Salesman, Fosse Lead FANY Award Winners

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14 Jun 1999

Death of a Salesman and Fosse were the biggest winners at the Friends of New York Theatre Awards, given June 13 at 7:30 PM at the Broadway Grill. Salesman won the most with four prizes, awarded for Outstanding Revival, Leading Actor in a Play, Leading Actress in a Play and Supporting Actor in a Play. Fosse was next with three, Outstanding Musical, Supporting Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Broadway Debut.



Death of a Salesman and Fosse were the biggest winners at the Friends of New York Theatre Awards, given June 13 at 7:30 PM at the Broadway Grill. Salesman won the most with four prizes, awarded for Outstanding Revival, Leading Actor in a Play, Leading Actress in a Play and Supporting Actor in a Play. Fosse was next with three, Outstanding Musical, Supporting Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Broadway Debut.

Joining 1999's FANYs were presenters (and former FANY winners/nominees) Leo Burmester (The Civil War), Robert Cuccioli, Christiane Noll (Jekyll & Hyde), Gordon Connell, Harry Groener (If Love Were All), Tommy Hollis (Ragtime), Michelle Pawk (Cabaret), Jennifer Piech (Titanic), Lynne Thigpen (An American Daughter), Elizabeth Parkinson, Scott Wise (Fosse) and Karen Ziemba (Chicago).

Polly Pope ("Soap") stepped in for an ailing Ron Taylor, who was hospitalized on Saturday. Taylor, who was suffering from high blood pressure among other things, is expected to be released June 14.

The '98-'99 FANY nomination deadline was March 28. Rendered ineligible for this year's awards were The Iceman Cometh, Marlene, Ring Round the Moon, Fascinating Rhythm, Amy's View, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and The Lonesome West.

One award, Outstanding Book of a Musical, was not given this year, because the required three nominees were not found for the category.

The 1998-99 FANY winners, in bold marked by an asterisk, are:

Outstanding Play
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
The Judas Kiss
Not About Nightingales
* Side Man

Outstanding Musical
The Civil War
* Fosse
Parade
Swan Lake

Outstanding Revival
* Death of a Salesman
The Lion in Winter
Little Me
Night Must Fall

Outstanding Score of a Musical
Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy, The Civil War
Tom Snow & Dean Pitchford, Footloose
* Jason Robert Brown, Parade

Outstanding Director of a Play
Garry Hines, The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Michael Mayer, Side Man
Sam Mendes, The Blue Room
* Trevor Nunn, Not About Nightingales

Outstanding Director 0f a Musical
Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake
* Rob Marshall, Little Me
Harold Prince, Parade
Jerry Zaks, The Civil War

Outstanding Choreographer
Matthew Bourne, Swan Lake
Patti Colombo, Peter Pan
* A.C. Ciulla, Footloose
Rob Marshall, Little Me

Outstanding Scenic Design
Bob Crowley, Twelfth Night
David Gallo, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
* Richard Hoover, Not About Nightingales
James Noone, Night Must Fall

Outstanding Costume Design
* Les Brotherton, Swan Lake
Ann Hould-Ward, Little Me
Michael Krass, The Lion in Winter
Catherine Zuber, Twelfth Night

Outstanding Lighting Design
Allen Branton, I'm Still Here...Damn It!
* Brian MacDevitt, Night Must Fall
Kenneth Posner, The Lion in Winter
Hugh Vanstone, The Blue Room

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play
James Black, Not About Nightingales
* Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman
Finbar Lynch, Not About Nightingales
Liam Neeson, The Judas Kiss

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play
* Elizabeth Franz, Death of a Salesman
Stockard Channing, The Lion in Winter
Sherri Parker Lee, Not about Nightingales
Anna Manahan, The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play
* Kevin Anderson, Death of a Salesman
Neal Huff, The Lion in Winter
Michael Mastro, Side Man
Jim Norton, The Weir

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play
* Angelica Torn, Side Man
Claire Bloom, Electra
Patricia Kilgariff, Night Must Fall
Wendy Makkena, Side Man

Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical
* Brent Carver, Parade
Jeremy Kushnier, Footloose
Martin Short, Little Me
Tom Wopat, Annie Get Your Gun

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical
* Lea DeLaria, On the Town
Carolee Carmello, Parade
Bernadette Peters, Annie Get Your Gun
Faith Prince, Little Me

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
* Desmond Richardson, Fosse
Roger Bart, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Rufus Bonds, Jr., Parade
Gilles Chiasson, The Civil War

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
* Kristin Chenoweth, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Cheryl Freeman, The Civil War
Dee Hoty, Footloose
Mary Testa, On the Town
Ruth Williamson, Little Me

Outstanding Broadway Debut--A Tie
* Emily Bergl, The Lion in Winter * Elizabeth Parkinson, Fosse
Roger Howarth, The Lion in Winter
Judy Parfitt, Night Must Fall

This year's Special Awards went to Gwen Verdon for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre and Alfred Uhry for his "outstanding contribution to this theatrical season" (which includes his book for Parade).

The Friends of New York Theatre Awards are chosen by the members of their organization, which is open to anyone for a membership fee. Dues range from $200-$25. The Friends of New York Theatre are located on the web at http://www.fanyawards.com.