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Newton’s Cradle, Dust Can’t Kill and Children of Salt Win Big At The NYMF Awards for Excellence

Newton’s Cradle, Dust Can’t Kill and Children of Salt Win Big At The NYMF Awards for Excellence

Best Show: Newton’s CradleMusic by Heath Saunders Lyrics by Heath & Kim Saunders, Book by Kim Saunder. We said it was an we were right. We also give honorable mention to Single and A Scythe in Time.

Dust Can't Kill Me

Dust Can’t Kill Me

Outstanding Ensemble: Dust Can’t Kill Me, Michael Castillejos, Richard Crandle, Elizabeth A. Davis, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Kathryn Gallagher, Paul Hinkes. We also give honorable mention to  Newton’s CradleSingleChildren of Salt and A Scythe in Time.

Best Lyrics: Heath and Kim Saunders, Newton’s Cradle. Again we knew what we were talking about.

Best Music: Elliah Heifetz, Dust Can’t Kill Me. We totally disagree and our picks are Heath Saunders Newton’s Cradle. Honorable mention Jamie Lozano Children of Salt and Jaime Jarrett, Normativity.

Outstanding Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations Max Gordon & DJ Stencil, Dust Can’t Kill Me. Again not in our top five ours would be Jamie Lozano Children of Salt and Geoff Davin for The First Church of Mary, the Repentant Prostitute’s Fifth Annual Benefit Concert, Revival and Pot Luck Dinner.

Aya Aziz, Eh Dah Questions For My Father

Aya Aziz, Eh Dah Questions For My Father

Best Book: Aya Aziz, Eh Dah Questions For My Father. We can’t comment on this as we skipped this show as it just did not appeal to us at all. We would however give this to Newton’s Cradle and Single hands down.

Best Director: Victoria Clark, Newton’s Cradle. Honorable mention Robert McQueen, Forest Boy.

Nickel Mines

Nickel Mines

Best Choreography: Andrew Palermo, Nickel Mines, which we totally get.

A Scythe in Time

A Scythe in Time

Best Performance in A Leading Role: Lesli Margherita,  A Scythe in Time and Andrea Jones-Sojola, Newton’s Cradle. Honorable mentions Rachel Stern, Single Heath Saunders Newton’s Cradle. Honorable mention P.J. Griffith A Scythe in Time and Mauricio MartinezChildren of Salt.

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role: Elizabeth A. Davis, Dust Can’t Kill Me and Trent Saunders, Newton’s CradleWe whole heartedly agree.

Outstanding Individual Performance
Aya Aziz, Eh Dah? Questions for my Father. Can’t comment
Adrian Blake Enscoe, Dust Can’t Kill Me we disagree and think it should have been Izzy Castoldi, Normatively
Rosemary Fossee, The First Church of Mary, the Repentant Prostitute’s Fifth Annual Benefit Concert, Revival and Pot Luck Dinner. So adorable and so young. We wholeheartedly agree.
Michael Graceffa and Philip Jackson Smith, The Last Word. Seriously hands down this should have been Felicia Finley who stole the show.
Brandon Malafronte, LUDO’s Broken Bride. We agree but we would have added Brian Charles Rooney.
April Ortiz, Children of Salt. We would have given it to Florencia Cuenca for the same show.
Rachel Kara Perez, Newton’s Cradle. This whole cast was amazing.
Sabina Petra, Forest Boy. Agreed.
Tony Sheldon, Icon. Tony Sheldon can do no wrong. 

. Voted by the audience and logged on by Show Score these were the winners at the New York Musical Festival.

Children of Salt

Children of Salt

Best Show: Children of Salt won by an overwhelming number.

Best Reading: Artemis in the Parking Lot. Bread and Roses lost by 7 votes.

Best Concert: iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical.  Breaking the Moon lost by 31 votes.

Special Citations
Best performance by a Last Minute Understudy – Alex Gudhe, A Scythe in TimeI was there for that performance and she was amazing. Bravo!
Fight Choreography – Mick Bleyer, THE GOLD
Social Relevance and Impact – Andrew Palermon, Dan Dyer, Shannon Stoeke, Nickel Mines. I would add Newton’s Cradle to this.
Outstanding Emerging Artist – Jaime Jarrett, Normatively. Completely agree and stated this in the review.
Outstanding Family-Friendly Show (Created by the NYMF Board of Directors’ Executive Committee) – Camp Rolling Hills YES! and Tink!

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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