Each November, NYMF caps its season with a gala celebrating the year's artistic triumphs and honoring a person or company whose work has contributed to the continued vitality of musical theatre.
On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) celebrated the beginning of its second decade creating and nurturing new musical theatre at the 2014 Gala.
Our honorees this year were choreographer Christopher Gattelli along with theatre producer and manager Beth and Allan Williams.
Held at the beautiful Art Deco Edison Ballroom, located in the heart of Times Square, NYMF’s star-studded Gala is a seated dinner with an open bar cocktail reception prior, auction, and memorable performances by Broadway stars. The honorees were celebrated with performances by Broadway stars and NYMF alumni in an evening of entertainment directed by Stuart Ross (Forever Plaid).
Anastasia Barzee (Urinetown), Larry Cahn (Guys and Dolls), LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Newsies), Mario Frangoulis (Les Miserables/West End), Nick Gaswirth (A Christmas Story, The Musical), Robert Lenzi (South Pacific), Chris Miller (Tuck Everlasting), Rob Morrison (Avenue Q), Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde), Bruce Sabath (Company), Michael Minarik (Rock of Ages), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Steve Routman (La Bête), J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal), Nathaniel Stampley (The Lion King), Wesley Taylor (The Addams Family)
Anna Gilligan, entertainment reporter for FOX 5 News, hosted the event.
Previous Gala honorees have included: Tony Award-winner and star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Billy Porter; the creators of NBC’s Smash, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (producers of Smash and The Academy Awards); Chita Rivera; Kelli O’Hara and many others. Performers and participants have included: Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe, Cheyenne Jackson, Alice Ripley, Duncan Sheik, Bebe Neuwirth, Anthony Rapp, and many others.
featuring Broadway Edge: Antonio Antonelli, Olivia Bartilucci, Jack Baylis, Katherine Bowman, Daisy Brackett, Lillie Bukzin, Madeleine Fass, David Hoffman, Zoe Hochberg, Amanda Katz, Isabelle Katz, Olivia Keough, Josie Magnotti, Jamie Mann, Chloe Manna, Merin McCallum, Colin McKechnie, Michaela Pond, Jordan Signorile, Katysha Sorokin, Gigi Vallone, Colette Vynerib, Samantha Webster, Rachel Wilson, accompanied by Garrit Guadan