The FringeNYC Encore Series has grown to 19 shows (including five musicals) to be presented in three venues over the next month (Sep. 7-30). Independents (book by Marina Keegan, lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick, music by Stephen Feigenbaum) and Super Sidekick (book by Gregory Crafts, lyrics and music by Michael Gordon Shapiro) will play at the Soho Playhouse Mainstage (15 Vandam St.), Hill-Bent (by Danny Visconti and Adam Wachter) at the Soho Playhouse Huron Club, and Nightfall on Miranga Island (book and lyrics by Justin Moran and Jonathan Roufaeal, music by Adam and Matt Podd) and Standby (book and lyrics by Alfred Solis and Mark-Eugene Garcia, music by Keith Robinson and Amy Baer) at the Players Theater (115 MacDougal St.).
The winners of the Overall Excellence Awards, selected by an independent panel of 40 theater professionals, have also been announced. Among the four Overall Production winners is the musical Independents, and among the four Design Award winners is Hanafuda Denki by Tokyo’s Ryuzanji Company. The Music Composition Award went to PartyFolk for Panoramania.