Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert

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New York Musical Theater Festival kicked off its sixth season with a Gala Celebration of its first five years, called BEST OF THE FEST, on Monday, April 20th at 7 PM at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). BroadwayWorld.com was there to catch all the "NYMF" filled action!

The all-star roster included Michael Berresse (who recently starred in A Chorus Line and directed the NYMF hit [title of show] as master of ceremonies, as well as Autumn Hulbert featured on TV's "The Search for Elle Woods") and Nicholas Galbraith (I & Albert, York Theatre).

Also performing numbers from many of the acclaimed NYMF shows of the past were the casts of acclaimed NYMF shows [title of show], Altar Boyz, ROOMS a rock romance as well as Ryan Bogner (Bedbugs!), Diane Davis, Mary Bond Davis (Hairspray),Celina Carvajal, (Bedbugs!, Rooms), Jenn Colella (Urban Cowboy), Tom Deckman(Spamalot), Debbie Gravitte (Tony Award - Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Blues In The Night, Zorba, Chicago, and Les Miserables), Ivan Hernandez (The Most Happy Fella), Liz Larsen (Tony Award nomination for The Most Happy Fella revival and also appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show, Damn Yankees, and Fiddler on the Roof), Nellie McKay (The Threepenny Opera), Euan Morton (Taboo, Tony Kushner's adaptation of Brundibár at The New Victory Theatre, won an Obie Award for Measure For Pleasure at The Public Theatre, and NYMF Best Actor Award for the title role of the musical Caligula), Kate Reinders (Gypsy, Wicked), Kate Shindle (Cabaret), and Rachel Stern (Shrek, Cry-Baby, High Fidelity, Tarzan).

Since its inception in 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival has premiered more than 175 new musicals - more than 40 of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters and in almost every state and in 10 countries worldwide. NYMF 2004 hit Altar Boyz has played well over 1,500 performances Off-Broadway and spawned two National Tours; fellow NYMF alum [title of show] recently played at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway; Next to Normal opens on Broadway this Spring; and Rooms recently began performances Off-Broadway at New World Stages. This year's Festival will run September 28th through October 18th.
NYMF's fifth season enjoyed 24 full productions, a dance series, a developmental series, concerts and special events.

NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Visit www.nymf.org.

Photos by Peter James Zielinski

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
The Current Cast of Altar Boyz

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
BD Wong

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Doug Kreeger and Celina Carvajal

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Doug Kreeger and Celina Carvajal

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Doug Kreeger and Celina Carvajal

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Doug Kreeger and Celina Carvajal

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Ryan Bogner and Celina Carvajal

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Celina Carvajal and Ryan Bogner

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Celina Carvajal with Ryan Bogner, Trey Compton, Stacia Marie Newcomb, and Hollis Scarhorough

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Heidi Blickenstaff

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Michael Berresse

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, and Jeff Bowen

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, and Jeff Bowen

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, and Jeff Bowen

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Ivan Hernandez

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Reinders

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Reinders

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Reinders

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Reinders

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Tom Deckman

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Mary Bond Davis

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Mary Bond Davis

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Mary Bond Davis

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Tyler Maynard

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton and ensemble

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton and ensemble

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton and ensemble

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton and ensemble

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Euan Morton and ensemble

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Autumn Hurlbert

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Autumn Hurlbert

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Autunmn Hurlbert

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Jason Wooten and Diane Davis

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Diane Davis and Jason Wooten

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Diane Davis and Jason Wooten

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Diane Davis and Jason Wooten

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Diane Davis and Jason Wooten

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Diane Davis and Jason Wooten

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Rachel Stern

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Rachel Stern

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Brian Yorkey

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Jessica Philips

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Jessica Philips

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Jessica Philips

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Kate Shindle

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Debbie Gravitte

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Debbie Gravitte

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Isaac Hurwitz

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Josh Young, Jenn Colella, and Nicholas Galbraith

Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'BEST of the FEST' Concert
Josh Young, Jenn Colella, and Nicholas Galbraith

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Peter James Zielinski As an Equity actor, Peter is photographing the industry from the inside out. He has performed in numerous shows regionally, sung a duet with Richard Chamberlain in the National Tour of "Scrooge," and starred in "The Zoo Project" which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. When not on stage, he can be found photographing headshots and live theatre in NYC, Chicago and LA. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, he also acts as a retouching artist for photographers city-wide. For more information, please visit: http://www.pjzstudios.com


 
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