New York Musical Theater Festival Offers Innovative Works

From: The New York Times

By Steven McElroy

It’s not every year that a show coming out of the New York Musical Theater Festival achieves the momentum and subsequent success of “Next to Normal” or “[title of show],” past festival hits, but Broadway is hardly the only measure of success. This annual event is always a summer theater high point, offering a chance to see innovative work as it’s being born, and for a fraction of the average Broadway ticket price.

What will stand out for you? Perhaps “Pope! An Epic Musical,” about a rock star and his nemesis, or “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera,” based on the 1994 conflict between the figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan?

With more than 20 productions in addition to concerts and readings, there is plenty to see, and if any of these shows do end up on Broadway, you can say you saw it first. (Tuesday through July 27 at a range of locations; nymf.org.)