The Normal Heart and Dog Sees God Among GLAAD Media Award Winners

News   The Normal Heart and Dog Sees God Among GLAAD Media Award Winners Winners of the 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced March 28 at a ceremony held at New York's Marriott Marquis.
Joanna Gleason and Raul Esparza in The Normal Heart
Joanna Gleason and Raul Esparza in The Normal Heart Photo by Carol Rosegg

The awards, which honor "fair, accurate and inclusive" representations of gay individuals in the media, also paid tribute to Billy Crystal, currently on Broadway in 700 Sundays, and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming.

Emmy winner Crystal was honored with the Excellence in Media Award, which is given to "individuals in the media and entertainment industries who through their work have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community." Former Cabaret star Cumming was given the Vito Russo Award, which is presented to "an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual member of the entertainment or media community for outstanding contributions toward eliminating homophobia."

Nominees for the 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced Jan. 19. The annual awards honor the best in journalism, film, TV and theatre. This year's nominations included three theatre-related categories: Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway and Off Broadway; Outstanding New York Theatre: Off Off-Broadway; and Outstanding Los Angeles Theater. The winner in the latter category will be announced during an upcoming ceremony in Los Angeles April 30 at the Kodak Theatre. A third and final ceremony will be held June 11 at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis.

The Normal Heart won the GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway category. The Larry Kramer play competed in a category that also included Bare: A Pop Opera, La Cage aux Folles, The Tricky Part and Where Do We Live?. The Outstanding New York Theater: Off Off-Broadway winner was Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Dog Sees God was featured in a category that included Bald Diva!, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, Love According to Luc and Us.

The Worth Street Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart was directed by David Esbjornson and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play and four Drama League noninations, including Distinguished Revival of a Play. The Kramer work was one of the first plays about the emergence of AIDS, and the anger, frustration and fear surrounding it. The recent revival featured Raul Esparza and Joanna Gleason. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead premiered last summer at the New York International Fringe Festival and was one of the three Fringe Excellence Awards Overall Production winners. A new play written by Bert V. Royal featuring original music by Tom Kitt, the take-off on the Charles Schulz comic strip "Peanuts" follows the story of "what happens when America’s favorite blockhead discovers that his beloved beagle has terminal rabies. A missing pen pal, an abused pianist, a pyromaniac ex girlfriend, two drunk cheerleaders, a homophobic quarterback, a burnt out Buddhist and a drama queen sister" all fill the unauthorized parody.

For the first time in the awards' history, the ceremony will be televised. LOGO, the new MTV Networks channel, will air the GLAAD Media Awards this summer at a date to be announced.

For a list of 2005 nominees and winners, visit www.glaad.org.

GLAAD is dedicated to promoting fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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