There is a good deal of potential contained in The Mapmaker's Opera, part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Based on Bea Gonzalez's novel of the same name, the work tells a story with an epic sweep, passionate romance, and politically-charged circumstances. However, the imperfectly realized adaptation by Kevin Purcell (music) and Victor Kazan
Following sold-out runs at Stage 72 (158 West 72nd Street), The Bijou Theatre, and Barrington Stage Company (Mr. Finn's Cabaret Series) the incredibly talented and inspirational Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful back to NYC as part of the United Solo Festival with a performance on October 11th at 4pm.
If Jean-Paul Sartre had written a musical comedy, it might look something like Valueville, the clever and hilarious new show by Rowen Casey now playing PTC Performance Space as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The work is a 21st century riff on Sartre's classic existential play No Exit, although it stakes out its own territory through unexpected plot twists and a cheesy yet ironic sentimentality.