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by Michael Portantiere

    Changing the World, 30 Musicals at a Time

    The sixth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is raring to begin on September 28 and will run through October 18. Yesterday afternoon, a press preview of numbers from nine of the musicals to be included in the festival was held at New World Stages. Below are my pix of the event, with captions that list the titles of the shows and songs represented as well as the names of the performers. Since its inception, NYMF has spawned such musicals as Altar Boyz, [title of show], and Next to Normal, so you really owe it to yourself to check out this year's bill of fare. For complete information, visit www.nymf.org.


    Under Fire: "Feel the Fire" (Caesar Samayoa and company).


    Fat Camp: "Is Her Butt Bigger Than Mine?" (Carly Jibson and Ryah Nixon).


    Judas & Me: "Rome" (Nick Blaemire and Doug Kreeger).


    Anjou: "Those Who Refuse Mother's Wishes" (Leisl Lar and Jym Carlo Heneidi).



    Above are two photos of excerpts from The Happy Enbalmer, featuring Daniel Reichard, Megan Sikora, and company.


    All Fall Down: "Why Don't I Ask?" (Jenn Collela).


    Street Lights: "Georgetown" (Kevin Curtis).


    The Cure: "Who I Am" (Michael Buchanan and Manu Narayan).



    I leave you with the above two photos of moments from Hurricane, a show that has a cast of 30 -- the largest in NYMF history!

    Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11:21 PM | Item Link

    Michael Portantiere comes to BroadwayStars with more than 30 years' experience as an editor and writer for such media outlets as TheaterMania.com, InTHEATER magazine, and BACK STAGE. He has also contributed articles and reviews to AfterElton.com, Playbill, and Stagebill, and has written notes for several major cast albums. Additionally, Michael is a professional photographer whose pictures have been published by THE NEW YORK TIMES, the DAILY NEWS, and several notable websites. (Visit www.followspotphoto.com for more information.)
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    The last five columns written by Michael Portantiere:

    07/13/2010: Presidential Material

    07/04/2010: Hardy Boy

    06/29/2010: High School Stars

    06/21/2010: Falling in Love Again

    06/17/2010: A Meeting of the 'mos (and Their Friends)

    For a listing of all features written by Michael, click here.