New York Musical Festival 2016 Preview

An icon sings about an icon. A self-declared “ghetto-hippie-Arab-commie–China doll” sings about her mysterious Muslim father. Tinkerbell stars in one musical. Another is based on a real-life shooting in an Amish schoolhouse.

These are among the 18 new musicals being given full productions at the 13th annual New York Musical Festival, or NYMF, which runs through August 7. Watch songs from eight of them below, arranged alphabetically by show title. (The titles are linked to the show’s page on the NYMF website. Twitter feeds are also listed)

Children of Salt

Unexpected meetings and unleashed memories greet Raul during what he had expected to be just a quick visit home to visit his ailing grandmother.


Eh Dah? Questions for My Father
A one-woman musical written by and starring self-declared “ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya Aziz, who riffs on Islamaphobia and her search for her Muslim family.


Forest Boy
“On September 5th, 2011, a boy appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest with his father for the past five years. He had no memory of his past – only that his name was Ray and he travelled to Berlin following the death of his father in the woods. What followed were nine months of speculation, police inquiry, and a global media frenzy, as the mystery of the Forest Boy slowly unravelled.



Donna McKechnie (the original Cassie in A Chorus Line) and Tony Sheldon (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) star in this musical about a young man searching 40 years into the past for the story of the American beauty who married European royalty, lived a scandalous life and died a tragic death.



Nickel Mines

A musical “interpretation” of the 2006 shooting by a lone gunman of 10 girls in an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


The First Church Of Mary, The Repentant Prostitute’s Fifth Annual Benefit Concert, Revival, And Pot Luck Dinner

From the title alone, this musical would seem to be a fit for the Fringe.



The Last Word

The Parking Lot Queen of East Cleveland in 1976 wants to pave Paradise and put up a parking lot. Paradise is the name of a restaurant that Jay inherited from his father, and he enlists his friends to save the place — by playing Scrabble all across America.




The backstory of idealistic young fairy Tinkerbell,


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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