Steel Pier, Daughter, Cuccioli Win FANY Awards

News   Steel Pier, Daughter, Cuccioli Win FANY Awards Steel Pier and An American Daughter may have been all but overlooked by the 1997 Tony Awards, but the shows were tops with the Friends of New York Theatre, who had their own ceremony Sunday, June 8, at Gallagher's Restaurant in Manhattan. As in the Tonys, Chicago won a FANY Award for best revival, (the FANYs combine plays and musicals in that category) and took home the most honors of the night, six. Ironically, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, which took a Tony for Best Play, was blanked by the FANYs.

Steel Pier and An American Daughter may have been all but overlooked by the 1997 Tony Awards, but the shows were tops with the Friends of New York Theatre, who had their own ceremony Sunday, June 8, at Gallagher's Restaurant in Manhattan. As in the Tonys, Chicago won a FANY Award for best revival, (the FANYs combine plays and musicals in that category) and took home the most honors of the night, six. Ironically, The Last Night Of Ballyhoo, which took a Tony for Best Play, was blanked by the FANYs.

Christopher Plummer repeated his Tony success, taking a best actor nod for Barrymore, while Julie Harris, trumped at the Tonys by Janet McTeer, won best actress for her Fonsia in The Gin Game.

Steel Pier had gotten 10 nominations for the FANYs (announced May 2) edging out Jekyll & Hyde's 9. Dubbed the "People's Choice Awards for Broadway Theatre," the FANYs were founded in 1990 to reward excellence on Broadway.

Here are the 1996-97 FANY Award Winners [in CAPS]:

Outstanding Play: AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER by Wendy Wasserstein; Barrymore by William Luce; The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry; Skylight by David Hare. Outstanding Revival: CHICAGO; Candide; A Doll's House; The Gin Game; The Little Foxes

Outstanding Musical: STEEL PIER; Jekyll & Hyde, The Life, Titanic.

Outstanding Book of a Musical: THE LIFE (IRA GASMAN, DAVID NEWMAN & CY COLEMAN); Jekyll & Hyde, Leslie Bricusse; Steel Pier, David Thompson

Outstanding Score of a Musical: TITANIC (MAURY YESTON); Jekyll & Hyde, Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse; The Life, Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman; Steel Pier, John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Outstanding Director of a Play: ANTHONY PAGE (A DOLL'S HOUSE); Peter Hall, An Ideal Husband; Jack O'Brien, The Little Foxes; Daniel Sullivan, An American Daughter

Outstanding Director of a Musical: WALTER BOBBIE (CHICAGO); Michael Blakemore, The Life; Scott Ellis, Steel Pier; Robin Phillips, Jekyll & Hyde

Outstanding Choreography: ANN REINKING (CHICAGO); Wayne Cilento, Dream; Joey McNeeley, The Life; Susan Stroman, Steel Pier

Outstanding Scenic Design: ROBIN PHILLIPS (JEKYLL & HYDE) & TONY WALTON (STEEL PIER); John Lee Beatty, The Little Foxes; Clarke Dunham, Candide.

Outstanding Costume Design: JUDITH DOLAN (CANDIDE); Ann Curtis, Jekyll & Hyde; Jane Greenwood, The Little Foxes; Michael Krass, The Rehearsal

Outstanding Lighting Design: KEN BILLINGTON (CHICAGO); Ken Billington, Dream; Beverly Emmons, Jekyll & Hyde; Peter Kaczorowski, Steel Pier; Kenneth Posner, The Little Foxes.

Outstanding Actor in a Play: CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (BARRYMORE); Charles Durning, The Gin Game; Frank Langella, Present Laughter; Al Pacino, Hughie.

Outstanding Actress in a Play: JULIE HARRIS (THE GIN GAME); Stockard Channing, The Little Foxes; Janet McTeer, A Doll's House; Kate Nelligan, An American Daughter; Lia Williams, Skylight

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: MARTIN SHAW (AN IDEAL HUSBAND); Terry Beaver, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Bruce Norris, An American Daughter; Owen Teale, A Doll's House.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: LYNNE THIGPEN (AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER); Frances Conroy, The Little Foxes; Dana Ivey, Sex and Longing; Allison Janney, Present Laughter.

Outstanding Actor in a Musical: ROBERT CUCCIOLI (JEKYLL & HYDE); Jim Dale, Candide; Gregory Harrison, Steel Pier; James Naughton, Chicago

Outstanding Actress in a Musical: BEBE NEUWIRTH (CHICAGO); Pamela Isaacs, The Life; Christianne Noll, Jekyll & Hyde; Karen Ziemba, Steel Pier.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES (TITANIC); Chuck Cooper, The Life; Andre De Shields, Play On; Joel Grey, Chicago; Sam Harris, The Life.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical: LILLIAS WHITE (THE LIFE); Victoria Clark, Titanic; Marcia Lewis, Chicago; Andrea Martin, Candide; Debra Monk, Steel Pier; Lillias White, The Life

Outstanding Broadway Debut: JENNIFER PIECH (TITANIC); Jason Daniely, Candide; Jessica Hecht, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Paul Rudd, The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

Special Awards:
Sustained Excellence in the Theatre: DAVID MERRICK.
Outstanding Community Service Award: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (at Lincoln Center).
Special Award to AL HIRSCHFELD for his unique ability to pictorally archive the theatrical seasons.

Those interested in joining FANY just need to pay the annual membership fee and fill out an application. The annual fee is $25 basic membership with right to vote; $15 for seniors/students. Says Ridgeway, "There are also different levels of membership, the highest being $200, which gets you two free tickets to the FANY Awards, your name in the program, and sometimes a special reception with the presenters and nominees." Tickets to the FANY awards are generally $35.

For a membership application, just call (212) 974-0139. "Anybody can become a member," says Ridgeway. "One restriction -- You're not allowed to cast a preliminary (nominations) ballot for a show if you're working on it, but you are allowed to vote."

Attending this year's FANY ceremony were Wendy Wasserstein, Julie Harris, Dana Ivey, Al Hirschfeld, Karen Ziemba and Gregory Harrison (Steel Pier), Brian D'Arcy James, Victoria Clark and Jennifer Piech (Titanic), Chuck Cooper, David Newman & Ira Gasman (The Life), Robert Cuccioli & Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Marcia Lewis, Steve Ross, Beth Fowler, Anna McNeely.

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