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Big Easy theatre award winners honored

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Honorary Theatre Chairperson Francine Segal, as Glenda the Good Witch, opened the ceremony in dramatic fashion - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • Honorary Theatre Chairperson Francine Segal, as Glenda the Good Witch, opened the ceremony in dramatic fashion

Winners of Big Easy Theatre Awards for performances in 2008 were honored at a gala at Harrah's New Orleans Casino on Monday, Mar. 30. InSide Out Productions' Coyote on a Fence won four Big Easys, including Best Drama. Southern Rep's comedy Speech & Debate collected three trophies, including Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy. The NOLA Project's musical Assassins also won in three categories. Amy Alvarez and Jefferson Turner took home the inaugural award for cabaret performance. Actor, writer and longtime theater reviewer Al Shea was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mad Men star Bryan Batt was named Entertainer of the Year.

  The ceremonies included performances from nominated shows and guest presenters Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, Jennifer Coolidge (Best in Show, American Pie) and Vernel Bagneris (One Mo' Time). The event is sponsored by The Gambit, Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Hotel, John Jay and Coleman E. Adler & Sons.



2009 BIG EASY THEATRE AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award

Al Shea

Entertainer of the Year

Bryan Batt

Special Recognition Award

New Orleans Fringe Festival

Liz Argus sang a tune from her nominated performance in Pal Joey. - PHOTO BY R. SQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY

Best Musical

Cabaret

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré

Best Drama

Coyote on a Fence

InSideOut Productions

Best Comedy

A Place in the Sun

Running With Scissors

Best Director of a Comedy

Aimée Hayes

Speech and Debate

Southern Rep

Best Director of a Drama

René J.F. Piazza

Rabbit Hole

Actors' Theatre of New Orleans

Best Director of a Musical

A.J. Allegra

Assassins

NOLA Project

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Dorian Rush

Die! Mommy! Die!

Running With Scissors

Best Actrees in a Comedy Natalie Boyd performed in Speech and Debate - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Sean Knapp

Speech and Debate

Best Actress in a Comedy

Natalie Boyd

Speech and Debate

Best Actor in a Comedy

Mark McLaughlin

The Seafarer

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

Angie Joachim

Coyote on a Fence

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

Jason Kirkpatrick

Coyote on a Fence

Best Actress in a Drama

Ashley Ricord

Side Man

The NOLA Project & InSide Out Productions

Guest presenters Varla Jean Merman and Michael Sullivan - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA

Best Actor in a Drama

Michael Aaron Santos

Coyote on a Fence

Best Actress in a Musical

Meredith Long

Ruthless! The Musical

Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Best Actor in a Musical

Christopher Woods

Rent

Le Petit Theatre

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Jimmy Murphy

Assassins

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Lisa Picone

Assassins

Best Evening of Cabaret

"He Loves and She Loves: The Gershwin Music We Love"

Amy Alvarez and Jefferson Turner

Best Original Work of Theater

What, Has This Thing Appeared Again Tonight?

Jim Fitzmorris, writer/director

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane and the NOLA Project

Best Choreography

Leo Jones, Wanda Rouzan and Beverly Trask

Where the Girls Were

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré

Gambit Political Editor Clancy DuBos and Publisher Margo DuBos with Lifetime Achivement Award-winner Al Shea (center) - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • Gambit Political Editor Clancy DuBos and Publisher Margo DuBos with Lifetime Achivement Award-winner Al Shea (center)

Best Musical Director

Jim Walpole

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

To Do Productions

Best Set Design

Jeff Becker

Flight

ArtSpot Productions & Mondo Bizarro

Best Lighting Design

Scott Sauber and Nancy Macko

Rent

Best Costume Design

Roy Haylock

Cabaret

Best University Production

Metamorphoses

David Hoover, director

University of New Orleans

Best Performance by a Child

Alex Lemonier

The History Boys

FourFront Theatre



The cast of Le Petit Theater's production of Rent performed at the Big Easys - PHOTO BY R. SQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY


A.J. Allegra won Best Director of a Musical - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Bryan Batt was named Entertainer of the Year - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Guest presenters Jennifer Coolidge and Patrick Lee with singer Anais St. John - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • Guest presenters Jennifer Coolidge and Patrick Lee with singer Anais St. John


Best Choreography winners Wanda Rouzan and Beverly Trask - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Best Comedy winner A Place in the Sun cast Dorian Rush, Brad Caldwell, Kate Jensen, Jack Long, Wesley Callaway, Brian Peterson and Liz Ziblich. - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • Best Comedy winner A Place in the Sun cast Dorian Rush, Brad Caldwell, Kate Jensen, Jack Long, Wesley Callaway, Brian Peterson and Liz Ziblich.


Guest presenters Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and Janet Shea - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Best Actor in a Comedy Mark McLaughlin and Best Director of a Comedy Aime Hayes - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Mark McLaughlin and Best Director of a Comedy Aime Hayes


Guest presenter Trina Beck with master of ceremonies Gary Rucker - PHOTO BY R. SQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY


Rene J.F. Piazza won Best Director of a Drama for Rabbit Hole - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Michael Aaron Santos and Ashley Ricord. - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


New Orleans Fringe Festival founders Ben Moren and Kristen Evans accepted a special recognition award. - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • New Orleans Fringe Festival founders Ben Moren and Kristen Evans accepted a special recognition award.


Guest performer Becky Allen and Best Musical Director nominee Jonne Dendinger - PHOTO BY R. SQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY


The Big Easys included a performance from Assassins, which won three awards - PHOTO BY R. SQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY


Jim Fitzmorris won Best Original Work Created for Theatre - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Best Supporting Actress and Actor in a Musical Lisa Picone and Jimy Murphy - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


Best Evening of Cabaret winner Amy Alvarez with Best Musical Director Jim Walpole - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA
  • Photo by J.L. Garcia
  • Best Evening of Cabaret winner Amy Alvarez with Best Musical Director Jim Walpole


One Mo' Time creator Vernel Bagneris was a guest presenter - PHOTO BY R. SQUARED PHOTOGRAPHY


Sponsor John Jay with guest presenter Barbara Motley of Le Chat Noir - PHOTO BY J.L. GARCIA


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