The Inaugural Louie Awards Are Here! And The Nominees Are…

Screen shot 2012-12-26 at 12.54.35 PMLocal reviewers Mark Bretz and Judy Newmark hatched the plan soon after the Kevin Kline Awards announced they would not be giving awards after last year. We local theatre-loving souls agreed that this wonderful community should be recognized so we met and the Louie’s were born. Framed certificates instead of more costly awards, a casual “party” atmosphere instead of a more formal affair and a chance to meet and greet your fellow actors, directors, techies and- yes- reviewers before, during and after the awards’ presentation is the aim of this group. We call ourselves the St. Louis Theatre Circle and it’s based on similar groups of reviewers who highlight local theatre across the country. The presentations will all go down on Monday, March 11 at the Gaslight Theatre with closed circuit TV next door at the West End Grill and Pub. More details will come but for now, let’s take a look at the nominees. We decided to break the awards into three categories- drama, comedy and musical. We’re very happy to have such a diverse group- good luck to everyone. We are in the process of voting now so none us will know who gets the awards until we open the envelopes on March 11.

NOMINEES FOR MUSICALS

Outstanding Production

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages St. Louis
  • Chicago, The Muny
  • Spring Awakening, Stray Dog Theatre
  • Sunday in the Park with George, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
  • Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre Saint Louis

Outstanding Director

  • Justin Been, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
  • Michael Hamilton, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
  • Denis Jones, Chicago, The Muny
  • Scott Miller, High Fidelity, New Line Theatre
  • Rob Ruggiero, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep

Outstanding Actor

  • Ron Bohmer, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
  • Ryan Foizey, Cry-Baby, New Line
  • Rod Gilfry, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre
  • Antonio Rodriguez, Urinetown, Stray Dog
  • John Sparger, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, New Line

Outstanding Actress

  • Erin Davie, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
  • Natascia Diaz, Chicago, The Muny
  • Tari Kelly, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny
  • Jennifer Theby, Urinetown, Stray Dog
  • Karen Ziemba, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor

  • Dean Christopher, Chicago, The Muny
  • Mike Dowdy, Cry-Baby, New Line
  • Zachary Allen Farmer, High Fidelity, New Line
  • Ryan Foizey, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
  • Steve Isom, My One and Only, Stages

Outstanding Supporting Actress

  • Terrie Carolan, Cry-Baby, New Line
  • Beth Leavel, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny
  • Susanne Menzer, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre
  • Deborah Sharn, Urinetown, Stray Dog
  • Anna Skidis, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog

Outstanding Acting Ensemble

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
  • Chicago, The Muny
  • High Fidelity, New Line Theatre
  • Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
  • Urinetown, Stray Dog

Outstanding Set Design

  • David Blake, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Stray Dog
  • Adrian Jones, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
  • Scott L. Schoonover, High Fidelity, New Line
  • Michael Schweikardt, The King and I, The Muny
  • James Wolk, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages

Outstanding Costume Design

  • Lou Bird, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
  • Brad Musgrove, My One and Only, Stages
  • Alexandra Scibetta Quigley, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
  • Alejo Vietti, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep

Outstanding Lighting Design

  • Tyler Duenow, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
  • Seth Jackson, Chicago, The Muny
  • John Lasiter, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep
  • Matthew McCarthy, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages

Outstanding Choreography

  • Robin Michelle Berger, Cry-Baby, New Line
  • Denis Jones, Chicago, The Muny
  • Dana Lewis, My One and Only, Stages
  • Lara Teeter, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Muny
  • Chris Bailey, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Muny

Outstanding Musical Direction

  • Adaron “Pops” Jackson, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stages
  • Stephen Lord, Sweeney Todd, Opera Theatre
  • Chris Petersen, Spring Awakening, Stray Dog
  • Justin Smolik, High Fidelity, New Line
  • F. Wade Russo, Sunday in the Park with George, The Rep

NOMINEES FOR DRAMAS

Outstanding Production

  • Angels in America, Stray Dog Theatre
  • Clybourne Park, The Rep
  • Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, St. Louis Black Repertory Company
  • The Hairy Ape, Upstream Theater

Outstanding Director

  • Gary Bell, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Deanna Jent, Going to See the Elephant, Mustard Seed Theatre
  • Timothy Near, Clybourne Park, The Rep
  • Ed Smith, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Black Rep
  • Milton Zoth, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Outstanding Actor

  • John Hickok, The Invisible Hand, The Rep
  • Michael Scott Rash, 9 Circles, R-S Theatrics
  • Michael James Reed, A Steady Rain, The Rep
  • Ben Watts, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • B Weller, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Outstanding Actress

  • Nancy Bell, Clybourne Park, The Rep
  • Rachel Fenton, Oleanna, HotCity Theatre
  • Rachel Hanks, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Patrese McClain, No Child, The Black Rep
  • Kirsten Wylder, Bug, Muddy Waters Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor

  • Larry Dell, Killer Joe, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Greg Fenner, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Terry Meddows, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre
  • Joshua Thomas, Othello, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
  • David Wassilak, Angels in America, Stray Dog

Outstanding Supporting Actress

  • Teresa Doggett, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Rachel Fenton, Killer Joe, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Laura Kyro, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Elizabeth Ann Townsend, The Maids, Upstream Theater
  • Kelley Weber, Lost in Yonkers, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Acting Ensemble

  • Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Clybourne Park, The Rep
  • Going to See the Elephant, Mustard Seed Theatre
  • Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • The Hairy Ape, Upstream Theater

NOMINEES FOR COMEDIES

Outstanding Production

  • Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
  • The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
  • The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
  • The Foreigner, The Rep
  • The Violet Hour, Max & Louie Productions

Outstanding Director

  • Paul Mason Barnes, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
  • Edward Coffield, Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
  • Suki Peters, The Compleat Wks of Wm Shkspr (Abridged), St. Louis Shakespeare
  • Marty Stanberry, The Divine Sister, HotCity
  • Edward Stern, The Foreigner, The Rep

Outstanding Actor

  • Ryan DeLuca, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Rep
  • Greg Fenner, Fully Committed, Stray Dog
  • John Flack, The Divine Sister, HotCity
  • Bobby Miller, Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
  • John Scherer, The Foreigner, The Rep

Outstanding Actress

  • Emily Baker, Season’s Greetings, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Sarah Cannon, Dinner with Friends, Dramatic License Productions
  • Tarah Flanagan, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
  • Meghan Maguire, Talley’s Folly, New Jewish Theatre
  • Carol Schultz, The Foreigner, The Rep

Outstanding Supporting Actor

  • Matthew Galbreath, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Rep
  • Chopper Leifheit, The Divine Sister, HotCity
  • Casey Predovic, The Foreigner, The Rep
  • Antonio Rodriguez, The Violet Hour, Max & Louie Productions
  • Lenny Wolpe, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep

Outstanding Supporting Actress

  • Sarajane Alverson, Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs, West End Players Guild
  • Lavonne Byers, The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
  • Teresa Doggett, Season’s Greetings, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Shanara Gabrielle, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
  • Kirsten Wylder, The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre

Outstanding Acting Ensemble

  • Jacob and Jack, New Jewish Theatre
  • The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
  • The Divine Sister, HotCity Theatre
  • The Foreigner, The Rep
  • The Violet Hour, Max & Louie Productions

COMEDIES and DRAMAS

Outstanding Set Design

  • Jason Coale, The Maids, Upstream Theater
  • Dunsi Dai, Imaginary Jesus, Mustard Seed Theatre
  • Scott Neale, Clybourne Park, The Rep
  • Erik Paulson, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep
  • John Stark, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design

  • Felia Katherine Davenport, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Sarita Fellows, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Black Rep
  • Daryl Harris, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Black Rep
  • Alexandra Scibetta Quigley, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Margaret E. Weedon, The Comedy of Errors, The Rep

Outstanding Lighting Design

  • Steve Carmichael, The Hairy Ape, Upstream Theater
  • Tyler Duenow, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Phil Monat, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Rep
  • Nathan Schroeder, Talley’s Folly, New Jewish Theatre
  • Michael Sullivan, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design

  • Justin Been, Angels in America, Stray Dog
  • Zoe Sullivan, Going to See the Elephant, Mustard Seed
  • Rusty Wandall, A Steady Rain, The Rep
  • Robin Weatherall, Good, St. Louis Actors’ Studio
  • Robin Weatherall, Way to Heaven, New Jewish Theatre

Outstanding New Play

  • Imaginary Jesus, Deanna Jent, Mustard Seed Theatre
  • Stupefy! The 90-Minute Harry Potter Live!, Jaysen Cryer, Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre
  • The Invisible Hand, Ayad Akhtar, The Rep
  • The New World, Nancy Bell, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
  • Wake Up, Cameron Dobbs, Stephen Peirick, West End Players Guild.

Founding members of the St. Louis Theater Circle include Steve Allen, Stagedoorstl.com; Andrea Braun, The Vital Voice and Playback; Mark Bretz, Ladue News; Bob Cohn, St. Louis Jewish Light; Chris Gibson, Broadwayworld.com; Harry Hamm, KMOX; Gerry Kowarsky, Two on the Aisle; Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX; Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Andrea Torrence, Stlouistheatresnob.com; Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat; and Bob Wilcox, Two on the Aisle and Town & Style.

 

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