About The Festival

Hello and welcome to The Sixth Annual New York Musical Improv FestivalThe Magnet Theater is proud to be hosting The 6th Annual New York Musical Improv Festival from October 16 – 19, 2014, as well as The 5th Annual Gilda’s Club NYC Benefit Performance on October 19th at 7:00pm.

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.

TICKETS to all NYMIF shows are now on sale and selling fast! The NYMIF is also offering WORKSHOPS for improvisers of all levels over the Festival weekend!  Click HERE to register!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTNYMIF’S LIVE BAND KARAOKE –  Friday, October 10th at 11:30pm, in preparation for The Sixth Annual New York Musical Improv Festival being held October 16-19th, the Magnet Theater is giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner Rock Star and belt out their favorite tunes on stage to a full LIVE BAND headed up by Frank Spitznagel.  This ONE NIGHT ONLY event is FREE to everyone. Sign-up starts at 11:15 and is first-come, first-served.

MISSION

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!

The first NYMIF was created six 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. The Magnet has expanded its own program to four levels and now boasts seven musical house teams!

This year’s festival includes over 100 performers from as far as Vancouver and Edmonton in Canada, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Rhode Island, San Francisco, Washington DC and as close as Broadway, NYC will converge on the Magnet Theater stage to create fully improvised musical performances – ranging from traditional musical theatre fare to adrenaline-pumping rap battles. The Magnet Theater is recognized as the center for musical improv study and performance in the U.S.

Featured performers will include…

Baby Wants Candy (NYC), The Improvised Sondheim Project (Chicago), Unscripted Theater (San Francisco), North Coast! (NYC), Anarchy(Chicago), Vox Pop (Washington, D.C.), Mint Condition (NYC), The Armando Diaz  Experience: Musical Edition (NYC), Ashland (Chicago), Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer (Las Vegas), The Made-Up Musical (NYC), Mansical (Chicago), La Donna Improvvisata (NYC), Basemints (Chicago), Fancy Mantelpiece (NYC), Girls! Girls! Girls! (Austin), Brouhaha: An Improvised Puppet Musical (Chicago), Fancy Man (NYC), Slick Zombie (NYC), Stacked: All-female Musical Improv (Chicago), Off Key Improv (Vancouver, Canada), Wonderland (NYC), Mikki Hommel (NYC).

The New York Musical Improv Festival will also be featuring up and coming performers in the NYMIF I.P.O. (Initial Public Offering). Performing this year are B.U.M.P. (Boston), P.I.G. (Providence), T.I.M. (Milwaukee) and 11 O’clock Number (Edmonton).

We’ll see you at the theater!

-The NYMIF Team-