It's real in these streets

Aralyn Ford is an ugly duckling who never realized she was a swan thanks to years of abuse at the hands of her father.  She’s been careening through life putting everyone else’s needs before her own to the point where even she doesn’t know which face she’s going to be wearing that day.  Now, she’s on a quest to pull herself together and release her inner Alpha Female.  She, her multiple personalities and her hard rockin’ band of misfits tell it like it is in this rough, raw soliloquy of sound.

​​Bad Ass Beauty: The Rock Opera is a female-led comedic hard rock opera portraying the personal story of a strong, independent woman who struggles with and reflects upon the balance between the artistic fire that burns with important contemporary issues like childhood trauma, failed relationships, co-dependency, mental illness, substance abuse, female exploitation (#metoo), personal and professional compromise, and ultimately how the power of music can make the parts whole and heal one’s soul. The musical contains adult themes and mature content and language.



Bad Ass Beauty stars powerhouse vocalist LaQuinta Prince as the “Alpha Female,” complete with her alter egos,” Bad Ass,” played by Stefanie Seskin, and “Beauty,” played by Tzena Nicole. They are backed up by the “Caliope Singers,” Pam West and Laura MacLean. Members of the band include Jeff Ganz as “Wiksic” on bass guitar, Jon Berger as “Pulse” on drums. This story (with some embellishment) is influenced by LaQuinta’s life story and the life of other women in the music business, including the experiences of producer and book writer Stefanie Seskin.


General Management is provided by Heather Shields, Tom Smedes Productions.  Bad Ass Beauty: The Rock Opera is written by Stefanie Seskin, a veteran of the independent music world. LaQuinta Prince wrote the lyrics, with additional lyrics provided by Seskin.  LaQuinta Prince and Anthony Gemignani wrote the music. The musical is directed by Bekka Lindström.

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 fifteenth 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 theater, 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. 2018 NYMF is sponsored by The City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, PRG, TheaterMania, Clear Channel Outdoor, Tinc Productions and Fox Stage Productions and is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


The 2018 New York Musical Festival will take place July 9th - August 5th. For more information, please visit: