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“The Brontës,” Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s rock-and-roll take on literary sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne and their brother Branwell, is headed to the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF, pronounced like “nymph”) at the beginning of next month. (...)
With only 30 shows and a track record of sending shows from relative obscurity to Broadway — “Next to Normal” and the one-act musical called “[title of show]” both got their start at the festival — NYMF is the most visible platform Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s has enjoyed to date.
The cost of bringing “The Brontës” to New York is about $25,000 for production fees, renting the space (the play will be performed at the Signature Theatre on 42nd Street), travel, hiring a publicist for the run, paying the actors and crew, and lodging, said Steve McWilliams, the play’s co-author. Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s raised just over $7,000 on Kickstarter and is funding the rest “through the generosity of our friends, family and fans,” co-author Debra Buonaccorsi said.
“I’m a huge Brontë fan and I have been for much of my life, and I think there’s something really appealing about this story,” Buonaccorsi said. “Which is funny because a lot of people thought, ‘The Brontës? That’s a terrible idea. That’s the most boring thing I’ve ever heard.’ But it’s these four misfit siblings, and all they have in the world is each other. It’s this family story.” (Jessica Goldstein)