About the Festival

Presenting Sponsors: Dr. Judith Marlowe and Gordon Blitch

 

The Winter Park Playhouse has jumped into the national spotlight as it launches the 3rd Annual Florida Festival of New Musicals, a nationally-recognized festival new to the state and the nation. The Festival has been created to advance and elevate the original American art form of musical theatre by fostering the development of new musicals and the artistic growth of writers and composers. The festival will run June 20-23, 2019.

The Florida Festival of New Musicals is a 4-day event that will showcase six brand new, never-before-produced musical works and brings together writers and composers with patrons, press, producers and directors. The first act of each selected musical will be fully read and sung concert-style, without staging, by varying casts of professional actors and musicians.

The festival is led by Playhouse Artistic Director Roy Alan. It is only one of its kind in the region, similar to musical theatre festivals featuring new works that take place in New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. It provides a unique insight into how a new musical comes to life.

New musical submissions from writers and composers around the country were accepted between September and December 2018 for the 3rd Annual Festival. Each submitted application was read, evaluated and critiqued by a panel of industry professionals. The panel made their final selection of six musicals in March 2019. Along with members of the artistic community, the general public is encouraged and invited to attend and be engaged in this unique and exciting theatrical experience. 

 

Sponsors

Roger & Jean Blauvelt, Danny Blaydes, Steven Clawson, Ellen Guenette, Cris Heceta, Ron Hirsch & Betty Reid, Dr. Armon Jadidian & Dr. Candace Glenn, Leslie Kelly, Julian Meitin, Francille MacFarland, Dan & Jodi Roberts, Gerry Shepp, Cynthia Tomlinson, Ed & Linda Trevino and John & Jean Webber

 

     

     

 

 

Festival tickets are on sale now!

Only $10 per show. 

Festival Fun Pass: All 6 shows for $50!
For the Festival Fun Pass, select one performance for each of the 6 New Musical shows and automatically receive the $50 pricing.

Featured Musicals

 

Betwixt and Between 

(New York, NY)

Book and Lyrics by Kate Hanenberg and Ned Paul Ginsburg
Music by Ned Paul Ginsburg and Mary Lloyd Butler

Based on the novel Habberdy Dick by K.M. Briggs, this new musical weaves historical and supernatural elements into the story of a hobgoblin spirit who is charged with the protection of an emotionally broken Puritan family and the old English manor where they come to live. 


 

Flaming Volcano Bed and Breakfast

(Orlando, FL)

Book, Lyrics and Music by Ned Wilkinson

This new musical highlights the story of Karen who quits her mundane administrative job to open a Bed and Breakfast. As guests arrive for their first night, odd occurrences and a magical cocktail force the group of travelers and the proprietor together, revealing details of their lives. Ultimately, this challenges everyone to gain personal clarity and find their individual power.

 


 

Good Girls Only

(New York, NY)

Book and Lyrics by Charles Leipart
Music by Jamey Grisham

This new musical tells the story, over six decades, of a group of young women living in two adjoining brownstones on West 53rd Street in New York City. Coming from small towns and big cities, from farms and far countries, with their suitcase full of dreams, it is a story of how they became women and artists in the most magical of cities, in the most magical of professions - the theatre.

 


 

The Island of Misfits: The Musical

(Chicago, IL)

Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Enchin and Jaclyn Enchin
Music by Dylan MarcAurele

This magical musical tells the story of Grace, who recently graduated college with a degree in astrophysics, and her friend Nikki who through unexpected circumstances are transported to The Island of Misfit toys. There the pair help solve the problem of Santa who has gone missing, battle the evil Charlotta, and with the help of the toys, discover that "misfits" can be assets in setting things right. After returning, Grace enlightens us all by expressing the truth that there is always hope (even in the darkest galaxies there is always light) and that we are truly infinite.


 

 

No Need for Trojans

(New York, NY)

Book and Lyrics by Bryan Leys
Music by James Campodonico

This new musical comedy is based on the classic story of Lysistrata. It retells the play as a rollicking burlesque farce and is openly bawdy, comedic and irreverent. It tells the tale of Liz (Lysistrata) organizing a band of troublemakers to execute her plan to withhold sexual privileges in an effort to force peace negotiations from an ongoing war. It takes swipes at our contemporary military industrial complex and is a nod to A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and The Boys From Syracuse.


 

 

ThreeTimesFast

(Toronto, Canada & New York, NY)

Book by Naomi Matlow and Teresa Lotz
Music by Teresa Lotz and Lyrics by Naomi Matlow

This coming of age story is about a 15-year-old girl Olivia Klemons and the growth of the individual characters in her orbit, as she wades through the stress of high school, her mother's new engagement, a move to a new house and her diagnosis with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ultimately, Olivia learns to coexist with OCD in order to grow and emerge as a person not controlled by her disorder. 

 

 

Festival Hotel Partner

 

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Downtown 

60 S Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804

Rate: $95 per night plus tax

This beautiful property is 10 minutes away from the Playhouse with a full service restaurant, pool and Starbucks. This special rate is valid June 14 - June 24, 2019 and must be booked by May 17, 2019.

Call (866) 247-3571 or (407) 425-4455, press Option #1 and reference the group name Florida Festival of New Musicals  and code MX4.

You can also click this link: https://book.passkey.com/e/49898568

 

 

Comfort Suites Downtown Orlando

2416 N. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32804

Rate: $108 per night plus tax

This beautiful, recently renovated suite property is less than 10 minutes away from the Playhouse. It has a fitness room, heated outdoor pool & spa, and includes a hot breakfast.
Call (407) 228-4007 to book and reference Rate Code: LTWPP