1999 Theatre Awards Roundup

News   1999 Theatre Awards Roundup Here's a list of theatre awards in 1999; it is continuously updated throughout the year. Separate stories on most of these awards will be located in the U.S. news section of Playbill On-Line. For a rundown of 1998 Awards, please see the story, "Year in Review, the 1998 Theatre Awards."

Here's a list of theatre awards in 1999; it is continuously updated throughout the year. Separate stories on most of these awards will be located in the U.S. news section of Playbill On-Line. For a rundown of 1998 Awards, please see the story, "Year in Review, the 1998 Theatre Awards."

NEW YORK
AMERICAN THEATER WING DESIGN AWARDS (B'way, Off & Off-Off Broadway):
Presented at ATW Seminar in October 1999.

ARTIOS AWARDS (for achievement in casting)
Announced in November 1999.

ASTAIRE AWARDS (see TDF Astaire Awards)
Announced April 29, 1999. Given May 27, 1999 at NYC's Supper Club, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth. 1999 Winners: Patricia Birch (Choreography), Adam Cooper (Dancer), Matthew Bourne (Special Award for Swan Lake).

AUDELCO AWARDS (for Excellence in Black Theatre)
Nominees announced in fall; awards presented third Monday in November. 27th annual awards to be presented Nov. 20, 1999. 1998 Winners: Bolt From The Blue (Production), Michael Broughton in Jim Beckwourth (Solo), Imperfection Flawed by Lillie Marie Redwood (playwright). BACK STAGE BISTRO AWARDS (for New York cabaret):
14th annual cabaret awards. Awards announced by Back Stage newspaper Jan. 27, 1999; awards given March 1, 1999 at the Supper Club. 1999 Special Award winners: William Roy, Arthur Pomposello. Special tribute to late columnist Donna Coe.

BERNARD B. JACOBS EXCELLENCE IN THEATER AWARD:
Awarded in September 1999.

BISTRO AWARDS (see Back Stage Bistro Awards)

BLACKBURN PRIZE (see SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE)

BOOTH AWARD (see EDWIN BOOTH AWARD)

BROADWAY THEATER INSTITUTE (BTI) AWARDS
Announced late April 1999. Given May 10, 1999. 1999 winners: Celeste Holm (Distinguished Contribution), attorney Mortimer Becker (Lifetime Achievement), Robert Kimball & George Mason University WPA Oral History Project (Preservation) and American Theater Wing (Arts in Education).

BTI AWARDS (see BROADWAY THEATER INSTITUTE AWARDS)

CALLAWAY AWARD (see JOE A. CALLAWAY AWARD)

CLARENCE DERWENT AWARDS (given by Actors' Equity for most promising performers on the NY scene)
Winners announced April 28, 1999. Awards given June 9, 1999 at Actors' Equity building. 1999 Winners: Kristin Chenoweth (Charlie Brown) and Robert Sella (Side Man).

CUNY (see EDWIN BOOTH AWARD)

DERWENT AWARDS (see Clarence Derwent Awards)

DARYL ROTH CREATIVE SPIRIT AWARD (given by Vineyard Theatre & producer Daryl Roth to gifted theater artist):
1999 winner TBA (no time frame). 1998 Winners: playwright Sinan Unel and director Steven Williford (Pera Palas), Sybille Pearson (in residency at the Vineyard).

DISTINGUISHED LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD (For Touring Broadway) - (given by League Of American Theaters & Producers)
Presented in early May.

DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE: See "New York Drama Critics Circle" below.

DRAMA DESK AWARDS (for New York theater):
Nominations announced April 19, 1999 at the Friar's Club. Nominees luncheon given April 22. Awards Ceremony: May 9, 1999 at LaGuardia High School at Lincoln Center. 1999 Winners: Wit (play), Parade (musical), Fosse (revue), Death of a Salesman & The Iceman Cometh (play revival), You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (musical revival).

DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS (for Broadway and Off Broadway):
Nominations announced early May 1999. Winners announced May 7, 1999 at Plaza Hotel. 1999 winners -- Musical: Fosse; Play: Wit; Revival: Death of a Salesman.

DRAMATISTS GUILD (see Madge Evans & Sidney Kingsley Awards)
EDITH OLIVER AWARD (see Oliver Award)

EDWIN BOOTH AWARD (given by CUNY Graduate School for lifetime contribution to the theatre):
Given April 12, 1999 at CUNY. 1999 winner: Off-Off-Broadway's Dixon Place.


ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS (given by Boston Theater Critics Association to honor excellence in theatre in the greater Boston area):
Winners announced June 1999 at Park Plaza Hotel ceremony. 1999 winners: Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting: Paula Vogel; Sustained Excellence: director Andrei Serban.

EVANS, MADGE & SIDNEY KINGSLEY AWARD: (given by Dramatists Guild Fund for excellence in NY theatre)
1999 Winners: Kathleen Chalfant (Wit) and playwright Christopher Durang (Betty's Summer Vacation).

FANY AWARDS (given by Friends Of NY Theater)
Nominations announced April 12, 1999. Awards given May 23, 1999 at Broadway Grill restaurant. 1999 Winners: Side Man (play), Fosse (musical), Death of a Salesman (revival).

FREEDLEY MEMORIAL AWARD: (see Theater Library Association Book Awards)

FRIENDS OF NY THEATER AWARDS (see FANY Awards) GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD (see "John Gassner Playwriting Award")

GENIE AWARDS (presented by The Genesius Guild to acknowledge those who make a difference to the theatrical community at large).
Winners announced May 1999. Awards given May 1999 at Triad Theatre.

GEORGE FREEDLEY MEMORIAL AWARD (see Theater Library Association Book Awards)

GEORGE JEAN NATHAN AWARD (for Drama Criticism)
Announced Feb. 1999; Given March 8, 1999 in NYC. 1999 Winner: Alisa Solomon ("Re-Dressing The Canon").

GILMAN & GONZALEZ-FALLA MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS (for achievement & promise in American musical theater):
Awards announced mid-July 1999 and to be given Oct. 18, 1999 at Lincoln Center's Viviant Beaumont Theatre, NYC. 1999 Winners : Douglas Cohen & Polly Pen.

GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS (based on exceptional achievement and promise)
Announced mid-April 1999. 1999 Fellows: Playwriting/Performance Art - Jon Robin Baitz, Will Eno, Eve Ensler.

HAMMERSTEIN AWARD (see Oscar Hammerstein Award)

HULL-WARRINER AWARD (given by Dramatists Guild to a play dealing with social, political or religious issues)
Award announced April 29, 1999. Reception held May 10, 1999. 1999 Winner: Margaret Edson (Wit).

IRENE SHARAFF AWARDS: (see TDF Irene Sharaff Awards)

JAPAN MUSICAL AWARD (administered by the Japan Musical Awards Committee)
Ceremony in mid-November.

JOE A CALLAWAY AWARD (presented by Actors' Equity for best performance in a classic play)
Given Jan. 8, 1999 in NYC. 1999 winners were Zoe Wanamaker for Electra, Liev Schreiber for Cymbeline.

JOHN GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD (administered by the Outer Critics Circle)
Announced with OCC Awards April 1999.

JOHN SIMON GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIPS (see Guggenheim Fellowships)

JONES, MARGO (see Margo Jones Medal)

KLEBAN FOUNDATION AWARD: For "most promising theater lyricist and librettist"
Award is named for Edward L. Kleban, lyricist for A Chorus Line. 1998 winners announced in March: Librettists Luis Santeiro & Lissa Levin; Lyricist Sarah Schlesinger.

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN THEATERS & PRODUCERS - Distinguished Lifetime Service Award:
Announced May 1999 at the League's Spring Conference. 1998 winner: Carol Channing.

LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS (for Off-Broadway):
Winners announced April 6, 1999; 14th annual Awards given May 3, 1999 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. Hosted by Bea Arthur & Ossie Davis. 1999 Winners: Play: Wit; Revival: The Mystery of Irma Vep; Lifetime Achievement: Harold Pinter; Edith Oliver Award to Jerry Orbach. Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt to get stars on sidewalk. Special Achievement: Brooklyn Academy of Music. Body of Work: CSC.

MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets And Clubs) AWARDS (for New York cabaret):
Nominations announced March 1999. Winners Awarded April 5, 1999. 1999 Winners: Rick Crom's Our Life & Times (revue); Tom Andersen (male vocalist), Heather Mac Rae (female vocalist).

MADGE EVANS (see Evans, Madge & Sidney Kingsley Award)

MANHATTAN ASSOCIATION OF CABARETS & CLUBS
(see MAC AWARDS)

MARGO JONES MEDAL (established in 1961 by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee to honor playwrights)
1998 Winner announced/Awarded April 1999. 1998 winner: James Houghton, NY's Signature Theatre Company.

MCPHERSON, SCOTT (see Scott McPherson Award)

MR. ABBOTT AWARD (given by SDC for Lifetime Achievement)
Awarded early November at NY's Copacabana Club.

NATHAN AWARD (see GEORGE JEAN NATHAN AWARD)

NATIONAL CORPORATE THEATRE FUND CHAIRMAN'S AWARDS:
Winners announced late March 1999. Given May 17, 1999 at Waldorf Astoria. 1999 Winners: Jujamcyn Theaters - Rocco Landesman (Theatre Professional), Raymond A. Boyce (Corporate Award) and Stockard Channing (Artist Award).

NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE (Broadway and Off-Broadway):
Winners announced May 4, 1999; Presentations May 11, 1999 at Sardi's. 1998 Winners: Play: Art. American Play: Pride's Crossing. Musical: The Lion King. Special Award: The Roundabout's Cabaret.

OBIE AWARDS (see "Village Voice Obie Awards")

OLIVER, EDITH AWARD (for excellence Off-Broadway)
Part of the Lucille Lortel Awards. Announces winner April 1999; Presented May 4, 1999 at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. 1999 winner: Jerry Orbach.

OOBR AWARDS (for Off-Off Broadway)
4th annual award given by Off-Off-Broadway magazine (oobr) in early July.

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD: (given by NY's York Theatre Company for lifetime achievement in musical theatre):
Announced early May 1999; Ceremony: May 24, 1999. 1999 Winner: producer David Merrick.

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS: (for Broadway & Off-Broadway; also see John Gassner Award)
Nominees announced April 12, 1999; Winners announced April 26, 1999; Awards May 28, 1999 at Sardi's Restaurant. 1999 Winners - Bway Musical: Fosse; Bway Play: Not About Nightingales; Off-Bway Play: Wit; Off-Bway Musical: A New Brain; Revival Play: The Iceman Cometh; Revival Musical: Annie Get Your Gun; Gassner Award: Wit; Special: Ensemble of Closer.

PULITZER PRIZE (for American drama):
For shows produced Mar. 2, 1998-Mar. 1, 1999. Award announced April 12, 1999 at Columbia University. 1999: Winner: Wit (Margaret Edson). Finalists: Running Man; Side Man. Special Citation: Duke Ellington.

RICHARD RODGERS AWARD (for Distinguished Service To The Performing Arts)
Award presented spring 1999. Generally at NY's Hudson Theatre in Millennium Broadway Hotel.

RICHARD RODGERS DEVELOPMENT AWARD: (For outstanding musical in development)


ROBERT WHITEHEAD AWARD (for outstanding commercial producer)
Given annually to Commercial Theatre Institute graduate. Winner announced Feb. 9, 1999. 1999 Winner: Eric Krebs.

SHARAFF, IRENE: (see TDF Irene Sharaff Awards)

SOCIETY OF STAGE DIRECTORS & CHOREOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION (see Mr. Abbott Award)

SUSAN SMITH BLACKBURN PRIZE (for women playwrights)
Award given Feb. 1999. 1999 winner: Jessica Goldberg (Refuge).

TDF ASTAIRE AWARDS: (for dance on Broadway):
Announced early May. Given May 1999 at NYC's Hudson Theatre. 1999 winners: choreographer Patricia Birch, dancer Adam Cooper (Swan Lake) and director/choreographer Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake).

TDF IRENE SHARAFF AWARDS: (for costume design):
Announced February 1999. Given March 2, 1999 at Marriott Marquis. 1999 Sharaff winners: Willa Kim (Lifetime Achievement); Young Master winner: Suzy Benzinger; Ray Diffen (Benchmark Award).

THEATER DEVELOPMENT FUND (see TDF)


THEATER HALL OF FAME:
Inductees announced early November 1998. Ceremony: Feb. 1 1999 at Gershwin Theater (where names of past winners are inscribed). 1999 inductees included Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt, Charles Durning, Richard Kiley, Robin Wagner, producer Alexander Cohen, attorney Edward Colton, Zelda Fichandler & Ellis Rabb.


THEATER LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARDS
Announced early May 1999; Given May 28, 1999 at Lincoln Center's Rose Bldg. 1999 Winners: George Freedley Memorial Award - "Stephen Sondheim: A Life" by Meryle Secrest; Honorable Mention: editors Don B. Wilmeth & Christopher Bigsby ("The Cambridge History of the American Theater, Vol. I").

THEATER WORLD AWARDS (for newcomers)
Announces May 1999, Given May 20, 1999 at Roundabout Theater. Administered by John Willis. No nominees. 1999 Winners included Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerry Herman.

TONY AWARDS (for Broadway shows):
Nominees announced May 3, 1999 at Sardi's. Awards given Sunday, June 6, 1999 at Gershwin Theatre. Broadcast on PBS-TV 8-9 PM and CBS-TV 9-11 PM (EST). No host, but a rotating series of presenters. 1999 Winners: Side Man (play), Annie Get Your Gun (revival musical), Fosse (musical), Death of a Salesman (revival play). Special Tonys: Uta Hagen, Arthur Miller, Isabelle Stevenson, Fool Moon. Regional: NJ's Crossroads Theatre.

VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS (for off-Broadway & off-off-Broadway shows):
No nominees announced in advance. Presented May 17, 1999 at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St., in NY. Hosts: Lea DeLaria & Paul Rudnick. 1999 Winners: New American Play (House/Lights), Playwright: Christopher Durang (Betty's Summer Vacation), Outstanding Performance: Kathleen Chalfant (Wit). Wetzsteon Award to Ellie Covan of Dixon Place.

YOUNG MASTER AWARD: (see TDF Irene Sharaff Awards).

WETZSTEON AWARD, ROSS: (see Village Voice Obie Awards)

WHITEHEAD AWARD: (see Robert Whitehead Award)

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REGIONAL THEATRE
AMERICAN THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION (ATCA):
1999 Osborn Award for emerging playwright to be given Feb. 20, 1999 in NYC to Dan O'Brien for Lamarck. 1998 New Play Winner: Peter Parnell's Cider House Rules, presented Mar. 28 at Louisville, KY's Humana Festival.

APPLAUSE AWARDS (given by McCarter Theater to honor contributions to NJ theater)
Winner announced April 1999. Given May 3, 1999. 1999 Winner: producer Eric Krebs.

ATCA (see American Theatre Critics Association)

THE BARRYMORE AWARDS (for Philadelphia professional theatre):
Nominations announced early September. 25 awards given at mid-October gala. For information call (215) 413-7150.

BMI AWARDS (for film & TV music)
Given May 1999 in Los Angeles. 1998 winner: Alan Menken.

CARBONELL AWARDS (South Florida Critics Association):
23rd annual awards to be announced late October.

CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE (for Connecticut theatre):
Close-out date for consideration in late May; Winners announced early June. Ceremony mid-June.

DEPAUL THEATRE SCHOOL AWARDS (Chicago)
To be given May 1999 at Chicago Hilton. 1998 Winners: Chicago Tribune critic Richard Christiansen; actors Ray Liotta, Edward James Olmos, William Petersen, Larry Yando, Ann Dowd & Irma P. Hall. For info call (773) 325 7938.

DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS (for Toronto, Canadian Theatre):
Nominees announced mid-September. Awards given late September.

ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS (given by Boston Theatre Critics Association):
Ceremony June 14, 1999 at Boston Ritz Carlton Hotel. 1999 Award winners: Jitney, Ragtime, Dealer's Choice, Sing Me To Sleep. Musical Revival: Hair. Special Awards: Paula Vogel (Achievement in Playwriting), Andrei Serban (Sustained Excellence).

EUGENE O'NEILL THEATRE CENTER (see "O'Neill Theatre Center")

EUROPE PRIZE FOR THEATRE


GIELGUD, JOHN AWARD
(see John Gielgud Award)

GOODMAN THEATRE (see Scott McPherson Award)

HELEN HAYES AWARDS (for Washington DC theatre):
Nominations announced March 1, 1999 at Canadian Embassy. Awards announced/bestowed May 3, 1999 at Kennedy Center. Host: Tyne Daly. 1999 New Play Nominees: Expecting Isabel, The Gene Pool, Lovers and Executioners, Nijinsky's Last Dance, Playing Juliet/Casting Othello and Waiting in Tobolsk. 1998 Winners: Shakespeare Theatre's Mourning Becomes Electra (Resident Play) and Studio Theatre's Hair (Resident Musical).

JEFF CITATIONS (for Chicago Theatre):
(see also Jeff Awards for Equity shows) Citations for non-Equity productions. Nominees announced April 1999. Winners announced early May (for season Apr. 1, 1998-Mar. 31, 1999). Ceremony June 14, 1999.


JOHN GIELGUD AWARD (for excellence. Given by Washington DC's Shakespeare Guild)
Announced mid-April 1999.

JOSEPH JEFFERSON AWARDS (for Chicago theatre)
(see also non-Equity Jeff Citations). Nominees announced mid-September. Awards for Equity productions given at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie), mid-November, for season running Aug. 1, 1998-July 31, 1999.

L.A. WEEKLY THEATRE AWARDS
(see Los Angeles Weekly Theatre Awards)

LENOIRE, ROSETTA AWARDS (see ROSETTA LENOIRE AWARDS) LEON RABIN AWARDS: (Given by Dallas Theatre League, TX)
Winners announced late October.

LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS (for L.A. and Orange County theatre):
Ceremony April 19, 1999 at Los Angeles Theater Center. Circle X Theater, Naked Boys Singing and Karen Finley are expected to take part. Nominees listed at http://www.laweekly.com

LOS ANGELES WEEKLY THEATRE AWARDS
Held at Los Angeles Theater Center in April.
1998 winners -- Musical, Production: Bat Boy.

MCCARTER THEATER (NJ) (see APPLAUSE AWARDS)

NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE:
Announces early October.

NEW VOICES IN AMERICAN THEATER AWARD (presented by the William Inge Theatre Festival, KS):
Winners announced mid-April.

O'NEILL THEATER CENTER - National Playwrights Conference Awards:
Brodkin, Kocher & Oliver Fellowships announced mid-March.

OLIVIER AWARDS (for London theater):
Awards given January 1999.

OSBORN AWARD (for emerging playwright, see ATCA):
Given Feb. 20, 1999 in NYC to Dan O'Brien for Lamarck.

OVATION AWARDS (for L.A. Theater):
Nominees announced early October 1999. Awards given November 1999 at Century City's Shubert Theater.

RABIN AWARDS, LEON (see Leon Rabin Awards)

ROSETTA LENOIRE AWARDS (administered by Actors' Equity to recognize multi-racial and/or non-traditional casting)
Given April 9, 1999. 1999 Winner: Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago, IL).

SAMMIE AWARDS (South Florida Theater):
Sarasota & Manatee Counties Theater Critics Awards, given mid-September.

SARAH SIDDONS SOCIETY AWARD (see SIDDONS AWARD)

SIDDONS AWARD (Presented by the Sarah Siddons Society for Chicago, IL theater):
Announces May 1999. 1998 Winners: Faye Dunaway (Master Class); Ann Whitney (Northlight's Driving Miss Daisy).

SCOTT MCPHERSON AWARD (given by IL's Victory Gardens & Goodman Theaters to promote new works for the theater)

VICTORY GARDENS THEATRE (see Scott McPherson Award)


INTERNATIONAL

DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS (for Toronto, Canadian Theatre):
Nominees announced mid-May 1999. Awards given mid-June 1999 at St. Lawrence Center in Toronto. 1998 Winners: 8 awards to Canadian Opera's Oedipus Rex. New Play: George F. Walker's Problem Child.

JESSIE RICHARDSON THEATRE AWARDS (for Vancouver, Canada Theatre)
Awards given June 1999 at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC. 1998 Winners: Large Company Play and Production: The Overcoat; Small Company Play & Production: Brilliant!.

MARY DRESSELHUIS PRIJS (for Dutch theatre. Comes with 25.000 guilder prize)
Awards named after Dutch actress Mary Dresselhuis and run by Joop van den Ende Theaterprodukties. 1998 winner: actor Porgy Franssen (The Formidable Yankee in Amsterdam).

MAX AWARDS (for theatre in Spain)
Nominees announced early May 1999. Awards given May 1999 in Madrid. 1998 winners: Play - Jordi Milan's Cegado de Amor; Musical - Sweeney Todd (Pigmalion Productions).

MOLIERE AWARDS (for theatre in France)
Announced March 1999. Awards to be given early April 1999 at Theatre Champs Elysees, Paris.

OLIVIER AWARDS (for theatre in London)
Awards given Jan. 1999. 1999 Winners: Play: The Weir; New Musical: Kat and the Kings; Comedy: Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle & Dick; Musical Production: Oklahoma!; Actor: Kevin Spacey (The Iceman Cometh), Actress: Eileen Atkins (The Unexpected Man); Lifetime Achievement: Peter Hall.

-- By David Lefkowitz