But it's not easy to tease out what NYMF
is telling us about the role of dance in this art form.
"I consider myself to be an example of what makes the NYMF
really so great," Hummon says by phone from Tennessee.
Although Hurwitz estimates NYMF
provides about $30,000 in marketing, production and other support for each show, additional budget costs per project run from $15,000 on up--and all of it needs to be raised by the creatives or an attached producer.
, the tuner was called "Feeling Electric," after a title song involving electroshock therapy--one of the treatments Diana experienced.
This makes NYMF
a powerful draw for aficionados of the form, who turn out to see not only tomorrow's hit shows and trends, but to witness shows that may never have a future beyond the festival.
To kick off the exchange, DIMF executive chairman Bae Sung Hyuck and NYMF
executive director and producer Isaac Robert Hurwitz selected a 2008 DIMF offering.
Not all of this year's crop of shows are so light-hearted in tone: NYMF
's Street Lights depicts young African-Americans struggling--and rapping--to save an inner-city school, while in NAMT's hard-to-classify Hostage Song a pair of prisoners in a war-torn country bond over a shared love of indie rock.
But with festival heavyweight FringeNYC unleashing hundreds of shows every August--and relative upstarts like the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF
) growing more prominent by the year--Ice Factory is always at risk of being overlooked.
His new musical Emma had just been accepted into the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF
As usual with NYMF
, buzz isn't narrowing the field.
17, a milestone will have been gained: NYMF
's 100th production.
With the fall machine running smoothly--not to mention an increasing number of NYMF
shows transferring to commercial runs--organizers are aiming to introduce programming throughout the rest of the year.