On September 15th, the New York Musical Theatre Festival offered its own spin on the popular reality talent show with "NYMF Broadway Idol" at New World Stages.
Performers--who were chosen after an open call on September 11th--each sang a Broadway song of their choice. Performances were critiqued by a panel of celebrity judges that included: Marc Shaiman, Felicia Finley, Kevin Cahoon, the cast of [title of show], and host Seth Rudetsky.
Three contestants were eliminated: Saum, Terry, and Jeff. The remaining six will perform again this Friday night at New World Stages. Of those six, three will be eliminated and the final three will perform the next Friday, September 22nd. Next week's song theme is "Anyone Can Idol," in which the contestants will sing one Sondheim song of their choice. The winner will be crowned at the third and final round on September 29th. The winner will be featured exclusively in a concert at Ars Nova to be produced by NYMF.
Holland LeDelia Taylor, Candi Pennefather, David Leidholdt (NYMF, Sr. Associate Producer), Drew Little, James Beaudry, Eric Louie (NYMF, Associate Producer) and Jaimie Mayer (NYMF, Broadway Idol, Associate Producer)
NYMF Broadway Idol Contestants with the songs they chose--Beth Kirkpatrick ("Privilege To Pee"), Terry Lavell ("Endless Night"), and Elizabeth DeRosa ("Don't Rain On My Parade")
NYMF Broadway Idol Contestants with the songs they chose: Jeff McLean ("A Bit Of Earth"), Shannon Amiry ("I'm Going Back") and Saum Eskandani ("Moving Too Fast")
NYMF Broadway Idol Contestants with the songs they chose: Jamieson Lindenburg ("Mr. Greed"), Jacklyn Huberman ("Gimme, Gimme") and Katie Thompson ("I Don't Know How To Love Him")
Broadway Idol cast
Jaimie Mayer and Erika Creagh (NYMF, Broadway Idol Associate Producer/NYMF at Nite Point Person)
Eric Schneider (Altar Boyz) and Max von Essen (NYMF, Desperate Measures)
Spelling Bee's Barrett Foa and Todd Bounopane, Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Fame Becomes Me/NYMF Broadway Idol Celebrity Judge) and Max von Essen
[title of show] cast members Courtney Balan, Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen
Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer/NYMF Broadway Idol Celebrity Judge) and Marc Shaiman
NYMF Broadway Idol Celebrity Judges Marc Shaiman and Jeff Bowen
NYMF Broadway Idol Celebrity Judges Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell and Kevin Cahoon (The Wedding Singer)
NYMF Broadway Idol Celebrity Judges Felicia Finley and Marc Shaiman
Isaac Hurwitz (NYMF Executive Producer), Seth Rudetsky (NYMF Broadway Idol Host) and Kris Stewart (NYMF Executive Director)