'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for November 9th, 2011
THE LATEST IN UNAUTHORIZED GOSSIP AND BUZZ
FROM THE HEART OF CHICAGO'S SHOWTUNE VIDEO BARS,
AND MUSICAL THEATER NEWS FROM CHICAGO TO BROADWAY
by Paul W. Thompson
Overheard last weekend under the showtune
video screens at Sidetrack and The Call:
The cream of Chicago's yearly crop of Equity Theater Productions sent their producers, actors, directors, designers and more to the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace Monday night for the Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremony. It was the 43rd such gathering, and a glittery one it was. The Goodman Theatre's production of "Candide," re-written and staged by Mary Zimmerman, won five awards in the Large Tier categories, including Production - Musical, New Adaptation for Zimmerman, Principal Actor Geoff Packard and Supporting Actress and Actor, Hollis Resnik and Larry Yando. On the play side (Large Tier), Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "The Madness Of George III" also took five statues, including Production - Play, Director Penny Metropulos and Principal Actor Harry Groener. Court Theatre's version of the Gershwins' "Porgy And Bess" was responsible for awards for its director and musical director (Charles Newell and Doug Peck, respectively), and Broadway-bound Jessie Mueller took home Principal Actress honors (Large Tier, musical) for "She Loves Me" at Writers' Theatre (she was also nominated in the same category for "Guys And Dolls" at the Marriott Theatre).
Goodman Theatre's "Chinglish" by David Henry Hwang (now on Broadway) and Northlight Theatre's "The Outgoing Tide" by Bruce Graham received New Work - Play awards. "Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)" by The Second City e.t.c. received the awards for Production - Revue and New Work - Revue, and the show's Tim Baltz took the Actor or Actress in a Revue trophy. The New Work - Musical honor went to Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair's "Murder for Two," still running at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. In Midsize categories, Edward Albee's "The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?" from Remy Bumppo Theatre Company captured the awards for Production - Play and Principal Actress (Annabel Armour). The midsize Production - Musical honor went to "The Original Grease" from American Theater Company, and their "The Big Meal" cast took home the coveted Ensemble Award. Tammy Mader took the choreography honors for the Marriott's "42nd Street," Jason Lyons took Lighting Design - Large for the new musical "White Noise" (Royal George Theatre) and Bill Morey was honored for his costumes for "The King And I" at Porchlight Music Theatre (Midsize Tier). For a complete list of nominees and winners, click the link below.