You're the Top! Check Out the Winners of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Awards

News   You're the Top! Check Out the Winners of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Awards The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival has announced the winners of its annual awards for outstanding achievement. This year's festival ran July 7-27, and introduced new musicals at venues across Manhattan.

Shows that earned the most awards were Claudio Quest with six, Single Wide with four, and The Cobalteans Acapella tied with three.

The lineup for NYMF 2015 included over 20 new musicals: 210 Amlent Avenue, Acappella, Claudio Quest, Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera, Foolerie, HeadVoice, Held Momentarily, Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty, Moses Man, Napoleon, Passing By, Pope! An Epic Musical, Real Men, a musical for guys and the women who put up with them; Single Wide, Songs for the Fallen, Spot on the Wall, Summer Valley Fair, The Calico Buffalo, The Cobalteans, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, Wearing Black, and What Do Critics Know? In addition, NYMF 2015 featured 11 staged readings and the debuts of several brand-new concerts.

Here are the winners of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Awards:

The 2015 NYMF Award for Best Musical
Songs for the Fallen

Best of Fest Audience Prize
The Calico Buffalo 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 Music
Winner: Ben Chavez, The Cobalteans
Honorable Mentions: Jordan Kamalu, Single Wide; Matthew Gurren and James Campodonico, What Do Critics Know?

Outstanding Lyrics
Winner: Yianni Papadimos, The Cobalteans
Honorable Mention: Justin Moran, Pope! An Epic Musical

Outstanding Book
Winner: Yianni Papadimos, The Cobalteans
Honorable Mention: Drew Fornarola and Marshall Pailet, Claudio Quest

Outstanding Direction
Winner: John Tartaglia, Claudio Quest
Honorable Mention: Paul Stancato, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Choreography
Winner: Justin Boccitto, What Do Critics Know?
Honorable Mention: Shannon Lewis, Claudio Quest

Outstanding Overall Design
Winner: Claudio Quest – Timothy R. Mackabee (scenic), Jennifer Schriever (lighting), Leon Dobkowski (costume), Matt Kraus (sound), Michael Schupbach and the Puppet Kitchen (puppet)
Honorable Mention: Pope! An Epic Musical – Rob Vissinger (scenic), Grant Yeager (lighting), Vanessa Leuck (costume), Patrick Weaver (sound), Addison Heeran (props)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Winner: Evan Feist, Acappella
Honorable Mention: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Musical Direction
Winner: Evan Feist, Acappella Honorable Mention: Jordan Ross Weinhold, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Winner: 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
Honorable Mention:
The Cobalteans – PJ Adzima, Andrew Bridges, Aleks Knezevich, Nicholas McGovern, Alex Walton

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

AWARDS PER SHOW:

Claudio Quest: 6
Single Wide: 4
The Cobalteans: 3
What Do Critics Know?: 2
Acapella: 3
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

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