THE SCREENING ROOM: Highlights from the Davenport Songwriting Contest, Featuring Hannah Elless, Ben Fankhauser and More

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and Carey Purcell
07 Feb 2014

Ryan Silverman
Ryan Silverman

The first annual Davenport Songwriting Contest, presented by Broadway producer Ken Davenport, was held Jan. 30 at the Davenport Theatre. Here are highlights from the evening. 

The contest, hosted by Sheri Sanders ("Rock The Audition"), featured ten songs competing for the title of Best Song and a $500 grand prize. Songwriter Madeline Myers, whose song "I Could Be a Hero" was performed by Ben Fankhauser, took home the top prize, and all finalists received a cash prize of $50.

Singers included Hannah Elless (Somewhere In Time, Godspell), Fankhauser (Newsies), Craig Waletzko (Guys & Dolls, Young Frankenstein) and Mary Kate Morrissey (Hair).

The winner was chosen by the audience and a panel of celebrity guest judges, including Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture), Ryan Silverman (Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera) and Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper In Deadland).

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"We're The Only Real Actors In This Show" (by Ted Kopulos), performed by Craig Waletzko and Gary De Mattei:

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