Oprahfication for NYMF! Three days to go!

Oprahfication is an awesome show! Can we help take it to New York???


The story of the project – from pozible.com




OPRAHFICATION is a new Australian musical by Rachel Dunham (Book and Lyrics) and Shanon D. Whitelock (Music), directed by Dirk Hoult that has been officially selected by The New York Musical Theatre Festival for 5 performances in NYC in July 2014. Now they need help to fund the getting there!




ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED as a mini-cabaret for the Short+Sweet Festival at Chapel Off Chapel in 2012. The collaboration began when composer Shanon Whitelock asked Rachel Dunham “If you could play any role, who would it be?” The response was a 10 minute musical tribute to Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of daytime television. With the help of Melbourne Cabaret Festival, and now Adam J. Lowe, it has since evolved into a 90 minute, multiple award winning, one woman tour de force Musical Theatre production, with yet two more award nominations in the 2013 Green Room Awards (Best Music Direction, Best Original Score).




THE NYMF SEASON IS NOT ONLY a vehicle to expose the writing and performance talents of Rachel and Shanon but also, the great Australian Festivals and venues that have been part of its life to date, our newest collaborator – Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage, newly graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) who joined the creators as part of our Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival season in Febuary 2014.


Oprahfication is a celebration of all things ‘Oprah’ – her earliest beginnings, her dreams and belief systems and what she did next!


THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Now celebrating its 11th year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects, nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community, and connecting one of America’s greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.


ITS AN INCREDIBLE HONOUR to receive official selection by the New York Musical Theatre Festival, to present 5 performances in full production at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, as part of the 2014 Festival.




THE BRIEF SYNOPSIS – In 2011, Oprah closed the book on 25 years of global dominating television to focus on building her new empire, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Our story begins with Oprah welcoming her audience back into the studio for the live taping of one final episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. A retrospective special episode to celebrate and remember some the wonderful moments she’d shared over the years and to present to the world, the ultimate interview. But when things go wrong Oprah has a difficult decision to live up to her own expectation and to give her audience what they want, something they’ll never forget. Follow our link to read MORE ABOUT THE SHOW.

FROM THAT FIRST TEN MINUTE PRESENTATION until now there have been countless hours of rehearsal, and ongoing rewriting, and developmental seasons that have allowed the collaborators to lengthen the work, re structure the work and begin to develop technical support and designs in lighting and sound thanks to the skills and input of Alexander Berlage and Sarah ‘Trev’ Trevorrow respectively across those technical areas.






UPWARDS OF $30,000 Australian Dollars to date has been contributed so far to the script and musical development, to allow the technical support to be realised, and to enable the performances to be delivered in full 5-piece arrangement which has allowed Shanon to develop completely new arrangements for the show in 2014, and it is these new arrangements that will be presented in New York.




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