Anthems of Anxiety & Resistance from the Dan Fishback Songbook

Thursday, May 18 |  Musical theater probably won't topple fascism, but it couldn't hurt! At the dawn of this terrifying new era, playwright/performer Dan Fishback presents a night of songs from The Material World Trilogy -- a series of plays about Jewish resistance and Jewish trauma, spanning two millennia from the ancient Hebrew revolt against the Greek Empire to Jewish opposition to Israeli apartheid. Joined by a coterie of stars from Broadway and beyond including Chip Zien, Molly Pope and Cole Escola, Revolution Hangout will feature music from The Material World (named one of the "Top 10 shows of 2012" by Time Out New York), and mark the debut of songs from the trilogy's upcoming final chapter, Rubble Rubble. Revolution Hangout is directed by Stephen Brackett with musical direction from Matthew Aument.


Larry will be making his NYMF debut this summer, playing the Archangel Raguel in Broken Bride. Music, and Lyrics by LUDO; Adaptation by Stacey Weingarten; Additional Story and Arrangements by Dana Levinson. 

Time-travel, dinos, and zombies, oh my! An expansion on the original concept album "Broken Bride" by alternative rock band LUDO, this is the epic tale of one man’s time-traveling journey from the Beginning of Time to the End of Time, all to save his true love’s life. Utilizing rock music from Ludo's entire discography, projections, dance, special effects, and puppetry, this rock opera has it all! So... how far would YOU go to save your true love? 

Featuring: Carson Higgins (American Idiot), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin, American Idiot), Michael Jayne Walker, Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), and more!

August 2-6, 2016 | The DUKE on 42nd St. Click here for more info!


TUES APR 26 @ 7pm & 9:30pm | 54 BELOW (New York, NY)

Bookwriter and composer-lyricist Michael R. Jackson takes us on a concert-style jaunt through his seriocomic concept musical A Strange Loop. The show follows Usher, a black, gay, musical theater writer who works as an usher in the back of the house at a long-running Broadway show. This show serves as the literal and metaphorical backdrop for the war he wages against the thoughts in his own head… while struggling to write a self-referential musical called A Strange Loop. The concert will feature several special guest stars who will portray Usher and an ensemble of men who will portray his thoughts manifested in forms including his parents, men on online sex apps, and Tyler Perry gospel play stage characters. A Strange Loop follows Usher as he fights to disrupt the static repetition he feels in his life… until he is swept into a painful confrontation with his long held negative perception of himself. 

Carl Ryan Clemons-Hopkins, Derrick Cobey, Elijah Caldwell, Nathan Lee Graham, Larry Hamilton, Darius Anthony Harper, James Jackson, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Cartreze Tucker, Jamaal Clark Turpin, Jason Veasey, and Reggie D. White.  | Director: Stephen Brackett and Music Director/Band Arrangements: Adam Wiggins

For more info & tickets: CLICK HERE


CONCERT: Goodspeed's JMF @ 54Below

54Below | Mon Apr 27 

54Below | Mon Apr 27 

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and Goodspeed Musicals present an evening with writers from its 3rd Annual Writers Colony, showcasing the work of Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), Jean Rohe (The Odysseus Agreement), Pia Cincotti & Peter Cincotti (The Last Laugh) and Patrick Lundquist & Peter Seibert (Puccini). 

Hosted by Tony Nominee and JMWC Alumni, Elizabeth A. Davis (Once). 

Featuring Robert Cuccioli (Spider ManJekyll & Hyde) , Eric Leviton (Kinky Boots), Charissa Hogeland (Heathers), Blake Segal (Mary Poppins), Amanda BrutonMark CaputoElijah CaldwellLarry HamiltonJames JacksonLarry OwensSarah SerpaJamaal Clark TurpinJason VeaseyGrace Wall, and Jo Wallfisch.

The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony is a long term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing and was launched in 2013 with the generous support of the Johnny Mercer Foundation held on the campus of Goodspeed Musicals. The colony nurtures writers by providing each team private housing, resources to write, and evening salons to discuss their work. Over the course of the four week program, composer/lyricist Jonathan Brielle serves as Producer/Writer in Residence, and Michael Bush serves as Resident Dramaturge. Goodspeed’s Donna Lynn Hilton is the Producing Artistic Director and Hunter Bird serves as Line Producer of the JMF Writers Colony.

The mission of the Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) is to support the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer: lyricist, composer, performer, collaborator and producer. The Foundation continues Johnny’s legacy by partnering with individuals and organizations dedicated to celebrating and nourishing the disciplines he mastered and the causes he and Ginger Mercer championed.

The mission of the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation is to preserve and produce musical theatre of the highest quality. By producing from the repertoire and developing new works, Goodspeed acts as a major resource for the musical, an art form indigenous to this country.

Produced by Hunter Bird
Directed by Michael Bush


BOLIN SCHMOLIN: The Songs of Eli Bolin @ 54 BELOW

The songs of Eli Bolin – like the man himself – are sincere and direct, while possessing a ramshackle, goofy quality. His tuneful (always), heart-sick (occasionally), potty-mouth (when he just can’t help it) jams make for a perfect party playlist. On May 1st, take a star-studded journey through Eli Bolin’s songbook, including fan favorites from last fall’s hit Off-Broadway musical Found and NYMF’s ‘Most Promising New Musical’ Volleygirls, as well as works in progress and new material that’s never been performed live. Don’t be fooled by those sweet cheeks and floppy curls: this man and his work are to be taken seriously. Veeeerrrrrrryyyyy seriously. #BolinSchmolin

The Songs of Eli Bolin will be performed by Jennifer Damiano (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Next to Normal), Kevin Del Aguila (Peter and the Starcatcher), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Drew Gasparini (composer of Make Me Bad), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q), Jeremy Morse (Bloodsong of Love), Allison Posner (Volleygirls), Larry Hamilton (Captain Louie), and Nicholas Barnes (Skippyjon Jones), plus more to be announced.  The evening is directed by Laura Pietropinto, produced by Erica Rotstein, and will feature music direction by Mike Pettry.



Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) will present A STRANGE LOOP, with Lyrics, Music, and Book by Michael R Jackson.

A STRANGE LOOP is a concept musical that largely takes place within the mind of a young, black gay male musical theater writer named Usher who works in the back of the house at a long running Broadway show which serves as the literal and metaphorical backdrop for the internal war he wages against multiple forces that threaten his sense of personhood and agency. As these forces continue to swirl around him, they pick up strength, and Usher is swept into a painful confrontation with his long held perception of himself.

A STRANGE LOOP will be directed by Stephen Brackett with musical direction by Sean Cameron. The cast features Elijah Caldwell, Jamaal Clark Turpin, James Jackson, Jason Vessay, John-Andrew MorrisonLarry Hamilton, and Larry Owens.

A STRANGE LOOP takes place March 1st at 7pm and has a $12 suggested reservation at the door. $10 advance reservations can be made at

Musical Theatre Factory is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musical theatre artists develop and present new work in a collaborative atmosphere free from the pressures of critical or financial success. More information can be found at