Photo Coverage: NAMT Reception at Marseilles

September 29
11:15 AM 2005
A reception at New York's Marseilles was held on September 27th to celebrate The National Alliance for Musical Theatre's 17th Annual Festival of New Musicals, which was held for an invited audience of NAMT members and other theatre industry professionals on September 25th and 26th.

The eight musicals included in the festival, as part of the New Works Program, were Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker's Ace, starring Christiane Noll and Adam Monley; Marsha Norman, Beth Blatt and Jenny Giering's Caraboo, Princess of Javasu, starring Celia Keenan-Bolger and Andrew Lippa; Lee Summers and Ben Blake's The Funkentine Rapture, starring Billy Porter and Marva Hicks; Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman's I Love You Because, starring Stephanie D'Abruzzo; Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley's A Little Princess, starring Will Chase and Julia Murney; Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman's Meet John Doe, starring Michael Rupert and Donna Lynne Champlin; Daniel Goldfarb and David Kirshenbaum's Party Come Here starring Hunter Foster, Terrence Mann and Megan Hilty; and Cheri Coons and Chuck Larkin's River's End, starring Matt Farsnworth and Jodie Langel.

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The Funkentine Rapture's Lee Summers, Jo Lynn Burks, and Dion Graham

Josh Rhodes, Lorin Latarro, David Hamlin, and Anastasia Barzee

NAMT Executive Director Kathy Evans, Lydia Wagner, Derek Collard, composer/lyricist Lance Horne, and Tiger Martinez

Summers and Evans

Jamie and Joshua Salzman, Meghan Blaskowitz, and I Love You Because's Ryan Cunningham

Joshua Finkel, composer/producer Scott Alan, and Jayson Raitt

Evans, Party Come Here's Daniel Goldfarb, and River's End's Cheri Coons

Meet John Doe's Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman, and The Funkentine Rapture's Summers

Rick Boynton, New Works Program Director Meredith McDonough, and Sugarman

Evans and McDonough

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.