Volleygirls, Natalie Joy Johnson, Darren Ritchie and More Receive NYMF 2013 Awards for Excellence

From: www.playbill.com

By Michael Gioia

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the winners of the NYMF 2013 Awards for Excellence. Volleygirls, which starred [title of show]'s Susan Blackwell, took home top honors.

Awards were voted on by the NYMF jury, which included Dev Bondarin (associate artistic director, Prospect Theatre Company), Chris Caggiano (EverythingMusicals.com), Seth Christenfeld (reading series coordinator, The York Theatre Company), Michael Dale (BroadwayWorld.com), Roger Danforth (deputy and artistic director, The Drama League), Larry Davis (NYMF patron), Frank Evans (producing director, Musical Mondays Theatre Lab and Steering Committee BMI Musical Theatre Workshop), Lily Fan (producer), Peter Filichia (theatre critic), Jeff Griffin (managing director, Classic Stage Company), Jen Hoguet (Ambassador Theatre Group), Lily Hung (New York University), Dana Ivey (actor), Tim Jerome(actor), Elizabeth Lucas (director), Matthew Murray (TalinBroadway.com), Michael Parva (artistic director, The Directors Company), Hillary & Jonathan Reinis (producers), Lynn Spector (dramaturg), Richard Termine (photographer, The New York Times) and Michael Wolk (producer, Gorgeous Entertainment).

The NYMF 2013 Awards for Excellence follow:

Excellence in Writing – Music
Ira Antellis (Julian Po)

Excellence in Writing – Lyrics
Omri Schein (Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist)

Excellence in Writing – Book
Joe Slabe (Crossing Swords)

Excellence in Direction
Igor Goldin (Crossing Swords)

Excellence in Choreography
Richard Stafford (Castle Walk)

Excellence in Production Design
Kacie Hultgren, set design; Lee J. Austin, costume design; Zach Blane, lighting design (The Awakening of Angel DeLuna)

Outstanding Orchestrations or Arrangements
Larry Pressgrove (The Awakening of Angel DeLuna)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Micah Young (Crossing Swords)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
The cast of Volleygirls (PJ Adzima, Susan Blackwell, Juliane Godfrey, Benjamin Howes, Jennifer C. Johnson, Charles Karel, Julia Knitel, Gerianne Pérez, Allison Jill Posner, Dana Steingold and Allison Strong)

Outstanding Individual Performances
Onalea Gilbertson, Mata Hari
Steven HauckCrossing Swords
Michael Thomas HolmesThe Awakening of Angel DeLuna
Natalie Joy JohnsonNatalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush
Jared Loftin, Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist
Jillian Louis, Marry Harry
Luba MasonJulian Po
Patty Nieman, The Awakening of Angel DeLuna
Darren RitchieStandby
Lynne Wintersteller, Castle Walk

Theater for the American Musical Prize
Crossing Swords (Book, music and lyrics by Joe Slabe)

"Best of Fest" Audience Prize
Volleygirls (Book by Rob Ackerman, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman)

Most Promising Musical Award
Volleygirls (book by Rob Ackerman, music by Eli Bolin, lyrics by Sam Forman)


NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network. Now in its tenth year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to "revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America's greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience."

For more information, visit NYMF.org.