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Pride Films and Plays presents NOMINEE NIGHT 5/23


Pride Films and Plays will again host its annual Nominee Night cabaret showcasing many of the musical theater performers nominated in the Non-Equity Jeff Awards. The nominees were announced on April 24 and the awards will be presented June 5, 2017 at the Atheneaum Theatre. This year's cabaret will for the first time be performed in the Broadway, Pride Arts Center - the new home the company acquired in summer 2016. The theater is located at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a door prize drawing for $400.00 in airfare from Southwest Airlines.

This cabaret celebrating the work of the Jeff nominees is being produced and music directed by Robert Ollis. As of today, performers in the 2017 Nominee Night cabaret will include actors from nine musicals honored with Jeff nominations. Appearing from Pride Films and Plays' own Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will be its three leading performers and its Music Director, all honored by the Jeff committee: Jordan Phelps as Tick (nominated for Leading Actor in a Musical), Honey West as Bernadette (Supporting Actress in a Musical) and Luke Meierdiercks as Adam (Supporting Actor in a Musical); plus Robert Ollis (nominated for Music Direction). Other leading actor nominees to be featured will be Maxwell J. DeTogne, who appeared as Rob in High Fidelity: The Musical by Refuge Theatre Project, and Henry McGinniss, who earned two nominations this year - one each for the title role in Bat Boy the Musical by Griffin Theatre Company and one for his performance as Bobby Strong in Urinetown by BoHo Theatre.

Nominee Night performers nominated for Leading Actress in a Musical include Sydney Charles (Dorothy in The Wiz, Kokandy Productions), Amanda Horvath (Tonya Harding in Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera, Underscore Theatre Company) and Stephanie Stockstill (Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, Lifeline Theatre).

In addition to Honey West, Nominee Night performers honored for supporting actress in a musical are Veronica Garza (Nancy and Tonya's moms in Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera, Underscore Theatre Company), Anne SheriDan Smith, (MerEdith Parker in Bat Boy The Musical, Griffin Theatre), and Jenifer Tyler (Mrs. Allen/Mrs. Tilney in Northanger Abbey, Lifeline Theatre). The category of supporting actor in a musical, in addition to Meierdiercks, will be represented by Nick Druzbanski (Barry in High Fidelity: The Musical, Refuge Theatre Project).

Also announced to appear are Averis I. Anderson and Graham Thomas Heacock, who were both nominated in the category of Actor/Actress in a Revue for their work in Theo Ubique's An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook; and Royen Kent, who appeared in Underscore's Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook, an original musical honored for New Adaptation.

Ticket prices are $30 for VIP, which includes a drink ticket, and $20 general admission.

For tickets, visit or call tel: (800)-737-0984


Nominee Night
Performances by Jeff Award-nominated musical theater performers including Averis I. Anderson (An Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse Songbook), Sydney Charles (The Wiz), Max DeTogne and Nick Druzbanski (High Fidelity), Veronica Garza (Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera), Graham Thomas Heacock (An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook), Amanda Horvath (Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera), Royen Kent (Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook), Henry McGinniss (Bat Boy, Urinetown), Luke Meierdiercks and Jordan Phelps (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), Anne SheriDan Smith (Bat Boy), Stephanie Stockstill (Northanger Abbey), Jenifer Tyler (Northanger Abbey), Honey West (Priscilla).Music Direction by Robert Ollis (Jeff-nominated for Priscilla).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway
Ticket prices - $30 VIP (includes drink ticket), $20 general admission
For tickets, visit or call tel: (800)-737-0984


Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP "A powerful and empowering entity." The company acquired its two performance spaces at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in July 2016, renaming the spaces the Pride Arts Center.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago's City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation and Alphawood Foundation.

PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and The League of Chicago Theatres.

For more information, visit or call 1.800.737.0984.


Pride Arts Center (PAC) opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats, and it is run by Pride Films and Plays. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays. For the Love Of (Or The Roller Derby Play) is currently being performed in The Buena.

For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit, or

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