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The 2015 Big Easy Theater Award winners

Winners from the annual tribute to New Orleans theater

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Among the big winners at the Big Easy Theater Awards ceremony at Harrah's New Orleans March 30 was The NOLA Project's production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which won five awards including Best Drama, Best Director of a Drama for Mark Routhier, Best Actress in a Drama for Amy Alvarez and Best Actor in a Drama for Alex Martinez Wallace. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts' production of Young Frankenstein also collected five awards, including Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical for Ricky Graham and Best Supporting Actess in a Musical for Tracey E. Collins. Combined, the two theater groups claimed a total of 18 awards, 10 for The NOLA Project and eight for Rivertown. Goat in the Road Productions took home three awards for its production Numb, including Best Original Work (Devised) and Best Ensemble.

  The Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) also bestowed special honors. Actress Cecile Monteyne accepted the award for Entertainer of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Linda Fried, recognizing her long career in dance and theater, both onstage and in costume design. A Special Recognition Award went to The Patchwork Players, who performed one of their catchy children's sing-alongs — slightly modified for an adult audience with a reference to the women's underwear company Spanx.

  There also were performances from nominated productions. The stage became a smoky coven for the three witches in Macbeth, presented by Skin Horse Theater. Angelle Hebert won Best Choreography for her work on that production.

  The FEDE awards grants to New Orleans arts education and development programs. The awards were sponsored by Gambit, Coleman Adler and Sons, Abita Brewing Company, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, Sazerac, Harrah's New Orleans and the Actors' Equity Association.

Special Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Fried

Entertainer Of The Year
Cecile Monteyne

Special Recognition
The Patchwork Players


Big Easy Theater Award Winners


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Best Musical
Young Frankenstein, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Drama
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The NOLA Project

Best Comedy
One Man, Two Guvnors, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Director of A Musical
Ricky Graham
Young Frankenstein, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Director of A Drama
Mark Routhier
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The NOLA Project

Best Director of A Comedy
Andrew Larimer
Adventures in Wonderland, The NOLA Project/New Orleans Museum of Art

Best Choreography
Angelle Hebert Macbeth, Skin Horse Theater

Best Music Director
Alan Payne Young Frankenstein, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Set Design
David Raphel
Young Frankenstein, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Lighting Design
Dan Zimmer One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The NOLA Project

Best Costume Design
Cecile Casey Covert/Chris Arthur Adventures in Wonderland, The NOLA Project/New Orleans Museum of Art

Best Sound Design
Kyle Sheehan
Numb, Goat in the Road Productions

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Tracey E. Collins
Young Frankenstein, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Jermaine L. Keelan
Shrek The Musical, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Actress in a Musical
Jaune Buisson Hebert
A Chorus Line, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Best Actor in a Musical
Joshua Brewer
Zanna, Don't!, See 'Em on Stage: A Production Company

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Jessica Podewell
The Totalitarians, Southern Rep

Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Keith Claverie Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, The NOLA Project/New Orleans Museum of Art

Best Actress in a Comedy
Liann Pattison Broomstick, Southern Rep

Best Actor in a Comedy
Chris Marroy One Man, Two Guvnors, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Yvette Hargis Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The NOLA Project

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Sam Dudley
The Normal Heart, The Allways Theatre

Best Actress in a Drama
Amy Alvarez
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The NOLA Project

Best Actor in a Drama
Alex Martinez Wallace One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The NOLA Project

Best Original Work of Theater, Scripted
Adventures in Wonderland Peter McElligott, The NOLA Project

Best Original Work of Theater, Devised
Numb, Goat in the Road Productions

Best Cabaret
True Blue Bayou — A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt
The Allways Theatre/ Dorian Rush

Best University Production
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
David W. Hoover, University of New Orleans

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