Wednesday, September 06, 2006

So you want to be a theater star?

The New York Musical Theatre Festival has announced that it will present a contest to search for the next big musical theatre star, as part of the NYMF @ Nite series of parties at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street.

An open call for contestants will take place Sept. 11, 9 AM–6 PM at The Gibson Showroom, 421 W. 54th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. (To be eligible, performers cannot have previously appeared in a Broadway show.)

Nine finalists will be chosen from the open call. Callback rounds, for which tickets can be purchased, will take place Friday nights at 11 PM on Sept. 15, 22 and 29. Celebrity judges from Broadway, film and television will include Stephen Schwartz, Lillias White, Marc Shaiman, Eden Espinosa, Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, and Lonny Price. Seth Rudetsky will host.

Round One, Sept. 15: My Favorite Things: performers sing one Broadway song of their choice. Each performer will be critiqued by our panel of celebrity judges. At the end, the audience will vote for their favorite performer. The six with the most votes go on to Round Two.

Round Two, Sept. 22: Anyone Can Idol: performers sing one Sondheim song of their choice. The three with the most votes go on to Round Three.

Round Three, Sept. 29: A Star Is Born: performers sing two songs of their choice – one that made another performer famous and the one that's going to make them famous. The one with the most votes is crowned the first ever Broadway Idol and will be featured exclusively in a concert at Ars Nova to be produced by NYMF.

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