Davenport Songwriting Contest Held Jan. 30; Ryan Silverman, Natalie Weiss and Ryan Scott Oliver Judge | Playbill

News Davenport Songwriting Contest Held Jan. 30; Ryan Silverman, Natalie Weiss and Ryan Scott Oliver Judge
The first annual Davenport Songwriting Contest, presented by Broadway producer Ken Davenport, is held Jan. 30 at 7 PM at the Davenport Theatre.

Ryan Silverman
Ryan Silverman

The contest, hosted by Sheri Sanders ("Rock The Audition"), features ten songs competing for the title of Best Song and a $500 grand prize. All finalists receive a cash prize of $50.

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

The winner is 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).

The evening also features a guest performance by Fankhauser, singing "Stroke by Stroke" from Jasper In Deadland. Silverman and Weiss also perform.

The song finalists follow:

1. "Our Little Swedish Home," (Music by Zak Sandler & Lyrics by Greg Edwards), Sung by Chris Critelli & Brennan Caldwell

2. "Horizontal Light," (Music & Lyrics by Andrew J. Hanley), Sung by Natalie Berk

3. "Hero," (Music & Lyrics by Joseph Shrand), Sung by Becca Shrand

4. "We're the Only Real Actors in This Show," (Music & Lyrics by Ted Kopulos), Sung by Gary De Mattei & Craig Waletzko

5. "Scared of Falling," (Music & Lyrics by Kevin J. Watson), Sung by Meghan Shanahan & Kevin J. Watson

6. "Just Between Us," (Music & Lyrics by David Reiffel & Michael Wartofsky), Sung by Erica Spyres

7. "I Could Be a Hero," (Music & Lyrics by Madeline Myers), Sung by Ben Fankhauser

8. "Running," (Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke, Lyrics by Ty Defoe), Sung by Mary Kate Morrissey

9. "Could It Be Me," (Music by Kevin M. Cotter, Lyrics by Diane Uniman), Sung by Hannah Elless

0. "Cracked And Broken," (Music by Dave Ogrin, Lyrics by Dave Ogrin & R.C. Staab), Sung by Lauren Ford

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