Urinetown, Ruggiero, Paterson, Ace Win 2007 Kevin Kline Awards in St. Louis

News   Urinetown, Ruggiero, Paterson, Ace Win 2007 Kevin Kline Awards in St. Louis
 
The Kevin Kline Awards, celebrating excellence in St. Louis area theatre, were handed out in a March 26 ceremony at which The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis dominated the evening.
Kevin Kline Award winner Jayne Paterson.
Kevin Kline Award winner Jayne Paterson.

The Rep snagged 18 "Kevins" (as they are called), including seven for its production of Urinetown, the Musical, six for its world-premiere staging of the musical Ace, and three for I Am My Own Wife.

Director Rob Ruggiero became the first person to win multiple Kevin Kline Awards. Last year, Ruggiero was voted Outstanding Director of a Play for Take Me Out. This year he was voted Outstanding Director of a Musical for Urinetown, the Musical.

In all, 23 Kevin Kline Awards were bestowed in 22 categories. (The voting in one category — Outstanding Costume Design — resulted in a tie.)

Sponsored by the Professional Theatre Awards Council to honor theatre achievement in St. Louis, the March 26 ceremony was held at the Roberts Orpheum Theater.

The gala ceremony was hosted by former St. Louisan Ken Page, star of such Broadway hits as Cats and Ain't Misbehavin'. Guest presenters included Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Willy Holtzman and Urinetown composer Mark Hollmann (both have St. Louis roots), and veteran Broadway actor Edmund Lyndeck (the original Judge Turpin of Broadway's Sweeney Todd). Here are the winners of the 2007 Kevin Kline Awards:

Outstanding Production for Young Audiences
Winner: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Stages St. Louis)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical
Winner: Urinetown, the Musical (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play
Winner: The Probe: An Inquiry Into the Meteoric Rise and Spectacular Fall of Orson Welles in Hollywood (HotCity Theatre Company and Theatre de la Belle Bete)

Outstanding Lighting Design
Winner: Chris Akerlind (Ace, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Sound Design
Winners: John H. Shivers, David Patridge (Ace, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Set Design
Winner: David Korins (Ace, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Costume Design Winners (a tie): Marie Anne Chiment (Ace, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and Anne Kenney (Urinetown, the Musical, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding New Play or Musical
Winner: Richard Oberacker, Robert Taylor, Ace (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
Winner: LaVonne Byers (Polish Joke, HotCity Theatre)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Winner: Jim Butz (Julius Caesar, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Winner: Donna Weinsting (From Door to Door, New Jewish Theatre)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Winner: Arnie Burton (I Am My Own Wife, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Director of a Play
Winner: John Going (I Am My Own Wife, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Production of a Play Winner: I Am My Own Wife (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Musical Direction
Winner: Henry Palkes (The Musical of Musicals – The Musical!, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Choreography
Winner: Pamela Hunt (The Musical of Musicals – The Musical!, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
Winner: Sandie Rosa (Urinetown, the Musical, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
Winner: Joneal Joplin (Urinetown, the Musical, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Winner: Jayne Paterson (Urinetown, the Musical, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Winner: Noah Galvin (Ace, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Winner: Rob Ruggiero (Urinetown, the Musical, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Winner: Urinetown, the Musical (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

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