Here, in alphabetical order, is a selected list of major theatre awards in 2000-01. Separate stories on most of these awards are located in the U.S. news section of Playbill On-Line.
ASTAIRE AWARDS (for excellence in Dance)
Nominees announced May 1, 2001. Winners announced & awarded May 18, 2001 at NYC's Hudson Theatre. 2000: Winners: Choreography: Susan Stroman (Contact & The Music Man); Female Dancer: Deborah Yates (Contact); Male Dancer: Clyde Alves (The Music Man).
AUDELCO AWARDS (for Excellence in Black Theatre)
Awards to be announced and given November 2001. 2000 Winners: Play Production, Playwright, Director: Jitney by August Wilson, dir Marion McClinton; Solo: Rome Neal in Monk; Musical, Musical Direction: Damn Yankees Dir Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj; Rising Star: Ah-Keisha McCants. Pioneers: Voza Rivers, A. Peter Bailey, and actress Micki Grant.
CLARENCE DERWENT AWARDS (given by Actors' Equity for the most promising performers on the NY scene)
Winners to be announced May 2001. Awards given June 2001 at Actors' Equity building. 2000 Winners: Sherie Rene Scott (Aida) and Derek Smith (The Green Bird).
DRAMA DESK AWARDS (for New York theatre):
Nominations announced May 1, 2001 at the Friar's Club. Awards Ceremony: May 20, 2001 at LaGuardia High School at Lincoln Center. 2000 Winners: Play Revival: The Real Thing; Musical Revival: Kiss Me, Kate; Play: Copenhagen; Musical: Contact; Solo: Dame Edna; Unique Theatrical Experience: Charlie Victor Romeo. DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS (for Broadway and Off-Broadway):
Nominees announced April 19, 2001. Winners announced and awarded May 11, 2001. 2000 winners: Musical: Contact; Play: Copenhagen; Revival: Kiss Me, Kate; Distinguished Achievement: Audra McDonald.
(see Madge Evans-Sidney Kingsley Award)
JOHN GASSNER PLAYWRITING AWARD (administered by the Outer Critics Circle)
Announced April 30, 2001; Given May 25, 2000 at Sardi's with OCC Awards. 2001 Winner: David Auburn (Proof).
GILMAN and GONZALEZ-FALLA MUSICAL THEATER AWARDS (for achievement and promise in American musical theater):
Award given Oct. 30, 2000 at Lincoln Center's Viviant Beaumont Theatre, NYC. 2000 Winner: Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party (Off-Bway version))
LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS (for Off-Broadway):
Sponsored by League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. Nominees announced April 2, 2001. Winners announced April 23, 2001; 15th annual Awards given May 7, 2001 at Lucille Lortel Theatre. 2001 Winners: Play: Proof (David Auburn); Musical: Bat Boy; Revival: Tiny Alice; Director: Daniel Sullivan (Proof); Actor: Alan Bates (The Unexpected Man); Actress: Mary-Louise Parker (Proof); Unique Experience: Mnemonic; Sustained Excellence: Lanford Wilson; Lifetime Achievement: Kitty Carlisle Hart; Body Of Work: New York Theatre Workshop.
MADGE EVANS-SIDNEY KINGSLEY AWARD
Presented by the Dramatists Guild Fund for outstanding contributions to the theatre.
Awards given June 2001. 2000 Winners: Playwright Donald Margulies, actress Marion Seldes.
NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE (Broadway and Off-Broadway):
Winners announced May 2001; 2000 Winners: Play: Jitney; Foreign Play: Copenhagen; Musical: James Joyce's The Dead.
OBIE AWARDS (sponsored by Village Voice for Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway shows):
No nominees announced in advance. Presented May 21, 2001 at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St., in NYC. 2000 Winners: Playwriting: Harley Granville Barker (Waste); Sustained Achievement: Ping Chong; Sustained Excellence: Deb Margolin; Citation for Production: The Carbon Copy Building; Ensemble: Jitney; Direction: Marion McClinton (Jitney).
OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD (given by NYC's York Theatre Company for lifetime achievement in musical theatre):
2000 Winners: John Kander and Fred Ebb.
OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS (for Broadway and Off-Broadway; also see John Gassner Playwriting Award)
Nominees announced April 16, 2001; Winners announced April 30, 2001; Awards given May 24, 2001 at Sardi's Restaurant. 2001 Winners: Broadway Musical: The Producers; Broadway Play: Proof; Off-Broadway Play: Jitney; Off-Broadway Musical: Bat Boy; Revival Play:
PATRICIA ZIPPRODT AWARD (for innovative Costume Design; Sponsored by Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)).
Winner announced March 5, 2001; Ceremony May 3, 2001 at Players Club. 2001 Winner: Ann Hould-Ward.
PULITZER PRIZE (for American drama)
For shows produced Mar. 2, 2000-Mar. 1, 2001. Award announced April 16, 2001 at Columbia University. 2001: Winner: Proof (David Auburn). Finalists: The Play About the Baby, The Waverly Gallery
TDF IRENE SHARAFF AWARDS (for costume design):
2000 Winners: Lifetime Achievement: Ann Roth; Young Master: Robert Perdziola; Artisan: Woody Shelp; Posthumous: Lucinda Ballard.
THEATRE HALL OF FAME
Inductees announced early winter 2001. Ceremony: January 29, 2000 at Gershwin Theater (where names of past winners are inscribed). 2001 inductees: actresses Liza Minnelli, June Havoc, Nancy Marchand and Mary Alice; Playwright Athol Fugard; Producer Robert Fryer; Producing Director Jon Jory; Critic: Otis Guernsey.
THEATRE WORLD AWARDS (for newcomers)
No nominations. Winners announced May 2001. Given May 2001. Administered by John Willis. 2000 Winners: Craig Bierko, (The Music Man), Everett Bradley (Swing!), Gabriel Byrne (A Moon for the Misbegotten), Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!), Toni Collette (The Wild Party), Henry Czerny (Arms and the Man), Stephen Dillane (The Real Thing), Jennifer Ehle (The Real Thing), Philip Seymour Hoffman (True West), Hayley Mills (A Suite in Two Keys), Cigdem Onat (Time of the Cuckoo), Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde). Special Achievement: Barry Humphries (Dame Edna: The Royal Tour).
TONY AWARDS (for Broadway shows)
Nominees announced May 7, 2001 at Sardi's. Awards announced and given Sunday, June 3, 2001 at Radio City Music Hall. Broadcast: www.tonys.org (pre-show, 6:30-7 PM); on PBS-TV 8-9 PM and CBS-TV 9-11 PM (EST). 2000 Winners: Regional Theatre: Utah Shakespearean Festival. Special Awards: Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Eileen Heckart; T. Edward Hambleton (founder, Phoenix Theatre); agent Sylvia Herscher; Encores! at City Center.
-- By David Lefkowitz