Erica Lustig has been chosen as the winner of the 8th annual NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation (NNBS). The competition took place at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street) and gave nearly 200 singers the chance to be crowned this year’s champion.
Lustig (a Syracuse University alum) and runner-up Jacob Watson, competed alongside finalists Angela Jeffries, Celeste Rose, Noah Zachary, Ben Holtzman, Brook Wood, and Stewart Alden. The finalists were chosen from a mix of audience votes, online voting at BroadwayWorld.com, and a panel of industry judges that included composer Ryan Scott Oliver (35MM), casting director Michael Cassara, producer/general manager Jamie Cesa, and ASCAP's Director of Musical Theatre Michael Kerker.
Judges at the grand finale included casting director Daryl Eisenberg, Tony Award® winning producer Tom Smedes and Tony Award® winning actress Beth Leavel, with resident Musical Director for the series Ryan Cantwell at the keys.
Produced by NYMF in association with BroadwayWorld.com and New World Stages, with support from the ASCAP Foundation's Irving Caesar Trust, this annual talent competition seeks to find the newest musical theatre star. Lustig will receive a special solo concert at 54 Below, co-presented by NYMF and Grammy Award®-winning producer Sh-K-Boom Records, as well as a photographic package courtesy of Seth Walters Photo and Video.
A native of Miami Florida and graduate of Syracuse University, NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation 2013 winner Erica Lustig was most recently seen touring Internationally with Hair the musical. Off-Broadway credits include Circe in Odyssey and Jingle Girl in National Pastime. Other favorite credits include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Connie in Come Blow Your Horn and Columbia in Rocky Horror Picture Show. For more information please visit www.EricaSings.com
NYMF’s Next Broadway Sensation 2013 runner-up Jacob Keith Watson is a native of Wynne, Arkansas and a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. Favorite credits include Feste in Twelfth Night, Horton in Seussical the Musical, Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Corin in As You Like It, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, accolades include Second Place in the Lotte Lenya Competition with the Kurt Weill Foundation and First Place in the NATS National Musical Theatre Competition. In 2013, Jacob Keith made his European debut with the Kurt Weill Festival performing in a concert conducted by Maestro James Holmes of London. For more information please visit www.jacobkeithwatson.com