Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!

Last night, July 9, Ben Vereen (Pippin, Fosse) hosted the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival opening night gala celebrating the season kick off. On hand to show support for the famed fest, which opened last night and runs through July 29, were Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical"), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Leslie Krtizer (A Catered Affair), Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), Jeremy Kushnier (Jesus Christ Superstar), Jack Noseworthy (Sweet Smell of Success), Tom Deckman (Spamalot), Anika Larsen (Xanadu), Melissa van Der Schyff (Bonnie and Clyde), and many more.

BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photo coverage below!

Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events, are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Corbin Bleu

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Corbin Bleu, Ben Vereen

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Ben Vereen

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Natalie Toro

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Natalie Toro, Isacc Hurwitz

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Ben Vereen, Isaac Hurwitz

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Natalie Toro, Enrique Acevedo, Maria Eberline

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Tanesha Ross, Gerard Canonico, Omar Lopez-Cepero

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Peter Cincotti

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Peter Cincotti, Pia Cincotti

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Karen Ziemba

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Sheryl Lee Ralph

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Stan Zimmerman, Mindy Sterling, Colin Hanlon, Jenna Leigh Green

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Melissa van Der Schyff

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Stafford Arima

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Jose Llana

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Ari Gold

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!
Joey Murray, Ari Gold

Photo Coverage: The New York Musical Theatre Festival Kicks-Off with Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu & More!

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