Flambé Dreams tells the story of a young man from Preston, Idaho who comes to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a great Maitre d' like his father who was killed in a freak flaming bananas foster accident. This show posed a unique technical challenge – the entire premise of the show is that the lead character’s passion is creating flaming desserts, and due to open flame restriction on NYC stages, real flaming desserts were not an option. Putting my creativity and technical expertise to work very early in the process, I experimented extensively with a myriad of ideas which lead me to creating pop-up book style flames that not only solved the problem of the open flame, but was met with laughter and applause every night and contributed to the identity and humor of this musical comedy.
The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. NYMF was honored with a 2013 Drama Desk Award recognizing its first decade of creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form. Like any great art form, musical theater is shaped by the events and philosophies of the day. The strength and vitality of musical theater lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. It was with that idea in mind, 12 years ago, that the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) was created – to provide an effective platform to introduce new shows, new perspectives, and new blood into the musical theater canon. The first Festival, staged in 2004, featured over thirty new fully staged full-length musicals and was met with critical and popular acclaim. More than 350 shows have premiered at the Festival since then, featuring more than 8,000 artists and entertaining more than 300,000 audience members. The musicals and artists introduced at NYMF have, in turn, gone on to further successes on and Off-Broadway, across the country, and around the globe – reaching literally millions of theatergoers worldwide.