Festival of New American Musicals

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Country and Region United StatesCalifornia
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival Los Angeles, California USA
Festival Contact Information

8896 Carson Street
Culver City, California 90232 USA
Phone: +01 (310) 384-4229
Email: marcia@lafestival.org

Festival Description

The inaugural Festival of New American Musicals took place in 2008 in southern California. FNAM featurs new works, works in progress, cabarets, staged readings, lectures, workshops and master classes to venues throughout the city and stretching as far as Ventura and San Diego. Concert performances will take place—by composers, lyricists, book writers, performers, students, directors, choreographers, designers, sound and lighting directors, producers and devotees. The Festival begins with the Work of Stephen Sondheim, to whom the Festival is dedicated, along with two months of of new American musicals.

The Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, UCLA Live!, University of Southern California, Southgate High School and Birmingham High School are scouting new material for the festival. The Rubicon Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Master Chorale and Pepperdine University already have announced specific. expects to work closely with area high schools and colleges to bring young audiences to the theaters or, in some cases, to bring the theaters to them.

Festival Dates January 22 - ..., 2014
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Festival Events:

Announced programming 2014:
  • January 22-23, 2014
    • GOING HOLLYWOOD: A Festival Staged Reading
      Book By Joe Leonardo and David Zippel
      Lyrics by David Zippel
      Music by Jonathan Sheffer
      Directed by Joe Leonardo
      Musical Direction by Gerald Sternbach
      A jolly, hilarious and very musical version of the brilliant Kaufman and Hart comedy, ONCE IN A LIFETIME.
    • FREE Tickets — Tickets may be reserved by emailing info@lafestival.org with which date you’d like to attend and the names and emails of their guests.
    • Venue — Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
      4800 Hollywood Blvd. (2 blocks West of Vermont)
      Los Angeles CA 90027


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Photo slideshow credits:
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    • Festival Logo
    • Co-Executive Producers of The Festival of New American Musicals (Linda Shusett, Bob Klein and Marcia Seligson, Rita Wilson, Drew Carey, Chip Esten and Diane Warren). Taken at the Festival Closing party 2011
    • Kristin Bell singing
    • Marisa Jaret-Winokour singing at the Festival Closing party 2011
    • High school musical phenoms Garrison Hall and Alexa Russo
    • Co-Executive Producers of The Festival of New American Musicals (Linda Shusett, Bob Klein and Marcia Seligson)


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