Sweeney Todd, La Mancha and Streetcar Among 2008 IRNE Award Winners

News   Sweeney Todd, La Mancha and Streetcar Among 2008 IRNE Award Winners The resident Boston productions of Man of La Mancha and A Streetcar Named Desire are among the multiple award-recipients of the 2008 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards, which were announced April 14.
Jeffry Denman and Amanda Watkins in Crazy for You at NSMT.
Jeffry Denman and Amanda Watkins in Crazy for You at NSMT. Photo by Paul Lyden

The Lyric Theatre Company production of La Mancha earned six musical awards in the Small Company category – including Best Production of a Musical – while New Repertory Theatre's Streetcar took home six awards in drama for Small Company awards, including Best Production of a Drama. The Huntington Theatre Company was also recognized with six awards in the Large Company category.

The Huntington production of Ronan Noone's Brendan was honored as Best New Play, while Present Laughter earned awards for Best Set Design (Alexander Dodge), Best Costume Design (Mariann Verheyen) and Best Ensemble.

Huntington's The 39 Steps also took home prizes for Best Sound (Mic Pool) and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (tied between Arnie Burton and Cliff Saunders).

Cambridge's American Repertory Theatre received IRNEs for its productions of Britannicus, No Child, and No Man's Land, which earned three awards for Best Director (David Wheeler), Best Actor (Max Wright) and Best Production of a Drama in the Large Company category.

North Shore Music Theatre was recognized with an award for Best Actor in a Musical (Jeffrey Denman in Crazy for You), while its production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers earned the North Shore three prizes: Best Choreography (Patti Colombo), Best Direction (Scott Schwartz) and Best Production of a Musical. On the Broadway touring front, Doubt's Cherry Jones and Caroline Stefanie Clay were honored as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively. The national tour of Sweeney Todd picked up awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Lauren Molina), Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Ben Magnuson), Best Actress in a Musical (Judy Kaye), Best Musical Director (David Loud) and Best Visiting Production.

For a complete list of nominees and winners visit www.stagesource.org.