The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) announced the winners of the 2015 NYMF Awards for Excellence, which were awarded on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Urbo (11 Times Square). The 2015 NYMF Award for Best Musical Sponsored by Play-by-Play was awarded to SONGS FOR THE FALLEN, with the 2015 Best of Fest Audience Prize going to THE CALICO BUFFALO. CLAUDIO QUEST took home the most awards, with SINGLE WIDE and THE COBALTEANS taking home multiple prizes as well. A full list of winners can be found below.

Outstanding Music
Ben Chavez, The Cobalteans 

Outstanding Lyrics
Yianni Papadimos, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Book
Yianni Papadimos, The Cobalteans

Outstanding Direction
John Tartaglia, Claudio Quest 

Outstanding Choreography
Justin Boccitto, What Do Critics Know? 

Outstanding Overall Design
Claudio Quest – Timothy R. Mackabee (Scenic), Jennifer Schriever (Lighting), Leon Dobkowski (Costume), Matt Kraus (Sound)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Evan Feist, Acappella 

Outstanding Orchestrations/Arrangements
Evan Feist, Acappella

Outstanding Lead Actor
Sam Bolen, Pope! An Epic Musical

Outstanding Lead Actress
Sheridan Harbridge, Songs for the Fallen 

Outstanding Featured Actor
Andre Ward, Claudio Quest

Outstanding Featured Actress
Liz McCartney, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Acappella – Miche Braden, Darilyn Castillo, Anthony Chatmon II, Katrina Rose Deideriksen, Cheryl Freeman, Rachel Gavaletz, Emily Goglia, Tyler Hardwick, Alex Koceja, Janelle McDermoth, Gavyn Pickens, Garett Turner, Darryl Jovan Williams, Virginia Ann Woodruff

Outstanding Individual Performance
Derek Carley, Single Wide
Lindsey Brett Carothers, Claudio Quest
Mark Coffin, Wearing Black
Jason Edward Cook, Pope! An Epic Musical
Stacia Fernandez, Single Wide
Matthew Miner, Single Wide
Mary Mossberg, What Do Critics Know?
Shakina Nayfack, Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty
Jacqueline Petroccia, Single Wide
Ethan Slater, Claudio Quest

Special Citations
Social Relevance and Impact – Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty

Puppetry and Puppet Design – Michael Schupbach and The Puppet Kitchen, Claudio Quest

Best of Fest Audience Prize
The Calico Buffalo 

The 2015 NYMF Award for Best Musical Sponsored by Play-by-Play
Songs for the Fallen 


Claudio Quest: 6

Single Wide: 4

Acapella: 3

The Cobalteans: 3

What Do Critics Know?: 2

Pope! An Epic Musical: 2

Manuel vs The Statue of Liberty: 2

Songs For The Fallen: 2

Tonya & Nancy: A Rock Opera: 1

The Calico Buffalo: 1

Wearing Black: 1

The lineup for NYMF 2015 included over twenty new musicals: 210 Amlent Avenue, Acappella, Claudio Quest, Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera, Foolerie, HeadVoice, Held Momentarily, Manuel versus The Statue of Liberty, Moses Man, Napoleon, Passing By, Pope! An Epic Musical, Real Men, a musical for guys and the women who put up with them; Single Wide, Songs for the Fallen, Spot on the Wall, Summer Valley Fair, The Calico Buffalo, The Cobalteans, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, Wearing Black, and What Do Critics Know? In addition, NYMF 2015 featured 11 staged readings and the debuts of several brand-new concerts.


The New York Musical Theatre Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theatre. 

Now in its twelfth year, the Festival is the premier musical theatre event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2015 is sponsored by Fuzzrocket, PRG, TheaterMania, Clear Channel Spectacolor, and The Village Voice, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. 

The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival took place July 7-27.





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