Honorees Martin Grant, Casey Nicholaw, and Darren P. DeVerna, join NYMF Execitove Director Dan Markley for a photo.
Honorees Martin Grant, Casey Nicholaw, and Darren P. DeVerna join NYMF executive director Dan Markley for a photo.
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The New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2015 Gala honored Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, theater executive and producer Darren P. DeVerna, and former NYMF board chair Martin Grant at its annual gala, held Sunday, November 15, at the Edison Ballroom.

Avenue Q producer Kevin McCollum (center) is feted with former cast members Rob Morrison (left), Rob McClure (right),  and puppet friends.
Avenue Q producer Kevin McCollum (center) takes the stage with former cast members Rob Morrison (left), Rob McClure (right), and puppet friends.
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Nicholaw earned a 2011 Tony Award for his direction of The Book of Mormon. His other notable Broadway credits include Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone, Aladdin, and Something Rotten! Nicholaw will also direct and choreograph this spring's new musical Tuck Everlasting. Darren P. DeVerna is the CEO of Global Theatrical Production for Production Resource Group LLC. Grant served as a NYMF board member for seven years.

Tony-winning Aladdin and The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw accepts his award.
Tony-winning Aladdin and The Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw accepts his award.
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"Casey, Darren, and Martin have each made extraordinary contributions to musical theater," said the executive director and producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Dan Markley.

The Drowsy Chaperone veterans Bob Saget and Beth Leavel take the stage at the 2015 NYMF Gala.
The Drowsy Chaperone veterans Bob Saget and Beth Leavel take the stage at the 2015 NYMF Gala.
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