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Between the Sea and Sky, Emojiland, and More Top List of NYMF Award Winners

The annual festival's 2018 favorites have been announced.

NYMF producing artistic director Rachel Sussman with Emojiland creators Keith Harrison and Laura Nicole Harrison, as well as NYMF executive director Dan Markley.
(© Russ Rowland)

The New York Musical Festival has announced the recipients of the 2018 NYMF Awards for Excellence. Winners were announced on Sunday, August 5, at Hudson Terrace during a closing celebration for this year's festival. Categories and winners are listed below.

OUTSTANDING OVERALL DESIGN
Between the Sea and Sky — Joshua Warner (scenic design), Jessica Creager (lighting design), Heather Carey (costume design), Josh Liebert (sound design)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS AND ORCHESTRATIONS
Thomas Hodges, Sonata 1962

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Kenny Ingram, Emojiland

OUTSTANDING BOOK
Justin Moran and Jonathan Roufaeal, Peter, Who?

OUTSTANDING LYRICS
Kit Yan and Melissa Li, Interstate

OUTSTANDING MUSIC
Luke Byrne, Between the Sea and Sky

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alexis Floyd, If Sand Were Stone
Natalie Toro, Pedro Pan

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE
Trish Lindström, If Sand Were Stone
Sushma Saha, Interstate
Christina Maxwell, Sonata 1962

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
Between the Sea and Sky — Cast: Anna L. Baker, Jenny Rose Baker, Jordan Bell, Thaddeus Kolwicz, Caroline Lellouche, Barbara McCulloh, Jason Moody, Sarah Jane Shanks, Jessica Turk

Emojiland — Cast: Jessie Alagna, Brandon L. Armstrong, Jordon Bolden, Chloe Fox, Keith Harrison, Laura Nicole Harrison, Cooper Howell, Megan Kane, Alex G. Kunz, Josh Lamon, Lesli Margherita, Angela Wildflower

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
Michael Bello, Between the Sea and Sky

BEST MUSICAL SPONSORED BY PLAY-BY-PLAY
Between the Sea and Sky; book, music, and lyrics by Luke Byrne

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE AWARDS
Taylor Caldwell, Pedro Pan
Gregory Diaz IV, Pedro Pan
Kristen Di Mercurio, The Gunfighter Meets His Match
Esco Jouléy, Interstate
Josh Lamon, Emojiland
Adam Schween, An American Hero: A New World War II Musical
Julian Silva, Pedro Pan
Uton Evan Uneyjekwe, '68: A New American Musical
Angela Wildflower, Emojiland
Andreas Wyder, Interstate

SPECIAL CITATIONS
University Excellence: Southeast Missouri State University for their production of An American Hero: A New World War II Musical with book by Kenneth L. Stilson and music and lyrics by Cody Cole

Festival Achievement in Lighting Design: Jamie Roderick for Emojiland

Mental Health Awareness: Carly Brooke Feinman and Cassie Wilson, If Sand Were Stone

Representation and Inclusion: Melissa Li and Kit Yan, Interstate

Political Relevance and Impact: Rebecca Aparicio and Stephen Anthony Elkins, Pedro Pan

Arts Advocacy: Thomas Hodges and Patricia Loughrey, Sonata 1962

BEST OF FEST: READING
Legacy, A Musical Indictment — book, music, and lyrics by November Christine

BEST OF FEST: CONCERT
Fatty Fatty No Friends — book by Christian De Gré, Joseph Anderson, and Serrana Gay; music by Christian De Gré; story by Serrana Gay; lyrics by Joseph Anderson

BEST OF FEST: PRODUCTION
An American Hero: A New World War II Musical — book by Kenneth L. Stilson; music and lyrics by Cody Cole

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