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Lesli Margherita, Victoria Clark, and More Win 2016 New York Musical Festival Awards

Heath and Kim Saunders' Newton's Cradle took home the award for Best Musical.

Broadway's Lesli Margherita won a 2016 NYMF Award for her performance in A Scythe of Time.
(© David Gordon)

The New York Musical Festival, previously known as The New York Musical Theatre Festival, has announced the winners of the 2016 NYMF Awards for Excellence, which were presented August 7 at 42West.

The 2016 NYMF Award for Best Musical was awarded to Newton's Cradle, which also took home the most total awards, including Outstanding Direction for Tony-winning actress Victoria Clark. Other new musicals that took home multiple prizes include Dust Can't Kill Me and A Scythe of Time, with Broadway actress Lesli Margherita of Scythe tying with Andrea Jones-Sojola of Newton's Cradle for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role. A full list of winners is below.

Winners are identified with an asterisk.

Outstanding Overall Design

*A Scythe of Time
Children of Salt
Dust Can't Kill Me
Forest Boy

Outstanding Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations

*Dust Can't Kill Me
Forest Boy
Newton's Cradle
Nickel Mines

Outstanding Choreography

EJ Boyle, Forest Boy
Paul Stancato, ICON
Nick Kenkel, The Last Word
*Andrew Palermo, Nickel Mines

Outstanding Book

Alan Harris, A Scythe of Time
*Aya Aziz, Eh Dah? Questions for My Father
Scott Gilmour, Forest Boy
Sebastian Michael, ICON
Kim Saunders, Newton's Cradle

Outstanding Lyrics

Elliah Heifetz, Dust Can't Kill Me
Aya Aziz, Eh Dah? Questions for My Father
Scott Gilmour, Forest Boy
Sebastian Michael, ICON
*Heath and Kim Saunders, Newton's Cradle

Outstanding Music

*Elliah Heifetz, Dust Can't Kill Me
Claire McKenzie, Forest Boy
Heath Saunders, Newton's Cradle
Dan Dyer, Nickel Mines

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role

Matthew Dengler, A Scythe of Time
Richard Crandle, Dust Can't Kill Me
*Elizabeth A. Davis, Dust Can't Kill Me
Brian Charles Rooney, LUDO's Broken Bride
*Trent Saunders, Newton's Cradle
Marisha Castle, Nickel Mines
Josephine Rose Roberts, Nickel Mines
Felicia Finley, The Last Word

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role

*Lesli Margherita, A Scythe of Time
Kathryn Gallagher, Dust Can't Kill Me
Will Connolly, Forest Boy
Sam Simahk, ICON
*Andrea Jones-Sojola, Newton's Cradle
Heath Saunders, Newton's Cradle
Morgan Hollingsworth, Nickel Mines
Izzy Castaldi, Normativity

Outstanding Ensemble

A Scythe of Time
Camp Rolling Hills
*Dust Can't Kill Me
Forest Boy
Nickel Mines

Outstanding Direction

David Alpert, A Scythe of Time
Srda Vasiljevic, Dust Can't Kill Me
Robert McQueen, Forest Boy
*Victoria Clark, Newton's Cradle
Andrew Palermo, Nickel Mines

Best Musical Sponsored by Play-by-Play

A Scythe of Time
Dust Can't Kill Me
Forest Boy
*Newton's Cradle
Nickel Mines

Outstanding Individual Performance Award Winners
Aya Aziz, Eh Dah? Questions for My Father
Adrian Blake Enscoe, Dust Can't Kill Me
Rosemary Fossee, The First Church of Mary, the Repentant Prostitute's Fifth Annual Benefit Concert, Revival and Pot Luck Dinner
Michael Graceffa, The Last Word
Brandon Malafronte, LUDO's Broken Bride
April Ortiz, Children of Salt
Rachel Kara Perez, Newton's Cradle
Sabina Petra, Forest Boy
Tony Sheldon, ICON
Phili Jackson Smith, The Last Word

Special Citations
Best Performance by a Last-Minute Understudy — Alex Gudhe, A Scythe of Time
Fight Choreography — Mick Bleyer, The Gold
Social Relevance and Impact — Andrew Palermo, Dan Dyer, Shannon Stoeke; Nickel Mines
Outstanding Emerging Artist — Jaime Jarrett, Normativity
Outstanding Family-Friendly Show — Camp Rolling Hills and Tink!

Show-Score Best of Fest Award: Reading
Artemis in the Parking Lot — Book and Lyrics by Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Music and Lyrics by Laura Grill

Show-Score Best of Fest Award: Concert/Event
iLLA: A Hip Hop Musical — Book, Music and Lyrics by Ronvé O'Daniel, Music by Jevares Myric, Story Consultant J. Kyle Manzay, Music Consultant Will Stone

Created by the NYMF Board of Directors' Executive Committee, The Executive Committee wishes to acknowledge the outstanding productions of Camp Rolling Hills and Tink! for engaging our younger audience members. This significantly supports our mission to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.

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