• The New Musical Foundation

    The New Musical Foundation was founded by Charlie Fink in 2007 to promote the development of new musicals by producing readings, workshops and festival productions. All rights are reserved by the artists.

  • Music & Book

    Marshall Pailet

    Lyrics & Book

    A.D. Penedo

    Directed by Marshall Pailet

    Choreography by Misha Sheilds


    based on a screenplay by J.T. Allen

    “Penedo and Pailet use comedy to remind us of a tragedy, and they do it brilliantly. Go see WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY? Electronic Link Journey





    The Raves Keep Rolling In

    "A whip smart musical comedy based on a true story that’s sure to leave you laughing and thinking for days." Theater is Easy 


    “Penedo and Pailet use comedy to remind us of a tragedy, and they do it brilliantly. " Theater in the Now 


    “This is an ensemble effort and all eight members are excellent. There are laughs aplenty, but the humor is black”. Theatre Pizzazz



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  • Upcoming Productions

    We're excited to announce our other show for 2017

    One Night in New York

    by Eric Tiper






    Winner, Best Show, 2013 DC Capital Fringe Festival

  • Past Productions

  • Our Recent Award Winning Festival Productions 

    2010 - 2013

    Mata Hari by David Rhymer

    New York Musical Festival 2013 - Best Performer, Onalea Gilbertson

    Baby Case

    by Michael Ogborn

    Best Show, Best Composer, Best Director, New York Musical Festival, 2012

    Fucking Up Everything

    by Eric Davis and Sam Forman

    2011 Broadway World Awards for Crytal Moser (best actress) and Jason Wilson (best actor)

    Who's Your Baghdaddy

    by Marshall Pailet & A.D. Penedo

    Best Show, 2011 DC Fringe Festival

    Claudio Quest

    by Marshall Pailet & Drew Fornorola

    Best Musical, 2010 DC Fringe Festival

    Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue

    by Steve McWilliams & Deb Bounaccorsi


    Winner of the John Aiello Helen Hayes Award for Best Emerging Company

  • Full List of Readings & Productions

    2004 - 2015

    2004: The Sand Storm, by Sean Huze (production), Metrostage, DC (non musical)

    2005: Burn Rate by Paul Scott Goodman (reading) BMI Workshop, NYC

    2006: Treasure Island by Brett Smock and Corinne Aquilina (production) GIVA, Rochester

    2006: Powerhouse by Shawn Northrip (festival production)

    2007: Drift by Jeremy Schoenfeld and Craig Pospisil (reading) NYC

    2007: The Wonderful World of Zidney by Shawn Northrip & Mike Pettry (reading) Metrostage, VA

    2008: Curveball by JT Allen and Chris Jefferies (reading) Signature Theater, DC

    2008: Joe, by Dan Lipton and Dave Rossemer (reading) Signature Theater, DC

    2009: Rooms by Paul Scott Goodman (production) MetroStage, DC, GIVA, NYC

    2009: Dot Comet by Michael Ogborn and Craig Pospisil (reading) Woolly Mammoth. DC

    2009: Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue presents The Orestia by Deb Bounaccorsi and Steve McWilliams (production) Keegan Theater. Washington, DC

    2009: Titus X by Shawn Northrip (festival production) DC Fringe

    2009: Dizzie Miss Lizzie's The Saints (festival production) DC Fringe

    2009: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Halloween Spooktacular (with No Rules Theater Company), Warehouse Theater, Washington, DC

    2010: Little Dead Riding Hood (reading), by Shawn Northrip & James Tucker (reading)

    2010: Super Claudio Bros. by Marshall Pailet and Drew Fornorola (festival production) DC Fringe, Best Musical, extended run, acquired by Dreamworks for development for Broadway

    2010: Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Finn McCool (festival production) DC Fringe

    2011: Who's Your Baghdaddy by Marshall Pailet & A.D. Penedo (festival production) DC Fringe, Best Show, extended run, Broadway World Award Best Actor for Matthew Myers 2011: F@#king Up Everything by Eric Davis & Sam Forman (festival production) DC Fringe, extended run, Broadway World awards for Best Actress Crystal Moser and Supporting Actor Jason Wilson

    2012: Who's Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War (reading) Joe's Pub NYC

    2012: Rio by by Mitch Magonet and Joey Miller (reading) CUA-NYMF

    2012: Baby Case by Michael Ogborn (festival production) NY New Musical Festival, Best Show, Best Director, Best Composer

    2012: Triassic Parq, by Marshall Pailet (production) Amas Musical Theater, NYC

    2013: F@#king Up Everything, by Eric Davis & Sam Forman (off Broadway production) Elektra Theatre, NYC

    2013: Standby, by Amy Baer, Keith Robinson & Mark-Eugene Garcia (reading) CUA-NYMF

    2013: Mata Hari, by David Rhymer, (festival production) NY Musical Festival (Best Actress, Onalea Gilbertson)

    2013: One Night in New York, 2013 DC Capital Fringe Festival (Best Show)

    2013: Tesla (reading) by Marc Acito, Jeames Beaton, and Amy Englehardt (reading) New York, NY supported by the NAMT Fund for New Musicals. Directed by Kent Nicholson

    2014: Who's Your Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War (reading) by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo

    2015: Who's Your Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War (off Broadway production)

    2017: Who's Your Baghdaddy, St. Luke's Theater, New York (Spring, 2017)


  • Charlie Fink 

  • Charlie Fink

    Producing Artistic Director

    Charlie Fink is an award winning producer, entrepreneur, arts advocate and progressive activist. 

    Charlie has been an executive and producer of entertainment and new media since 1985, creating and launching new brands for Disney, AOL, and American Greetings. Charlie started his career in the Animation Division of Walt Disney Pictures, where he rose to the position of Vice-President, Creative Affairs. In his six years with Disney, Charlie was responsible for the development and production of live-action and animated motion pictures, including "Beauty and The Beast", "Aladdin", and "The Lion King", which was based on his original idea, “Bambi in Africa”. In 1992, Charlie left Disney Pictures to become Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Virtual World Entertainment, a software developer and location based Entertainment Company owned by Tim Disney. That company was later sold to Microsoft.


    In early 1996, Charlie joined AOL as Senior Vice-President and Chief Creative Officer of its Greenhouse Networks, where he created and launched some of the formative Internet's leading content brands, including Love@AOL (sold to Match.com), Electra (sold to Oxygen Media), Entertainment Asylum, and Santa's Home Page (which he also co-produced with the late Brandon Tartikoff and Will Vinton as an ABC TV special). 


    After leaving AOL in 1999, Charlie founded eAgents.com, a daily email service that provided targeted news and entertainment to over five million Internet users each day. In September 2000, less than eight months after founding the company, with its initial product still in beta, eAgents was sold to American Greetings Interactive (AGI). Charlie served as President of AGI until 2003, and Chairman until 2005. During his tenure, AG acquired its two largest competitors, BlueMountain.com and eGreetings.com, and transitioned from a free site to a fee based subscription service with over five million paying subscribers. 


    Charlie is founder and artistic director of the multi-award winning New Musical Foundation (http://newmusicalfoundation.org/), which produces readings, workshops, and festival productions of new musicals. All rights are reserved by the authors. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Drama Desk award winning NY Musical Festival, an annual summer showcase of more than 30 new musicals now in its twelfth season. Over 300 NYMF alumni productions have been seen in 48 states, 60 countries, and five have gone on to Broadway, most notably Pulitzer Prize winner Next To Normal


    In 2009, Charlie created The Other 98%, a progressive social media meme creator and distributor with over 2 million friends on Facebook. O98 is now a project of Moveon.org.


    Charlie earned his BA Degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Contact Form

    Unfortunately, the New Musical Foundation is not accepting any new projects at this time. However, anyone who writes a new musical is a friend of ours. Feel free to contact us using the form below.