Outstanding Ensemble Award winner Gerianne Pérez (<I>Volleygirls</I>) enjoys a much-deserved treat compliments of NYMF sponsor Dunkin' Donuts.
Outstanding Ensemble Award winner Gerianne Pérez (Volleygirls) enjoys a much-deserved treat compliments of NYMF sponsor Dunkin' Donuts.
(© Seth Walters)
Last night, participants in this year's New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) indulged in vodka and donuts at the closing night party, celebrating yet another successful year of new musicals. Now enjoying its 10th Anniversary, NYMF is the largest musical-theater festival in America. This year's featured 57 events including full-scale productions, readings, and workshops.

NYMF also announced the Awards for Excellence winners, recognizing the best work in the festival. The awards were voted on by a 22-member jury composed of journalists and industry professionals.

Here are the winners:

Excellence in Writing – Music
Ira Antellis (Julian Po)

Excellence in Writing – Lyrics
Omri Schein (Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist)

Excellence in Writing – Book
Joe Slabe (Crossing Swords)

Excellence in Direction
Igor Goldin (Crossing Swords)

Excellence in Choreography
Richard Stafford (Castle Walk)

Excellence in Production Design
Kacie Hultgren, set design; Lee J. Austin, costume design; Zach Blane, lighting design (The Awakening of Angel DeLuna)

Outstanding Orchestrations or Arrangements
Larry Pressgrove (The Awakening of Angel DeLuna)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Micah Young (Crossing Swords)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
The cast of Volleygirls (PJ Adzima, Susan Blackwell, Juliane Godfrey, Benjamin Howes, Jennifer C. Johnson, Charles Karel, Julia Knitel, Gerianne Pérez, Allison Jill Posner, Dana Steingold, and Allison Strong)

Jared Loftin in <I>Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist</I>
Jared Loftin in Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist
(© Russ Rowland)
Outstanding Individual Performances
Onalea Gilbertson, Mata Hari in 8 Bullets
Steven Hauck, Crossing Swords
Michael Thomas Holmes, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna
Natalie Joy Johnson, Natalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush
Jared Loftin, Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist
Jillian Louis, Marry Harry
Luba Mason, Julian Po
Patty Nieman, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna
Darren Ritchie, Standby
Lynn Wintersteller, Castle Walk

Theater for the American Musical Prize
Crossing Swords (book, music & lyrics by Joe Slabe)

"Best of Fest" Audience Prize Volleygirls (book by Rob Ackerman, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman)

Most Promising Musical Award Volleygirls (book by Rob Ackerman, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman)

You can see pictures of the winners at last night's party below: