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The Big Easy Theater Awards

Kevin Allman on all the winners at this year's celebration of the best in New Orleans stage

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The biggest ovation of the night at the Big Easy Theatre Awards, held March 28 at Harrah's New Orleans, wasn't for an actor or a singer; it was for a techie. Su Gonczy, the stage operations manager at Le Chat Noir, had probably worked with most of the people at the ceremony, and they rose to their feet when Gonczy received the Big Easy's inaugural Standing Ovation Award for behind-the-scenes contribution to New Orleans theater. "When I moved here 30 years ago," Gonczy said, "they told me if you thought you could do something, New Orleans was willing to let you try it."

  At this year's awards, there were 27 categories of nominees for work done in 2010, along with six special commendations. Le Petit Theatre's production of Hairspray, the Crescent Theatre Collective's Frozen and Theatre 13's 39 Steps were the evening's most-lauded productions, each with multiple wins.

  Actor Bryan Batt served as emcee. Gambit, Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino and Coleman E. Adler & Sons returned as sponsors of the Big Easy Theatre Awards Gala. Proceeds from the event benefit the Foundation for Entertainment Development and Education, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that gives grants and gifts to projects that nurture performing artists and future talent in our area.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jeffery Roberson (Varla Jean Merman)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD John O'Neal

STANDING OVATION AWARD Su Gonczy

THEATRE CHAIRPERSON Dennis Assaf

BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARD Mystic Krewe of Satyricon

BEST MUSICAL 2010
Hairspray, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

BEST DRAMA 2010
Frozen, Crescent Theatre Collective

BEST COMEDY 2010
39 Steps, Theatre 13

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL 2010
Dennis Monn, The Threepenny Opera

BEST DIRECTOR OF A DRAMA 2010
Glenn Meche, Frozen

BEST DIRECTOR OF A COMEDY 2010

Ricky Graham, 39 Steps

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY 2010
Blake Coheley, Hairspray

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR 2010
Harry Mayronne & Walter McClements, The Threepenny Opera

BEST SET DESIGN 2010
Jeff Becker, Go Ye Therefore ...

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN 2010
Joan Long, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN 2010
Cecile Casey Covert, The Mystery of Irma Vep

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 2010

Tracey E. Collins, Curtains

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL 2010
Roland "Butch" Caire Jr., Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 2010
Leslie Castay, Grey Gardens

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL 2010
Sean Patterson, Hairspray

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA 2010
Liz Mills, Frozen

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA 2010
Anthony Bean, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA 2010
Diana Shortes, Frozen

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA 2010
Joe Seibert, The Twilight of the Golds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY 2010
Kerry Cahill, Zombie Town

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY 2010
Brian Peterson, Love Child

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY 2010
Jessie Terrebonne, 39 Steps

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY 2010
Bob Edes Jr., November

BEST ORIGINAL WORK OF THEATRE 2010
Rebecca Mwase & Kathy Randels, Go Ye Therefore ...

BEST UNIVERSITY PRODUCTION 2010

Lend Me A Tenor, Tulane University

BEST CABARET 2010

Lisa Sings Lee, Lisa Picone

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD 2010
Ximone Rose, 13

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