Teen-centric productions set for festival

Three teen-centric new musicals will receive staged readings at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists Jan. 16-18 in East Haddam, Conn.

The shows are “Life on the Mississippi,” based on Twain’s autobiography of his teen years learning to be a Mississippi River steamboat pilot; “Band Geeks,” about high school marching bands; and “Factory Girls,” about teen-aged girls working in the factories of Lowell, Mass. in the 19th century.

The festival is part of the theater’s 3½-week-long collaboration with the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University and the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where writing students from NYU and acting students from Hartt work on new musicals.

“Life on the Mississippi” has book and lyrics by Douglas M. Parker and music by Denver Casado; “Bank Geeks” has a book by Tommy Newman and music and lyrics are by Mark Allen, Gaby Alter and Newman; “Factory Goirls” has music, lyrics and book by Sean Mahoney and Creighton Irons.

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