2013 Helen Hayes Awards Nominations Announced Today

theatreWashington will announce the 29th Helen Hayes Awards nominees today, January 28th, 2013 in The National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery. This year, for the first time, theatre lovers in Washington and around the world can watch the nomination announcements live via webcast. Rebecca Sheir of WAMU's Metro Connection and WTOP's Bob Madigan will host.

The culmination of a year-long judging process and rigorous statistical analysis, the nominations announcement will kick off this year's Helen Hayes Awards celebration, to be held on Monday, April 8.

One of the country's most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in over 80 professional theatres throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Named for the legendary First Lady of the American Theatre, nominated artists and companies exemplify the excellence found on all Washington stages, which, in turn, propel Washington as a nationally and internationally recognized thriving theatre town.

The Helen Hayes Awards nominations webcast can be seen live on theatrewashington.org, on LiveStream.com, and on theatreWashington's Facebook page. The webcast will begin at ­6:45 pm and include pre- and post-show highlights and interviews with notable Washington-area theatre professionals. A complete list of the 2013 Helen Hayes Awards nominees will also be available on theatrewashington.org at 9pm tonight, January 28th.

The 29th annual Helen Hayes Awards will be held on Monday, April 8th, 2013 at the Warner Theatre and JW Marriott Hotel. For more information or for tickets to the Awards, please visit theatrewashington.org or call 202-337-4572.

The Helen Hayes Awards is but one program of theatreWashington, the only organization dedicated to strengthening, representing, and supporting all segments of Washington's professional theatre community-theatres, artists, company members, and diverse audiences of all ages-and our community as a whole.

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