The New York Musical Theater Festival kicked off on Monday with an opening night gala at Hudson Terrace in NYC. At the event, Claire Danes presented Honorary Chairman (and gala host) Baz Luhrman with an award recognizing his support of the festival. The NYMF runs through Oct. 17 and covers a variety of events including a whopping 27 musical productions!
The event was filled with Broadway royalty including three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and original Rent castmembers Fredi Walker, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Anthony Raap, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia.
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Tony-nominated Liz Larsen also attended along with rising star Max von Essen.