Hello and welcome to The 7th Annual New York Musical Improv Festival! The Magnet Theater is proud to be hosting The 7th Annual NYMIF from October 15 – 18, 2015.
The NYMIF’s mission is to elevate and celebrate the community of improvisors, actors, singers, and musicians from across the U.S. and Canada who gather in NYC once a year to meet, perform and show off the form of musical improv. Based on one audience suggestion, entire One-Night-Only musicals ranging from traditional musical theater fare (a-la Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber) to adrenaline-pumping rap battles, are composed and choreographed on the spot and never seen or heard from again!
The first NYMIF was created seven years ago to promote the art musical improv to wider audiences as well as bring together performers of the form from all over the world! Since then, musical improv has exploded across the country with new programs starting every year. In New York City, musical house teams have become a staple at all of the major comedy theaters.
Past festivals have included teams and performers from NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Austin TX, Washington DC, Raleigh NC, and has featured everything from an improvised rock concert to a fully costumed Dickensian musical, improvised hip-hop, college teams, duo and solo shows, improvised Sondheim and even the cast and band from Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.”
GILDA’S CLUB BENEFIT
The New York Musical Improv Festival will also be partnering up with Gilda’s Club, NYC for the 6th year in a row for a LIVE BAND KARAOKE event to Benefit Gilda’s Club at the Magnet Theater on Friday, October 9th at 11:30pm. Each ticket will give audience members a chance to sing a song of their choosing with a live band headed up by Frank Spitznagel. 100% of proceeds will go to Gilda’s Club, NYC.
Please visit www.GildasClubNYC.org for more information about this extraordinary organization which provides support and special programming for people living with cancer and their families.
Please check back here regularly for updates about the festival. Our full schedule will be up shortly! We’re looking forward to another stellar year of celebrating and showcasing the art of musical improv!
See you at the theater!
The NYMIF Team