The center of New York City’s theater district is home to a major organization in the musical industry. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) is a festival that promotes musical theater, and is aimed at enhancing the vitality of musical theater every year, keeping theater alive and well. The New York Musical Festival has been in existence for over a decade and continually introduces new content to all attendees in NYC. According to NYMF, over the course of the festival, over 400 shows have premiered. This has led to the introduction of more than 8,000 artists to over 300,000 audience members. In 2013, the New York Musical Festival received a Drama Desk Award, a sign of the festival’s significance to the world of musical theater.
The Festival Details
For the 2018 New York Musical Festival, varying passes are offered. These passes offer the ability to not only book tickets in advance of the general public but also offer pass holders the chance to enter the theater before individual tickets holders. There are three levels of passes, ranging from $124-$559.
1.) Pass – $124
This is an individual pass. It provides a combination of one lanyard and pass in addition to four tickets and one invitation to the opening night celebration of the festival.
2.) Pass Plus – $297
With up to a combination of two passes and two lanyards, this pass is great for couples or friends. It provides ten tickets, two invitations to the opening night celebration of the festival, and exclusive access to all readings for two people.
3.) Pass Premium – $559
The pass premium features a combination of up to four passes and lanyards, making it great for small groups. Up to twenty tickets are included with the pass in addition to four invitations to the opening night celebration of the festival. Additionally, the premium includes exclusive access to all readings for four people and four invitations to the closing night celebration.
These passes are not necessary for entrance to the 2018 New York Musical Festival, but give holders additional benefits in addition to discounts off of the festival tickets.
Outside of the musical festival itself, the NYMF participates in and hosts a variety of community programs. One of their most notable programs is the Next Link Project, which trains musical theater writers and provides mentorship for the writers.
The New York Musical Festival is one of, if not, the largest annual musical theater events in the United States. Past performances have proved fruitful for many performers at the festival, as multiple performers have gone to perform on Broadway, nationally, and globally.
Broadway, the pinnacle of performance art, is the absolute best place to see a live musical. Millions of people annually flock to Broadway, the infamous street in NYC home to some of the best musicals known to man. Broadway has established the names of countless legendary works, actors, actresses, musicians, and singers. Attending a Broadway show is a popular task on bucket lists around the world. If you’re ready to check that item off of your bucket list, you’re in luck. This spring holds some of the best performances you won’t want to miss.
This bittersweet musical is based on both Romeo and Juliet, with twist inspired by The Little Mermaid. Once on This Island, Stephen Flaherty’s original fairytale first premiered in the 1990’s and went on to earn critical acclaim on Broadway. The story itself takes place in Haiti, during a time of segregation. A young girl is washed away by a flood, but the gods of the island save her. Through this musical the audience is captivated as she learns she may have a destiny after all.
From the hilarious creators of television masterpiece, South Park, The Book of Mormon is perhaps Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s most daring work yet. The musical centers around two Mormon missionaries and is definitely not for those easily offended. The Book of Mormon has earned four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Grammy, surprisingly enough. Prepare for controversial, cynical, brilliant comedy!
Following the Second Stage theatre, this is a six-time Tony-winning, comic musical. This thought-provoking production has received only raving reviews. This is a tale about how lies can travel through communities and the repercussions of such. Set in a high-anxiety high school setting, where students who are desperate for any form of recognition from peers, Dear Evan Hansen takes a dark spiral. It touches on several concepts such as suicide, depression, and anxiety.
Simply put, this is a show put on by none other than The Boss himself. Bringing a new life to the stage, Springsteen is a Broadway show not to miss. This is a show that tells the story of Bruce Springsteen, from the beginning to current date. This show, provided by the man, himself, displays how his activism and passion has proven a relevant force in music for the last 40 years.
When the holiday season hits New York City, most people tend to associate it with perennial events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Another thing that makes spending a holiday in New York even more special is the large number of holiday musical performances in just about every style of music imaginable. Below is a compiled list of some of the best performances that happened during the 2017-2018 holiday season.
Pop music fans were glad to see Mariah Carey come to the Beacon Theater for the third year in a row from November 27 to December 5 where she performed a Christmas-themed concert than includes one of her signature hits, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
On December 9, the legendary Apollo theater, which is known for its weekly amateur hour, threw a family-friendly party for the “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow,” all of whom are under 18. Meanwhile, December 10 held a classical music aficionados thrilled to the sound of Sergei Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf as performed by the Ensemble Signal under conductor Brad Lubman. Isaac Mizrahi narrated the timeless story while the choreography of John Heigenbotham made it an evening to remember.
Rock fans danced to the sounds of Yo La Tengo and their Hanukkah residency at the Bowery Ballroom on the Lower East Side which played through December 19. The legendary R&B singer Darlene Love performed a Christmas concert at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill from December 21 to 23. Other acts that performed in New York City this holiday season include LCD Soundsystem, Landlady, Dave Harrington, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Kozelek & Kevin Corrigan.
For those who fear they’ve missed the show, no worries here. Some performances are ongoing through January.
Jazz lovers can go to the Blue Note to enjoy the 12th annual holiday residency of world famous jazz-funk trumpet player Chris Botti, which is ongoing until January 7, 2018.
Another legendary theater, Radio City Music Hall, is still holding its annual Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. While the theater and the Christmas show full of singing, dancing, and elaborate sets and costumes have been around for decades, this year’s show offers immersive state-of-the-art technological upgrades beyond anything before, including an 8K LED wall and digital projections that cover all eight proscenium arches. The show started November 10 and runs until January 8.
About Pedro J Torres
The Brooklyn Academy of Music has had a long and illustrious history long before Pedro J. Torres arrived on the scene a few years ago. Beginning in 1861, the inaugural performance included Mozart and Verdi on the program. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln attended a performance during their opening week.
One of Pedro J. Torres favorite things about BAM are their incredible and historical venues, like the opera house in Fort Green on Lafayette Avenue. The Howard Gilman Opera House is known for its ornate tall ceilings. Known for its Beaux arts style and start of the art sound system, the venue is frequently sought after for major stars, orchestras, and events.
With Pedro J. Torres immense business experience in Venezuela, he is able to offer his guidance and expertise in BAM’s different business areas. BAM turned their former ballroom into a café to offer dinner to patrons before live events. This café even has an event series of free concerts for the public to enjoy.
The café began in 1999, and the performances are currently curated by Darrell McNeill. The café has a helped many artists launch their careers and has also served as a home for intimate performances by established artists. Artists include Licorice, Early Grehound, Sekou Sundiate, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Haale, ETHEL, Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Eisa Davis, Morley, Carl Hancock Rux, and Stew.
Established artists include TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe Bataan, Corey Glover, Marc Ribot, Don Byron, Gary Luca, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore aka Dr. Madd Vibe, Grady Tate, Vernon Reid, and Marshall Crenshaw.
BAM offers a professional development program that Pedro J. Torres is excited about contributing to. The 14 month long program, which is located at the new BAM Fisher facility offers professional development and deeply discounted theater and rehearsal studio rentals to a group of Brooklyn non-profits and organizations. The program is a collaboration with DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Every year they focus on a new discipline to help their participates have long term success.
Pedro J Torres is excited to be a part of this legendary institution.