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Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week

Last night, May 28, 2018, Theatre Now New York presented its Fifth Annual Festival of 10-Minute Musicals, SOUND BITES 5.0, on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, to a sold-out house for the second year in a row. This annual, one-night only event showcases ten new musicals of up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams.
After a record-breaking amount of submissions this year, the ten musicals featured in SOUND BITES 5.0 competed for top festival honors including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Music, Best Lyrics, and Best Book. The award winners were determined by votes from a judging panel of industry professionals, which included Kristy Cates, Ken Cerniglia, Ciera Iveson, Casey McLain, Matt Murphy, Stephen Nachamie, and Zach Zamchik. The audience also voted for their favorite musical, which earned the coveted Audience Choice Award. The awards were announced by Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish? at an awards ceremony in the Signature lobby immediately following the performance.
SOUND BITES 5.0 AWARD WINNERS
BEST MUSICAL: The Almost In-Laws
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: Dinosaur
BEST DIRECTION: Angelique Ilo (Run This Town)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Sidney Erik Wright (Dead Flowers)
BEST ACTOR: Kyle Olsen (The Almost In-Laws)
BEST ACTRESS: Laura Shoop (Welcome to Ridgington)
BEST MUSIC: Bystander (Eric Grunin)
BEST LYRICS: Dinosaur (Zach Spound)
BEST BOOK: Hospital Kids (Lisa Mongillo)
SOUND BITES 5.0 FEATURED MUSICALS
Bystander
Book & Lyrics by Ed Levy
Music by Eric Grunin
Directed by Rachel M. Stevens+
Music Direction by Adam Wiggins
Cast: Danny Kornfeld, Neda Lahidji, Kristen Kress Parness, Mikki Sodergren
Cooking For Two
Book & Lyrics by Charlie O'Leary
Music by Karl Hinze
Directed by Tasha Gordon-Solomon
Music Direction by Karl Hinze
Cast: Stephan Amenta, Robert Berliner*, Bettina Bresnan
Dead Flowers
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Michael Finke
Directed by Aaron Simon Gross
Music Direction by David Aaron Brown
Choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright+
Stage Managed by Krissy Delahanty
Cast: Jim Brochu*, Corey Desjardins*, Andrew Lee, Daniel Bender Stern, Robbie Torres*, Jo Walker, Sheilagh Weymouth*, Ben Yahr*
Dinosaur
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Zach Spound*
Directed by Rebecca Kenigsberg
Music Direction by Jane Cardona
Stage Managed by Erin Page
Additional Music by VENMC
End of the Line
Book by Howard Ho
Lyrics by Chris Edgar
Music by Kristen Rea
Directed by Kristen Rea
Music Direction by Meggan Herod
Cast: Elyse Beyer*, David Curtis Scott, Kalia Lay, Patrick MacLennan
Hospital Kids
Music by Jake Chapman
Book & Lyrics by Lisa Mongillo
Directed by Alex Shaw
Music Direction by Jake Chapman
Choreographed by Whitney Brandt
Cast: Jahbril Cook, Liz Damuth*, Katie Emerson*, John Fisher*, Luke Holloway*, Hannah Solow*
JABEZ and The P.P. Gang
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Tom Hyndman
Directed & Choreographed by Jonathan Stuart Cerullo+
Music Direction by Lulu Picart
Executive Producer & Assistant to Director, Peter Petkovsek
Assistant to Choreographer, Sam Given*
Cast: Sam Given*, Justy Kosek*, Daren Liff, Brian Losoya, Danielle Louise Mendoza, Danelle Rivera, Eddie Rodriguez Jr., Charles Sanchez, Kegan Witzki
Run This Town
Book & Lyrics by Cindy Sideris
Directed by Angelique Ilo
Music Direction by Assaf Gleizner
Cast: Taylor Coriell, Matt Giroveanu, Tegan Miller, Patricia Sabulis, Alan Trinca, Jordan Wolfe
The Almost In-Laws
Book & Lyrics by Greg Edwards
Music by Andy Roninson
Directed & Choreographed by Erin Thompson
Music Direction by Andy Roninson
Cast: Nicholas Alexiy Moran*, Rebecca Odorisio*, Kyle Olsen*, Adrien Swenson
Welcome to Ridgington
Book & Lyrics by Jordan Silver
*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association
+indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Photo Credit: Chris Giordano/Angelica Cabrera

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Adriana Guerrero Ferrer, Rachel Bass (ASM), Erin Edelstein* (ASM), Cory Ingraham, Amy Barrick, Brad Baker, and Emely Zepeda* (SM)

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Brian Losoya, Daren Liff, Sam Given*, Kegan Witzki, Danielle Louise Mendoza, Charles Sanchez, Justy Kosek*, and Eddie Rodriguez Jr.

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Angelica Cabrera, Cabrooks Films

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Bettina Bresnan and Robert Berliner*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Tegan Miller, Taylor Coriell, Jordan Wolfe, Patricia Sabulis, Matt Giroveanu, and Alan Trinca

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Assaf Gleizner, Thicket & Thistle, and Cindy Sideris

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Jahbril Cook, Liz Damuth*, and Katie Emerson*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Thicket & Thistle and Lisa Mongillo

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Mikki Sodergren, Neda Lahidji, and Danny Kornfeld

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Thicket & Thistle and Eric Grunin

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Kristin Serafini*, Laura Shoop*, Barrett Riggins*, and Greg Carter*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Thicket & Thistle and Laura Shoop*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Ben Yahr*, Corey Desjardins*, Robbie Torres*, Daniel Bender Stern, Andrew Lee, and Jo Walker

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Thicket & Thistle and Laura Shoop*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Brooke Wetterhahn, Tristan J. Shuler*, Zach Spound*, and Emily Gardner Xu Hall*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Thicket & Thistle, Emily Gardner Xu Hall*, Zach Spound*, Rebecca Kenigsberg, Tristan J. Shuler*, and Brooke Wetterhahn

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Rebecca Odorisio*, Kyle Olsen*, Adrien Swenson, and Nicholas Alexiy Moran*

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
Best Musical Award & Best Actor Award (Kyle Olsen*) - The Almost In-Laws Pictured above: Thicket & Thistle, Adrien Swenson, Andy Roninson, Greg Edwards, Rebecca Odorisio*, Kyle Olsen*, and Erin Thompson

Photo Flash: Winners of the 2018 SOUND BITES 5.0 Announced This Week
SOUND BITES 5.0 Judges Pictured above: Kristy Cates, Zach Zamchik, Matt Murphy, Ken Cerniglia, Ciera Iveson, Casey McLain, and Stephen Nachamie

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