The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) honored Pulitzer Prize-, Tony-, and Grammy-winning writer Marsha Norman and NYMF board of directors chair Charles Fink at its New York Musical Festival 2017 Gala on November 12 at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.
The 2017 gala was cohosted by Grace McLean (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and Jason SweetTooth Williams. Comedian, writer, and actor Judy Gold served as auctioneer. The honorees were celebrated via performances by Broadway stars and NYMF alumni in an evening of entertainment codirected by Shelley Butler and West Hyler, with musical direction by Charity Wicks.
Presenters and performers for the evening included Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter), Martyna Majok (Ironbound), Shoba Narayan (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Randy Blair (Amélie), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Broadway Bounty Hunter), Pearl Rhein (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Brynn Williams (Lazarus), Dan Sharkey (Amazing Grace), Jillian Louis (It Shoulda Been You), Daniel Robert Sullivan (Motown), Jacob Yates (Georama), Carrie Berk (Peace, Love and Cupcakes), Diego Lucano (School of Rock), Victoria Csatay (Peace, Love and Cupcakes), Merin McCallum (Peace, Love and Cupcakes), Blake Sheridan (Peace, Love and Cupcakes), Ksenia Nakonechny (Peace, Love and Cupcakes), Alexa Reeves (Peace, Love and Cupcakes), Claire Neumann (Baghdaddy), Graydon Peter Yosowitz (The Light Years), Marshall Pailet (Baghdaddy), A.D. Penedo (Baghdaddy), Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), Kerstin Anderson (The Sound of Music), and more.
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