Sarah Ellis, dancer, pianist, and aspiring musical theater composer (she’s creating a new musical with fellow Duke in New Yorker Julia Robertson–it’s going to be incredible. seriously, just wait for our post about it…), is interning this semester with the New York Musical Theater Festival.
From September 10th through October 1st, the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) puts on over 30 new musicals throughout midtown Manhattan. This year, during its third season, NYMF attracted over 36,400 attendees across all Festival events. In today’s musical theater climate, where it costs between $10 and $15 million to produce a Broadway musical, the NYMF mission is to provide opportunities for new musical theater artists to stage their shows and to be discovered.
Here’s the word from Sarah about the latest and greatest at NYMF:
"A lot of you have asked what I have been up to with the NY Musical Theatre Festival since the actual Festival ended a month ago. The answer? Preparing for the NYMF Awards Gala, which was held November 12 at the Hudson Theater!
This star-studded gala honoring Kevin McCollum was a fundraising event that included a reception, dinner, awards show, performance, and VIP after-party. The other interns and I (see the photo below–I’m third from the left) worked the event, so it was very exciting to check in stars like Sutton Foster, Bob Martin, Anthony Rapp, Kelli O’Hara, and everyone’s favorite Broadway producer, Manny Azenberg!
The performance was probably the highlight of the evening; Kevin McCollum performed his own version of "I Don’t Wanna Show Off" from The Drowsy Chaperone, and [title of show] brilliantly rewrote their opening song to roast Kevin.
I had the chance to speak with the cast of [title of show] at the after-party, as well, and they were thrilled to hear that several of us were writing musicals for our final projects. They encouraged us
to keep killing those vampires!
Hope you enjoy these photos from the event!"