2019 Benefit Concert




The New York Musical Festival will honor Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Kelly Devine at its 2019 Benefit Concert.

Monday, November 18

Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036) at 


The evening will include selections highlighting the honorees' careers, including Wicked, Pippin, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Children of Eden, Prince of Egypt, Rock of Ages and Come From Away.

The evening will be hosted by Frank DiLella (On Stage/NY1).


The honorees will be celebrated by Broadway stars and NYMF alumni, including:

Kelli Barrett (Wicked, Doctor Zhivago, Fosse/Verdon)
Charl Brown (Motown)
Lisa Howard (Escape to Margaritaville)
Lesli Margherita
(Zorro, Matilda)

Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages)
Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin)
John McGinty (Children of a Lesser God, Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Joey McIntyre (New Kids On The Block, Wicked)
Mary-Kate Morrissey (Mean Girls, Wicked)
Julia Murney (Wicked)
Jack Noseworthy (Come From Away)
Gypsy Snider (Pippin)
Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, The Cher Show, Beautiful)
Sergio Trujillo (Ain't Too Proud)

The evening will also feature Jeanna de Waal (Kinky Boots) performing a selection from the upcoming Broadway musical Diana and a special performance by honoree Stephen Schwartz himself.




STEPHEN SCHWARTZ wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, and Children Of Eden.

He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein's Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies Are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie, which performed at NYMF in 2004, and My Son Pinocchio.

He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney's Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince Of Egypt.

His first opera, Seance On A Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, "Defying Gravity," has been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and the Isabelle Stevenson Special Tony Award.



KELLY DEVINE is a leading director and choreographer and recently won the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Choreography for Come From Away. Kelly is the current choreographer of the upcoming Broadway production of Diana.


Broadway: Diana (2020), Come From Away (2017 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle nominations; 2019 Olivier Award Winner: Best Choreography); Rocky (2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations); Rock of Ages (West End, UK Tour, Toronto, and Australia); Dr. Zhivago; Escape to Margaritaville.

Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fat Camp, Toxic Avenger, Frankenstein, Anne Wrecksick. International: Rocky (Germany), Dr. Zhivago (Australia, Korea), Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). Opera: Faust(directed by Des McAnuff, NY Met & London ENO), Wozzeck (San Diego Opera). Regional: Diana (world premiere La Jolla Playhouse), Come From Away, Peter and the Starcatcher (La Jolla production for Disney Theatricals), A Christmas Story (Seattle’s 5th Avenue and Kansas City Rep), Private Fittings, Toxic Avenger, Bloody Bloody AndrewJackson.

TV: “Katy Keene,” “Modern Love,” "Mozart in the Jungle," "Wormwood," “Dear Dumb Diary”. Film: Detroit (directed by Kathryn Bigelow), The Upside (Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston), Happy Texas.

Kelly has several projects in development as director and choreographer including a new musical with David Foster.