West Side Story, Take Me Out Big Winners in First Kevin Kline Awards in St. Louis

News   West Side Story, Take Me Out Big Winners in First Kevin Kline Awards in St. Louis The first annual Kevin Kline Awards, recognizing excellence in the St. Louis professional theatre community, were handed out March 20 — including six presented by Kline himself.

The Muny's staging of West Side Story snagged five Klines, followed by four awards to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of Take Me Out.

Ken Page, who, like Kline and host Jason Danieley, has roots in St. Louis, won a Kline for his work in The Muny's Jesus Christ Superstar (he played King Herod in summer 2005).

In this first-ever Kline Awards, there were ties in two categories.

Both Michelle Hand (Separate Tables) and Nancy Lewis (Going To See the Elephant) were both recognized in the category of Outstanding Female Actor in a Play.

Both Kevin Backstrom (West Side Story) and Michael Hamilton (Footloose) were recognized in the category of Outstanding Director of a Musical. The ceremony was held in the restored Robert's Orpheum Theatre (formerly the American Theatre).

The Kline award recipients are marked below with an asterisk and in boldface.

2006 Kevin Kline Awards Nominees and Recipients

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Footloose, Stages St. Louis
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
*West Side Story, The Muny

Outstanding Production of a Play
Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls
The Merchant of Venice, New Jewish Theatre
*Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
Valhalla, HotCity Theatre

Outstanding Director of a Musical
*TIE! Kevin Backstrom, West Side Story, The Muny
Ron Gibbs, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Muny
*TIE! Michael Hamilton, Footloose, Stages St. Louis
Michael Hamilton, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Michael Hamilton, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
Edward Stern, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Director of a Play
Deanna Jent, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls
Tom Martin, Lobby Hero, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
*Rob Ruggiero, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Wayne Salomon, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Spotlight Theatre
Russell Treyz, The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

Outstanding Musical Direction
Lisa Campbell Albert, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
Tim Carpenter, Crowns, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Al Fischer, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
*Kelsey Halbert, West Side Story, The Muny
Ben Whiteley, Beauty and the Beast, The Muny

Outstanding Choreography
Kevin Backstrom, West Side Story, The Muny
*Dana Lewis, Footloose, Stages St. Louis
Dana Lewis, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Janet Watson, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Vivian Anderson-Watt and Theodore Jamison, Dancing on Air, Historyonics

Outstanding Costume Design
Lou Bird, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Jennifer "JC" Carter, Dangerous Liaisons, St. Louis Shakespeare
Michael J. McDonald, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
*Reggie Ray, Crowns, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Austin Sanderson, The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

Outstanding Lighting Design
Christopher Edwards, Valhalla, HotCity Theatre
Don Guy, The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
*John Lasiter, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Matthew McCarthy, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Matthew McCarthy, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
Peter Sargent, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Set Design
John Ezell, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Mark Halpin, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Adrian W. Jones, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Christopher Pickart, Lobby Hero, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
*Christopher Pickart, The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

Outstanding Sound Design
Janet Kalas, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Jason Krueger, West Side Story, The Muny
Nathan Ruyle, Adult Entertainment, HotCity Theatre
*Ann Slayton & Robin Weatherall, The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
John Taylor, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Spotlight Theatre

Outstanding New Play or Musical
Lee Patton Chiles, Dancing on Air, Historyonics
*The Ensemble, So to Speak, Washington Avenue Players Project
Margeau Steinau, B. Weller and Rachel Jackson, Famous Monsters, HotCity Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play
Adult Entertainment, HotCity Theatre
*Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls
Lobby Hero, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis
This Is Our Youth, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical
Crowns, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Footloose, Stages St. Louis
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
*West Side Story, The Muny

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Bill Lynch, Footloose, Stages St. Louis
*Ben Nordstrom, Footloose, Stages St. Louis
David Schmittou, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
Matthew Scott, West Side Story, The Muny
Bob Walton, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Jim Butz, Lobby Hero, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
*Nat DeWolf, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Norman McGowan, I'm Not Rappaport, New Jewish Theatre
Andrew Michael Neiman, The Elephant Man, Stray Dog Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, The Sound of Music, The Muny
Andrea Burns, West Side Story, The Muny
Kari Ely, Footloose, Stages St. Louis
Sarah Litzsinger, Beauty and the Beast, The Muny
*Zoe Vonder Haar, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
*TIE! Michelle Hand, Separate Tables, Act Inc.
Michelle Hand, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stray Dog Theatre
Darrie Lawrence, The Retreat from Moscow, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
*TIE! Nancy Lewis, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls
Meghan Maguire, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
Nat Chandler, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Thomas E. O'Brien, Man of La Mancha, Stages St. Louis
*Ken Page, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Muny
Jeffrey Pruett, The Robber Bridegroom, New Line Theatre
John Seidman, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
Michael Balsley, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
*Gary Wayne Barker, Driving Miss Daisy, New Jewish Theatre
Drew Bell, Glen or Glenda: Live!, Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre
Jim Butz, The Merchant of Venice, New Jewish Theatre
John Kinney, Unexpected Tenderness, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
Melissa Bohon, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis
*Natascia Diaz, West Side Story, The Muny
Lynn Eldredge, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Georgia Engel, Mame, The Muny
Lynette Knapp, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Jamie McKittrick, The Robber Bridegroom, New Line Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
Teresa Doggett, Separate Tables, Act Inc.
*Brooke Edwards, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls
Michelle Hand, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls
Liz Hopefl, Separate Tables, Act Inc.
Rory Lipede, Valhalla, HotCity Theatre
Magan Wiles, The Tempest, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

Outstanding Production for Young Audiences
*Bah! Humbug!, The Imaginary Theatre Company/The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Free to Be … You and Me, Stages St. Louis
Honk!, DramaRama
Salt & Pepper, Metro Theatre Company
The Tempest in a Flash, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis

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The Professional Theatre Awards Council, formed in 2004, launched and operates the Kevin Kline Awards judging process and ceremony to recognize, celebrate and promote outstanding achievement in professional theatre in greater St. Louis. Judging began in January 2005. Nominees were announced in January 2006.

For more information, visit www.kevinklineawards.org.