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NYMF Lunchtime Concert

Matt Bogart as James Joyce & Jessica Burrows as Nora Barnacle of 'Himself and Nora'  wow the crowd with their soaring vocals

Matt Bogart as James Joyce & Jessica Burrows as Nora Barnacle of 'Himself and Nora'  wow the crowd with their soaring vocals

NYMF Lunchtime Concert at Worldwide Plaza
Treats New Yorkers to a Sampler of Upcoming Festival
of 30 New Musicals

New Musical Himself and Nora, The Story of James Joyce & Nora Barnacle Shines at New York Musical Theatre Festival Preview

New Yorkers got a sneak preview of the upcoming New York Musical Theatre Festival at the Worldwide Plaza Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 28. Judging by audience response, ticket sales will be brisk once again for many of the NYMF offerings.

Broadway’s Matt Bogart (currently starring in Jersey Boys) & Jessica Burrows along with their fellow cast mates in Jonathan Brielle’s new musical Himself and Nora treated an enthusiastic lunchtime crowd in the spacious plaza to a few songs from the score of this musical tale of one of the greatest romances of the 20th Century -Himself...the brilliant and hard drinking Irish novelist James Joyce, Nora...the passionate chambermaid Nora Barnacle who became his lover, his partner, and his muse for 29 years. Bogart led his fellow players J.B. Wing, David Arthur, Brian Sills and the exquisite Burrows in a rousing paean to Ireland, “River Liffey” that had the audience clapping along. Ms. Burrows, possessed with an extraordinary voice that soared across the backdrop of midtown traffic, melted the crowd with the poignant “Stand Fast”.

The musical is directed by NYMF veteran and award winning director Michael Bush. Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Brielle, Musical Director is James Sampliner; choreographer, Kelli Barkley; Associate Musical Director, Nathan Dame; Set Designer, Michael V. Moore; Lighting Designer, Cat Tate Starmer; Costume Designer, Sara Jean Tosetti; Sound Designer, Brad Berridge; Production Manager is Jameson Croasdale. The show opens on the first day of the New York Musical Theatre Festival July 9 at Theatre at St. Clements.

Also livening up the show was the delightful cast of The Two Month Rule A hilariously original, all-ska musical written and performed by a crazy-talented still-in-or-just-graduated-from high school cast! When high school senior Jack’s heart is broken yet again, he and his pals invent “The Two Month Rule”: none of them will date any girl for longer than eight weeks, the point at which all girlfriends go nuts…But following the rule is tougher than dreaming it up, when prom night falls on the day of the Two Month dump ‘em deadline. Sort of a Lysistrata in reverse. The musical has book and Lyrics by Griffin Hennelly and Nolan Hennelly, music by Chris Scott Geller and is directed by Elizabeth Tuxill. The show begins performances July 13 at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

An additional highlight of the afternoon was powerhouse vocalist Trent Armand Kendall performing songs from Picture Incomplete, a tale of on middle-aged New Yorker’s funny, unusual, soulful birthday. Kendall, who has been justly praised by Time out New York stars in the one-man musical with music & lyrics by Michael Polese, book & additional lyrics by Trent Armand Kendall directed by Greg Ganakas with musical direction by Adam Klipple. The show begins performances on July 10 at the 45th Street Theatre.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival runs July 9 through July 29. Tickets for all shows are $25 and can be purchased by calling
 (212) 352-3101 or by visiting . For more information about additional shows: .

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

NYMF 2012 is presented in association with , Production Resource Group, and , and is supported by American Eagle Outfitters, Back Stage, , , Clear Channel Spectacolor, Disney Store Times Square, Fox 5/ WNYW-TV, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, , Thomson Reuters, , Times Square Squared, and Yelp. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The BWF Foundation, Con Edison, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer Phinney, The New Musical Development Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by funds from the New York City Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or .


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