The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) has announced final casting for the 25th Annual Festival of New Musicals on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).
Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes) and Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots) join The Astonishing Return of…The Protagonists!, an action-packed superhero comedy with book & lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila, music by Michael Shaieb.
Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q), Mel Johnson Jr., (Jekyll & Hyde) and Crystal Joy (Motown the Musical) join My Heart is the Drum, a coming-of-age musical of a young girl fleeing her African village, with book by Jennie Redling, concept & music by Phillip Palmer and lyrics by Stacey Luftig.
Graham Rowat (Mamma Mia!) and Julia Mattison (Godpsell) join The Single Girls Guide, which sets Jane Austen’s Emma in 1964 Manhattan and features music & lyrics by Tommy Newman, book by Gordon Greenberg. Mattison replaces previously announced Ali Mauzey due to scheduling conflicts.
William Parry (Memphis national tour) and Melanie Vaughan (Parade) joins Eastland a musical about the S.S. Eastland boating disaster in Chicago, 1915, which features book & lyrics by Andrew White and music by Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman.
One of Broadway’s Matildas, Bailey Ryon, joins The Sandman – a little nightmare musical, based on the disturbed scribblings of E.T.A. Hoffmann, featuring book, music & lyrics by Richard Oberacker & Robert Taylor. Ryon replaces previously announced Sadie Sink due to scheduling conflicts.
Bryan Fenkart (Nobody Loves You) joins Analog and Vinyl, a quirky romantic comedy set in a vintage record shop with book, music & lyrics by Paul Gordon.