2011 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Winners Announced! FOLLIES, PUSSY ON THE HOUSE, CATS and More To Be Honored at 12/28 Celebration at The Call
BroadwayWorld.com is proud to announce the results of the second annual BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, voted on by fans of Chicagoland theater over the past six weeks. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier is the big winner overall, with six Broadies in the Resident Equity categories, including four for Gary Griffin's celebrated fall production of "Follies." The production picks up four awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, and the Best Actor, Actress and Choreography awards as well (Brent Barrett, Caroline O'Connor and Alex Sanchez, respectively). CST's "The Madness Of George III" is being honored as Best Revival of a Play, and Scott Davis wins the Scene Design award for "Murder For Two," the musical that played an extended run in the upstairs space.
Other productions being honored by the fans of Chicago theater with multiple awards include the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf," which supplied Amy Morton and Tracy Letts with acting honors for Resident Equity Plays. Not to be outdone, three productions from Resident Non-Equity companies are receiving multiple awards. Three BWW Awards will go to "Pussy On The House," from Hell In A Handbag Productions (the gender-bending re-imagining of Tennessee Williams' "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" is winning performance awards for Jeremy Myers and Honey West and the Best Costume Design award for John Nasca). Also, two awards each will go to "Cats" from Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre (Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography by Brenda Didier) and "Violet" from Bailiwick Chicago (Best Actress to Harmony France and Best Scene Design to John Zuiker). (Note that Hell In A Handbag's musical "Rudolph The Red-Hosed Reindeer," 2010 edition, won Michael Hampton the award for Best Actor.)
Porchlight Music Theatre productions were responsible for two awards. Bill Morey won in the Equity Best Costume category for "The King And I," and the company's production of "Putting It Together" has won Best Revue (Resident). Speaking of Stephen Sondheim productions, the lauded revival of "Sweeney Todd" at the Drury Lane Theatre has been awarded the coveted Best Ensemble prize. Other winners include the play "Old Times" from Strawdog Theatre Company (Best Revival of a Play, Resident Non-Equity) and the recurring concert experience "Alien Queen," winner of Best Theatrical Event from producer The Scooty and JoJo Show.
Besides Barrett and O'Connor, other prominent theater artists who don't live in Chicago, but whose work graced our stages during the eligibility period of September 2010 through October of 2011, are winners of the BCAs. These include the Best Actress and Actor in a Touring Production (Tony winner Alice Ripley in "Next To Normal" at the Bank of America Theatre and Logan Denninghoff for his Gaston in the Oriental Theatre's "Beauty And The Beast"), and the writing team of the StarKid Productions new musical "Starship," which includes Hollywood and "Glee" star Darren Criss in addition to his Chicago-based co-writers Matt Lang, Nick Lang, Brian Holden and Joseph Walker. Also note that the winner for Best Touring Production was the return visit of Chicago favorite "Wicked," at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.