Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Owasco.

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival got a boost from The New York Times just a few weeks away from the beginning of its 2017 season.

The publication named the Cayuga County attraction one of the top 15 summer theater festivals in a May 18 article. (The article says its scope is "around the country," but one festival is located in Canada and another in Scotland.)

The festival begins its sixth season June 7 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Owasco with the classic "Guys and Dolls." Its season continues there with "Parade," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Ghost" and "Always, Patsy Cline." The festival's new musical series The Pitch will also return to Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum for a five-week run beginning July 12. 

Brett Smock, the festival's producing artistic director, said Wednesday that it was honored to be recognized by the Times. The festival has produced 37 musicals at the playhouse, including two world premieres, a North American premiere and seven regional premieres. The Pitch, meanwhile, has been a platform for 54 new musicals to continue taking creative shape.

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This summer also marks the second that the festival will offer Festival 360, an educational series that takes the community behind the scenes of its productions.

"We’re proud of our heritage and we continue to think and dream big," Smock said. "Standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow arts and business partners, we are proud to create some wonderful new energy in our community.”

For more information on the festival, visit fingerlakesmtf.com or call (315) 255-1785 or (800) 457-8897.

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


I'm the features editor for The Citizen and auburnpub.com, and have been here since 2006. I also cover local arts and culture, business, food and drink, and more.