NYMF Awards Presented Nov. 14; Weisslers and Chita Rivera Honored

News   NYMF Awards Presented Nov. 14; Weisslers and Chita Rivera Honored Tony Award-winning producers Barry and Fran Weissler as well as Tony-winning theatre veteran Chita Rivera will be honored at the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2010 season awards gala Nov. 14.

Fran and Barry Weissler
Fran and Barry Weissler Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Presented at the Hudson Theatre at 8:30 PM, the seventh annual NYMF Awards for Excellence recognize achievements in writing and performance from works presented during the 2010 festival earlier this fall.

The Weisslers, who produced Chicago, La Cage aux Folles and Scottsboro Boys, are being honored for their pioneering spirit and dedication to musical theatre. Two-time Tony winner Rivera (Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman) is being recognized for her lifetime achievement in musical theatre.

The gala also promises performances by Tony-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family, Chicago), Joshua Henry and the cast of The Scottsboro Boys, as well as Anthony Rapp, Christine Pedi, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Michael Arden.

Also scheduled to perform from the award-winning NYMF shows are Curtis Holbrook, Manna Nichols, Theis Weckesser, Bobby Daye, Keith Varney, Devon Goffman, Robyn Corujo, Michael Thomas Holmes, Kelly Karbacz, Collin Leydon, Liz Ulmer, EJ Zimmerman, David Hein, Irene Sankoff, Matt Lutz and Nick Dalton.

The NYMF 2010 Awards for Excellence winners follow:
MOST PROMISING MUSICAL
My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding by David Hein & Irene Sankoff

Honorable Mention: Frog Kiss by Charles Leipart & Eric Schorr; V-Day by David Rossmer & Steve Rosen

BEST OF FEST AUDIENCE PRIZE

Things As They Are


Runner Up: Trails


THEATER FOR THE AMERICAN MUSICAL PRIZE

I Got Fired by Keith Varney


EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: MUSIC

Jeff Thomson, Trails

Honorable Mention:
Jonathan Comisar, Things As They Are; Ned Massey, Bloodties; Jim Wann, The Great Unknown

EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: LYRICS


Charles Leipart, Frog Kiss



Honorable Mention: John Dietrich, Things As They Are; Jordan Mann, Trails



EXCELLENCE IN WRITING: BOOK


David Hein & Irene Sankoff, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding

Honorable Mention: Charles Leipart, Frog Kiss; David Rossmer & Steve Rosen, V-Day



EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTION


Stafford Arima, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding



Honorable Mention: Kenneth L. Roberson, Frog Kiss; Peter Flynn, Shine!; Steven Maler, Without You



EXCELLENCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY


Matthew Neff, Petrouchka



Honorable Mention: Shea Sullivan, Fingers and Toes; Lorna Ventura, Frog Kiss




EXCELLENCE IN OVERALL DESIGN


Shine!


Honorable Mention: Frog Kiss, Things As They Are

EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRATION


Tom Kitt, Without You


Honorable Mention: Spottiswoode & His Enemies, Above Hell’s Kitchen; Daryl Waters, Frog Kiss




OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE


Fellowship! and The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid (tie)


Honorable Mention: Trav'lin; V-Day



OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE


Bobby Daye, The Great Unknown


Trevor Downey, Petrouchka 

Curtis Holbrook, Frog Kiss

Liz Larsen, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding


Garrett Long, Things As They Are


Liz McCartney, Nighttime Traffic


Andy Mientus, Shine!
 

Anthony Rapp, Without You


Steve Rosen, V-Day

Rachel Stern, Therapy Rocks

The NYMF Awards for Excellence begins with cocktails at 6:30 PM, followed by a 7:30 PM dinner and the 8:30 PM awards ceremony.

For tickets, phone (212) 664-0979 ext. 12 or e-mail Gala@NYMF.org. The Hudson Theatre is located at 145 West 44th Street in Manhattan.

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