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31 March 2014

The 2013 My Theatre Award Winners: Boston

By // Theatre (Boston)

13-My TheatreAnother Awards season closes, but this year marked a special year for the Boston theatre community. For the first time ever, the Boston My Theatre Branch offered Boston-exclusive awards to a number of outstanding performers, playwrights, directors, designers, and productions. The Boston My Theatre Branch is growing at an exponential rate, thanks to the diverse readership, passionate reviewing staff, and thriving Boston theatre companies.

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, we also offered our First Annual Boston My Theatre Awards Bash to announce and honor our 2013 Boston My Theatre Award Winners, but, more importantly, to celebrate our many Nominees, discuss upcoming projects, and socialize over delicious cocktails at Boston’s Club Café. We had a spectacular attendance, especially for our first year, with jokes, speeches, and laughs throughout the evening. We were even honored to host two past nominees: Sarah Gazdowicz and Juliet Bowler; thank you both for presenting some of our Awards that evening. While the event only lasted for the cocktail hour, many of our attendees chose to stay much later, mingling and meeting old and new friends. Thank you to all who came and supported the many Nominees and their work.

boston big Any production that one of the Boston My Theatre staff reviewed in 2013 was eligible for an award. In January 2014, we announced our Nominees and, in the following months, more than 30 of our Boston Nominees participated in our annual Nominee Interview Series. You can read these interviews by clicking on the Nominees’ names below.

The decisions were, indeed, very tough to make. Based on our readers’ votes, our staff selections, and editors’ picks, our 2013 Boston My Theatre Award Winners were selected. With Equity and high school performers, Broadway stars and graduating college students, this year’s Winners were as diverse as the productions. You can read each review by clicking on the production’s title below.

Thank you all for supporting the Boston My Theatre Branch. We are very excited to introduce 3 new staff writers since November, expand our coverage with a monthly “Must See” feature, and review more than 50 productions from January 2014 to March 2014!

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Best Choreography nominees Larry Sousa, Ilyse Robbins & Rachel Bertone at The Boston My Theatre Awards

Next, we hope to add more dedicated and diverse staff writers (if you have suggestions, please have him or her email brian@myentertainmentworld.ca with a brief cover letter and writing sample); introduce our “Coming Soon” feature, in which we discuss the upcoming 2014-2015 as some of our local Boston theatre companies release their lists (if interested in having your theatre company featured, please send an email to brian@myentertainmentworld.ca); and offer more competitive and diverse awards (Professional vs. Fringe vs. University? Best Sound Design? Best Featured Ensemble? Best Student Actor/Actress? Who and what should be nominated for 2014?).

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Without explanation or introduction, we are proud to once again name our 2013 Nominees and announce our 2013 Winners (in red):

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Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Jorge Barranco as Sonny in In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
Ross Brown as Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)
Thomas Middleton as Alidoro in La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Jackie Theoharis as Susan in tick, tick . . . BOOM! (Brandeis University)
Mara Wilson as Éponine in Les Misérables  (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)
Gillian Gordon as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Troy Barboza as Billy Downs in The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)
Victor L. Shopov as Anton Schindler in 33 Variations (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Robert Walsh as Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Kiki Samko as C.B.’s Sister in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (The Happy Medium Theatre Company)
Paige Clark as Benvolia in Romeo and Juliet (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)
Jessica Webb as Rose in Burning (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)
Jacqui Dupré as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Productions)

Best Ensemble in a Musical
Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)
In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)

Best Ensemble in a Play
The Normal Heart (Zeitgeist Stage Company) – Interview with Maureen Adduci
August: Osage County (The Footlight Club)
The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)
Hairy Tales (imaginary beasts)

Best Actor in a Musical
Ivan Rutherford as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)
John Ambrosino as Gabey in On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Jared Walsh as Jon in tick, tick . . . BOOM! (Brandeis University)

Best Actress in a Musical
Santina Umbach as Nina Rosario in In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
Sadie Gregg as Cenerentola (Cinderella) in La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)
Michele A. DeLuca as Hildy in On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

Best Actor in a Play
Michael Underhill as C.B. in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (The Happy Medium Theatre Company)
Victor L. Shopov as Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart (Zeitgeist Stage Company)
Jesse Wood as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Productions)

Best Actress in a Play
Paula Plum as Katherine Brandt in 33 Variations (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Mal Malme as Cy Burns in Burning (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)
Barbara Douglass as Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County (The Footlight Club)
Olivia D’Ambrosio as Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)

Best Choreography
Larry Sousa for In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
Ilyse Robbins for On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Rachel Bertone for Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)

Best Lighting Design
Karen Perlow for Water by the Spoonful (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Erik Fox for La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)
David Wilson for Fiddler on the Roof (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)
Daniel H. Jentzen for Henry VIII (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)

Best Set Design
Megan Kinneen for A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Productions)
Katy Fetrow for August: Osage County (The Footlight Club)
Eric Tucker for The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)
David J. Miller for Burning (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)
Alexander Dodge for Rapture, Blister, Burn (Huntington Theatre Company)

Best Costume Design
Angela Huff for The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)
Kathleen Doyle for On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Caitlin Cisek for La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)
Tyler Kinney for Henry VIII (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)

Best Director of a Musical
Paul Daigneault for In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
Andrew Altenbach & Katherine Carter for La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)
Spiro Veloudos for On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

Best Director of a Play
Lindsay Eagle for Rocketman (Flat Earth Theatre)
Eric Tucker for The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)
Spiro Veloudos for 33 Variations (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
Steven Bogart for Burning (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)
Lizette M. Morris for Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (The Happy Medium Theatre Company)

Best Musical
Les Misérables (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston)
On the Town (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage Company)
La Cenerentola (Cinderella) (Boston Opera Collaborative)

Best Play
The Libertine (Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston)
33 Variations (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston)
The Normal Heart (Zeitgeist Stage Company)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Wax Wings Productions)
Burning (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)

Best New Work
Burning by Ginger Lazarus (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre)

Emerging Artist of the Year
Jackie Theoharis

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