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First Official Selection of the New York Musical Festival from Mexico Children of Salt

First Official Selection of the New York Musical Festival from Mexico Children of Salt

Presented by The New York Musical Festival, Jorge de la Garza and Germán Cavazos, Children of Salt is the first Official Selection of the New York Musical Festival from Mexico, Children of Salt is by Jaime Lozano and Lauren Epsenhart. The musical will be directed by Jose Zayas, musical direction by Geraldine Anello with choreography Stephanie Klemons (Associate Choreographer: Hamilton).

Children of Salt’s cast includes Nicolas Baumgartner (Regional: Mary Poppins), Mario Cortés, Joshua Cruz (Regional: Altar Boyz ,A Chorus Line), Florencia Cuenca, Javier Ignacio (Broadway: SideShow), Barrie Linberg (Carmen La Cubana, Regional: The Full Monty), Mauricio Martínez (NBC’s “El Vato) and April Ortiz (National Tour: In the Height. Film: Father of the Bride). Creative team includes Arnulfo Maldonado (Sets), Raul Ozuna (Costumes), Zach Blane (Lights), David M. Lawson (Sound), Joshua Quinn (Production Stage Manager) Stark Naked Production (Casting), Lisa Dozier King (General Management).

The story follows Raúl who returns to the Mexican beaches of his youth only to be greeted by the memories that forced him away in the first place. Reunited with his childhood friends he must face the choices he made in an effort to move forward. Children of Salt is the timeless tale of love, loss and hope.

Performances are: Wednesday, July 20 at 8PM; Thursday, July 21 at 9PM; Friday, July 22 at 1PM; Saturday, July 23 at 5PM; Sunday, July 24 at 9PM. Children of Salt will perform at Pearl Theatre Company (555 W 42nd St), beginning July 20 through July 24. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased by visiting

Jamie Lozano is a rising musical theatre writer, considered by Lin-Manuel Miranda as the “next big thing” on Broadway. An accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer and musical director, Jaime has staged in Mexico well-known musicals such as Into The Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Fantasticks, Jekyll & Hyde The Musical. Jaime adapted, produced and directed the Spanish world premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World. He has co-written The Yellow Brick Road, which had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere in the Summer of 2011, followed by a successful national tour; as well as Children of Salt; A New Latin Musical to make its New York City debut as part of the New York Musical Festival 2016 (NYMF). Jaime also co-wrote the one-act musical Lightning Strikes which premiered Off-Broadway at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in June 2010 and had a very succesful run in Venezuela. His one-act musical The Yehuatl was later becoming the first act of the musical tryptich מיתוסים . Mitos . Kamanalis (Myths) with a world premiere on December 2012 in Mexico. Jaime is the composer, lyricist and librettist of the musical Tlatelolco, which premiered in October 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico, and was revived in 2002, 2004 and 2013. As an arranger, Jaime has worked with the cast of Broadway’s In the Heights and with Tony and Grammy award-winner Alex Lacamoire on the Christmas recording Carols for a Cure in 2010. Jaime is also the arranger, orchestrator and music director for the album from the non-profit organization R.Evolución Latina “Dare to Go Beyond”, featuring various prominent Broadway performers including High School Musical’s star Corbin Bleu. Jaime is co-orchestrator with Alex Lacamoire of the Cuban musical Carmen La Cubana, based on the opera Carmen by Bizet, which had a world premiere in Paris, France at the Théâtre du Châtelet in April, 2016.

Lauren Epsenhart is a playwright, lyricist and educator. Her most recent projects include having written book and lyric for the Latin musical, Children of Salt (Music by Jaime Lozano), which has had two industry readings at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, Children of Salt will be one of 13 plays, world wide, presented at the 2016 New York Musical Festival in Manhattan, featuring Broadway’s greatest talent to date. In addition, she is the author of the play Pushing Daisy, which had a world premiere with the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Gene Frankel Theatre in June of 2011, where it was nominated for three awards and raised funds to aid in the treatment of cancer patients. Pushing Daisy also had a reading with Play Club West at the Noho Stages in Los Angeles in March of 2012 and a run at the Secret Theatre in 2014, in collaboration with MuSE: Multicultural Sonic Evolution productions. Lauren is currently writing book and lyric for the musical Lilly Blooms (Music by Jaime Lozano). Past credits include Observations of a Non-Kosher Pork Lover, Stars Through a Telescope (Music by Yui Kitamura) and Back to You (Music by Jiyoung Chang). Past productions and song lyrics have been featured at Lincoln Center, Julliard, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Secret Theatre, Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House, Triad Theatre, Queens Botanical Gardens and The Theatre for the New City.

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.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theater fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work “creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form.”

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2015 is sponsored by The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Fuzzrocket, PRG, TheaterMania, and Clear Channel Spectacolor, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The NYMF PASS is a great way to experience The New York Musical Festival. With a NYMF PASS, you can get into the theater before individual ticket holders. Passes also offer the exclusive ability to book tickets before they go on sale to the public. NYMF Passholder ticket booking begins June 6. Individual tickets go on sale June 20.



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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