Jeff Award nominations – Court and Timeline lead the pack

Court and TimeLine Clean Up

The Jeff Awards has announced 162 nominations in 31 categories for Chicago Equity theatrical productions which opened between August 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010. The 42nd Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area will be held on Monday, October 25, at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Musical numbers featuring cast members from nominated musicals and video segments from nominated plays will be included in the Jeff Awards ceremony, emceed by luminary actors Deanna Dunagan and Felicia P. Fields. The evening is black tie optional and the public is cordially invited to attend. Full list of nominees is after the jump.

 

 Production – Play – Large

The Brother/Sister Plays – Steppenwolf Theatre   (our review ★★★★)
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – Victory Gardens Theater i/a/w Teatro VistaTheatre With a View  (our review ★★★½)
The Illusion – Court Theatre   (our review ★★★)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Court Theatre  (our review ★★★★)
The Mystery of Irma Vep – Court Theatre  (our review ★★★★
A Streetcar Named Desire – Writers’ Theatre   (our review ★★★★)

Production – Play – Midsize

Abigail’s Party – A Red Orchid Theatre   (our review ★★★½)
All My Sons – TimeLine Theatre Company    (our review ★★★★
The Farnsworth Invention – TimeLine Theatre  (our review ★★★½)
‘Master Harold’…And The Boys – TimeLine Theatre (our review ★★★½)
Tobacco Road – American Blues Theater   (our review ★★★)

Production – Musical – Large

Animal Crackers – Goodman Theatre   (our review  ★★★)
Cabaret – Drury Lane Productions  (our review ★★½)
The Drowsy Chaperone – Marriott Theatre  (our review ★★★½)
Hairspray – Marriott Theatre  (our review ★★★★)
Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions  (our review ★★★★)
Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions  (our review ★★★)

Productions – Revue

The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life – Second City etc (our review ★★★½)   
Low Down Dirty Blues – Northlight Theatre  (our review ★★★½)
Oh Coward! – Writers’ Theatre   (our review ★★★½)

Ensemble

Abigail’s Party – A Red Orchid Theatre
Animal Crackers – Goodman Theatre
The Brother/Sister Plays – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
The Farnsworth Invention – TimeLine Theatre Company
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Court Theatre
Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
The Wedding – TUTA Theatre Chicago

New Work – Play

Kristoffer DiazThe Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – Victory Gardens Theater i/a/w Teatro Vista…Theatre With a View
Michael Golamco Year Zero – Victory Gardens Theater
Andrew Hinderaker Suicide, Incorporated – The Gift Theatre
Jim Lynch The Tallest Man – The Artistic Home
Bruce Norris A Parallelogram – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
David Schwimmer and Andy Bellin Trust – Lookingglass Theatre Company
Craig WrightMistakes Were Made – A Red Orchid Theatre

Director – Play

Nick Bowling The Farnsworth Invention – TimeLine Theatre Company
David Cromer A Streetcar Named Desire – Writers’ Theatre
Sean Graney The Mystery of Irma Vep – Court Theatre
Tina Landau The Brother/Sister Plays – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Shade MurrayAbigail’s Party – A Red Orchid Theatre
Charles Newell The Illusion – Court Theatre
Kimberly Senior All My Sons – TimeLine Theatre Company
Edward Torres The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – Victory Gardens Theater i/a/w Teatro Vista…Theatre With a View

Director – Musical or Review

Jim CortiCabaret – Drury Lane Productions
Jim Corti Oh Coward! – Writers’ Theatre
William Osetek Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions
Marc Robin The Drowsy Chaperone – Marriott Theatre
Marc Robin Hairspray – Marriott Theatre
Rachel Rockwell Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Henry Wishcamper Animal Crackers – Goodman Theatre

Actor in a Principal Role – Play

Desmin Borges The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – Victory Gardens Theater i/a/w Teatro Vista…Theatre With a View
Brian Dennehy Hughie/Krapp’s Last Tape – Goodman Theatre
Rob Fagin The Farnsworth Invention – TimeLine Theatre Company
Erik Hellman The Mystery of Irma Vep – Court Theatre
Tracy Letts American Buffalo – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Nick Sandys Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
Michael Shannon Mistakes Were Made – A Red Orchid Theatre
Chris Sullivan The Mystery of Irma Vep – Court Theatre

Actor in a Principal Role – Musical

Quentin Earl Darrington Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
James Harms The Drowsy Chaperone – Marriott Theatre
Max Quinlan Jesus Christ Superstar – Theatre at the Center
Alan Schmuckler Sugar – Drury Lane Productions
Joey Slotnick Animal Crackers – Goodman Theatre

Actress in a Principal Role – Play

Tracy Michelle ArnoldPrivate Lives – Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Cassandra Bissell Mary’s Wedding – Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Janet Ulrich Brooks All My Sons – TimeLine Theatre Company
Kirsten Fitzgerald Abigail’s Party – A Red Orchid Theatre
Natasha Lowe A Streetcar Named Desire – Writers’ Theatre
Lia MortensenThe Hiding Place – Provision Theater
Allison Torem Trust – Lookingglass Theatre Company

Actress in a Principal Role – Musical

Holly Ann Butler Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions
Cory Goodrich Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Heidi Kettenring I Do! I Do! – Theatre at the Center
Marissa Perry Hairspray – Marriott Theatre

Solo Performance

Mary Beth Fisher The Year of Magical Thinking – Court Theatre
Dael Orlandersmith Stoop Stories – Goodman Theatre

Actor in a Supporting Role – Play

Allen GilmoreSizwe Banzi is Dead – Court Theatre
Francis Guinan A Guide for the Perplexed – Victory Gardens Theater
Tom IrwinA Parallelogram – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Timothy Edward Kane The Illusion – Court Theatre
Nick SandysTwelfth Night – First Folio Theatre
Lindsay Smiling Blue Door – Victory Gardens Theater
Michael Patrick Thornton Suicide, Incorporated – The Gift Theatre

Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical

Mark David Kaplan Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Peter Kevoian The Christmas Schooner – Theatre at the Center
David Lively Cabaret – Drury Lane Productions
Adam Pelty The Drowsy Chaperone – Marriott Theatre

Actress in a Supporting Role – Play

Janet Ulrich Brooks When She Danced – TimeLine Theatre Company
Cindy Gold Awake and Sing! – Northlight Theatre
Rebecca Spence Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
Stacy Stoltz A Streetcar Named Desire – Writers’ Theatre
Wandachristine The Old Settler – Writers’ Theatre
Natalie West Abigail’s Party – A Red Orchid Theatre
Jacqueline Williams The Brother/Sister Plays – Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Actress in a Supporting Role – Musical

Rebecca Finnegan Cabaret – Drury Lane Productions
Heidi Kettenring Hairspray – Marriott Theatre
Valisia LeKae Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Barbara Robertson Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) – American Theater Company
Paula Scrofano Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions

Actor in a Revue

Mississippi Charles Bevel Low Down Dirty Blues – Northlight Theatre
Rob Lindley Oh Coward! – Writers’ Theatre
Gregory Porter Low Down Dirty Blues – Northlight Theatre
Sam Richardson Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies – The Second City

Actress in a Revue

Christina Anthony The Absolute Best Friggin’ Time of Your Life – The Second City e.t.c.
Felicia P. Fields Low Down Dirty Blues – Northlight Theatre
Kate Fry – Oh Coward! – Writers’ Theatre
Sandra Reaves-Phillips – Low Down Dirty Blues – Northlight Theatre

Scenic Design – Large

Jeffrey Bauer A Guide for the Perplexed – Victory Gardens Theater
John Culbert Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Court Theatre
Kevin Depinet Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Kevin Depinet Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions
Collette Pollard The Illusion – Court Theatre
Todd Rosenthal A Parallelogram – Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Walt Spangler A True History of the Johnstown Flood – Goodman Theatre

Scenic Design – Midsize 

Aimee Hanyzewski Of Mice and Men – Oak Park Festival Theatre
James Leaming Tobacco Road – American Blues Theater
Timothy Mann ‘Master Harold’…And The Boys – TimeLine Theatre Company
Angela Miller Jeeves in Bloom – First Folio Theatre
Inseung Park The Hiding Place – Provision Theatre

Costume Design – Large

Jacqueline Firkins The Illusion– Court Theatre
Nancy Missimi The Drowsy Chaperone – Marriott Theatre
Tatjana Radisic Cabaret – Drury Lane Productions
Alison Siple The Mystery of Irma Vep – Court Theatre

Costume Design – Midsize

William J.  Morey Into the Woods – Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago
Sarah E. Ross & Kristin DeiTos Tobacco Road – American Blues Theater
Emily Waecker Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Sound Design – Large

Mikhail Fiksel The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – Victory Gardens Theater i/a/w Teatro Vista…Theatre With a View
Joshua Horvath and Nick Keenan The Illusion Court Theatre
Joshua Horvath and Ray Nardelli Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom– Court Theatre
Ray Nardelli Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale – Lookingglass Theatre Company and Silverguy Entertainment

Sound Design – Midsize

Victoria Delorio Mary’s Wedding – Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Mikhail Fiksel – War With The NewtsNext Theatre Company
Nick Keenan End Days – Next Theatre Company
Miles Polaski One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest The Gift Theatre

Lighting Design – Large

Brian Sidney Bembridge Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale – Lookingglass Theatre Company and Silverguy Entertainment
John Culbert The Illusion– Court Theatre
Jesse Klug Cabaret – Drury Lane Productions
Jesse Klug Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Jesse Klug Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions

Lighting Design – Midsize

Lee Fiskness End Days – Next Theatre Company
Jesse Klug Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) – American Theater Company
Keith Parham The Farnsworth Invention – TimeLine Theatre Company
Jaymi Lee Smith Mary’s Wedding – Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Choreography

John Carrafa Animal Crackers – Goodman Theatre
Tammy Mader Thoroughly Modern Millie – Drury Lane Productions
Marc Robin The Drowsy Chaperone Marriott Theatre
Marc Robin Hairspray – Marriott Theatre

Original Incidental Music

Alaric Jans The Hiding Place – Provision Theater
Lindsay Jones Richard III – Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Henry Marsh Twelfth Night – First Folio Theatre
Ray Nardelli and Joshua Horvath The Long Red Road – Goodman Theatre
Ray Nardelli, Andre Pluess and Josh Horvath Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Lookingglass Theatre Company and Silverguy Entertainment – Circus Tale
Jesse TerrillThe Wedding – TUTA Theatre Chicago

Music Direction

Roberta Duchak Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Doug Peck Animal Crackers – Goodman Theatre
Doug Peck Cabaret – Drury Lane Productions
Doug Peck Oh Coward! – Writers’ Theatre
Robert Reddrick Nothing But the Blues – Black Ensemble Theater

Artistic Specialization

Bridges Media – Multimedia Design – Trust – Lookingglass Theatre Company
Sage Marie Carter – Projections Design – Ragtime – Drury Lane Productions
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi – Circus Choreography and Movement Direction – Icarus – Lookingglass Theatre Company
Nick Sandys – Fight Choreography – Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
David Woolley – Fight Choreography – The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity – Victory Gardens Theater i/a/w Teatro Vista…Theatre With a View

 

For more info about the Jeff Awards,

please visit www.jeffawards.org .

Broadway in Chicago announces 2011 Spring Season

Broadway in Chicago’s 2011 Spring Season


The 2011 Spring Season Series emphasizes Broadway In Chicago’s long-standing commitment to bringing the best of Broadway to Chicago . The complete season lineup, including performance dates, is as follows:

 

February 2 – 27, 2011

   
   
  Les Misérables Cadillac Palace Theatre
   
  Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Miserables, with glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original.” The Western Mail says “an outstanding success.”   
   

 

February 15 – May 8, 2011

   
   
  Working – Broadway Playhouse
   
  WORKING is a vital new musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago ’s own Studs Terkel.  Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN and GODSPELL), WORKING is the working man’s A CHORUS LINE.  It is a musical exploration of people from all walks of life, with twenty-six songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award™ winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and Grammy Award™ winning James Taylor.  WORKING celebrates everyday people, fills you with hope and inspiration and is the perfect musical for anyone who has ever worked a day in their lives.
   

 

March 8 – 15, 2011

   
   
  Hair – Ford Center for the Performing Arts
   
  The Public Theater’s 2009 Tony-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Its ground breaking rock score paved the way for some of the greatest musicals of our time. HAIR features an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.” Its relevance is UNDENIABLE. Its energy is UNBRIDLED. Its truth is UNWAVERING. It’s HAIR, and IT’S TIME.
   

March 15 – 27, 2011

   
   
  Merchant of Venice – Bank of America Theatre
   
  From the acclaimed Theatre for a New Audience, the first U.S. theatre to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company, comes Shakespeare’s tragicomedy following command runs Off- Broadway and in Stratford-Upon-Avon . Starring Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham in his riveting portrayal of Shylock, and directed by Darko Tresnjak (former Artistic Director, Old Globe), the play has been arousing controversies for centuries with raucous and gentle comedy, tender poetry, and its struggle with mercy and justice. In this riveting update, religion, race and sexuality collide with love, family and justice and the currency of society and humanity has never been so changeable.
   

 

April 5 – 17, 2011

   
   
  Wishful Drinking – Bank of American Theatre
   
  WISHFUL DRINKING, Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical solo show, follows Fisher’s life. Born to celebrity parents, Fisher lands among the stars when she’s picked to play a princess in a little movie called ‘Star Wars.’ But her story isn’t all sweetness and light sabers. As a single mom, she also battles addiction, depression, mental institutions, and that awful hyperspace hairdo. It’s an incredible tale–from having her father leave her mother for Elizabeth Taylor to marrying and divorcing singer/songwriter Paul Simon, from having the father of her baby leave her for a man to waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Carrie Fisher’s hit Broadway show.
   

 

 

April 26 – May 8, 2011

   
   
  Next to Normal – Bank of America Theatre
   
  From the director of Rent comes the most talked about new show on Broadway, NEXT TO NORMAL, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Score.  Alice Ripley who received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, will reprise her acclaimed performance in Chicago . Having been chosen as “one of the year’s ten best” by major critics around the country, NEXT TO NORMAL is an emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling contemporary score about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.  The New York Times calls NEXT TO NORMAL “a brave, breathtaking musical.  A work of muscular grace and power.  It is much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” Rolling Stone raves, “It is the best musical of the season – by a mile.  It’ll pin you to your seat.”
   

The lineup will also feature the opportunity for priority purchase of the following 2011 Off-Season Specials:

 

April 26 – May 8, 2011

   
   
  Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
   
  RAIN, the acclaimed Beatles concert, returns by popular demand, direct from Broadway! They look like them and they sound just like them!  “The next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” raves the Denver Post.   All the music and vocals are performed totally live!  RAIN covers The Beatles from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience…a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. “A thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia…Boomer Heaven!” raves The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!” cheers the Boston Herald.  “An adoring Valentine to The Beatles,” declares the Washington Post.  Sing along with your family and friends to such favorites as “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Come Together” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and relive Beatlemania from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road!
   

 

May 3 – 8, 2011

   
   
  Spring Awakening – Bank of America Theatre
   
  The winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical – told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through “The most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly) – SPRING AWAKENING explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. The landmark musical SPRING AWAKENING is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. Join this group of late 19th century German students on their passage, as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable SPRING AWAKENING. “Broadway may never be the same again!” NY TIMES
   

 

June 28 – July 10, 2011

   
   
  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
   
  The romantic Broadway musical for all generations, NETworks presentation of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, returns to Chicago ! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. Hailed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “warm and winning performances, a tuneful score, and real heart,” the classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! 
   

 

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