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Mississippi The Musical written by Gregory James Tornquist is set to premiere as part of the Developmental Reading Series at the New York Musical Festival Summer, 2019.

Directed by Gayle Samuels, with musical direction by Jeannine Otis and casted by GPS Casting, the compelling plot tells the story of a time in 1959, where the winds of change blew into the town of Hope River, MS.

Location The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Rehearsal Studio

Playwrights Horizons

416 West 42nd Street

New York, NY 10036

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, July 17 at 12:30 PM

Saturday, July 20 at 2 PM

Saturday, July 20 at 5 PM

With a talented cast that includes: Alexa Freeman, Renee Jackson, Eli Noll, Malcolm Jamal King, Mon’Quez Pippins, Kat Council & Uriel Menson, the musical has already picked up an impressive following due to the stellar demo recording produced by Tornquist, Grammy nominee Rob Galbraith and Bruce Dees and featuring the voices of Coco Jones, the late Trent Armand Kendall, Shelly Hart Thomas, Brooke Lundy Pittman, Frank Lawson and Daria Hardeman.

Recommended for theater goers ages 17 and over, this is the first theatrical production for Angelic Star Records Entertainment Unlimited led by Producing Artistic Director, General Manager & Founder, Noreen Crayton. (For more information, visit

The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theater fans. More than 100 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

The NYMF PASS is a great way to experience The New York Musical Festival. With a NYMF PASS, you can get into the theater before individual ticket holders. Passes also offer the exclusive ability to book tickets before they go on sale to the public. Individual tickets on sale now.

The 2019 New York Musical Festival will take place July 8 through August 4. For more information, please visit:

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