Voting Opens for 2010 Broadway World Chicago Awards!

Voting Opens for 2010 Broadway World Chicago Awards!BroadwayWorld, the biggest theater site on the web, today announces nominations for the Chicago Theatre Fans' Choice Awards! The 121 nominees in the 25 categories are all listed below, representing 57 different Theater Productions in the Chicago area which opened between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010. These productions were mounted by 33 separate theaters or companies.

The awards are designed to recognize excellence, as voted by the fans of Chicagoland theater, and encompass all of the various forms and sizes of theater here, from tours to resident productions, large to small, Equity to Non-Equity, play, musical and revue. Suggestions for nominations were solicited from fans between September 24th and October 15th, and the winners will be announced online in mid-December. Keep your eye on BroadwayWorld for more details!

Online voting will occur from November 1 - December 20, 2010, via this link:

http://chicago.broadwayworld.com/vote2010chicago.cfm

Vote now, and encourage your friends to get in on the fun as well!

Of the 57 productions receiving at least one nomination, 10 productions are receiving at least 4 nods. Leading the pack are the Drury Lane Theatre's production of the musical RAGTIME and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's production of the musical CHESS, each with 7 nominations. Bailiwick Chicago's premiere production of Joe DiPietro's play FUCKING MEN is receiving 6 nominations, and Circle Theatre's revival of the classic American play THE PHILADELPHIA STORY has 5. THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS at Steppenwolf Theater Company is nominated 4 times.

Among other musical productions, Bailwick Chicago's AIDA is being nominated 5 times, as is Theo Ubique's MAN OF LA MANCHA. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Theatre at the Center and INTO THE WOODS at Porchlight Music Theatre each receive 4 nominations here, as does the touring production of BILLY ELLIOT at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre.

7 different productions are receiving 3 nominations, including Writers' Theatre's revue, "OH COWARD!," and 9 productions are receiving 2 nods each. A whopping 31 different productions garner a single nomination, reflecting the great breadth and strength of local theater and breadth of interest in the awards themselves.

Three artists are nominated twice: Marc Robin for his choreography of HAIRSPRAY and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, both for the Marriott Theatre, William J. Morey for his costume designs of INTO THE WOODS and FUCKING MEN, and Maggie Portman for her work on two Theo Ubique productions, as an actress in CHESS and as choreographer for MAN OF LA MANCHA. And many artists of national stature are nominated, including the performers Carolee Carmello, Emily Skinner, Chester Gregory, Nathan Lane, Quentin Earl Darrington and Brian Dennehy.

The Cadillac Palace Theatre is the most popular theater or company cited, with 5 different productions involved in the nominations. Companies with 3 different productions on the list include Bailiwick Chicago, Court Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater Company and Writers' Theatre. 9 companies are cited for 2 productions each; these are Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Circle Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Oriental Theatre), Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, The Second City and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. And 18 theaters are recognized with nominations for a single production.

Here's the complete list of nominees. Congratulations to these individuals, shows and theater companies, and all the artists involved in making them the choice of Chicago theatre fans!

Best Touring Production

• BILLY ELLIOT, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
• DREAMGIRLS, Cadillac Palace Theatre
• IN THE HEIGHTS, Cadillac Palace Theatre
• SHREK, Cadillac Palace Theatre
• THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

Best Actress in a Touring Production

Moya Angela, DREAMGIRLS, Cadillac Palace Theatre
Carolee Carmello, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
Shannon Cochran, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, Cadillac Palace Theatre
Susie McMonagle, BILLY ELLIOT, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
Emily Skinner, BILLY ELLIOT, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre

Best Actor in a Touring Production

Tommy Batchelor, Giuseppe Bausilio, Cesar Corrales and John Peter Viernes, BILLY ELLIOT, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
Kyle Beltran, IN THE HEIGHTS, Cadillac Palace Theatre
Chester Gregory, DREAMGIRLS, Cadillac Palace Theatre
Nathan Lane, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre
Scott Parkinson, THE 39 STEPS, Bank of America Theatre

Best Special Theatrical Event

• AN EVENING WITH Patti LuPone AND Mandy Patinkin, Cadillac Palace Theatre
• FUERZA BRUTA: LOOK UP, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
• HEPHAESTUS: A GREEK MYTHOLOGY CIRCUS TALE, Lookingglass Theatre Company

Best New Work/New Adaptation (Resident)

David Cerda, Adrienne Smith, David Czaplewski and Cheryl Snodgrass, LADY X, Hell in a Handbag Productions
Kristoffer Diaz, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, Victory Gardens Theater/Teatro Vista
Joe DiPietro, FUCKING MEN, Bailiwick Chicago
• Amanda Murphy and Jamie Campbell, FOUR PLAY, Studio BE
Bruce Norris, A PARALLELOGRAM, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Best Revival of a Musical (Resident Equity)

• FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Marriott Theatre
• HAIRSPRAY, Marriott Theatre
• JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Theatre at the Center
• RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre
• THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Marriott Theatre

Best Revival of a Musical (Resident Non-Equity)

• AIDA, Bailiwick Chicago
• CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
• HELLO AGAIN, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble
• MAN OF LA MANCHA, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
• THE GLORIOUS ONES, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble

Best Revival of a Play (Resident Equity)

• A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Writers' Theatre
• AMERICAN BUFFALO, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
• AWAKE AND SING, Northlight Theatre
• THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
• THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, TimeLine Theatre Company

Best Revival of a Play (Resident Non-Equity)

• DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Raven Theatre
• KILLER JOE, Profiles Theatre
• THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Circle Theatre
• WILSON WANTS IT ALL, The House Theatre of Chicago

Best Revue (Resident)

• IMPROVISER: A MUSICAL SKETCH COMEDY REVUE, Donny's Skybox at Piper's Alley
• LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, Northlight Theatre
• OH COWARD!, Writers' Theatre
• SHOW US YOUR LOVE, Bailiwick Chicago
• THE ABSOLUTE BEST FRIGGIN' TIME OF YOUR LIFE, The Second City e.t.c.

Best Actress in a Musical or Revue (Resident Equity)

Holly Ann Butler, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Drury Lane Theatre
• Kate Fry, OH COWARD!, Writers' Theatre
Cory Goodrich, RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre
Chasten Harmon, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Marriott Theatre
• Bethany Thomas, INTO THE WOODS, Porchlight Music Theatre

Best Actor a Musical or Revue (Resident Equity)

Quentin Earl Darrington, RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre
Rob Lindley, OH COWARD!, Writers' Theatre
James Harms, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Marriott Theatre
Max Quinlan, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Theatre at the Center
Joe Tokarz, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Theatre at the Center

Best Actress in a Musical or Revue (Resident Non-Equity)

• Heather Bodie, FOUR PLAY, Studio BE
• Danielle Brothers, MAN OF LA MANCHA, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Rashada Dawan, AIDA, Bailiwick Chicago
Sarah Hayes, MAN OF LA MANCHA, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Maggie Portman, CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Best Actor in a Musical or Revue (Resident Non-Equity)

• BranDon Chandler, AIDA, Bailiwick Chicago
Courtney Crouse, CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Aaron Holland, AIDA, Bailwick Chicago
• John B. Leen, CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Jeremy Trager, CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Best Actress in a Play (Resident Equity)

Alana Arenas, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Tracy Michelle Arnold, PRIVATE LIVES, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Mary Beth Fisher, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, Court Theatre
• Natasha Lowe, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Writers' Theatre
• Allison Torem, TRUST, Lookingglass Theatre Company

Best Actor in a Play (Resident Equity)

Desmin Borges, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, Victory Gardens Theatre/Teatro Vista
Brian Dennehy, HUGHIE/KRAPP'S LAST TAPE, Goodman Theatre
K. Todd Freeman, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Allen Gilmore, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, Writers' Theatre
• Nick Sandys, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Best Actress in a Play (Resident Non-Equity))

Annie Gloyn, LADY X, Hell in a Handbag Productions
• Laura McClain, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Circle Theatre
• Kendra Thulin, HARPER REGAN, Steep Theatre Company
• Rebecca Ward-Hayes, AUNT DAN AND LEMON, BackStage Theatre Company
• Claire Wellin, KILLER JOE, Profiles Theatre

Best Actor in a Play (Resident Non-Equity)

• Darrell W. Cox, KILLER JOE, Profiles Theatre
• Josh Hambrock, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Circle Theatre
Ed Jones, LADY X, Hell in a Handbag Productions
Ryan Lanning, FUCKING MEN, Bailiwick Chicago
Norm Woodel, FUCKING MEN, Bailiwick Chicago

Best Ensemble (Resident)

• CHERRYWOOD, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company
• FUCKING MEN, Bailiwick Chicago
• INTO THE WOODS, Porchlight Music Theatre
• RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre
• THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Best Choreography (Resident Equity)

Stacey Flaster, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Theater at the Center
Tammy Mader, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, Drury Lane Theatre
Marc Robin, HAIRSPRAY, Marriott Theatre
Marc Robin, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Marriott Theatre
Rachel Rockwell, RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre

Best Choreography (Resident Non-Equity)

• Gary Abbott and Kevin Iaga Jeff, AIDA, Bailiwick Chicago
• Kevin Bellie, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Circle Theatre
Brenda Didier, CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Maggie Portman, MAN OF LA MANCHA, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Best Scenic Design (Resident Equity)

Kevin Depinet, RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre
James Leaming, TOBACCO ROAD, American Blues Theater
• Colette Pollard, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Writers' Theatre
Walt Spangler, A TRUE HISTORY OF THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD, Goodman Theatre
• Ian Zywica, INTO THE WOODS, Porchlight Music Theatre

Best Scenic Design (Resident Non-Equity)

• Nate Crawford, CHESS, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
• Alan Donahue, TREASURE ISLAND, Lifeline Theatre
• Bob Knuth, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Circle Theatre
• Kyle Land, MAN OF LA MANCHA, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
John Rotonda, FUCKING MEN, Bailiwick Chicago

Best Costume Design (Resident Equity)

• Josephine Firkins, THE ILLUSION, Court Theatre
Santo Loquasto and Brenda Winstead, RAGTIME, Drury Lane Theatre
• William J. Morey, INTO THE WOODS, Porchlight Music Theatre
• Sarah E. Ross and Kristin DeiTos, TOBACCO ROAD, American Blues Theater
Alison Siple, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, Court Theatre

Best Costume Design (Resident Non-Equity)

• Theresa Ham, THE GLORIOUS ONES, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble
• Branimira Ivanova, TREASURE ISLAND, Lifeline Theatre
• William J. Morey, FUCKING MEN, Bailiwick Chicago
• Jesus Perez, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, Circle Theatre
• Elizabeth Wislar, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Circle Theatre

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Moving easily between the worlds of classical music, religious music, classic pop and musical theater, Paul has appeared onstage or in the orchestra pit in concerts, musicals, operettas and operas in 30 states and in Europe, in a career spanning more than 35 years. His Chicagoland stage credits include “Forever Plaid” at the Royal George Theater and twenty mainstage productions at Light Opera Works. Paul joined the Chicago Symphony Chorus in 1995 (he was Tenor I Section Leader for four years and sings on two Grammy-winning recordings), and is one of Chicago’s foremost liturgical singers, marking 20 years as a member of the choir at St. James Cathedral (Episcopal) in 2011.He has composed and arranged a number of anthems, hymns and songs for worship and concert use, and collaborates on the creation of new works of musical theater. Paul can be found on Monday nights watching showtune videos at the world-famous Sidetrack nightclub, the inspiration for his weekly column, “The Showtune Mosh Pit.” His proudest achievement is that he has seen the original Broadway production of every Tony Award-winning Best Musical since “Cats.” No, really. Since “Cats!”


 
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