The International Musical Theater Festival will launch in Milan, Italy in the summer of 2022. Plus, watch a star-studded launch video!



The inaugural Festival Internazionale del Musical (International Festival of Musical Theater), a global celebration showcasing the creativity of the world’s most talented contemporary musical theater artists and productions, will launch in Milan, Italy in the summer of 2022 .

Academy and Tony Award winner Whoopi goldberg is featured in a special video showcasing the Festival, with appearances by the Tony Award winner Ben vereen and musical theater stars from around the world performing the iconic song “Magic to Do” from the Grammy Award-winning musical Pippin by Academy Stephen schwartz. Participants include, from the United States: Whoopi goldberg, Ben vereen, nominated for the Tony Awards Laura Osnes, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, nominated for the Tony Awards Jarrod spector; Laureate of the Olivier Prize Janie Dee and Layton williams from the United Kingdom ; the stars of the Lorella Cuccarini musical theater from Italy; Kim Young Sook from South Korea; Yingfei Liu from China; Luz Angèlica Herrera Vàzquez from Mexico; Eleonora Barbacini Ibrahim from Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Anastasia Styazhkina from Moscow, Russia.

For the inaugural festival, several acclaimed musical productions will be invited to perform at leading theaters in Milan and the Lombardy region for a two-week period in the summer of 2022. The festival will include a gala event, highlighting featured artists and presenters honoring a lifetime’s work. Award recipient. The winner will be announced in fall 2021.

With strong support from the government of the city of Milan and the Lombardy region, the local art industry and Italian fashion icons, the festival will encompass the centers of Broadway and London’s West End, as well as the musical theater art and artists from around the world, from Europe to Asia, Latin America and beyond.

The Founders of the International Musical Theater Festival, Fabrizio Carbon, Roberto Righi, Simone Genatt, Marc Routh, Diego Montrone and Jessica r jenen brought together a prestigious group of international theater artists and professionals from around the world, to join the Creative Advisory Board to support the efforts of the Festival. They include: Performers: Lorella Cuccarini, Whoopi goldberg, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, Ben vereen ; Theater professionals: Renato Balestra, Steve baruch, Joshua Bergasse, Ken billington, Jean Breglio, Julie boardman, Nica burns, Warren carlyle, Theodore S. Chapin, Drew cohen, Michael curry, John doyle, Tan Dun, Wendy federman, Sean Flahaven, Richard frankel, David Gallo, Dan Hinde, Rod Kaats, Sophie Kim, Stan Lai, Colin Law, Tom leonardis, William Ivey Long, Joe machota, Roy Ofer, Jon Platt, Jean Rando, Evan shapiro, Matthew Byam Shaw, Edouard Snape, Olivier Sultan, Victoria traube, Sergio Trujillo, Tom viertel and Kumiko Yoshii.

Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, said: “Milan is the natural home of all expressions of creativity and beauty. We wish this team good luck for this first edition of the International Musical Theater Festival, and we will see you in Milan. in 2022. “

Fabrizio Carbon, MMA Board Member, said: “We are delighted to welcome the international music community to our beautiful city, which has a long and illustrious history as a center of arts and commerce.”

Simone Genatt, President of Broadway International Group, said, “Musical theater is a powerful international voice that crosses cultural barriers and unites us. Broadway International Group is proud to partner with our colleagues and friends in Milan and around the world for this exciting new festival. “

More details, including rules regarding eligibility and other logistical details, will be announced in October 2021, including the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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