Come From Away on Broadway: Review, Video and Pics

“Come From Away” tells the story of the 9,000 residents of Gander, Newfoundland who took care of some 7,000 passengers and crew of 38 airplanes that were forced to land at the local airport because of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The production has gained fans for its foot-stomping Celtic-flavored music, the tight ensemble work of its 12-member cast, and its heartwarming view of humanity, as it’s traveled from La Jolla to Seattle to D.C. to Toronto. But now that it’s in New York, it has to deal with people like me.

As I wrote on the 15th anniversary of September 11th,I was across the street from the Twin Towers on the morning of September 11, 2001 when they were attacked. When an out-of-town friend visiting New York recently bought me a ticket to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, I couldn’t bring myself to go.

So I was worried that Come from Away would, in contemporary parlance, be triggering. But the exact opposite occurred. The Canadian song writing team of Irene Sankoff and David Hein are so eager to please that Come From Away keeps a safe distance from the horror of 9/11.

Come From Away focuses on the kindness of strangers, and how they ease the fear and inconvenience of the “plane people,” some 1,500 miles away from any real danger.

This is not really a “9/11 musical,” then, but it will certainly be seen that way. The question thus arises: Are we so battered by the trauma of actual events that the only stage depictions we welcome about them are feel-good entertainment?

The answer seems to be yes,  judging by the enthusiastic embrace of this musical

Full review at D.C. Theatre Scene

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She Loves Me on BroadwayHD: First Scene

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Below is the overture and opening number of the Roundabout’s Broadway production of “She Loves Me,” as live streamed by BroadwayHD on June 30, 2016.

The musical starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski runs live through July 10 at Studio 54. July 10th is also the deadline for  renting the entire BroadwayHD recording “on demand” for $9.99.

My review of She Loves Me

 

(The scene/song begins at around the 7 minute mark)

 

Lyrics:

               ARPAD
GOOD MORNING.
HOW ARE YOU THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY?
ISN’T THIS A BEAUTIFUL MORNING?
               SIPOS

VERY.

HEY, SIPOS-
HOW’S THIS?

 

                    SIPOS
     THAT’S AN AWFULLY ELEGANT POSE
     BUT IS ALL THAT ELEGANCE NECE-
     ‘SARY?
                    ARPAD
And why not? I represent Maraczek’s, don’t I? We’re not a butcher shop- or a hardware store... we’re a parfumerie. That means we’re...
we’re...
     WE’RE STYLISH.

GOOD MORNING

GOOD DAY.

SIPOS

THAT’S IT.

               SIPOS
WITH A QUIET DIGNITY

ARPAD

                    ARPAD
     AND WE GET THE TILT OF OUR HATS RIGHT.
                    SIPOS
     THAT’S RIGHT.
                    ARPAD
     WHEN I RIDE MY BIKE,
     PEOPLE SEE WHAT MARACZEK’S LIKE.
     SO I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
     THAT I LOOK MY BEST.
                    SIPOS
And how many people did you run over today?

ARPAD

Not one.

                    SIPOS
Well - it’s early.
                    ARPAD
Here comes Miss Ritter.

SIPOS

Hmmm…

                    ARPAD
She spent the night with Mr. Kodaly

SIPOS

Again?

                    ARPAD
They always kiss goodbye at the newsstand. Then she walks around the block to make us think she’s been home.

YES,

(MISS RITTER ENTERS.)

                    RITTER
     GOOD MORNING.

ARPAD, SIPOS

GOOD DAY.

                    RITTER
     HOW ARE YOU THIS GLORIOUS DAY?
     HAVE YOU SEEN A LOVELIER MORNING?
                    ARPAD, SIPOS

NEVER.

                    RITTER
     IT’S TOO NICE A DAY
     TO BE INSIDE SHUFFLING SOAP.
     I HAVE NO MORE ENERGY WHAT-SO-EVER.
Anybody mind if I take the day off? Arpad - why aren’t you old
enough to take me away from all this?

ARPAD

I’m old enough!
                    RITTER
Then marry me and I’ll quit my job.

(SHE gives ARPAD a close scrutiny.)
No. I’m afraid you’re really not– quite- old enough.

                    ARPAD
It won’t be long, though. I’m catching up. You know, Miss Horvath

always used to say I’d get to be thirty-five before you ever did.

SIPOS

Ah- Mr. Kodaly.
(STEVEN KODALY enters.)

                    KODALY
     GOOD MORNING.

GOOD DAY.

ARPAD, SIPOS, RITTER
               KODALY
HOW ARE YOU THIS RADIANT DAY?
WHAT A RARE MAGNIFICENT MORNING!

IS IT?

ARPAD, SIPOS

KODALY (To RITTER)

     GOOD MORNING, MY DEAR.
     HOW ARE YOU THIS RAVISHING DAY?
     DO YOU KNOW YOU’VE NEVER LOOKED MORE EXQUISITE.
                    RITTER
     THANK YOU, KIND SIR.
                    KODALY
What a lovely dress.
                    ARPAD
It’s the same one she had on yesterday, Mr. Kodaly.

SIPOS

Ah- Mr. Nowack.
(GEORG NOWACK ENTERS.)

                    GEORG
     GOOD MORNING.
                    SIPOS, ARPAD, RITTER, KODALY

GOOD DAY.

                    GEORG
     ISN’T THAT A BEAUTIFUL SKY?
     WHAT A PERFECT SAMPLE OF SUMMER WEATHER.
     IT’S TOO NICE A DAY
     TO BE INDOORS COUNTING OUT CHANGE
     WHAT A WASTE OF HOLIDAY WEATHER ALTOGETHER...
     LET’S ALL RUN AWAY!
               RITTER
WOULDN’T IT BE SOMETHING IF WE ALL TOOK OFF FROM WORK?
               SIPOS
LEAVING MR. MARACZEK WITHOUT A SINGLE CLERK!
               ARPAD
WHY NOT HAVE A PICNIC?
               SIPOS
I COULD BRING MY WIFE’S PRESERVES.
               KODALY
CHAMPAGNE MIGHT BE NICE WITH HOT HORS D’OEURVES.

ALL (In canon)

IT’S TOO NICE A DAY
TO BE STUCK INSIDE OF A STORE.
WE COULD ALL BE GETTING OUR FACES SUNTANNED.
IT’S SO NICE A DAY
TO BE DOZING UNDER A TREE-
               SIPOS
AND WE’LL ALL BE OUT OF A JOB.
               RITTER
IF IT COSTS THAT MUCH TO GET SUNTANNED-
               SIPOS
I’LL STAY UNTANNED.
               KODALY
PALE- BUT SOLVENT.

A PICNIC-

ARPAD

Oh. Yes.

GEORG

SIPOS (to GEORG)

A PICNIC-

ALL

(Spoken-sighed) Oh, well…

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4th of July Poll: Your Favorite American History Musical

Broadway musicals that take American history as their subject have been called a “vastly underexplored genre”…until recently. Which is your favorite?

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Dear Evan Hansen: Review, Pics, Song

The title character in the musical Dear Evan Hansen is a clinically anxious high school student who is so friendless that he can’t get any classmates to sign the cast on his broken arm, except an even worse misfit named Connor. But then Connor commits suicide, and his death turns Evan’s life around.

In other hands, it might be difficult to suspend disbelief in the series of unlikely, near-satiric events at the heart of this original musical, which is now running Off-Broadway through the end of the month. But Dear Evan Hansen has become a sold-out hit, something of a cult favorite, with plans to transfer to Broadway. It’s easy to see why. Composer/lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose previous musicals include Dogfight and A Christmas Story, have fashioned a tuneful, affecting pop-rock score. Director Michael Greif, who has some experience with shows about adolescent angst (Rent, Next to Normal), has created a first-rate, resonant production.(It’s worth pointing out that Team Evan Hansen includes Hamilton alumni David Korins as the set designer and Alex Lacamoire as the musical supervisor and orchestrator.) And the eight-member cast offer some deep and credible performances, led by the extraordinary Ben Platt…

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

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#Gram4Ham: Watch Hamilton on The Grammys

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The cast of Hamilton will perform their show’s opening number live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theater sometime during the 2016 Grammy broadcast, which will air starting at 8 p.m. ET tonight (February 15, 2016) on CBS.

Update: To watch the video, click here.

Lyrics for Song # 1: Alexander Hamilton

This is only the fourth time the Grammy broadcast has featured a performance live via satellite, and only the ninth performance by a Broadway musical on any broadcast of the Grammy Awards. (Previous Broadway shows featured on the Grammys: “Godspell” (1972); “The Magic Show” (1975); “Sophisticated Ladies” (1982); “La Cage Aux Folles” (1984); “Will Rogers Follies” (1992); “Riverdance” and “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk” (1997); and “American Idiot” (2010))

“Hamilton” is one of the five Broadway cast recordings that  have been nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.

Update: After its live performance, Hamilton was awarded Best Musical Theater Album Grammy — on the broadcast! (Usually it’s one of the Grammys awarded off-camera.)
The nominees are:

Hamilton (Atlantic)

Fun Home (PS Classics)

An American in Paris (Masterworks Broadway)

The King and I (Universal Music Classics)

Something Rotten! (Ghostlight).

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Quiz: Which Hamilton character are you?

 


Song #1: “ALEXANDER HAMILTON.”

AARON BURR
HOW DOES A BASTARD, ORPHAN, SON OF A WHORE AND A
SCOTSMAN, DROPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF A FORGOTTEN
SPOT IN THE CARIBBEAN BY PROVIDENCE, IMPOVERISHED, IN SQUALOR, GROW UP TO BE A HERO AND A SCHOLAR?
JOHN LAURENS
THE TEN-DOLLAR FOUNDING FATHER WITHOUT A FATHER GOT A LOT FARTHER BY WORKING A LOT HARDER
BY BEING A LOT SMARTER
BY BEING A SELF-STARTER
BY FOURTEEN, THEY PLACED HIM IN CHARGE OF A TRADING CHARTER
THOMAS JEFFERSON
AND EVERY DAY WHILE SLAVES WERE BEING SLAUGHTERED AND CARTED AWAY ACROSS THE WAVES, HE STRUGGLED AND KEPT HIS GUARD UP INSIDE, HE WAS LONGING FOR SOMETHING TO BE A PART OF
THE BROTHER WAS READY TO BEG, STEAL, BORROW OR BARTER
JAMES MADISON
THEN A HURRICANE CAME, AND DEVASTATION REIGNED
OUR MAN SAW HIS FUTURE DRIP, DRIPPING DOWN THE DRAIN PUT A PENCIL TO HIS TEMPLE, CONNECTED IT TO HIS BRAIN AND HE WROTE HIS FIRST REFRAIN, A TESTAMENT TO HIS PAIN
BURR
WELL THE WORD GOT AROUND, THEY SAID, “THIS KID IS INSANE, MAN.” TOOK UP A COLLECTION JUST TO SEND HIM TO THE MAINLAND
“GET YOUR EDUCATION, DON’T FORGET FROM WHENCE YOU CAME, AND THE WORLD IS GONNA KNOW YOUR NAME. WHAT’S YOUR NAME, MAN?”
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
MY NAME IS ALEXANDER HAMILTON
AND THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE BUT JUST YOU WAIT, JUST YOU WAIT . . .
ELIZA HAMILTON
WHEN HE WAS 10 HIS FATHER SPLIT, FULL OF IT, DEBT-RIDDEN TWO YEARS LATER, SEE ALEX AND HIS MOTHER BED-RIDDEN HALF-DEAD SITTIN IN THEIR OWN SICK
THE SCENT THICK, AND
FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON) (WHISPERING) ALEX GOT BETTER BUT HIS MOTHER WENT QUICK.

GEORGE WASHINGTON
MOVED IN WITH A COUSIN, THE COUSIN COMMITTED SUICIDE LEFT HIM WITH NOTHIN BUT RUINED PRIDE, SOMETHING NEW INSIDE
A VOICE SAYING,
“YOU GOTTA FEND FOR YOURSELF.” HE STARTED RETREATIN AND READIN EVERY TREATISE ON THE SHELF.
BURR
THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NOTHIN LEFT TO DO
FOR SOMEONE LESS ASTUTE
HE WOULDA BEEN DEAD OR DESTITUTE
WITHOUT A CENT OR RESTITUTION STARTED WORKIN–CLERKIN FOR HIS LATE MOTHER’S LANDLORD TRADIN SUGAR CANE AND RUM AND ALL THE THINGS HE CAN’T AFFORD
SCAMMIN’ FOR EVERY BOOK HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON
PLANNIN’ FOR THE FUTURE SEE HIM NOW AS HE STANDS ON
THE BOW OF A SHIP HEADED FOR A NEW LAND
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN.

COMPANY
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN—

HAMILTON
JUST YOU WAIT!

COMPANY
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN—

HAMILTON
JUST YOU WAIT!

COMPANY
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN—
IN NEW YORK—

ALEXANDER HAMILTON
WE ARE WAITING IN THE WINGS FOR YOU
YOU COULD
NEVER BACK DOWN
YOU NEVER LEARNED TO TAKE YOUR T(H)IME!
OH, ALEXANDER HAMILTON
WHEN AMERICA SINGS FOR YOU WILL THEY KNOW WHAT YOU OVERCAME,
WILL THEY KNOW YOU REWROTE THE GAME,
THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, OH.
BURR
THE SHIP IS IN THE HARBOR NOW, SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT HIM
ANOTHER IMMIGRANT, COMIN UP FROM THE BOTTOM
HIS ENEMIES DESTROYED HIS REP AMERICA FORGOT HIM

 

MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE

WE FOUGHT WITH HIM.

LAURENS

ME? I DIED FOR HIM.

WASHINGTON
ME? I TRUSTED HIM.

ELIZA/ANGELICA/MARIAH

ME? I LOVED HIM.

BURR
AND ME? I’M THE DAMN FOOL THAT SHOT HIM.
COMPANY
SHOT HIM. SHOT HIM.

THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE, BUT JUST YOU WAIT!
JUST YOU WAIT

BURR

WHAT’S YOUR NAME, MAN?

COMPANY

ALEXANDER HAMILTON!

Watch 2 minutes of Robert DeNiro-directed A Bronx Tale The Musical

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Below is a two minute video from Papermill Playhouse’s world premiere production of A Bronx Tale: The Musical, with music by Alan Menken (Newsies, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors,) which marks movie actor Robert DeNiro’s debut as a musical director. He’s co-directing with Jerry Zaks

Based on Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show and 1993 film (which co-starred DeNiro), “A Bronx Tale” is set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s as an Italian-American teenager must choose between the father who raised him and the mob-boss father figure who fascinates him. Which will he choose? The bigger question is: Is this coming to Broadway, and when?

The stars include Nick Cordero (Tony nominee for Bullets Over Broadway) as the gangster Sonny, Jason Gotay (Spider-Man, Bring It On) as the teenager Calogero, as well as Joshua Colley, Richard H. Blake, Coco Jones, and Lucia Gianetta.

 

Once Upon A Mattress Review: Jackie Hoffman As Princess, Lypsinka as Queen

OnceUponaMattress2PhotobyCarolRoseggJackie Hoffman is the only person she knows who’s never until now performed in a production of the musical comedy “Once Upon A Mattress,” the comic retelling of the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea that made a star out of Carol Burnett.

“Once Upon A Mattress,” on the other hand, was the very first show in which John Epperson performed as a freshman in college, which helped hook him on musical theater, eventually leading to the creation of his drag persona, Lypsinka.

Jackie Hoffman as Princess Winnifred and Lypsinka as her evil future mother-in-law Queen Aggravain are the main draws for the Transport Group Theater Company’s inspired production of this well-worn musical, which has now opened at the Abrons Arts Center.

The elastic-faced Hoffman, who has been an increasingly visible character actor, singer and comedienne in New York over the past 15 years – most recently playing four different parts in On The Town – has finally gotten a leading role she’s long deserved. It is one that seems custom made for her to chew up and spit out: Indeed, when we first see her, she is striking a heroic pose in wet clothes until she suddenly spits out a mouthful of water. “I swam the moat,” she explains. This woman can just stand still and stare up at the towering Queen, and it’s hilarious. Her rendition of “I’m Shy,” belted out with nuclear force, is a highlight of the season.

There are other charms to this production, which is directed by Jack Cummings III, artistic director of the Transport Group. A 12-piece orchestra plays the fun and tuneful score by Mary Rodgers, which marked this composer’s Broadway debut. A cast of first-rate comic pros executes the daffy plot, about the Queen’s efforts to keep her son unmarried by creating royalty tests that are impossible for any would-be princess to pass – until the very un-princess-like Princess Winnifred comes onto the scene. The set design employs theater illustrator Ken Fallin in a novel way; his drawings form the backdrops for every scene, each of which he completes (sketching in the water to a water fountain, or roses in a vase) in real time as we watch, his magnified hand visible in the projection.

Given all the goodies, it is easier to forgive the ways the musical is dated, but not possible to overlook. “Once Upon A Mattress” debuted on Broadway in 1959, the same year as the introduction of the first Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie as well as of the princess phone. A running time of 150 minutes has become too long for what is essentially sketch comedy. (Try dialing a rotary phone now that we’re used to touch-tone.) And, as good as their performances are, the wink and nudge humor is far less funny than it once must have been in such numbers as “Man to Man,” when the mute King Sextimus (David Greenspan) pantomimes the lesson of the birds and the bees to his fully grown schlemiel of a son Prince Dauntless (Jason Sweet Tooth Williams.) Lypsinka elegantly camping it up as the emasculating Queen, whose very red lips sparkle with malice, helps laugh off a character that is surprisingly misogynistic in a musical by a female composer who served as a role model for those to follow.

Mary Rodgers, who died last year, was the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers, and the mother of composer Adam Guettel, and good friend and collaborator with Stephen Sondheim, who has told the story of how he interrogated her about marriage in order to create his musical “Company.” Would it be too much of a stretch to suppose she also influenced Sondheim in creating “Into The Woods,” another musical that subverts the classic fairy tale for our entertainment?

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Once Upon a Mattress

At Abrons Arts Center
Music by Mary Rodgers; Lyrics by Marshall Barer;
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer

Cast: Jackie Hoffman and John “Lypsinka” Epperson
Jessica Fontana (Cinderella) as Lady Larken, David Greenspan (The Patsy) as The King, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music) as The Minstrel, Cory Lingner (On the Town) as The Jester, Zak Resnick (Piece of My Heart) as Sir Harry, Jay Rogers (Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly) as The Wizard, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Things to Ruin ) as Prince Dauntless, with Vivienne Cleary, Richard Costa, Michael De Souza, Tim Dolan, Jack Donahue, Amy Griffin, Sarah Killough, Kristen Michelle, Ali Reed, and Doug Shapiro.
Directed by Jack Cummings III
Scenic design by Sandra Goldmark
Lighting design by R. Lee Kennedy
Costume design by Kathryn Rohe
Sound design by Walter Trarbach
Musical staging and choreography by Scott Rink
Musical direction by Matt Castle
New orchestrations by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle
Casting by Nora Brennan Casting
Live drawings by Ken Fallin

Running time: two and a half hours, including one intermission.
Tickets: $45 to $75

Once Upon A Mattress is scheduled to run through January 3, 2016.

 

 

Lazarus, the David Bowie musical: Review, pics

Lazarus, the hottest ticket right now in New York, is a startling new musical, featuring 18 songs written by David Bowie (four of them new), a production directed by auteur-du-jour Ivo van Hove that’s a sensory stimulation chamber, and a plot that might as well be from a different planet…..Given the right frame of mind – it helps to be a Bowie fan, and to have seen the movie or read the book – the story is a tantalizing mystery.

One need not be a specialist, however, to enjoy the music – delivered by a terrific band placed behind a glass wall, and sung by a cast (especially Michael C. Hall) as if they had received extensive voice lessons from Bowie himself. .

Full review at DC Theatre Scene 

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The Color Purple on Broadway: Reviews, pics, videos

“Wow,” “Holy Mackerel,” “Hallelujah” — many raves for the first Broadway revival of The Color Purple, with Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo  and Danielle Brooks (from Orange is the New Black) making their Broadway debuts.  Based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Alice Walker, and the movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, the musical uses jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues to chronicle 40 years in the life of Celie,  who is sold into marriage for the price of a cow at the age of 14, and journeys over the years from despair to hope to joy.

Jonathan Mandell, DC Theatre Scene: Cynthia Erivo sings it in a crystal-clear voice that is capable of both exquisite nuance and shattering power. That’s a good description of her performance as a whole – one of three extraordinary Broadway debuts by strikingly talented women…Director John Doyle makes sure that our focus stays on Celie, by streamlining the production…The result somehow makes this entertainment feel closer to a spiritual experience

Ben Brantley, New York Times: Give thanks this morning, children of Broadway, and throw in a hearty hallelujah. “The Color Purple” has been born again, and its conversion is a glory to behold.

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter: Wow, what a difference a more-focused production makes.

Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News: The shift from “Who cares?” to “Holy mackerel!” is partly due to a canny staging that squarely puts the focus on the rich score

Jesse Oxfeld, Entertainment Weekly: In the British director John Doyle’s emotionally rich and visually striking new production of The Color Purple… there is an elegant staging and three gorgeous star performances. But the most inescapable thing about the musical is just how much horror is packed into its leading characters’ lives — and, eventually, just how much beauty.

Linda Winer, Newsday [In] director John Doyle’s passionate, scaled-down, streamlined, low-frills revival…Cynthia Erivo, who also played Celie in Doyle’s hit London reduction, exquisitely paces the understated character through 40 tumultuous years of male-dominated, post-slavery African-American culture.

Marilyn Stasio, Variety: The ladies wear the pants in John Doyle’s ravishing revival of “The Color Purple.” Jennifer Hudson is radiant as the love machine Shug Avery. Danielle Brooks shakes the house as the earthy Sofia. And Cynthia Erivo, the tiny pint of dynamite who originated the role at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, brings the audience roaring to its feet as Celie

Jesse Green, New York Magazine: If it remains, as Walker wrote it, a rebirth story as gratifying as it is unlikely, this production — one of the best revivals ever — proves that sometimes gratifying and unlikely are really the same thing.

Adam Feldman, Time Out NY: Seeing The Color Purple on Broadway, a decade after its premiere, is like meeting an old friend who has gotten her life together since the last time you saw her.

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2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival winners

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“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

AWARDS PER SHOW:
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