PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, June 22-28: Bullets Announces Broadway Casting, A Time to Kill Onstage and A Night With Janis Joplin Comes to New York

By Robert Simonson
28 Jun 2013

Producers announced June 27 that original star Lilla Crawford will play her final performance July 28. Taylor Richardson, who currently plays orphan Duffy in the Broadway revival, and Sadie Sink, a standby in the production, will graduate to the title role in the Tony Award-nominated revival at the Palace Theatre. The duo will begin to share the role of Annie July 30.

Two Annies isn't quite the same as four Matildas, but the former show is gaining ground.

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The Barrymore Awards are back.



Last year, The Theatre Alliance, which had presented the awards, which honor Philadelphia theatre annually, announced it was closing its doors.

This week, Theatre Philadelphia declared the return of the awards. The prizes now feature a new voting system, which will include a return to a two-tiered organization with nominators and judges. The eligibility requirements that all theatres must meet to participate have become more rigorous and now include: the theatre must be a 501(c)3 or fiscally sponsored organization; each show must have a 12-performance minimum run; a minimum pay scale; and performances must happen within a 30-mile radius of City Hall. Eight nominators will be sent to see each eligible/participating production. Five votes in any one category will move the show to the next round, where all the judges (10-12) will be required to see the production.

The change in methodology that will take a show to the judge's level, which has been increased from three to five votes in any category, is designed to make the number of shows seen by judges more manageable. With this adjustment, judges will be required to see 50-60 productions each season, rather than the previous 90-100. Theatre Philadelphia believes this decrease in the amount of shows required will permit more theatre professionals to serve as judges.