In addition to honoring the 2008 NYMF productions, the gala evening will pay tribute to producer Robyn Goodman, who has produced Avenue Q, In the Heights, Metamorphoses, A Class Act, Steel Magnolias, Barefoot in the Park, High Fidelity, Bat Boy, tick, tick…BOOM!, Our Lady of 121st Street, Red Light Winter and Altar Boyz.
Esparza (Speed-the-Plow, Company) joins a line-up of performers including original NYMF Altar Boyz Ryan Duncan, Cheyenne Jackson, David Josefsberg, Andy Karl and Tyler Maynard; Gary Adler (Altar Boyz, Avenue Q), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Finding Nemo: The Musical), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), the cast of [title of show] and the companies of the award-winning NYMF productions.
Among the 2008 "Best of the Fest" award-winning musicals are Megan Gogerty's Love Jerry, Buddy Sheffield and Keith Thompson's bawdy Idaho!, Hunter Foster and Rick Crom's bloody tuner Bonnie & Clyde, Play It Cool, Bedbugs!!!, College, Ward 9 and The Jerusalem Syndrome.
Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, In The Heights) serves as the master of ceremonies for the evening, which will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 PM, to be followed by dinner at 7 PM and the awards presentation and performances at 8:30 PM. An after-party at Trattoria Dopo Teatro will follow at 10 PM.
Tickets, ranging $125-$5,000 (table reservations), are available by phoning (212) 664-0979 ext. 13, or by e-mailing Gala@NYMF.org. For further information visit NYMF.