CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2013

CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2013

It is the purpose of THE CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS to recognize outstanding Cleveland area productions, performers, directors and designers who contributed to the professional theatre scene during the 2013 season. For a listing of the theatres considered for "Best of" and "Superior Achievement" awards, go to: clevelandtheaterreviews.com

Best Musical Production: SWEENEY TODD, Great Lakes Theater

Superior Achievement:

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse Theatre

NEXT TO NORMAL, Lakeland Civic Theatre

SHE LOVES ME, Beck Center for the Arts

SPAMALOT, Beck Center for the Arts

Best Non-Musical Production: ON THE LINE, none too fragile theater

Superior Achievement:

GOOD PEOPLE, Cleveland Play House

RICHARD III, Great Lakes Theater

THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ensemble Theatre

THERE IS HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, Cleveland Public Theatre

TWELVE ANGRY MEN, Blank Canvas Theater

Best Actor in a Musical: George Roth, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse Theatre

Superior Achievement:

Chris McCarrell, NEXT TO NORMAL, Beck Center for the Arts/Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Program

DougFred Miller, SPAMALOT, Beck Center for the Arts

Best Actor in a Non-Musical: Lynn Robert Berg, RICHARD III, Great Lakes Theater

Superior Achievement:

Chris Richards, SONS OF THE PROPHET, Dobama Theatre

Jonathan Wilhelm, SORDID LIVES, convergence-continuum

Robert Branch, ON THE LINE, none too fragile theater

Best Actress in a Musical: Sara M. Bruner , SWEENEY TODD, Great Lakes Theater

Superior Achievement:

Jessica L. Cope, SPAMALOT, Beck Center for the Arts

Miche Braden, THE DEVIL'S MUSIC, Cleveland Play House

Rebecca Pitcher, SHE LOVES ME, Beck Center for the Arts

Best Actress in a Non-Musical: Tracee Patterson, MEDEA, Mamaí Theater

Superior Achievement:

Derdriu Ring, THERE IS HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, Cleveland Public Theatre

Heather Anderson Boll, TIME STANDS STILL, Dobama Theatre

Kate Hodge, GOOD PEOPLE, Cleveland Play House

Lara Knox, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Best Director of a Musical: Victoria Bussert, SWEENEY TODD, Great Lakes Theater

Superior Achievement:

Eric Van Baars, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse Theatre

Martin Friedman, NEXT TO NORMAL, Lakeland Civic Theatre

Scott Spence, SPAMALOT, Beck Center for the Arts

Terrence Spivey, CROWNS, Karamu House Theatre

Best Director of a Non-Musical: Ian Wolfgang Hinz, THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ensemble Theatre

Superior Achievement:

Beth Woods, THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, Cleveland Public Theatre

Laura Kepley, GOOD PEOPLE, Cleveland Play House

Patrick Ciamacco, TWELVE ANGRY MEN, Blank Canvas Theatre

Sean Derry, ON THE LINE, none too fragile theater

Best Choreographer: Martin Cespédes, SPAMALOT, Beck Center for the Arts

Superior Achievement:

Dan Knechtes, GUYS AND DOLLS, Great Lakes Theater/PlayhouseSquare

John Crawford, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse Theatre

MaryAnn Black, SOUTH PACIFIC, Porthouse Theatre

Best Scenic Design: Todd S. Krispinsky, THERE IS HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS, Cleveland Public Theatre

Superior Achievement:

Russ Borski, HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES, Beck Center for the Arts

Trad A Burns, NEXT TO NORMAL, Lakeland Civic Theatre

Wilson Chin, RICH GIRL, Cleveland Play House

Best Costume Design: Charlotte Yetman, SWEENEY TODD, Great Lakes Theater

Finalist:

Esther Haberlen, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Great Lakes Theater

Best Lighting Design: Trad A Burns, NEXT TO NORMAL, Lakeland Civic Theatre

Superior Achievement:

Andrew Eckert, THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ensemble Theatre

Marcus Dana, COCK, Dobama Theatre

Best Sound Design: Dana Duke, Big Twig Studio, Brian Caiazza, Brett Keyser, video/sound/photography, STRUCK, Cleveland Public Theatre

James C. Swonger, GOOD PEOPLE, Cleveland Play House

Shane Cutlip, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse Theatre

Best Musical Direction: Nancy Maier, NEXT TO NORMAL, Beck Center for the Arts/Baldwin Wallace Musical Theatre Program

Superior Achievement:

Jennifer Korecki, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Porthouse Theatre

Joe Brancato, THE DEVIL'S MUSIC, Cleveland Play House

Matthew Webb, SWEENY TODD, Great Lakes Theater

Best National Touring Production: SLEEPING BEAUTY, PlayhouseSquare

Superior Achievement:

THE BOOK OF MORMAN, PlayhouseSquare

War Horse, Playhouse Square

WOODY SEZ, Cleveland Play House

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS:

Outstanding Body of Work: Larry Goodpaster, Musical Director, Beck Center for the Arts

Miles Sternfeld for THE WHOS TOMMY, Broadway Fights AIDS

Talespinner Children's Theatre, for producing shows for kids that adults can enjoy, using local writers as adaptors and playwrights.

Theater Ninjas, for doing challenging theatrical works and staging them at unique venues throughout northeast Ohio

Great Lakes Theater for 25 years of presenting A CHRISTMAS CAROL which has played to over 600,000 audience members

Members of the Cleveland Critics Center are: Bob Ableman (Cleveland Jewish News), Roy Berko (CoolCleveland.com, ArtsAmerica.com, BroadwayWorld.com, royberko.info), Kerry Clawson (Akron-Beacon Journal), Mark Horning, (Examiner.com), Christine Howey (Cleveland Scene, raveandpan.blogspot.com), Andrea Simakis (The Plain Dealer), Art Thomas (West Life).

For additional information about the CLEVELAND CRITICS CIRCLE, including reviewing summaries, links to members' full reviews, and details about the CCC Speaker's Bureau, go to: clevelandtheaterreviews.com

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Roy Berko Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.

He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.


 
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