NYMF Awards for Excellence Gala, Honoring Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, Held Nov. 6

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The New York Musical Theatre Festival honors How to Succeed in Business… and "Chicago" producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan during its 8th annual Awards for Excellence gala Nov. 6 at the Hudson Theatre.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Represented on Broadway this season with the 50th anniversary revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zadan and Meron are also poised to debut their new musical television series "Smash" on NBC in February 2012.

The producers are being honored with NYMF's Lifetime Achievement Award for "bringing musical theatre to a worldwide, pop-culture audience," according to NYMF. Radcliffe has been announced to present the award.

The awards presentation features selections from the NYMF Awards for Excellence winners, which were announced Oct. 24.

The complete list of NYMF Awards for Excellence winners follow:

Excellence in Writing – Music:
Kevin Ray (Central Avenue Breakdown)

Honorable Mention: Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice);
Grant Sturiale (Kiki Baby) Excellence in Writing – Lyrics:
Carl Kissin (Date of a Lifetime)

Honorable Mention: Gerard Alessandrini and Robert Hetzel (Madame X);
Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice); Lonny Price and Grant Sturiale (Kiki Baby)

Excellence in Writing – Book:
Lindsay Warren Baker and Amanda Jacobs (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice)

Honorable Mention: Drew Gasparini and Louis Sacco (Crazy, Just Like Me); Carl Kissin (Date of a Lifetime)

Excellence in Direction:
Igor Goldin (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)

Honorable Mention: Jeremy Dobrish (Date of a Lifetime);
Lonny Price and Matt Cowart (Kiki Baby);
Christopher Windom (Central Avenue Breakdown)

Excellence in Choreography:
Christopher Windom (Central Avenue Breakdown)

Honorable Mention: Jeffry Denman (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice);
Tanisha Scott (This One Girl's Story)

Excellence in Production Design:
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Josh Zangen, set and props; Colleen Kesterson, costumes; Zach Blane, lighting)

Honorable Mention: Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon (designed by Ennio Marchetto and Sosthen Hennekam); and Kiki Baby (James Noone; scenic design; Wade Laboissoniere, costumes; Mark Janowitz, lighting; Nick Borisjuk, sound)

Outstanding Orchestration:
Justin Hornback (Central Avenue Breakdown)

Honorable Mention: Michael Starobin (Kiki Baby);
J. Oconer Navarro (This One Girl's Story);
Amanda Jacobs (Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance:
The cast of This One Girl's Story (Angela Grovey, Jade Hicks, Zonya Love Johnson, Desiree Rodriguez, Antonio Edwards Suarez, and Danielle K. Thomas)

Honorable Mention: The casts of Central Avenue Breakdown and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Outstanding Individual Performances:
Farah Alvin (Date of a Lifetime), Louis Butelli (Cyclops), Donna Lynne Champlin (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), Jenn Colella (Kiki Baby), Rodrick Covington, (Central Avenue Breakdown), Janet Dickinson (Madame X), Donna English (Madame X), Ennio Marchetto (Ennio: The Living Paper Cartoon), Andrea McArdle (Greenwood) and Andy Mientus (Crazy, Just Like Me)

Theater for the American Musical Prize:
Kiki Baby by Lonny Price, Kitt Lavoie, and Grant Sturiale

"Best of Fest" Audience Prize:
Crazy, Just Like Me by Drew Gasparini and Louis Sacco

For tickets to the gala, including cocktails, silent auction, seated dinner and performances, phone (212) 664-0979 ext. 12, or email gala@nymf.org.

For further information visit NYMF.

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