A couple of new tuners — “Baby Case” and “A Letter to Harvey Milk” — have emerged from the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival with a slew of awards under their belts.
The titles seem certain to benefit from the profile bestowed by the awards handed out by the fest, an annual showcase of developing new works. Busy slate of the fest can sometimes make it difficult for individual shows to stand out from the pack, with this year’s sked including 21 full productions as well as readings and special events, all totaling some 300 perfs over a two-week period.
Docu-drama “Baby Case,” which had already begun to attract notice thanks to strong word-of-mouth and solid reviews, centers on the 1930s kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. Show earned kudos including music writing (for composer-lyricist Michael Ogborn), lyric writing (Ogborn), helming (Jeremy Dobrish) and the audience prize.
“Harvey Milk,” meanwhile, follows a retired butcher and the young woman who teaches the writing class in which he is encouraged to write a letter to his late friend. Tuner nabbed NYMF awards including lyric writing (Ellen M. Schwartz, in a tie with Ogborn), book writing (Jerry James), two thesping awards (for Jeff Keller and Leslie Kritzer) and the award for most promising show.
“Baby Case” already has a team of producers attached, including Charlie Fink (“Triassic Parq”). Creatives and producers for both “Baby Case” and “Harvey Milk” said they are mulling possibilities for future lives, with no exact plans yet set.
Musical “Prison Dancer,” loosely based on a viral video about dancing inmates in a Filipino prison, also took home multiple NYMF awards, including choreography (Jenn Rapp), ensemble performance and in individual acting award for Jeigh Madjus.