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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Suzi Bass Awards share the wealth among area theaters

BEST MUSICAL: Atlanta Lyric Theatres Hairspray
The Alliance Theatre received the most prizes at the 2009-2010 Suzi Bass Awards, but some of Atlanta's smaller theaters made off with significant awards at last night's ceremony, held at the Conant Performing Arts Center. The Alliance picked up eight awards, including "The Spirit of the Suzi Award" for the Alliance Children's Theatre's Rosemary Newcott. However, Horizon Theatre earned Best Production: Play for its exuberant remount of Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, and Atlanta Lyric Theatre nabbed Best Production: Musical for Hairspray.

Lead acting nominees went to E. Roger Mitchell (Creative Loafing's Critics Pick for Best Actor of 2010) as Lead Actor for The Sunset Limited at Theatrical Outfit; Tess Malis Kincaid as Lead Actress for Good Boys and True at Actor's Express; Glenn Rainey for Lead Actor, Musical, for Hairspray; and Ingrid Cole for A Catered Affair at Aurora Theatre. The Alliance Theatre won both Best Ensemble awards for Lookingglass Alice and the musical Avenue X. Jessica Phelps West won Best Director for The Sunset Limited and Freddie Ashley (Creative Loafing's Critic's Pick for Best Director of 2010) won Best Director, Musical, for Grey Gardens at Actor's Express.

The complete list of nominees follows, with winners in boldface.

Production - Play
Around the World in 80 Days, Theatrical Outfit
Jitney, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre
King Lear, Georgia Shakespeare
Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
*Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Horizon Theatre

Production - Musical

A Catered Affair, Aurora Theatre
Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre
Grey Gardens, Actor's Express
*Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.

World Premiere (Play or Musical)
Brownie Points, Theatrical Outfit
Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre
Fair Use, Actor's Express
*I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
Tennis in Nablus, Alliance Theatre

Director - Play
David Catlin, Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
James Donadio, Ethan Frome,Theatre in the Square
*Jessica Phelps West, The Sunset Limited, Theatrical Outfit
Sabin Epstein, King Lear, Georgia Shakespeare
Thomas W. Jones II, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Horizon Theatre

Director - Musical
Brandt Blocker, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Freddie Ashley, A Catered Affair, Aurora Theatre
*Freddie Ashley, Grey Gardens, Actor's Express
Jasmine Guy, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
Twyla Tharp, Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre

Music Direction (*Tie)
*Ann-Carol Pence, A Catered Affair, Aurora Theatre
BJ Brown, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Darryl Jovan Williams, Avenue X, Alliance Theatre
Keith Williams, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
*Sam Lutfiyya, Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre

Choreography
Cindy Mora, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Cindy Mora, The Will Rogers Follies, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Danny Pelzig, Avenue X, Alliance Theatre
Jen MacQueen, Shrew: The Musical, Georgia Shakespeare
*Twyla Tharp, Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre

Lead Actress - Play
Bethany Anne Lind, The Storytelling Ability of a Boy, Aurora Theatre
Kate Donadio, Around the World in 80 Days, Theatrical Outfit
Minka Wiltz, Black Pearl Sings, Horizon Theatre
Naima Carter Russell, Tranced, Aurora Theatre
*Tess Malis Kincaid, Good Boys and True, Actor's Express

Lead Actress - Musical
Bernardine Mitchell, His Eye is on the Sparrow, Theatre in the Square
Caitlin Smith, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
*Ingrid Cole, A Catered Affair, Aurora Theatre
Jill Hames, Grey Gardens, Actor's Express
Park Krausen, Shrew: The Musical, Georgia Shakespeare

Lead Actor - Play

*E. Roger Mitchell, The Sunset Limited, Theatrical Outfit
Nick Arapoglou, The Storytelling Ability of a Boy, Aurora Theatre
Robin Bloodworth, Ethan Frome, Theatre in the Square
Steve Coulter, The Men of Mah Jongg, Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Tim McDonough, King Lear, Georgia Shakespeare

Lead Actor - Musical
Alan Kilpatrick, The Will Roger's Follies, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Daniel Thomas May, Cotton Patch Gospel, Theatrical Outfit & Georgia Ensemble Theatre
*Glenn Rainey, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Joe Knezevich, Shrew: The Musical, Georgia Shakespeare
Quentin Earl Darrington, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc

Featured Actress - Play
Ellen McQueen, Ethan Frome, Theatre in the Square
Naomi Lavette, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Horizon Theatre
*Nita Hardy, Boeing, Boeing, Aurora Theatre
Stacy Melich, Good Boys and True, Actor's Express
Tonia Jackson, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Horizon Theatre

Featured Actress — Musical
Ann Marie Gideon, Shrew: The Musical, Georgia Shakespeare
Christy Baggett, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Courtney Godwin, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
*Kathleen McManus, Grey Gardens, Actor's Express
Kayce Grogan Wallace, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Featured Actor - Play
Andrew Benator, Tennis in Nablus, Alliance Theatre
James Donadio, Around the World in 80 Days, Theatrical Outfit
Jimi Kocina, True Love Lies, Horizon Theatre
Kevin Dougherty, The Men of Mah Jongg, Georgia Ensemble Theatre
*William S. Murphey, Around the World in 80 Days, Theatrical Outfit

Featured Actor — Musical
Ben Polite, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc
*Chase Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Chase Todd, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Glenn Rainey, A Catered Affair, Aurora Theatre
Jevares C. Myrick, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre

The Actors' Equity Association Suzi for Ensemble - Play
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, ART Station
Brik Berkes-Kate Donadio-Barry Stoltze-Bryan Brendle-Bethany Irby
Jitney, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre
Tracey Bonner-Eric Moore-Geoffrey D. Williams-Anthony Chisholm-Yaegel Welch-
Cedric Young-E. Roger Mitchell-Ellis Eugene Williams-LaParee Young
*Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
Molly Brennan-Anthony Fleming III-Lindsey Noel Whiting-Kevin Douglas-Doug Hara

Shooting Star, Horizon Theatre
Leigh Campbell Taylor-Jim Hammond
The Savannah Disputation, Theatre in the Square
Nita Hardy-Judy Leavell-Mary Kathryn Kaye-Peter Thomasson

Ensemble - Musical
*Avenue X, Alliance Theatre
Rebecca Blouin-Steve French-Neda Spears-Lawrence Clayton-J.D. Goldblatt-
J.D. Webster-Jeremy Cohen-Nick Spangler

Children's Letters to God, The Legacy Theatre
Brent Davis-Paige McCauley-Benjamin Peacock-Maddie Mateer-Austin Monk
Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre
Kristine Bendul-Heather Hamilton-Karine Plantadit-Alexander Brady-Laura Mead-Joel
Prouty-Todd Burnsed-Jodi Melnick-Matt Rivera-Dee Daniels-Charlie Neshyba Hodges-
Keith Roberts-Matthew Dibble-Rika Okamoto-John Selya-Carolyn Doherty-Eric Otto-John
Sorensen Jolink-Holley Farmer-Justin Peck-Ashley Tuttle
Hair 7, Stages
Dorothy Victoria Bell-Doug Graham-Jenna Tamisiea-Franceca Byrd-Naomi Lavender-
Warren E. Ullom IV-Thoedus X. Crane II-Chris Love-Christine Verderese-Christie Lee
Fisher-Jason Royal-Jacob Wood

Costume Design - Play
Christine Turbitt, King Lear, Georgia Shakespeare
Jonida Beqo, Around the World in 80 Days, Theatrical Outfit
Linda Patterson, Boeing, Boeing, Aurora Theatre
Mara Blumenfeld, Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
*Nyrobi Moss, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Horizon Theatre


Costume Design — Musical

*Douglas J. Koertge, Shrew: The Musical, Georgia Shakespeare
Katherine Roth, Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre
Mariann Verheyen, Avenue X, Alliance Theatre
Shilla Benning, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
Sydney Roberts, Grey Gardens, Actor's Express

Lighting Design - Play
Christine Binder, Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
Jessica Coale, Around the World in 80 Days, Theatrical Outfit
Mike Post, Ethan Frome, Theatre in the Square
Rob Dillard, Brownie Points, Theatrical Outfit
*Rob Dillard, The Woman in Black, Theatre in the Square

Lighting Design — Musical

*Ken Yunker, Avenue X, Alliance Theatre
Donald Holder, Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre
Joseph Futral, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
Joseph P. Monaghan III, Grey Gardens, Actor's Express
Bradley Bergeron, Hairspray, Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Scenic Design — Play
Clint Ramos, A Life in the Theatre, Alliance Theatre
Daniel Ostling, Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
Isabel A. Curley-Clay and Moriah Curley-Clay, The Sunset Limited, Theatrical Outfit
Isabel A. Curley-Clay and Moriah Curley-Clay, Shooting Star, Horizon Theatre
*Kat Conley, Ethan Frome, Theatre in the Square

Scenic Design — Musical

Kat Conley, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
Lee Shiver, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Phillip Male, A Catered Affair, Aurora Theatre
Phillip Male, Grey Gardens, Actor's Express
*Todd Rosenthal, Avenue X, Alliance Theatre

Sound Design — Play
*Christopher Bartelski, The Woman in Black, Theatre in the Square
Clay Benning, Tennis in Nablus, Alliance Theatre
Jonathan Summers, The Sunset Limited, Theatrical Outfit
Ray Nardelli, Lookingglass Alice, Alliance Theatre
Thom Jenkins, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Horizon Theatre

Sound Design — Musical
Bobby Johnston, I Dream, Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc.
Brian Patterson, His Eye is on the Sparrow, Theatre in the Square
Clay Benning, Avenue X, Alliance Theatre
Jonathan Summers, Cotton Patch Gospel, Theatrical Outfit and Georgia Ensemble Theatre
*Peter McBoyle, Come Fly With Me, Alliance Theatre

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