Ain't Supposed to Die, Birdie Blue, Dessa Rose Top 2005 AUDELCO Awards

News   Ain't Supposed to Die, Birdie Blue, Dessa Rose Top 2005 AUDELCO Awards
 
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Birdie Blue and Dessa Rose were among the winners at the 33rd Annual Vivian Robinson/ AUDELCO Recognition Awards for "excellence in Black Theatre."

Kim Fields and Ralph Carter hosted the Nov. 21 ceremony which was held at Aaron Davis Hall's Marian Anderson Theater in New York City.

The recent revival of Melvin Van Peebles' Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death (The Classical Theatre of Harlem), Cheryl L. West's Birdie Blue ( Second Stage Theatre) and the Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens musical Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center Theater) took home the evening's honors.

The winners were as follows:

Musical Production of the Year
Dessa Rose

Dramatic Production of the Year
Birdie Blue Outstanding Performance in a Musical/ Female
Lizan Mitchell, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Outstanding Performance in a Musical/ Male
Norm Lewis, Dessa Rose

Lead Actor
Rob Bobb-Semple, A Freeman's Hope

Lead Actress
S. Epatha Merkerson, Birdie Blue

Supporting Actor
Billy Porter, Birdie Blue

Supporting Actress
Peggy Alston, A Freeman's Hope

Solo Performance
Melba Moore, Sweet Songs of the Soul

Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Home (Hadley Players)

Playwright
Joyce Sylvester, A Freeman's Hope

Director/ Dramatic Production
Lillie Marie Redwood, The Old Settler

Director/ Musical Production
Alfred Preisser, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Choreographer
Bruce Heath, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Outstanding Musical Director
William Patterson, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Set Design
Troy Hourie, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Lighting Design
Don Holder, Birdie Blue

Costume Design
Kimberly Glennon, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Sound Design
Toure Harris, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Outstanding Pioneer Awards
Graham Brown, Earle Hyman, Glory Van Scott and Rev. Malika Lee Whitney

Board of Directors Awards
Elmyria Hull, Sara E. Morgan and Ademola Olugebefola

For more information, visit http://www.audelco.org.

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