NYMF announces its 2016 Gala Honorees

The New York Musical Festival will honor Tony and Grammy Award winning composer and lyricist Duncan Sheik, Casting Director Tara Rubin, and former NYMF Board Member and Treasurer Frank Troutman at its 2016 Gala hosted by Mo Rocca on Sunday, November 13 at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.

“Duncan, Tara and Frank have made innumerable and extraordinary contributions to the theater,” said Executive Director & Producer of The New York Musical Festival, Dan Markley. “We are thrilled to be honoring them at our Gala this November, while also celebrating everyone who helped make our 2016 Festival a success.” 

Each November, NYMF holds a gala celebrating the year's artistic triumphs and honoring select individuals whose work has contributed to the continued vitality of musical theatre. Held at the beautiful Edison Ballroom, a historic Times Square landmark, this one of a kind event is attended by an exclusive group of musical theater enthusiasts, Broadway artists, and leading members of the theater industry. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, after which guests will be treated to a gourmet meal and a star-studded show. 

The honorees will be celebrated via performances by Broadway stars and NYMF alumni in an evening of entertainment directed by David Alpert (A Scythe of Time), with musical direction by David Dabbon (Sondheim on Sondheim). Performers and presenters for the evening will be announced shortly. 

Duncan Sheik is a Tony-Award winning Composer, Lyricist, and recording artist. His theatre credits include; Spring Awakening (2006) for which he won Tony Awards for "Best Orchestrations" and "Best Original Score", and a 2008 Grammy Award for "Best Musical Show Album". Other theatre works includes American Psycho (2016), Because of Winn Dixie (2015) and Whisper House (2011). As a recording artist, he produces his own work as well as that of other artists. He has also scored several films. His musical Whisper Housewill be produced at the St James Theatre in London this coming spring.

Tara Rubin started Tara Rubin Casting in April, 2001 after working for 15 years as a Casting Director at Johnson-Liff Associates. During those years she worked on productions ofLes Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Jerry Zaks' revival of Guys and Dolls and Miss Saigon. She also cast the daytime drama "Another World" and Dan Aykroyd's series "Soul Man." At Tara Rubin Casting, she and her colleagues cast the musicals Falsettos, Cats, A Bronx Tale, Dear Evan Hansen, Miss Saigon (upcoming), School of Rock, It Shoulda Been You, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin and many more.

Frank Troutman is a Senior Vice President and Director of Operations for City National Bank's Entertainment Division and is responsible for offices in New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. He works closely with the bank's Entertainment Team to serve the financial needs of clients in media, film, television and theater, as well as business managers and accountants. He served for six years as Board member, Treasurer and supporter of the New York Musical Festival. He has been an affiliate member of The Broadway League since 2009. In April of 2009 Mr. Troutman was the recipient of the Dewitt Stern Local Hero Award for services to New York City's Non -Profit Theater Community.

For more information on purchasing gala tickets, visit www.nymf.org/gala.