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Photo Coverage: New York Music Theatre Festival Benefit

The stars came out to support the The New York Musical Theatre Festival in a benefit at the Pink Room.

Their goal is to become the premiere international festival for contemporary musical theatre.

Through the month of September 2004, The New York Musical Theatre Festival will take place all across New York, from the theatre district in midtown Manhattan to the outer boroughs, celebrating the diversity, creativity and future of the musical.

Festival Staff Members Charlotte Cohn, Tim Jerome, Supporters Jill Jayson,
Chris Sarandon, Joanna Gleason, Constance Mortel, Founding Producer Jamie McGonnigal
and Avenue Q Tony Nominee, John Tartaglia

Tony-nomanited John Tartaglia kicked things off.
...singing the hilarious "Second Cousin"

Max von Essen sang a new song from "Easter Rising," by BARE's Michael Arden

Michael Arden accompanied Max on the piano

More Max...

Not content just to write, Michael Arden was joined by Bare Co-Star John Hill to sing the N+R Song

John Lithgow, festival supporter gave audiences a preview
of "I Am a Manatee."

"Manatee" is from an upcoming concert of songs based
on his best-selling children's books.

Broadway Legend Jim Dale singing "Trouble" from the Music Man

Yes, trouble, right here in the Pink Room!

Charlotte Cohn with Queer Eye's Jai Rodriguez and Jamie McGonnigal, Founding Producer

Kris Stewart, Executive Director addressed the audience about "Breaking Ground" on the festival.

Jamie introducing Jai who sang a number from Andrew Lippa's THE WILD PARTY

Galt MacDermot, who wrote the music for "Hair" led the
audience in singing 2 of his hits, Aquarius, and Good Morning Starshine

Galt was accompanied by his son as well

Charlotte Cohn - Sang "Vanilla Ice Cream" from SHE LOVES ME

Gilles Chiasson of RENT, Scarlet Pimpernel and Civil War fame

Jenna Leigh Green, currently starring in the off-Broadway hit Bare...

Jenna sang a new song, 'Everyone But Me' from 'The Mystery of the Dancing Princesses"
a new musical by Michael Wiener and Alan Zachary

Brian Stokes Mitchell performed The Impossible Dream...

and left the audience begging for an Encore...

Kate Shindle helped bring the evening to a close accompanied by Bat Boy composer Larry O'Keefe

She then introduced the final song of the night,
a perfect example of the festival's purpose, a
new song by up and coming composer Brian Lowdermilk

Brian accompanied Kate and others on the piano...

A Patriotic Anthem titled "This Land is Mine"



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