Jen Cody hosted New York Musical Theatre Festival's Best of Fest benefit concert, which was held at New World Stages on June 21 at 8pm. The evening was directed by Marc Bruni with musical direction by Andy Einhorn.
Performers included Stephanie J. Block, Josh Breckenridge, D.B. Bonds, Alex Brightman, Kerry Butler, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Matt Doyle, Leo Ash Evens, Hunter Foster, Brian Gonzalez, Curtis Holbrook, Tom Kitt, Jamie LaVerdiere, Christiane Noll, Krysta Rodriguez, Christopher Sieber, Lucia Spina, Andrew Ranells, Vanessa Ray, and Jay Alan Zimmerman.
The show featured songs from Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Adam Gwon, Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen, Hunter Foster, Joe Iconis, Jason Rhyne, John Mercurio, Matt Gould, Jeremy Desmon, Michelle Elliott and Daniel Larsen, Tom Kitt, Stephen Cole, Douglas J. Cohen, and Peter Mills. It also featured a sneak peek from selections from the 2010 New York Musical Theater Festival, which will take place from September 27 - October 17.
The concert also featured a special performance by the cast of the 2009 NYMF Musical Academy, which will be appearing at South Korea's 2010 Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF) this July. The cast includes Alex Wyse (Benji), Corey Boardman (Amory), Wilson Bridges (Michael), Antonio Addeo (Gert), Matthew F. Johnson (Regan), Andy Mientus (Conrad) and Aaron Riesebeck (Pete).