Blonde, Frost/Nixon, Spring Awakening and More Win Touring Broadway Awards

News   Blonde, Frost/Nixon, Spring Awakening and More Win Touring Broadway Awards
 
The 2009 Touring Broadway Awards were presented May 4 at the Hilton New York. Seth Rudetsky, the comic, musician, actor and Playbill.com columnist, hosted.

Legally Blonde star Becky Gulsvig
Legally Blonde star Becky Gulsvig Photo by Joan Marcus

Legally Blonde the Musical was named Best New Touring Musical, and Frost/Nixon earned the Best Touring Play Award.

The awards, which are presented by The Broadway League, "celebrate excellence in touring Broadway by honoring the artists and productions that visit cities across the country each year," according to press notes.

Presenters for the evening included Tony Award winners Liza Minnelli (Liza's at the Palace…; Cabaret; The Act; Flora, The Red Menace) and director Jerry Zaks (Six Degrees of Separation, Lend Me a Tenor, The House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls).

In a statement Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin said, "According to the League's newest Touring Broadway report, 15.3 million tickets were sold to Broadway Series across North America last season. Twenty-seven percent of those people also attended a Broadway show in New York City, which illustrates that theatregoers nationwide appreciate the best that Broadway has to offer. The Touring Broadway Awards recognize the extraordinary work and talent of all those involved who produce magic on stages across the country."

Best New Touring Musical
Legally Blonde the Musical
Producers: Hal Luftig, Fox Theatricals, Dori Berinstein, James L. Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, Broadway Asia, Barbara Whitman, Wolkenberg/Freitag, Hendel/Nocciolino, Stern/Meyer, Asnes/Zotovich, Bartner/Jenkins, and Warren Trepp Best Touring Play
Frost/Nixon
Author: Peter Morgan
Producer Arielle Tepper Madover and Executive Producer/General Manager, Jeffrey M. Wilson

Best Design of a Touring Production
Legally Blonde the Musical
Scenic Design: David Rockwell
Costume Design: Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design: Kenneth Posner

Best Musical Score of a Touring Production
Spring Awakening
Music: Duncan Sheik
Lyrics: Steven Sater

Best Direction of a Touring Production
Michael Mayer
Spring Awakening

Best Choreography of a Touring Production
Jerry Mitchell
Legally Blonde the Musical

Best Long-Running Touring Musical
Wicked
Producers: Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone

Touring Broadway Achievement Award
Bill Miller

Touring Broadway Audience Choice Award
Wicked

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE'S 2009 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN PRESENTER MANAGEMENT
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE'S 2009 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ROAD MARKETING
Michael Kilgore

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE'S 2009 DISTINGUISHED LIFETIME SERVICE
Alecia Parker

The Broadway League and its members bring Broadway theatre to nearly 30 million people in more than 240 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

For more information visit www.touringbroadwayawards.com.

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