NOMINATE, VOTE AND CELEBRATE: The 2013 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Are Underway!

October 11
4:10 PM 2013 is proud once again to announce the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, and you can be a part of all the fun and excitement! Chicago's only comprehensive, fan-voted theater awards are now in our 4th fabulous year.

On Monday of this week, BroadwayWorld opened up the 2013 online nominations process, first announced HERE and available throughout the month of October. To go directly to the nominations form, click HERE.

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

Once the suggestions are in, the voting will begin! In early November the nominees will be announced, and online voting will commence on BroadwayWorld's unique voting software. You can track how your favorite nominees are doing in real time. Voting will be open until New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013.

And then? Once again, we will all convene on Chicago's north lakefront, at The Call Bar in the Andersonville neighborhood (1547 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, between Clark and Ashland).

The BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards Celebration will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 8:00 pm till midnight, 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.

But it only works if YOU are involved! Nominate your favorite productions, performers and creative personnel. Get your friends to nominate as well. And vote! (Only once, though.....)

And come on out in January and celebrate the winners, the nominees and the whole theater season with like-minded folks. You make the party a great one!

Who will join the esteemed list of BroadwayWorld Chicago Award winners, a list that includes such talents as Brian Dennehy, Billy Porter, Diane Lane, Brenda Didier and Jeremy Ramey, and such productions as "Kinky Boots," "Eastland," "Reefer Madness," "The Iceman Cometh," "Sunday In The Park With George," "Smokey Joe's Café," "A Very Potter 3D" and "Superior Donuts?" (And yes, all of these are from last year alone!) Help us as only you can....

So Nominate and Vote online, and Celebrate in person with the 2013 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards!

Here is a list of the 36 categories for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards this year:

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

Best Actor in a Musical or Revue (Resident Equity)

Best Actor in a Play (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Actor in a Play (Resident Equity)

Best Actor in a Touring Production

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

Best Actress in a Musical or Revue (Resident Equity)

Best Actress in a Play (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Actress in a Play (Resident Equity)

Best Actress in a Touring Production

Best Costume Design (Resident Non­-Equity)

Best Costume Design (Resident Equity)

Best Choreography (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Choreography (Resident Equity)

Best Direction of a Musical or Revue (Resident Non-Equity)

Best Direction of a Musical or Revue (Resident Equity)

Best Direction of a Play (Resident Non-Equity)

Best Direction of a Play (Resident Equity)

Best Ensemble (Resident)

Best Lighting Design (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Lighting Design (Resident Equity)

Best Musical Direction (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Musical Direction (Resident Equity)

Best New Work/New Adaptation (Resident)

Best Revival of a Musical (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Revival of a Musical (Resident Equity)

Best Revival of a Play (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Revival of a Play (Resident Equity)

Best Revue (Resident)

Best Scenic Design (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Scenic Design (Resident Equity)

Best Sound Design (Resident Non-­Equity)

Best Sound Design (Resident Equity)

Best Special Theatrical Event

Best Theater Production for Young Audiences

Best Touring Production

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Paul W. Thompson Paul W. Thompson, a contributor to 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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