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2018 New York Musical Festival NYMF Awards for Excellence

Four musicals in the 2018 New York Musical Festival tied for the most awards, five apiece: Between the Sea and the Sky, Emojiland, Interstate and Pedro Pan. Below the list of winners and nominees.

 

OUTSTANDING OVERALL DESIGN

Winner: BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY – Joshua Warner (Scenic Design), Jessica Creager (Lighting Design), Heather Carey (Costume Design), Josh Liebert (Sound Design)

 

Nominees:

AN AMERICAN HERO: A NEW WORLD WAR II MUSICAL – Amber Marisa Cook (Scenic Design), Christopher George Haug (Lighting Design), Deana Leutkenhaus and James M. Miller (Costume Design), Philip Nacy (Sound Design)

EMOJILAND – David Goldstein (Scenic Design), Jamie Roderick (Lighting Design), Sarah Zinn (Costume Design), Ken Goodwin (Sound Design), Anthony Freitas (Prop Design), Lisa Renkel (Projection Design)

IF SAND WERE STONE – Darren Joel Diggle (Scenic Design), Adam Honore (Lighting Design), Machel Ross (Costume Design), Emily Gardner Xu Hall (Sound Design), Jess Medenbach (Projection Design)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS

Winner: Thomas Hodges, SONATA 1962

 

Nominees:

Luke Byrne, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Keith Harrison, EMOJILAND

Kyle Acheson, THICKET & THISTLE’S WHAT’S YOUR WISH?

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Winner: Kenny Ingram, EMOJILAND

 

Nominees:

Jim Cooney, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Sidney Erik Wright, PEDRO PAN

David Rossetti, PETER, WHO?

Jeff Davis, THE GUNFIGHTER MEETS HIS MATCH

 

OUTSTANDING BOOK

Winner: Justin Moran and Jonathan Roufaeal, PETER, WHO?

Nominees:

Luke Byrne, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Keith Harrison and Laura Nicole Harrison, EMOJILAND

Rebecca Aparicio, PEDRO PAN

Patricia Loughrey, SONATA 1962

 

OUTSTANDING LYRICS

Winner: Kit Yan and Melissa Li, INTERSTATE

Nominees:

Luke Byrne, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Keith Harrison and Laura Nicole Harrison, EMOJILAND

Justin Moran and Jonathan Roufaeal, PETER, WHO

Thomas Hodges and Patricia Loughrey, SONATA 1962

 

OUTSTANDING MUSIC

Winner: Luke Byrne, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Nominees:

Keith Harrison and Laura Nicole Harrison, EMOJILAND

Melissa Li, INTERSTATE

Thomas Hodges, SONATA 1962

Abby Payne, THE GUNFIGHTER MEETS HIS MATCH

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Winners:

Alexis Floyd, IF SAND WERE STONE

Natalie Toro, PEDRO PAN

Nominees:

Jessie Alagna, EMOJILAND

Kiet Tai Cao, INTERSTATE

Zoe Farmingdale, PETER, WHO?

Sarah Jane Shanks, BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE SKY

Chris Evan Simpson, PETER, WHO?

Romelda Teron Benjamin, SONATA 1962

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE

Winners:

Trish Lindstrȫm, IF SAND WERE STONE

Sushma Saha, INTERSTATE

Christina Maxwell, SONATA 1962

Nominees:

Jenny Rose Baker, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Keith Harrison, EMOJILAND

Lesli Margherita, EMOJILAND

Travis Nilan, PETER, WHO?

Joshua Stenseth, THICKET & THISTLE’s WHAT’S YOUR WISH?

 

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE

Winners – tie:

BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY. Cast includes: Anna L. Baker, Jenny Rose Baker, Jordan Bell, Thaddeus Kolwicz, Caroline Lellouche, Barbara McCulloh, Jason Moody, Sarah Jane Shanks, Jessica Turk

EMOJILAND. Cast includes: Jessie Alagna, Brandon L. Armstrong, Jordon Bolden, Chloe Fox, Keith Harrison, Laura Nicole Harrison, Cooper Howell, Megan Kane, Alex G. Kunz, Josh Lamon, Lesli Margherita, Angela Wildflower

Nominees:

PETER, WHO?

THICKET & THISTLE’S WHAT’S YOUR WISH?

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Winner: Michael Bello, BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY

Nominees:

Thomas Caruso, EMOJILAND

John Treacy Egan, PETER, WHO?

Katherine M. Carter, SONATA 1962

Jonathan Eric Foster, THICKET & THISTLE’S WHAT’S YOUR WISH?

 

BEST MUSICAL SPONSORED BY PLAY-BY-PLAY

Winner: BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY –Book, Music, and Lyrics by Luke Byrne

Nominees:

EMOJILAND – Book, Music, and Lyrics by Keith Harrison and Laura Nicole Harrison

INTERSTATE – Book and Lyrics by Kit Yan and Melissa Li; Music by Melissa Li

PETER, WHO? – Book and Lyrics by Justin Moran & Jonathan Roufaeal; Music by Doug Katsaros & Adam Podd

SONATA 1962 – Book by Patricia Loughrey; Music by Thomas Hodges; Lyrics by Patricia Loughrey and Thomas Hodges

 

THE FOLLOWING RECEIVED OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE AWARDS:

Taylor Caldwell, PEDRO PAN

Gregory Diaz IV, PEDRO PAN

Kristen Di Mercurio, THE GUNFIGHTER MEETS HIS MATCH

Esco Jouléy, INTERSTATE

Josh Lamon, EMOJILAND

Adam Schween, AN AMERICAN HERO: A NEW WORLD WAR II MUSICAL

Julian Silva, PEDRO PAN

Uton Evan Uneyjekwe, ‘68: A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL

Angela Wildflower, EMOJILAND

Andreas Wyder, INTERSTATE

 

SPECIAL CITATIONS

University Excellence: Southeast Missouri State University for their production of AN AMERICAN HERO: A NEW WORLD WAR II MUSICAL with Book by Kenneth L. Stilson and Music and Lyrics by Cody Cole

 

Festival Achievement in Lighting Design, Jamie Roderick for EMOJILAND

 

Mental Health Awareness: Carly Brooke Feinman and Cassie Wilson, IF SAND WERE STONE

 

Representation and Inclusion: Melissa Li and Kit Yan, INTERSTATE

 

Political Relevance and Impact: Rebecca Aparicio and Stephen Anthony Elkins, PEDRO PAN

 

Arts Advocacy: Thomas Hodges and Patricia Loughrey, SONATA 1962

Best of Fest

BEST OF FEST: READING

LEGACY: A MUSICAL INDICTMENT

Book, Music, and Lyrics by November Christine

BEST OF FEST: CONCERT

FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS

Book by Christian De Gré, Joseph Anderson & Serrana Gay; Music by Christian De Gré; Story by Serrana Gay; Lyrics by Joseph Anderson

BEST OF FEST: PRODUCTION

AN AMERICAN HERO: A NEW WORLD WAR II MUSICAL

Book by Kenneth L. Stilson; Music and Lyrics by Cody Cole

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About 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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