Photo Flash: GORGONZLA Sweeps Sound Bites 3.0 Festival at Hurley's After-Party
Last night, January 18th, 2016, Theatre Now New York presented its 3nd Annual festival of new musicals, Sound Bites 3.0 (sponsored by Music Theatre International and Disney Theatrical Productions) to a sold-out house at the 47th Street Theatre. An after-party, sponsored by MTI, was held after at Hurley's Saloon where awards were given. Sound Bites showcases ten 10-minute musicals or musical excerpts in one evening. Scroll down for photos from the event!
This year's festival included:
Baked Goods (music by Helen Park Martin, lyrics by Christyn Budzyna, and book by Charles Cohen) Directed by Tom Frascatore
Fictitious (music, lyrics, and book by Paul Cozby and Tom Hyndman) Directed/ Choreographed by Jonathan S. Cerullo
The Hipster Sister (music, lyrics, and book by Andy Roninson) Directed by Andrew Garret Karl
Houdini (book, music, and lyrics by Marcus Pelegrin, additional material by Gio Dormero) Directed by Matt ZanFagna
On Your Mark (music by Aaron Kenny, book and lyrics by Danny K. Bernstein) Directed by Juliana Kleist-Mendez
Too Much Coffee Man Opera (music by Daniel Steven Crafts, book by Shannon Wheeler) Directed by Daniel Steven Crafts
We Have Apples (music, lyrics, and book by Rachel Ford Griffin) Directed by Branden Huldeen
At Sound Bites 3.0, Gorgonzola took home five awards including Best Musical, Best Lyrics (Gregory Bonsignore), Best Music (Nolan Livesay), Best Actress (Patti Perkins) and Best Actor (Cory Conley), makingGorgonzola the highest-awarded show at Sound Bites to date. Best Direction went to Jonathan S. Cerullo forFictitious and A Cappella Love received the Audience Choice Award.Staff of Sound Bites 3.0: Thomas Morrissey (Artistic Director), Stephen Bishop Seely (Producer), Ellie Kahn (Music Coordinator), Cindy Shumsey (Lighting Design), Larry Alexander (Sound Design), Michael Tosto (Production Stage Manager), Jessica McIlquham (Assistant Stage Manager), Matt ZanFagna (Associate Artistic Director), Juan Garcia (Crew Head), Lauren Downie (Cast Expediter), Nicolas Baumgartner (Front of House), Lauren Draper (Graphic Design), Carlos Zamora (Illustrations).
Theatre Now New York Artistic Director, Thomas Morrissey, has helped develop and produce new plays and musicals including the East Coast Premiere of Kingdom, the world premiere of The Last Sunday in June, and the East Coast Premiere of The Break-Up Notebook. Stephen Bishop Seely, Literary Manager of Theatre Now New York and Producer of Sound Bites, has helped develop several Off-Broadway and Broadway shows including Disney's Tarzan, Rock Wilk's Broke Wide Open, Rock Wilk's Brooklyn Quartet, and 8 Million Protagonists.
Theatre Now New York is a professional theatre company whose history originates with two established companies - the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Theatre Now New York brings together the founding principles of both these companies; developmental work and main stage theatrical productions. The mission of Theatre Now New York is to facilitate the creation and development of new theatrical works, the reimagining of previously produced known titles and the reinterpretation of classic works through readings, productions, workshops and work-in-progress presentations and to promote the understanding and appreciation of live theatre and its process by the general public and provides opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established theatre professional in their ongoing creative process. In keeping with this mission, Sound Bites' goal is to seek out and cultivate new writers and composers and develop new musicals.
Photo Credit: Emily Briggs
Jonathan S Cerullo, winner: Best Direction for FICTITIOUS (book, music, and lyrics by Tom Hyndman and Paul Cozby), Thomas Morrissey (Artistic Director, TNNY), Stephen Bishop Seely (Producer, Sound Bites Festival)
Gregory Bonsignore and GORGONZOLA go home with Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Lyrics, the most awards given to one show at Sound Bites to date.