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    Third year presenting my stage awards on Goldderby. I love theatre probably the most because every night can be different and it is the real test for acting and is a more personal experince for the crowds going to see shows whether on Broadway or around the whole world. Here is a link to who was nominated and won last year:

    11th “An Irish Boy” Stage Awards

    And the year before:

    10th “An Irish Boy” Stage Awards

    I WILL START ANNOUNCING EVERYTHING ON MONDAY THE 26TH IN GROUPS OF 3 FOR ALL OF NEXT WEEK.

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    • 1. OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL/PLAY:

      Rita Ryack for Casa Valentina
      Linda Cho for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
      Bob Crowley for The Glass Menagerie
      Arianne Phillips for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Jenny Tiramani for Twelfth Night

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: William Ivey Long for “RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA”

      When the revival of Hedwig was first announced as fan of the piece I was waiting to see how the production team would handle this project. The costumes in patricular standout creating these fasinating central characters. Phillips created this costuming with ease as the clothing hung on the actors so well and helped to transport me into the atmosphere of the show. This is a first win and nomination for Arianne Phillips.

      2. OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY:

      Reed Birney as Charlotte in “CASA VALENTINA”
      Peter Maloney as Tony Reilly in “OUTSIDE MULLINGAR”
      Jim Parrack as Slim in “OF MICE AND MEN”
      Mark Rylance as Olivia in “TWELFTH NIGHT”
      Brian J. Smith as Jim O’Connor in “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Courtney B. Vance as Hap Hairston in “LUCKY GUY”

      In his third broadway production Brian J. Smith shines in the role of The Gentleman Caller in the great production of The Glass Menagerie I have ever seen. Smith enters the play later then the main characters and up aganist the more depressing tones of the Wingfield family Smith just is endlessly watchable maing you smile so much and Smith captures this character so well he equals his other three actors even with one scene. This is the first win and nomination for Brian J. Smith.

      3. OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL/PLAY:

      Brian Ronan for Beautiful
      Jon Weston for The Bridges of Madison County
      Tim O’Heir for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Peter Hylenski for Rocky
      Leon Rothenberg for Violet

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Jonathan Deans and Garth Helm for “PIPPIN”

      Sound Design of musicals and plays can be quite an important part to how the production is transfered as it helps to improve or disimprove your enjoyment depending on if it is done well. Brian Ronan continues to consistantly work on musicals especially and with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical he expertly does not make the music so big and bombastic but in fact when seeing this musical I could clearly hear the music which is what I apperciate most about the work Ronan has done. This is third win and fourth nomination for Brian Ronan.

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    • 4. OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY:

      Sarah Greene as Helen McCormack in “THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”
      Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura Wingfield in “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”
      Dearbhla Molloy as Aoife Muldoon in “OUTSIDE MULLINGAR”
      Anika Noni Rose as Beneatha Young in “A RAISIN IN THE SUN”
      Mare Winningham as Rita in “CASA VALENTINA”

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Judith Light as Faye in “THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES”

      Celia Keenan-Bolger has been consistantly working in musical theatre and broadly comedic play work but transitions beautifully into straight dramatic work as the tragic Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Playing this damaged girl Keenan-Bolger aganist much more broader characters plays many of her scenes quitely in such an affecting way that by the end of the play the character you are most connected to is Laura as you see she is destined to live in misery and seeing Celia perform so well was such a great viewing. This is the first win and third nomination for Celia Keenan-Bolger.

      5. OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:

      Terence Archie as Apollo Creed in “ROCKY”
      Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz in “CABARET”
      Hunter Foster as Bud in “THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY”
      Joshua Henry as Flick in “VIOLET”
      Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann in “BEAUTIFUL”

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Will Chase as John Jasper/Mr. Clive Paget in “THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DRODD”

      Joshua Henry after a great starring role in The Scotsboro Boys and smaller roles in Porgy and Bess and Bring It On and returns as Flick in the broadway revival of Violet. Henry working mainly with Sutton Foster is spetacular and works so well in this role that when his big moment of “Let it Sing” comes in the show you grow to love this character which is why I hand this award to Henry easily this season for his work. This is the first win and nomination for Joshua Henry.

      6. OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:

      Marc Bruni for Beautiful
      Bartlett Sher for The Bridges of Madison County
      Michael Mayer for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Leigh Silverman for Violet

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Diane Paulus for “PIPPIN”

      Michael Mayer returns from directing the pilot of Smash to the broadway stage to direct the broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Mayer captures this musical so well as the concert and story part of the story mix so well together that Mayer makes the show work. Also taking these actors to new heights add to well Mayer directed Hall and Harris to be their best. This is the second win and nomination for Michael Mayer.

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    • 7. OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY:

      Joe Mantello for Casa Valentina
      John Tiffany for The Glass Menagerie
      Anna D. Shapiro for Of Mice and Men
      Tim Carroll for Twelfth Night

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Pam MacKinnon for “WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?”

      John Tiffany started made his broadway debut with Once and followed that with a new take on Macbeth and with his latest work of The Glass Menagerie he proves that is one of the best working directors were he is able to take a Tennesse Williams play which is one of least liked and makes it one of the greatest productions that I will never forget. This is the second win and third nomination for John Tiffany.

      8. OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY:

      Warren Carlyle for After Midnight
      Susan Stroman for Big Fish
      Spencer Liff for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine for Rocky

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Chet Walker for “PIPPIN”

      While Hedwig and the Angry Inch does not really call for the most challenging choreography but the work done by Spencer Liff made this show work even if most of his work came from Neil Patrick Harris moving all over the stage and I award him for the hard work he has done. This is first win and nomination for Spencer Liff.

      9. OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SCORE:

      Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown for The Bridges of Madison County
      Music nd Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner for First Date
      Music by Steven Lutvak; Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
      Music by Tom Kitt; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey for If/Then

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper for “KINKY BOOTS”

      As a massive fan of nearly every musical Jason Robert Brown has written I was not surprised by how I feel head over heels into the musical score created by Brown for this romantic musical. He plays the great and lavish music so well and the lyrics tell the story of this movie so well. While the book of this musical may not have been the strongest the score just stood out so much I will listen it for years to come. This is the first win and nomination for Jason Robert Brown.

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    • 10. OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL:

      Douglas McGrath for Beautiful
      Robert L. Freedman for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
      Brian Yorkey for If/Then
      Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone for Rocky

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: NO AWARD

      Jukebox musicals are usually not the greatest musicals to watch for the story and after Jersey Boys there was an increase in how many jukebox musicals with most of them being terrible but when it came to Beautiful Douglas McGrath created such a delightful musical that featured the heartwarming story about Carole King. Structuring the song writing mixed with the actual songs was a genius decision and in the end McGrath’s book was one of the standouts. This is the first win and nomination for Douglas McGrath.

      11. OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN OF A MUSICAL/PLAY:

      Beowulf Boritt for Act One
      Julian Crouch for Big Fish
      Christopher Oram for The Cripple of Inishmaan
      Bob Crowley for The Glass Menagerie
      Es Devlin for Machinal

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Eugene Lee for “THE OTHER PLACE”

      Joshua Machinal is one of those first time plays I have seen and when watching this unique play I was taken aback especially by the production of the show with the scenic design being the standout. The scenic design was quite simplistic while also being quite detailed in the way it represented the period so well and throughout the whole show I enjoyed the scenic design mostly of the whole play. This is the first win and nomination for Es Devlin.

      6. OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL:

      Linda Emond as Fräulein Schneider in “CABARET”
      Lena Hall as Yitzhak in “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH”
      Anika Larsen as Cynthia Well in “BEAUTIFUL”
      Lisa O’Hare as Sibella Hallward in “A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER”
      Margo Seibert as Adrian in “ROCKY”

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Andrea Martin as Berthe in “PIPPIN”

      When entering into Hedwig I was aware that Lena Hall was starring in the show but once I entered I searched for her and when Yitzhak started to sing I was shocked that it was Hall as she captured the masculinity of this character quite spectacularly. With some outstanding vocals and an overall outstanding performance Lena Hall just nearly steals the show from the more known Neil Patrick Harris. This is the first win and nomination for Lena Hall.

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    • 13. OUTSTANDING PLAY:

      James Lapine for Act One
      Robert Schenkkan for All the Way
      Harvey Fierstein for Casa Valentina
      John Patrick Shanley for Outside Mullingar

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Richard Greenberg for The Assembled Parties

      Harvey Fierstein is one of the most important people to the broadway community acting so well in shows as well as creating some great pieces of theatre that force you to really think and with Casa Valentina he writes yet another great play. He writes these male characters allowing them to live and never allowing opnions to ruperstamp the characters which is why I feel so in love with this piece so much and with some memorable female roles the play is just a well formed play that in this season deserves to be named the best. This is the one win for the show of 6 nominations.

      14. OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN FOR A MUSICAL/PLAY:

      Justin Townsend for Casa Valentina
      Natasha Katz for The Glass Menagerie
      Kevin Adams for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Christopher Akerlind for Rocky
      Mark Barton for Violet

      AND THE WINNER IS:

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      Last Year’s Winner: Kenneth Posner for “PIPPIN”

      The Glass Menagerie in this particular production had some beautiful lighting design that captured the atmosphere of the play so well and Katz throughout some different turns creates such a masterful piece. Katz has been working consistantly for some time that this production allowed his work to used in such a great way which is why he wins this award. This is the first win and second nomination for Natasha Katz.

      15. OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY:

      he Cripple of Inishmaan
      The Glass Menagerie
      Of Mice and Men
      Twelfth Night

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

      When it came to revival of a play even with some strong revivals this season choosing the winner was decided when I first left The Glass Menagerie and was blown away that this is one of those theatre experinces I will never forget. With such a strong quartet of actors led by the director of John Tiffany created the greatest The Glass Menagerie I will probably ever see and completly shows this show in such a greater life then the previous production. This with wins by stars Keenan-Bolger and Smith totals the wins for the show to 5 wins of 9 nominations.

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    • 16. OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:

      Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig in “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH”
      Andy Karl as Rocky Balboa in “ROCKY”
      Zachary Levi as Aaron in “FIRST DATE”
      Steven Pasquale as Robert in “THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY”
      Bryce Pinkham as Monty Navarro in “A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER”

      AND THE WINNER IS:


      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Richard Billy Porter as Lola in “KINKY BOOTS”

      John Cameron Mitchell has become so attached to role of Hedwig that when first hearing of Harris’ casting I knew that we would not be getting the same and after seeing Harris in the role it is a testament to Harris how brillant he is that he equally captures the character of Hedwig as Mitchell did over a decad ago. In his return to the broadway stage Harris shows once again why he is one of the greatest entertainers working today. This is the first win and nomination for Neil Patrick Harris.

      17. OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY:

      Bryan Cranston as Lyndon B. Johnson in “ALL THE WAY”
      Brian F. O’Byrne as Anthony Reilly in “OUTSIDE MULLINGAR”
      Chris O’Dowd as Lenny Small in “OF MICE AND MEN”
      Mark Rylance as Richard III in “RICHARD III”
      Zachary Quinto as Tom Wingfield in “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Tom Sturridge as Philip in “ORPHANS”

      In the show Of Mice and Men the role that takes away much of the attention is Lenny and the performance by Chris O’Dowd as Lenny steals this show from many other actors more familiar to the broadway stage. O’Dowd while playing a loveable character with some comedic moments builds such a strong character that by the end of the show makes you feel so sorry for this character and this is because of how great O’Dowd is in his broadway debut. This is the first win and nomination for Chris O’Dowd.

      18. OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY:

      Rebecca Hall as Young Woman in “MACHINAL”
      LaTanya Richardson Jackson as Lena Younger in “A RAISIN IN THE SUN”
      Cherry Jones as The Mother Amanda Wingfield in “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”
      Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in “LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL”
      Debra Messing as Rosemary Muldoon in “OUTSIDE MULLINGAR”

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Cicely Tyson as Mrs. Carrie Watts in “THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL”

      Over the last 20 years no other actress has made her stamp on the broadway stage as much as Audra McDonald building such a strong reseme that no one of her age has equalled her consistant brillance and even with her performance as Billie Holiday she is able to give truly her greatest performance fully capturing the role of the iconic jazz singer that when she first makes a sound you forget you are watching McDonald but instead feel that you are at a brillant Billie Holiday concert and this is why McDonald deserves the win. This is the third win and nomination for Audra McDonald.

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    • 19. OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL:

      Mary Bridget Davies as Janis Joplin in “A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN”
      Sutton Foster as Violet Karl in “VIOLET”
      Idina Menzel as Elizabeth Vaughn in “IF/THEN”
      Jessie Mueller as Carole King in “BEAUTIFUL”
      Kelli O’Hara as Francesca Johnson in “THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY”

      AND THE WINNER IS:


      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Patina Miller as Leading Player in “PIPPIN”

      In a musical based on the guilty pleasure novel and fan favourite movie of the same name in the lead role of Franchesa O’Hara who I never would have been believed to play an italien women blows my mind. With her obvious stellar vocals and great stage presence she breaks your heart from scene to scene singing those romantic love songs while in such a convincing italien accent. She sings the Jason Robert Brown great and truly makes this role her ownand wins this award for that fact. This is the second win and fourth nomination for Kelli O’Hara.

      20. OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL:

      Cabaret
      Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      Les Miserables
      Violet

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Pippin

      Hedwig and the Angry Inch
      in it’s revival shows how truly great this musical is and how a new generation can view this musical. With a great score including songs like “Wig in a Box” and “The Origin of Love”, an equally impressive book and stellar performance by stars Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall makes for a great night at the theatre that all takes place in an hour and a half. This win along with wins for Harris and Hall totals 6 wins of 8 nominations.

      21. OUTSTANDING MUSICAL:

      Beautiful (Book by Douglas McGrath; Music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; Lyrics by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)
      The Bridges of Madison County (Book by Marsha Norman; Music by Jason Robert Brown; Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown)
      A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Book by Robert L. Freedman; Music by Steven Lutvak; Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak)
      If/Then (Book by Brian Yorkey; Music by Tom Kitt; Lyrics by Brian Yorkey)

      AND THE WINNER IS:

      VIDEO LINK

      Last Year’s Winner: Kinky Boots (Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper)

      The final award for me goes to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which wastruly the best musical experince I had at the theatre this entire season. Featuring an impressive book for this jukebox musical and a great quartet of Mueller, Laren, Epstein and Spector. While these classic songs are familar this musical allowed me to view them in very new ways and the success of this show is good because of how impresive the musical in every production value is. This final win brings Beautiful’s wins to 3 of 7 nominations.

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