New York Musical Improv Festival

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New York Musical Improv Festival celebrates musical improv in all of its forms as a vital part of the improv comedy scene.

This form of improvisation puts top musicians, singers, actors, comedians, and even dancers who them to create music, lyrics, and movement on the spot.

This festival celebrates a broad range of styles and bring together performers from comedy theaters in New York and Chicago, first taking place November 6 and 7, 2009.

Founded in 2009 by T.J. Mannix and producers Robin Rothman, Melanie Girton, and Mary Archbold, the NYMIF presaged the rise of Musical Improvisation at comedy theaters across the U.S. and Canada in the 2010s. The first festival included teams Baby Wants Candy (Barrow Group), I Eat Pandas (UCB), Don't Quit Your Night Job, Bash! (iO Chicago), Centralia (PIT), The Made Up Musical (Magnet), Broadway's Next Hit Musical (Triad) and Once Upon a Time (Magnet).

Originally planned for March, the 2020 New York Musical Improv Festival was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Past festivals have included teams and performers from cities across the US, (NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Austin TX, Washington DC, Baltimore, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, Miami, Providence and Seattle), Canada (Montreal and Vancouver), Frankfurt, Germany and Paris France.

NYMIF 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 and Jeff Hiller.

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