- Beverly Trask (left) and Liz Argus are nominated for Mame.
The Big Easy Foundation has announced nominees for its awards for best performances in New Orleans theater in 2010. This year, there are 27 categories of nominees, along with six special awards, including the new "Standing Ovation" for exemplary contributions behind the scenes. The winners will be announced at the annual Theatre Awards Gala Mon., March 28 at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino. Actor Bryan Batt will serve as master of ceremonies.
Gambit, Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino and Coleman E. Adler & Sons return as sponsors of the Theatre Awards Gala. Proceeds from the Theatre Awards Gala 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. Tickets are $125 and tables are available. Visit www.bestofneworleans.com or call 483-3129 for information and reservations.
2010 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jeffrey Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman
2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD John O'Neal
2011 STANDING OVATION AWARD Su Gonczy
2011 THEATRE CHAIRPERSON Dennis Assaf
2011 BUSINESS RECOGNITION AWARD Mystic Krewe of Satyricon
2011 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD Fantastic Mr. Fox
BEST MUSICAL 2010
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Theatre 13
- Varla Jean Merman, aka Jeffery Roberson, is nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy for Mystery of Irma Vep.
Grey Gardens, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre & Southern Rep
Hairspray, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
The Threepenny Opera, AllWays Lounge & Cripple Creek Theatre Company
BEST DRAMA 2010
Blackbird, The Elm Theatre
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Anthony Bean Community Theater
Frozen, Crescent Theatre Collective
Touch, Jonathan Mares Productions
BEST COMEDY 2010
39 Steps, Theatre 13
Auntie Mame, Le Chat Noir
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Southern Rep
Zombie Town, Southern Rep at Le Chat Noir
BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL 2010
A.J. Allegra, Title of Show
- Jonathan Mares is nominated for Best Actor in a Drama for Touch.
Ricky Graham, Hairspray
Dennis Monn, The Threepenny Opera
Gary Rucker, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
BEST DIRECTOR OF A DRAMA 2010
Laura Hope, Blackbird
Glenn Meche, Frozen
Rene J. F. Piazza, The Twilight of the Golds
Kristopher Shaw, Touch
BEST DIRECTOR OF A COMEDY 2010
Ricky Graham, 39 Steps
Aimee Hayes, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Mark Routhier, Love Child
Emilie Whelan, The Madwoman of Chaillot
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY 2010
Tara Brewer & Carrie Black, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Blake Coheley, Hairspray
Alton Geno, The Producers
Jaune Buisson Hebert, Curtains
BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR 2010
James Kelley, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Walt McClement and Harry Mayronne, The Threepenny Opera
Alan Payne and Eric Shimelonis, Grey Gardens
Jefferson Turner, Hairspray
BEST SET DESIGN 2010
Martin Andrew, Afterlife: a Ghost Story
- Roland "Butch" Caire Jr. is nominated for Best Cabaret and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Jeff Becker, Go Ye Therefore ...
Rick Paul, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
David Raphel, November
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN 2010
Hannah Adams, Go Ye Therefore ...
Su Gonczy, Jewtopia
Joan Long, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Dan Zimmer, Mame
BEST COSTUME DESIGN 2010
Adam Alonso, Petite Rouge
Cecile Casey Covert, The Mystery of Irma Vep
Linda Fried, Hairspray
Edward Cox and Valerie Johnson, When Pigs Fly
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 2010
Tracey E. Collins, Curtains
Yvette Hargis, Hairspray
Janet Shea, Grey Gardens
- 39 Steps collected five nominations, including Best Comedy.
Beverly Trask, Mame
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL 2010
Brooks Braselman, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Roland "Butch" Caire Jr., Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Keith Claverie, [Title of Show]
Bob Edes, Jr., The Producers
BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 2010
Elizabeth Argus, Mame
Leslie Castay, Grey Gardens
Kristin Witterschein, The Wedding Singer
Dianna Duffy, Hairspray
BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL 2010
Ricky Graham, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum
Sean Patterson, Hairspray
Robert Pavlovich, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Chris Wecklein, The Producers
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA 2010
- Chris Wecklein is nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for The Producers.
Gina Abromson, The Twilight of the Golds
Samantha Beaulieu, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
Liz Mills, Frozen
Amanda Zirkenbach, Macbeth
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA 2010
Anthony Bean, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men
Blake Coheley, To Kill A Mockingbird
John Neilser, Afterlife: a Ghost Story
Michael Aaron Santos, The Piano Teacher
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA 2010
Becca Chapman, Blackbird
Karen Shields, The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman
Diana Shortes, Frozen
Peggy Walton-Walker, The Piano Teacher
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA 2010
Keith Launey, Frozen
Jonathan Mares, Touch
Garrett Prejean, Blackbird
- Ricky Graham is nominated for three awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Joe Seibert, The Twilight of the Golds
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY 2010
Kerry Cahill, Zombie Town
Lucy Faust, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Tari Hohn, Jewtopia
Emilie Whelan, The Madwoman of Chaillot
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY 2010
Leon Contavesprie, November
Bob Edes Jr., Love Child
Sean Patterson, 39 Steps
Brian Peterson, Love Child
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY 2010
Jennifer Pagan, The Madwoman Of Chaillot
- Lisa Picone is nominated for Best Cabaret for Lisa Sings Lee.
Jessica Podewell, Matt and Ben
Francine Segal, The New Century
Jessie Terrebonne, 39 Steps
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY 2010
A.J. Allegra, The Santaland Diaries
Bob Edes Jr., November
Varla Jean Merman, The Mystery of Irma Vep
Shad Willingham, 39 Steps
BEST ORIGINAL WORK OF THEATRE 2010
Jim Fitzmorris, The Everlasting Bonfire
Pete McElligott, With a Bang
Kathy Randels and Rebecca Mwase, Go Ye Therefore ...
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels drew six nominations, including Best Musical.
Gabriel Reisman, I Want Sex All the Time
BEST UNIVERSITY PRODUCTION 2010
Almost Maine, Loyola University
Fences, Dillard University
Lend Me A Tenor, Tulane University
The Night Of The Iguana, University of New Orleans
BEST CABARET OF 2010
Forbidden Broadway, Bill Selby (director)
Lisa Sings Lee, Lisa Picone
Mad About The Movies!, Roland "Butch" Caire Jr.
New Orleans Down The Hatch, Bob Edes Jr., Elizabeth Pearce and Jim Walpole
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD OF 2010
Joel Chategnier, A Christmas Story
Marissa Henson, To Kill a Mockingbird
Ximone Rose, 13
Prinsey Walker, The Wiz
- Garrett Prejean and Becca Chapman are nominated for Blackbird.
- John O'Neal will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Su Gonczy will receive the first Standing Ovation Award, which recognizes work behind the scenes.
- Go Ye Therefore ... is nominated for Best Original Work of Theatre.
- Fantastic Mister Fox will receive a special recognition award.