Take Me Out, The Lives of Bosie, Sweeney Todd and Bill Irwin Are Barrymore Winners in Philly

News   Take Me Out, The Lives of Bosie, Sweeney Todd and Bill Irwin Are Barrymore Winners in Philly Elegies: A Song Cycle, Sweeney Todd and the new play The Lives of Bosie received 2005 Barrymore Awards Oct. 10 in the annual ceremony celebrating excellence in Philadelphia resident theatre.

Arden Theatre Company's revival of Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street took Barrymores in the categories Outstanding Lighting Design (John Stephen Hoey), Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Terrence J. Nolen), Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical and Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical (Mary Martello).

Philadelphia Theatre Company's Take Me Out received the Outstanding Overall Production of a Play award. Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) was named Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play for his work in Trumbo by PTC.

John Wolfson's The Lives of Bosie, about Oscar Wilde's object of desire, won the Barrymore for Outstanding New Play. It was produced by Hedgerow Theatre in suburban Philadelphia.

Composer David Friedman won the Barrymore, for Outstanding Original Music, for Chasing Nicolette.

The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia presented the Barrymores, representing the best of the 2004-05 season, Oct. 10 at the Merriam Theater. Theatres in nearby cities such as Wilmington, DE, and such Philly suburbs as Media, PA, and Marlton, NJ, are included in the Alliance. Each year, over 100 productions, produced by Philadelphia professional theatres, are reviewed by the Barrymore nominating committee. More than 100 actors, directors and designers representing 40 productions became nominees for the 2005 Barrymore Awards.

Here are the 2005 Barrymore Awards nominees and winners and recipients, with winners listed with an asterisk and in boldface type.

OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
The Philly Fan by Bruce Graham at Theatre Exile
Raw Boys by Dael Orlandersmith at The Wilma Theater
A Higher Place in Heaven by Pamela Parker at The People's Light & Theatre Company
Hell Meets Henry Halfway by Adriano Shaplin for Pig Iron Theatre Company
*The Lives of Bosie by John Wolfson at Hedgerow Theatre

OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
1812 Productions' Recent Tragic Events
The People's Light & Theatre Company's String of Pearls
*Philadelphia Theatre Company's Take Me Out
Philadelphia Theatre Company's Trumbo
The Wilma Theater's The Clean House

OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Act II Playhouse's The Big Bang
*Arden Theatre Company's Sweeney Todd
Arden Theatre Company's A Year with Frog and Toad
Philadelphia Theatre Company's Elegies: A Song Cycle
Prince Music Theater's Chasing Nicolette

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
James J. Christy Take Me Out
Daniel Fish The Clean House
*Maria Mileaf The Story
Pete Pryor Recent Tragic Events
Jiri Zizka Outrage

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Joe Calarco Elegies: A Song Cycle
Whit MacLaughlin A Year with Frog and Toad
Ethan McSweeny Chasing Nicolette
*Terrence J. Nolen Sweeney Todd
Richard M. Parison, Jr. The Big Bang

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Eric Ebbenga Sweeney Todd
Charles Gilbert A Year with Frog and Toad
*Kimberly Grigsby Elegies: A Song Cycle
Robert K. Mikulski Chasing Nicolette
Jim Ryan The Big Bang

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Jamie Harris Raw Boys
*Bill Irwin Trumbo
John Keating Raw Boys
Jered McLenigan The Elephant Man
Ernest Perry, Jr. Fences

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Stephanie Berry Fences
*Madi Distefano Eden
Juliette Dunn Recent Tragic Events
Jilline Ringle Always a Lady: A celebration of funny women for the holidays
Catharine K. Slusar The Syringa Tree

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Richard Amelius Cabaret
*Tony Braithwaite The Big Bang
Ben Dibble The Big Bang
Bronson Pinchot Chasing Nicolette
Thom Sesma Sweeney Todd

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Audri T. Dalio Miss Saigon
Sherri L. Edelen Elegies: A Song Cycle
*Mary Martello Sweeney Todd
Donna Migliaccio Elegies: A Song Cycle
Jasika Nicole Pruitt Chasing Nicolette

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
James Gale Raw Boys
Jeb Kreager Recent Tragic Events
Pete Pryor The Miser
Josh Shirley Take Me Out
*Kraig Swartz Take Me Out
Ray Anthony Thomas Fences

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Jennifer Childs The Underpants
Alda Cortese The Miser
Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey Hell Meets Henry Halfway
*Jayne Houdyshell The Clean House
Karen Peakes Noises Off

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Todd Buonopane Gemini
Ben Dibble Sweeney Todd
Christopher Kale Jones Olympus on my Mind
Joshua Lamon Sweeney Todd
*Joshua Lamon A Year with Frog and Toad

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
*Rebecca Bellingham Chasing Nicolette
Anne DeSalvo Gemini
Sarah Doherty Grease and Desist
SuEllen Estey Olympus on my Mind
Denise Whelan Sweeney Todd

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
David Gallo Fences
David P. Gordon Sweeney Todd
Andrew Lieberman The Clean House
*Mimi Lien Outrage
Todd Rosenthal Take Me Out

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Russell H. Champa Raw Boys
Jerold R. Forsyth Outrage
Ac Hickox The Syringa Tree
*John Stephen Hoey Sweeney Todd
Chris Lee Elegies: A Song Cycle

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Constance Hoffman Chasing Nicolette
Marla Jurglanis Sleeping Beauty: A Comic Panto in the British Style
Marla Jurglanis Sweeney Todd
*Richard St. Clair A Year with Frog and Toad
Linda Bee Stockton Holiday

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Jorge Cousineau Sweeney Todd
Nick Kourtides Chasing Nicolette
John Mock Looking Over the President's Shoulder
*Bill Moriarty, Adriano Shaplin, & James Sugg for Hell Meets Henry Halfway
James Sugg all wear bowlers

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC
Charles Gilbert Gemini
*David Friedman Chasing Nicolette
Jim Ryan Grease and Desist
Adriano Shaplin & James Sugg Hell Meets Henry Halfway
Adam Wernick Outrage

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY/MOVEMENT
Richard Amelius Cabaret
Karen Getz The Big Bang
Trey Lyford & Geoffrey Sobelle all wear bowlers
*Jewel Walker Tuesday
Dorothy Wilke Death and the King's Horseman

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY Recent Tragic Events
*Tuesday
Hell Meets Henry Halfway
Take Me Out
The Art of War

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL
Sweeney Todd
A Year with Frog and Toad
Forever Plaid
*Elegies: A Song Cycle
Chasing Nicolette

The F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, is given to a Philadelphia theatre artist (director, designer, actor, choreographer, or writer) who shows outstanding promise in his or her field and is dedicated to working in the Philadelphia theatre community. An "emerging artist" is one who has worked for at least three years and for no more than 10 years in the professional theatre. The 2005 Emerging Artist Award nominees are Ben Dibble, Madi Distefano, Matt Saunders, Geoff Sobelle and James Sugg.

The 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award honors the career of Dr. James J. Christy, professor of Theatre at Villanova University for over 38 years who will retire this year. A key director in Villanova Theatre's professional graduate program, Dr. Christy is also a top director of local professional productions, with credits at Arden Theatre Company, The People's Light & Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and others.

The Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service includes a $1,500 cash prize sponsored by the Harvey & Virginia Kimmel Arts Education Fund and "promotes the participation of theatres and theatre artists who provide innovative theatre and educational experiences as a vehicle for betterment within the community." The 2005 nominees are InterAct Theatre Company's InterAction, Philadelphia Young Playwrights' Classic Program of Playwriting Workshops, Theater Catalyst's 2nd Stage Program, Walnut Street Theatre's Adopt-A-School, and The Wilma Theater's Wilmagination.

The Ted and Stevie Wolf Award for New Approaches to Collaborations recognizes Theatre Exile and Reconstruction Pictures' production of the film cellar, which features a cast of local theatre artists and premiered during the 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival.

For further information, visit www.theatrealliance.org or call the Theatre Alliance at (215) 413-7150.

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