Sunday November 9th, at 1 PM I sat down with Lisa Dozier King at the Theatre Row Diner, and we went through the budget for “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty” for NYMF 2015. I filled her in on our progress to date, our creative team, the concept for the show. In an hour and a half she gave me an incredible education on the business of producing a musical. And this is just the beginning. She’s got a ton of experience with NYMF and Off Broadway productions. It is a blessing to work with such a talented line producer/general manager!
Then at 6 PM my husband and I went to the NYMF Gala, and I accepted the 2014 Developmental Reading Series Award that comes with an automatic Next Link Production, and a grant for $5,000 towards the show! It was my own fairytale evening: my husband dressed up and wore a suit, and looked amazing; the food was incredible; the entertainment included a song from one of my favorite 2014 NYMF productions “Bayonets of Angst”; the awards presentations were funny (esp. Kevin McCollum and Douglas Carter Beane), and I got to receive the award for “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty”, our musical comedy about illegal immigration. Receiving the award is a huge blessing that energizes me even more! The validation, the support (artistic, technical, emotional) that NYMF is giving me on this project is invaluable. I am blessed because NYMF is brave enough to believe in this show and in the creative team of the show. Like Manuel sings: “fortune favors the brave”; so may the Goddess Fortune smile down on this humble show, and smile down on NYMF and shower all of us with more blessings!