New offerings from former “Daily Show” head scribe David Javerbaum, Adam Gwon and Joe Iconis are among the eight works on tap for the Festival of New Musicals, the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s annual industry showcase of developing tuners.
As in prior years, the tuners will be performed in 45-minute segs to an audience of NAMT members including producers, presenters and other industry types. Titles on the slate for the 23rd annual fest, which runs Oct. 27-28 at Off Broadway’s New World Stages, include the following:
n”Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story by Julia Jordan (“Sarah, Plain and Tall”) and Gwon (“Ordinary Days”).
n”Bloodsong of Love,” a spaghetti-western rock tuner by Iconis (“The Black Suits”) originally penned as a commission for Gotham’s Ars Nova, where the show played a limited run.
nMichael Kooman and Christopher Dimond’s “Dani Girl,” a fantasy-infused, child’s-eye take on a young girl’s battle with cancer.
n”The Dogs of Pripyat,” Aron Accurso, Jill Abramovitz and Leah Napolin’s tale of a loyal mutt and the other pets left behind by humans fleeing the Chernobyl disaster in the 1980s.
nPeter Mills and Cara Reichel’s “Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,” an adaptation of “The Playboy of the Western World” that has previously played an Off Broadway run.n “Notes to MariAnne,” a tuner by David Rossmer and Dan Lipton about estranged siblings led to an unlikely reunion.
n Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald’s “Pregnancy Pact,” a pop-rock musical based on a Time magazine article about teen girls who swear to become unwed mothers together.
n Javerbaum (“Cry-Baby”) and Brendan Milburn’s “Watt?!?,” about James Watt, whose career as a member of the Reagan cabinet comes under satirical fire in this rock tuner.