Javier mUNOZ HAMILTON DAVID DAVILA manuel vs statue contender
Hamilton’s Javier Munoz

Javier Munoz, the star of the hottest show on Broadway in years (HAMILTON), will sing de la Puente & Davila’s award-winning song “Contender” from MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at the 2015 NYMF Gala on Sunday. The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) honors Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, theatre executive and producer Darren P. DeVerna, and former NYMF board chair Martin Grant at its 2015 Gala to be held on Sunday, November 15th at the Edison Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan (240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036)

Just announced, the starry lineup of guests expected at the gala includes Bob SagetVictoria ClarkBeth LeavelMichael ParkJavier MunozDavid HibbardAdam HellerKevin McCollumShakina NayfackMichael James Scott, Lucia Spina, Noemi de la Peunte and David Davila (Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty), Vynnie Meli, Ronve O’Daniel and Jevares Myrick (Illa: A Hip Hop Musical), Beth & Allan Williams, Barry & Fran Weissler, and more.

Each November, NYMF holds a gala celebrating the year’s artistic triumphs and honoring select individuals whose work has contributed to the continued vitality of musical theatre. Held at the beautiful Edison Ballroom, an historic Times Square landmark, this one of a kind event is attended by an exclusive group of musical theatre enthusiasts, Broadway artists, and leading members of the theatre industry.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theatre.

Now in its twelfth year, the Festival is the premier musical theatre event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 20 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work “creating and nurturing new musical theatre, ensuring the future of this essential art form.”

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