The fun of going to the New York Musical Theatre Festival, which opened Monday—besides all the shows, of course—is trying to guess which one has what it takes to make it all the way to Broadway. The three-week festival has helped launch such hit productions as the long-running Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, [title of show], and, most recently, the critically acclaimed Next to Normal, which is currently running on Broadway. This year features 30 full productions in venues around the city on everything from Andy Warhol (Andy Warhol Was Right) to Williamsburg indie rockers (F#@king Up Everything) to the world’s last surviving vampires (The Cure). Also, catch concerts, parties, and panel discussions.

Sept. 28-Oct. 18, 2009

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