2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival winners


“Claudio Quest,” about a super-hero on a mission to overcome killer eggplants; “Single Wide,” about a single mother living in a trailer park with her own single mother who wants to avoid all men to break the cycle for her son;  and the Cobalteans, about a group of friends who gather together in a lake house a year after their friend Gabriel’s death, were among the big winners of the NYMF Awards for Excellence, chosen by a jury selected by the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

The full list of awards:

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Outstanding Music
Ben Chavez, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Lyrics
Yianni Papadimos, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Book
Yianni Papadimos, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Direction
John Tartaglia, Claudio Quest

Outstanding Choreography
Justin Boccitto, What Do Critics Know?

Outstanding Overall Design
Claudio Quest – Timothy R. Mackabee (Scenic), Jennifer Schriever (Lighting), Leon Dobkowski (Costume), Matt Kraus (Sound)

nymusicaltheatrefestivalOutstanding Musical Direction
Evan Feist, Acappella

Outstanding Orchestrations/Arrangements
Evan Feist, Acappella

Outstanding Lead Actor
Sam Bolen, Pope! An Epic Musical

Outstanding Lead Actress
Sheridan Harbridge, Songs for the Fallen

Outstanding Featured Actor
Andre Ward, Claudio Quest

Outstanding Featured Actress
Liz McCartney, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Acappella – Miche Braden, Darilyn Castillo, Anthony Chatmon II, Katrina Rose Deideriksen, Cheryl Freeman, Rachel Gavaletz, Emily Goglia, Tyler Hardwick, Alex Koceja, Janelle McDermoth, Gavyn Pickens, Garett Turner, Darryl Jovan Williams, Virginia Ann Woodruff

Manuel vs. ROUND 1
Shakeena Nayfack, Manuel vs. Statue of Liberty

Outstanding Individual Performance
Derek Carley, Single Wide
Lindsey Brett Carothers, Claudio Quest
Mark Coffin, Wearing Black
Jason Edward Cook, Pope! An Epic Musical
Stacia Fernandez, Single Wide
Matthew Miner, Single Wide
Mary Mossberg, What Do Critics Know?
Shakina Nayfack, Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty
Jacqueline Petroccia, Single Wide
Ethan Slater, Claudio Quest

Special Citations
Social Relevance and Impact – Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty
Puppetry and Puppet Design – Michael Schupbach and The Puppet Kitchen, Claudio Quest

Best of Fest Audience Prize
The Calico Buffalo

The 2015 NYMF Award for Best Musical Sponsored by Play-by-Play
Songs for the Fallen

Claudio Quest: 6
Single Wide: 4
The Cobalteans: 3
What Do Critics Know?: 2
Acapella: 2
Pope! An Epic Musical: 2
Manuel vs The Statue of Liberty: 2
Songs For The Fallen: 2
Tonya & Nancy: A Rock Opera: 1
The Calico Buffalo: 1
Wearing Black: 1

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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