Side Show continues to collect postmortem kudos. Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, the joined-at-the-hip stars of the defunct musical--which closed earlier this season due to poor attendance--have both won Genie Awards, given annually by The Genesius Guild for ground-breaking work in theatre. Side Show has also collected four Tony nominations and a Drama Desk nod. Others honorees include Douglas Carter Beane, artistic director of the Off-Broadway troupe, The Drama Dept.; and the cast of The Lion King and its director Julie Taymor.
The Drama Dept. has presented three plays this season alone, included an Off-Broadway remounting of George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner's June Moon and Beane's own hit As Bees in Honey Drown. The Lion King, which opened at The New Amsterdam Theatre last November and has been playing to sold-out crowds ever since, has been widely applauded for its innovative staging and use of puppets.
The Genesius Guild is a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to the creation of new theatre. It offers plays and musicals in development, a stage reading series, and a cabaret series. The awards will be bestowed on May 5 at the Triad, 158 W. 22nd, NYC. For ticket information, call (212) 946-5625.