen towels can't clean up. “The Process” deals with a writer on deadline to finish his musical at the Dunkin’ Donuts. As his characters begin to populate the coffee shop, our friendly counter lady serves as a guide through this passionate look into one man's writing process.

• Track the show's progress HERE
Selections performed at Joe's Pub, NYC: Nov 6, 2010
   
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Lincoln In Love

Sunday, Jan 17, 2012
Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman

It’s a crucial moment in young Abe Lincoln’s life - the fledgling lawyer has served his first term in the Illinois state legislature and he’s mourning the death of his fiancée, Ann Rutledge. Enter socialite Mary Todd, arrived in Springfield to visit her sister and find a husband suitable to her cultivated taste and ambition. While at first she finds Lincoln coarse and uncivilized, Mary sees his great potential after his first major trial. Their on-again, off-again relationship is just one of the challenges and events that shaped the young Lincoln into the leader he would become.

• Track the show's progress HERE
• New Works Festival, The Village Theatre, Seattle: Aug 15, 2010
• Reading at Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.: 2010
   

2009

 
   
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Life on the Mississippi

Friday, Jan 16, 2009
Book & Lyrics by Douglas M. Parker
Music by Denver Casado

Young Samuel Clemens leaves home to learn steamboat piloting on a Mississippi riverboat in 1858 and unexpectedly finds himself learning about life. And death. And love. And writing. All while navigating his way from boy to man and from Samuel Clemens to Mark Twain. Based on Twain’s autobiographical coming-of-age tale.

• Track the show's progress HERE
American Folklore Theatre, Door County, WI: June 2010
Coterie Theatre, Kansas City: Jan 26-Feb 28, 2010

   
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_Band Geeks!

Band Geeks!

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009
Book by Tommy Newman
Music & Lyrics by Mark Allen, Gaby Alter, and Tommy Newman

Band Geeks! is a high-stepping tribute to high school marching bands and misfits everywhere.  With just nine members and dwindling funds, the Cuyahoga High Marching Beavers are close to extinction. When a troubled athlete is relegated to their ranks, Elliott, the tuba-playing band captain and Laura, his best friend, must find a way to unite the band, overcome their pride and embrace their inner geek.

Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL: April 18 - May 11, 2014
Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Tigard, OR: Jan 30 - March 2, 2014
The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton, OH: May 31 - June 17, 2012
Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre: May 16 - June, 6 2010
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: Fall 2009

   
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Factory Girls

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009
Music, Lyrics & Book by Sean Mahoney & Creighton Irons

At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution the Lowell Mill Girls’ must fight to maintain their country values and their humanity as they become America’s first independent working women. Armed with her pen and her voice, and fueled by a revolutionary spirit, one girl secretly rallies her co-workers against the burgeoning “soul-less corporation.” Her choice affects not only the girls and their community but also the fate of the American worker.

NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: Fall 2009

 

2008


   
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_The Trouble with Doug

The Trouble with Doug: A Modern-Day Metamorphosis

Friday, January 18, 2008
Book and Lyrics by Daniel Maté
Book and Music by Will Aronson

Inspired by Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” 28 year old Doug finds himself turning into a slug. His family and fiancée face this utterly absurd reality and change along with him in this serio/comic slice of life.

Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL: April 18-May11, 2014
TheatreWorks, New Works Festival, Silicon Valley, CA: Aug 4 - 19, 2012
• Royal & Derngate Theatre Co., UK: 2011
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: Fall 2010
CAP21 Theare Co., NYC: June 2009

   
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Tales From the Bad Years

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Written by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk

A musical revue that accurately and lovingly puts the relationships of young adults center stage as they attempt to cope with the follies, fantasies and frustrations they encounter in 21st century America.


• Track the show's progress HERE
School of Fine Arts Theatre, University of Minnesota: Feb 14 - 23, 2013
• Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT: Aug 2008
• Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC: 2008
• Penn State New Musical Theatre Festival: March 2008

   
Goodspeed Musicals_FNA_Genesius

Genesius, The Musical

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Book by L. J. Fecho
Music and Lyrics by Michael O’Flaherty

Based on a true story, this musical celebrates the founding, struggles, successes and heart of a theatre company specifically extablisehhd to feature the jouous talnets of a group of young theatre artists.

• TADA! Theatre, NYC: Aug-Sept 2009

   

2007

 
 

Pearl

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Book, Music and Lyrics by Katie Kring

A haunting re-imagination of The Scarlet Letter, in which Hester Prynne's 12-year-old daughter, Pearl, seeks the truth about her family's mysterious past and ultimately, her own true self.

   
 

Tinyard Hill

Thursday, January 18, 2007
Music by Mark Allen
Book and Lyrics by Tommy Newman

South Georgia, 1964. A rural blacksmith and his son work to find mutual understanding and acceptance in a world that is simultaneously shrinking and getting too large to ignore.

• Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville, TN: April 16 - July 11, 2010
Theatreworks, Palo Alto, CA: July 15 - July 16, 2009
Red Mountain Theatre Company, Birmingham, AL: Aug 8-9, 2008
• The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton, OH: July 11 - 12, 2008
NAMT Festival of New Musicals, NYC: October 2007

   
 

The Great American Race

Friday, January 19, 2007
Book, Music and Lyrics by Patrick Barry

The life of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt told against the backdrop of the Daytona 500 - a stirring story of fall and redemption.


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