The New York Musical Festival (NYMF), previously known as The New York Musical Theater Festival, just honored Tony and Grammy Award winning composer and lyricist Duncan Sheik, Casting Director Tara Rubin, and former NYMF Board Member and Treasurer Frank Troutmanat its 2016 Gala hosted by Mo Rocca last night at the Edison Ballroom.
The evening included performances by Darren Ritchie (Wonderland, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Sierra Boggess(The Little Mermaid), Bryce Pinkham(Gentleman's Guide), Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening original cast), Treshelle Edmond (Spring Awakening revival cast), Dave Thomas Brown (American Psycho) and Molly Gordon (Animal Kingdom).
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 theater. 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 were celebrated via performances by Broadway stars and NYMF alumni in an evening of entertainment directed by David Alpert (If/Then, A Scythe of Time), with musical direction by David Dabbon (Sondheim on Sondheim).
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy