Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards

There weren't any klieg lamps lighting up the sky outside of Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage last night but excitement was definitely in the air as the Berkshire Theatre Awards were handed out at a SRO event in Pittsfield and BroadwayWorld was there.

The dress code might have been a bit more casual than the Tony Awards but the suspense and the thrill of recognition for excellence in theatre was prevalent in every corner of BSC's second stage theatre as the winners were announced. This was the second year the awards have been presented by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theatre in the greater Berkshire region.

Critics J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin once again hosted the ceremony, which saw top honors for Best Play go to the Berkshire Theatre Group's production of David Auburn's Lost Lake, and a tie between Barrington Stage Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Company and the Mac-Haydn Theatre's production of Hello, Dolly! for Best Musical.

The Berkshire Theatre Group captured both of the Outstanding Direction awards, with Eric Hill winning for his production of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, and James Barry for his direction of the musical Million Dollar Quartet.

Joel Ripka took home the award for Outstanding Solo Performance in Chester Theatre Company's production of Duncan McMillan's Every Brilliant Thing, directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer. That production was also honored as Outstand New Play of the season. The Oldcastle Theatre Company production of Shipwrecked!... directed by Eric Peterson, won for Oustanding Ensemble Performance for actors John Hadden, David Joseph, and Carla Woods.

The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater went to Kristen van Ginhoven and WAM Theatre for their innovative double philanthropic mission whereby they donate a portion of the box office proceeds of every major production to a non-profit organization that benefits women and girls. Since its founding in 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $41,500 to thirteen nonprofit organizations.

In addition to the awards, critics Charles Guiliano and Gail M. Burns gave a special tribute to the Berkshire Theatre Association founder, the late Larry Murray, who passed away in March of this year. Kristen van Ginhoven presented a monologue entitled The Last Activist Standing.


2017 Berkshire Theatre Awards (winners appear in Boldface)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:

Nominees: Jessica Hecht - The Clean House - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Ella Loudon - The Tempest - Shakespeare & Co; Medina Senghore - Intimate Apparel - Shakespeare & Co; Zoë Laiz - 4000 Miles - Shakespeare & Co.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play:

Nominees: Joey Collins - At Home At the Zoo - Berkshire Theatre Group; Mark H. Dold - This - Barrington Stage Company; Carson Elrod - Taking Steps - Barrington Stage Company; Rocco Sisto - The Birds - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical:

Nominees: Riccardo Hernandez - The Clean House - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Randall Parsons - Arsenic and Old Lace - Berkshire Theatre Group; Brian Prather - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company; Kristen Robinson - Company - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Choreography:

Nominees: Jeffrey Page - Company - Barrington Stage Company; Freddy Ramirez - Mamma Mia - Capital Rep; Sebastiani Romagnolo - Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Shea Sullivan - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Direction of a Muscial:

Nominees: James Barry - Million Dollar Quartet - Berkshire Theatre Group; Joe Calaraco - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company; Trey Compton - Godspell 2012 - Theater Barn; John Saunders - Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play or Musical:

Nominees: Tyler Kinney - Cymbeline - Shakespeare & Co; Govane Lohbauer - Emilie... - WAM Theatre; Bethany Marx - Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Sara Jean Tosetti - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Solo Performance:

Nominees: Kyle Branzel - Buyer & Cellar - Weston Playhouse; Ed Dixon - Georgie - Barrington Stage Company; Joel Ripka - Every Brilliant Thing - Chester Theatre; Oliver Wadsworth - The Tarnation of Russell Colvin - Dorset Theatre Festival

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical:

Nominees: Ellen Harvey - Company - Barrington Stage Company; Rachel Rhodes-Devey - Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Madison Stratton - Spamalot - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Zurin Villanueva - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play or Musical:

Nominees: Mike Baldassari - Children of a Lesser God - Berkshire Theatre Group; Chris Lee - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company; David Weiner - Where Storms Are Born - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Robert Wierzel - A Legendary Romance - Williamstown Theatre Festival

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical:

Nominees: Gabe Belyeu - Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Gil Brady - Mamma Mia - Capital Rep; Roe Harftrampf - A Legendary Romance - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Paul Urriola - Guys and Dolls - Theater Barn

Outstanding Direction of a Play:

Nominees: Eric Hill - At Home At the Zoo - Berkshire Theatre Group; Kenny Leon - Children of a Lesser God - Berkshire Theatre Group; Regge Life - God of Carnage - Shakespeare & Company; Rebecca Taichman - The Clean House - Williamstown Theatre Festival

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play or Musical:

Nominees: Scott Killian - Lost Lake - Berkshire Theatre Group; Ryan Rumery - The Legend of Georgia McBride - Dorset Theatre Festival; Alex Sovronsky - The Last Wife - WAM Theatre; David Thomas - The Birds - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical:

Nominee: Lora Lee Gayer - A Legendary Romance - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Emily Kron - Sweeney Todd - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Elizabeth Stanley - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company; Monica M. Wemitt - Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical:

Nominees: Darnell Abraham - Ragtime - Barrington Stage Company; Mark Hardy - Sweeney Todd - Mac-Haydn Theatre; Jeff McCarthy - A Legendary Romance - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Aaron Tveit - Company - Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding New Play or Musical:

Nominees: Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan McMillan, Daniel Elihu Kramer, director - Chester Theatre, producer; I and You by Lauren Gunderson, Kristen van Ginhoven, director - Chester Theatre, producer; A Legendary Romance by Timothy Prager and Geoff Morrow, Lonny Price, director - Williamstown Theatre Festival, producer; Where Storms are Born by Harrison David Rivers, Shaheem Ali, director - Williamstown Theatre Festival, producer

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play:

Nominees: Lynnette R. Freeman - Lost Lake - Berkshire Theatre Group; Diane Prusha - Wharton Comedies - Shakespeare & Co; Lauren Ridloff - Children of a Lesser God - Berkshire Theatre Group; Kim Stauffer - Emilie... - WAM Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble Performance:

Nominees: Baskerville - Dorset Theatre Festival; God of Carnage - Shakespeare & Company; Shipwrecked!. . . - Oldcastle Theatre; Skeleton Crew - Chester Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play:

Nominees: David Adkins - At Home At the Zoo - Berkshire Theatre Group; Quentin Maré - Lost Lake - Berkshire Theatre Group; Nigel Gore - The Tempest - Shakespeare & Company; Oliver Wadsworth - Emilie... - WAM Theatre

The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater:

Nominees: Julianne Boyd, Barrington Stage Company; Mandy Greenfield, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Kate Maguire, Berkshire Theatre Group; Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical:

Nominees: Company - Barrington Stage Company; Hello, Dolly! - Mac-Haydn Theatre; A Legendary Romance - Williamstown Theatre Company; Sweeney Todd - Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Play:

Nominees: The Birds - Barrington Stage Company; Children of a Lesser God - Berkshire Theatre Group; The Clean House - Williamstown Theatre Festival; Lost Lake - Berkshire Theatre Group

About the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

The BTCA was founded informally in August, 2016 by theatre critic Larry Murray of

BerkshireOnStage.com. Before Larry passed away in March 2017, he appointed the current board: J. Peter Bergman (President), Robert Bruyr (Secretary), Ed Sedarbaum (Treasurer), Gail M. Burns, Gloria Miller, and Macey Levin. We were formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on April 24, 2017, and added Robert Sugarman and Sally Sugarman to the board bringing in representatives of Vermont to our Massachusetts and Connecticut group. We hope to find a New York State critic to add to the board in 2018.

Our purpose is to promote and honor the excellence and diversity of theatrical productions in the greater Berkshire region - defined as being within Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and 50 miles in any direction from the County borders - through the annual presentation of the Berkshire Theatre Awards and other activities.

Critics in the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Mark G. Auerbach of the Westfield News Group Steve Barnes of the Albany Times Union J. Peter Bergman of BerkshireBrightFocus/Edge Boston/The Berkshire Edge

Gail Burns of Berkshire On StageRoseann Cane of Berkshire On Stage Amy Durant,

Dan Dwyer of Off Script Jeremy Goodwin of The Boston Globe

Charles Guiliano of Berkshire Fine Arts Rex Hearn of The Berkshire Record,

Macey Levin of Berkshire On Stage Gloria Miller of Curtain Up Chris Rohmann of The Valley Advocate Fred Sokol of Talkin' BroadwayRobert Sugarman of Theatre Talk Sally Sugarman of WBTN and More Theatre Talk Barbara Waldinger of Berkshire On Stage, Stephen Sorokoff BroadwayWorld & Times Square Chronicles

For more information visit: www.berkshirecritics.org

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
J. Peter Bergman

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
J. Peter Bergman & JuliAnne Boyd, Founder/Artistic Director Barrington Stage Co. COMPANY

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
John Saunders, Artistic Director Mac-Hayden Theatre & Monica M. Wemitt, Associate Producer Hello Dolly

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
John Saunders

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Darnell Abraham, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical (Ragtime BSC)

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
J. Peter Berman & Darnell Abraham

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
J. Peter Bergman & Macey Lavin

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director, Shakespeare & Co & Robert Bruyr

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Allyn Burrows

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Robert Bruyr, Sally Sugarman, Robert Sugarman, Ed Sedarbaum, Gloria Miller, Macey Lavin, J. Peter Bergman

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
J. Peter Bergman & Antonello Di Benedetto, Williamstown Theatre Festival

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Madelyn Gardner, Berkshire Theatre Group

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Emily Kron, Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical (Sweeney Todd Mac-Haydn

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Darnell Abraham

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Kristen Van Ginhoven WAM Theatre

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
James Barry, Outstanding Direction of a Musical "Million Dollar Quartet" at BTG

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Daniel Elihu Kramer, artistic director Chester Theatre Co.

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Eric Hill, Outstanding Direction of a Play "At Home at the Zoo" BTG

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
John Hadden, Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Oldcastle Theatre Co.

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Darnell Abraham, JuliAnne Boyd, Brian Prather, Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical BSC

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
JuliAnne Boyd

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J. Peter Bergman, Marita O'Dea Glodt, Pres. BSC, David Glodt

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Charlie Siedenburg & Trevor Wise

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Mary Ann Quinson, Board Chair BSC

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Bruno Quinson

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Debra Jo Rupp & JuliAnne Boyd

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Charles Giuliano

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards

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Gail Burns

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Kristen Van Ginhoven, The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Eda Sorokoff & Darnell Abraham

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
Kristen Van Ginhoven & Emily Kron

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Kristen Van Ginhoven, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Shakespeare & Co., Debra Jo Rupp

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Reba Evenchik, Debra Jo Rupp, JuliAnne Boyd, Rebecca Weiss, Eda Sorokoff, Barrington Stage Co.

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Charles Giuliano, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, John Hadden

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Darnell Abraham & Brian Prather, Barrington Stage Co.

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