And Another One:Midtown International Theatre Festival Ends After 18 Seasons

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Midtown International Theatre Festival Ends After 18 Season

NY, NY – Broadway World News Desk – Creator and executive producer of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, John Chatterton, announced today that he will be retiring the MITF until further notice. In a statement to the press, Chatterton said:

“On looking back over 18 seasons of the MITF, I have many memories, most of them good, some not so much, and some hilarious. But I’ve had some reverses in recent years that have forced me to hang up the gloves. Hence, this retirement memo.

When you get to be 71, you accumulate a few dings on your person — with some people, more dings than others, some dings going deeper than others. When you start to feel like my first car, a ’65 Dodge Dart (this was in ’79), you know it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities.

The financial situation has also grown more parlous. When I started the MITF (in 2000), I was making $65 an hour as a tech writer on Wall Street. Now I’m on Social Security. I can no longer underwrite the Festival budget out of my own pocket.

(A few years ago I moved back to Massachusetts, for personal reasons, and the strains of commuting to NYC also take their toll.)

The last straw was recent lawsuit. It was one of those cases where you’re damned if you win and damned if you lose, because either way you have to pay legal costs.

I have lots of energy and ideas left. Also an increasing urge to travel the world, starting with a farewell tour (in a much better car) down the East Coast to Florida. So, as the Governator said, ‘I’ll be b-a-a-a-c-k!’

Thank you, New York, for giving my life meaning for 24 years. Thank you for the opportunity to serve that occasionally fickle muse, the Theatre, in all the roles I’ve experienced. Good luck and God bless. We’ll be in touch!”

In the summer of 2000, in midtown Manhattan, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) began celebrating the diversity of theatre.

MITF emphasizes imaginative, low-tech staging. In addition to offering a safe environment to develop innovative theatre, the MITF is devoted to keeping costs for participants down. This means there are now no participation fees for any of our festivals!

The MITF welcomes submission of any kind of stage play, musical or otherwise, new or revived, mainstream or focused on an ethnic or cultural niche.

The Festival is the brainchild of John Chatterton, creator of OOBR (“the off-off-broadway review”), which for many years was the only publication exclusively devoted to covering the Off-Off-Broadway scene. Mr. Chatterton started the MITF as a way to present the finest Off-Off-Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. He also produces the Short Play Lab and the Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival.

IRTE’s The Party Continues! at Providence Fringe Festival & Midtown International Theatre Festival

Just because our regular season has ended doesn’t mean

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Jamie McCluskey is turning 12 and you’re invited to join the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble as they celebrate THE BIG DAY! When their comedy show Happy Birthday, Stupid Kid! hits the Providence Fringe Festivalin Rhode Island and the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York, there’ll be games, goodie bags, a birthday cake and plenty of mayhem. Jamie may be just a “stupid kid,” but it’s  his friends and family who are out of control in this improvised and interactive birthday party. You’ll get to join in the fun while witnessing the over-the-top antics of th McCluskey clan. Plus, at each show, IRTE’s cast of seasoned improvisers will be joined by a different musical guest.


Conceived by Nannette Deasy
Directed by Robert Baumgardner

SATURDAY, July 29, 2017, 10:00-11:00pm
Waterfire Arts Center, L Studio
475 Valley St., Providence, RI 02908
Tickets: $10 (available at the door)

Starring: William Berg, Nannette Deasy, Curt Dixon, Mike Hauschild, Jamie Maloney, Connie Perry and Sam Katz
Featuring live music performed by David Alves

SATURDAY, August 5, 2017 @ 9:30-10:15pm
The Workshop Theater, Jewel Box Theater
312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Tickets: $20*

* Use FRIENDSFAMILY discount code for $2.00 off the regular price = $18.00. Code is active for advance sales only until 11:59pm July 29.

Starring: Nannette Deasy, Curt Dixon, Mike Hauschild, Jamie Maloney, Connie Perry and Sam Katz
Featuring live music performed by John Munnelly
Technical Director: Anne Carlton

MAD MEL SAVES THE WORLD at Midtown International Theater Festival

MAD MEL SAVES THE WORLD, an intergalactic musical featuring a rock, pop and rap score – with Voguer dancing – premiering at the Midtown International Theater Festival on Tuesday, July 18 at 630pm; Saturday, July 22 at 7pm, and Sunday July 23 at 3pm. Book is by Gary Morgenstein. Music and lyrics by Erich Rausch, who also directs.

In this video, Sage Melcher, who plays Roni, sings her love song “Galaxy” (which she wrote); Roni is a waitress on the planet Marradia, falling in love with the human Mel Worthington (played by Michael A. Green), who has arrived to stop an alien invasion of Earth.

Mad Mel Saves the World stars Michael A. Green (Mel); Sage Melcher (Roni); April Armstrong (Lady Vesselika;) Nicholas DeSibio (Grem); Jodi Beck (Ambassador U-Vin); Mary Chesterman (Chancellor Jony); Justin DeSilets (Parm), Kenneth Scott Thompson (Mr. Tyler), with Asami Tsuzuki, Popra Nayakama, Aaron Mor and Nana Tatebayashi comprising the Ensemble. Richard Rivera is the choreographer and Bernard Prince Thomas is the associate choreographer.


Meet Jeffrey Schmelkin & Untitled Time

Name: Jeffrey Schmelkin

What is your current project?

Right now, I’m currently producing my new musical “Untitled Time”!

Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production?

I’m currently producing my musical at The Midtown International Theatre Festival. This festival is an amazing fit for my production because they have a wonderful theater which is the perfect size for the place that the show is at right now. Because this is now the show’s second production (on a slightly larger scale than the last), this is the perfect opportunity to see how different types of audiences react to the work. Additionally, I’ve made some great friends with some of my fellow playwrights/composers/producers!

What’s next for you?

My goal is to get “Untitled Time” off-Broadway within the upcoming years.

What is the name of the last show you saw?

I recently saw the tour of Fun Home! The music is absolutely amazing and the show as a whole is just incredibly powerful—one of the many reasons I love live theatre.

Any advice for your peers?

Just keep persevering and let me know all about your upcoming projects!

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​Jeffrey Schmelkin is an award-winning composer, an experienced pianist, and a passionate teacher and music director. Jeffrey has music directed shows such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. His composition “Revival” debuted in Hawaii in early 2016. He is the composer of “Furniture: The Musical,” produced at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (New York City) in July of 2016. His new musical, “Untitled Time”, was produced at Hofstra University in early 2017 and will be produced at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (New York City) during Summer 2017. ​

Show Information: 

Schedule: Tuesday 8/01, 8:30pm Saturday 8/05, 5:30pm Sunday 8/06, 5:30pm

Venue: The Main Stage Theater at The Midtown International Theatre Festival, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC

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Padraic Lillis is in the Limelight

Name: Padraic Lillis

What’s your current project: The American Soldier a solo show by Douglas Taurel running Nov. 18th – 22nd at the Midtown International Theater Festival

Why and how are you involved? I directed the play. Douglas put together this incredibly project exploring PTSD of soldier and family members of soldiers from letters and interviews from each of the wars in our country’s history. The show had an excellent run in Edinburgh Festival and we look forward to continuing to present the work. His shaping of the piece and his acting is really impactful.