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BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2013 Announced: BoHo, CST, MENAGERIE, HANK WILLIAMS And More Lead the Way!

BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominations for 2013 Announced: BoHo, CST, MENAGERIE, HANK WILLIAMS And More Lead the Way!

BroadwayWorld.com is proud once again to announce the nominations for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, Chicago's only comprehensive, fan-voted theater award now in its 4th fabulous year.

And the Bohemian Theatre Ensemble leads the way, with a whopping 15 nominations overall, including 10 for its summer production of "Kiss of the Spider Woman." Chicago Shakespeare Theater is next overall, with 12 nods, spread out over an impressive 7 different productions, including "Othello: The Remix," "Henry VII," "The School for Lies" and its Shakespeare in the Parks production of "The Comedy of Errors," nominated as Best Theatrical Event.

Also nominated for Best Theatrical Event is Idina Menzel, for her concert at Aurora's RiverEdge Park in July. Menzel joins national luminaries such as Andre De Shields, Michael Shannon, Ben Platt, Norbert Leo Butz, Rachel York and Mary Zimmerman on the nominees list for a BroadwayWorld Chicago Award this year.

We've added more categories this year, including ones for directors and sound designers. There are now 36 categories in all! Equity and Non-Equity productions are eligible, as long as they opened between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.

And now, the voting will begin! Join your friends in online voting via BroadwayWorld's unique voting software. You can track how your favorite nominees are doing in real time. Voting will be open from now until New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013. So there's plenty of time to get involved with the voting!


The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration will take place on at The Call Bar in the Andersonville neighborhood on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 8:00 pm till midnight (21+), where winners will be revealed, certificates handed out, and showtune videos will be watched, played by "Curtains Up Wednesday" VJ Michael Hogan. Nominees will wear yellow ribbons, casts will reunite, and all facets of the Chicagoland theater community will come together for a relaxing night of fun with friends, fans and theater folk alike. The Call is located at 1547 N. Bryn Mawr Avenue, between Clark and Ashland. Come one, come all, to The Call!

We'll be celebrating the winners, the nominees and the whole theater season with like-minded folks. You make the party a great one!

Our 36 categories make for a total of 180 nominees, drawn from 58 different theater companies and 85 different productions. Many theater companies are being nominated for the first time this year. Following BoHo on this list, the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company's production of "The Glass Menagerie" is nominated 7 times overall, and the Williams Street Repertory in north suburban Crystal Lake is nominated 6 times for its recent production of "Sweeney Todd." The American Blues Theater receives 9 nominations, including 5 for "Hank Williams: Lost Highway," and Porchlight Music Theatre appears 9 times as well, including 4 times each for "Pal Joey" and "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." Mercury Theater Chicago is receiving 8 nominations, including 5 for "The Color Purple."

133 people are nominated for individual awards, including costumer designer Bill Morey, whose name appears three times. Actor-directors Hans Fleischmann and David Cerda are nominated in both categories (for their work on "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Birds" [Hell in a Handbag Productions], respectively. Choreographer Brenda Didier is nominated twice (for "Pal Joey" and "The Color Purple") and sound designer Christopher Criz is nominated for both "Mahal" at Bailwick Chicago and "The Whipping Man" at Northlight Theatre.

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Paul W. Thompson Paul W. Thompson, a contributor to BroadwayWorld.com since 2007, is a Chicago-based singer, actor, musical director, pianist, vocal coach, composer and commentator. His career as a performer, teacher and writer is centered at Paul W. Thompson Music, located in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building, where he teaches the great songs of Broadway to the next generation of musical theater performers. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Paul was raised in a family of professional musicians and teachers, steeped in classical, gospel, country, pop, sacred and show music. Dubbed a “thin, winsome lad” at the age of 13 by a critic for the Nashville Banner, he earned two degrees in musical theater (a B.F.A. with Honors from Baylor University and an M.M. from the University of Miami, Florida), plus an M.B.A. with Distinction from DePaul University. Paul’s memberships include Actors’ Equity Association, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (proud voter for the Grammy Awards!), the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New York’s Drama League.

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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