Acappella The Musical
 Acappella The Musical
Acappella The Musical is coming to the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July 2015. It's a romantic comedy featuring soul-stirring, foot-stomping good music and a ton of laughs. All featuring 100% LIVE acappella singing. The run features five performances, and we're excited to announce that Acappella The Musical is the opening night performance for this year's festival. Opening night is Tuesday, July 7th @7pm at The PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036.
 The Story
Growing up in the church choir of a small southern town, Jeremiah and Simon were very close. Jeremiah and Sarah were even closer. Promising a quick return, Jeremiah jumped at an opportunity to fill in for a few weeks as a back-up singer for a touring pop group. It would be some years before his friends would see him again.
On the cusp of his first international tour, Jeremiah is adrift in superficial connections and professional relationships. He makes a surprise visit to his hometown on the eve of its centennial celebration. His surprise visit stirs things up. Belying the fans and fanfare, not everyone is happy to see him. Jeremiah is disappointed that Sarah and Simon have moved on, but is it love or just nostalgia? Is he running towards something he wants or running away from something he fears? The message of this romantic comedy is reflected in the style of its music – acappella.
 The Music
Now every vision has a genesis. The musical numbers featured in the production are the celebrated songs of 'The Acappella Company' - more commonly known as 'Acappella'. The group has sold well over three million units and toured every continent on the globe since Keith Lancaster - songwriter, producer, and original lead singer - formed the group. Believing in the awesome versatility and flexibility of the human voice, this renowned vocal group can fill a large concert hall with beautiful, intricate music without ever plucking a string or beating a drum.
 Greg Cooper, Producer
Greg Cooper is a veteran of radio and television broadcasting with an extensive background in production, development and management. He has comprehensive experience in multimedia presentations and live event production. Greg has also produced national television commercials and developed syndicated radio programming. Greg began development of the concept for 'Acappella The Musical' in late 2003. After relocating to Atlanta in 2011, he connected with award-wining playwright and director Kim Brundidge - who facilitated more intensive work on the project. Greg has an incurable passion for acappella singing, and he is honored to share this life-changing music with the world.
 Vynnie Meli, Book
Vynnie Meli first broke the NYMF ice with PLAGUED - A LOVE STORY (book and lyrics, music by Casey Filiaci). Other productions include KEATS IN CURLERS (off B’way), CHOPPED LIVER IN PARADISE, SEPTEMBER TENTH, JIM CROW AND THE RHYTHM DARLINGS and KRISPY KREMES AND BUTTER QUEENS. Upcoming are ORBITAL DEBRIS, a straight 2 person rom com, and THE LIFESPAN OF A FLY, a short comic opera.
A Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist last year, awards include the Jane Chambers Award, ATHE Award, Essential Theatre Playwriting Award, Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Award for Best New Work and the Poets & Writers Magazine and the Anna Sosenko Trust grants. With various composers, Vynnie’s short comic operas have won the Judges Awards for the Atlanta Opera’s 24 Hour Opera Project 3 years in a row. A long-time Atlantan, she’s a frequent flyer to musical theater workshops and seminars in NYC and LA with ASCAP, New Musicals, Inc and Commercial Theatre Institute. Vynnie is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Working Title Playwrights.
 Lee Summers, Director
Lee Summers is an awarding winning, multi-talented artist, who has directed shows in numerous New York and regional venues, including for both the NYMF and NAMT Theatre Festivals – Most recently Summers directed Brian Whitted’s “What’s It All About Miss Dionne” a Dionne Warwick Tribute starring Tony Winners LaChanze and Adriane Lenox.
Summers is a published member of the Dramatists Guild; conceiver/co-writer/co-composer/producer of Off-Broadway’s From My Hometown (8 AUDELCO Nominations); writer of Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song and many more. He has performed On Broadway (Orig. Dreamgirls); Off-Broadway; Carnegie Hall; on TV and in films. Summers is an alum of Tennessee State University; holds a BA from SUNY Empire State University and is presently an MFA Candidate at NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
 Evan Feist, Music Director/Arrangements
Evan Feist produces, manages, promotes, writes, and arranges music. He has taught acappella, vocal percussion, composition, and improv workshops throughout the New York tri-state area, and his arrangements and compositions are performed throughout the world. He is in demand as a private vocal coach and several of his students have appeared on American Idol (FOX), The X Factor (FOX), The Voice (NBC), and The Sing Off (NBC).