Photo Coverage: The 2013 First Night Honors Red (actually Orange) Carpet Arrivals

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Dressed to the nines-despite forecasts of thunderstorms and a tornado watch that hung over the region-theater people from throughout Tennessee gathered at Belmont University's Bill and Carole Troutt Theatre on Sunday night for the 2013 First Night Honors. Hosted by Holly Shepherd and Joel Diggs, the gala evening honored eight leading lights of Tennessee theater as they were recognized as members of the First Night Class of 2013 Honorees.

Founded by Jeffrey Ellis, who is a contributing editor to BroadwayWorld.com, in 1989, The First Night Awards were presented from 1989-1997, when they were discontinued. In 2009, Ellis revived the tradition as The First Night Honors and in 2010, the first eight Honorees were named: Shannon Wood, Paul Gatrell, Scot Copeland, Mac Pirkle, Kathleen O'Brien, Sean and Bob O'Connell and Barry Scott. Members of the 2011 Class of First Night Honorees were Pam Atha, Layne Sasser, Dan Brewer, Gary Hoff, Helen Shute-Pettaway and Danny Proctor.

The eight people honored in 2012 included: Maggi Bowden and the late Sue Stinemetz, Maryanna and Chris Clarke, Jackie Welch, Paul Vasterling, Mary Jane Harvill and Chambers Stevens. A cast of more than 100 performers paid tribute to them in a gala concert on Sunday night, witnessed by a capacity crowd at the Troutt Theatre.

A red carpet event, hosted by Jennifer Richmond and Trey Palmer-joined by Angela Gimlin, Hugh Britt and Cary Street-preceded the concert that also marked Ellis' birthday celebration. Photographer Johnny Benton, of Nashville's Studio Benton Photography, caught the vibrant and gorgeous attendees as they made their way on the red carpet (which was actually orange in recognition of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Middle Tennessee), which was moved inside the lobby of the Troutt Theatre after driving rain earlier in the afternoon.

photos by Johnny Benton


Trish Crist, Jim Manning, Robyn Berg, Cary Street


Cary Street and Jonathan Pinkerton


Hugh Britt, Jeremy Maxwell, Cary Street


Hugh Britt, Amanda Lamb, Jennifer Richmond


Hugh Britt, Maggie Pitt, Macon Kimbrough, Jennifer Richmond


Neely O'Brien Green and Corrie Miller


Hugh Britt, Bakari King, Angela Gimlin, Jennifer Richmond


Wesley Paine, Greg Greene, Wes Driver, Caroline Davis


Hugh Britt, Ed Amatrudo, Luckie Westlund, Angela Gimlin


Jackie Welch, Mark Schlicher and daughter


Hugh Britt, Elizabeth Walsh, Angela Gimlin


Hugh Britt, Kirby Hade, Melissa Hade, Jennifer Richmond


Hugh Britt, Chris Clarke, Maryanna Clarke, Jennifer Richmond


Lynda Cameron Bayer, David Bayer


Honoree Mary Jane Harvill and her husband


Betsy Sullenger, Chambers Stevens


Angela Gimlin, Delaney Amatrudo, Gina D'Arco, Blair Allison, Jennifer Richmond, Cary Street


Angela Gimlin, Delaney Amatrudo, Gina D'Arco, Blair Allison, Jennifer Richmond, Cary Street


Hugh Britt and Memory Strong


Joe Stinemetz, Jennifer Debs Tankersley, Hugh Britt, Sara Stinemetz, Cary Street


Joe Stinemetz, Jennifer Debs Tankersley, Hugh Britt, Sara Stinemetz, Angela Gimlin, Jennifer Richmond and Cary Street


Hugh Britt, Laura Crockarell, Josh Waldrep, Jennifer Richmond


Angela Gimlin, Hugh Britt, Cat Arnold, Darin Richardson, Taylor Tracey, Kevin Mead, Cary Street


Darin Richardson, Taylor Tracey, Kevin Mead


Hugh Britt, Rosemary Fossee, Jennifer Richmond


Angela Gimlin, Delaney Amatrudo, Gina D'Arco, Blair Allison, Jennifer Richmond, Cary Street


Maggi Bowden, Lynn Bowden, Jennifer Richmond, Cary Street


Trey Palmer, Maggi Bowden


Trey Palmer, Jennifer Bennett


Trey Palmer, RandAl Cooper, Jennifer Richmond


Whitney Vaughn, Leslie Marberry


Jeff Ward, Angela Gimlin, Phyllis Courtney, Hugh Britt


Trey Palmer, Caroline Sandrell, Karissa Wheeler, Cary Street


Cary Street, Julia Nettles


Trey Palmer, Britt Byrd, Layne Sasser, Corrie Miller, Jennifer Richmond


Jennifer Richmond, Corrie Miller, Britt Byrd, Trey Palmer


Regan Featherstone, Bailey Hanks, Ryan Bowie, Jeffrey Ellis, Lital Abrahams, Rob Rodems


Layne Sasser, Jeffrey Ellis


Trey Palmer, Ryan Garrett, Spencer Dean, Jennifer Richmond


Trey Palmer, Blandina Vergara-Cruz


Trey Palmer, Caleb Reynolds, Jennifer Richmond


Blandina Vergara-Cruz


Whitney Vaughn and her mom


Trey Palmer, Will Butler, Stephen Michael Jones, Matt Hunter, Jennifer Richmond


Trey Palmer, Emily Hughes, Jennifer Richmond


Trey Palmer, Cary Street, Angela Gimlin, Jennifer Richmond, Hugh Britt


Jeffrey Ellis, Christian Albright-Redden


Hugh Britt, Cary Street, Jeffrey Ellis, Angela Gimlin


Trey Palmer, Jeffrey Ellis, Jennifer Richmond


Trey Palmer, Jennifer Richmond


Trey Palmer, Jennifer Richmond


Jennifer Richmond



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