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2003 Helen Hayes Award Nominations

Helen Hayes Award Nominations Announced on March 10th. Mitchell and Ripley Garner Double Nominations

The nominations for the 19th Annual Helen Hayes Awards were announced Monday, March 10th at a reception held at the Canadian Embassy. Presented by Ambassador and Mrs. Michael Kergin, the reception hosted a myriad of theater professionals and enthusiasts from across the Washington, DC area.

The Canadian Embassy has been an enthusiastic supporter of the DC artistic community and this is its tenth year as a patron of the Helen Hayes Awards. The Canadian Embassy also sponsors The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership, a program that provides an all-expense paid trip to Canada to selected Artistic Directors. The purpose of this trip is to give the recipient the opportunity to gain knowledge about Canadian theatrical culture.

After being introduced by Anne Delaney, Counselor (Cultural Affairs) of the Canadian Embassy, Ambassador Kergin announced the recipients of the 2003 Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership as being Carolyn Griffin, Artistic Director of Metro Stage and Janet Stanford, Artistic Director of Imagination Stage.

Helen Hayes Awards Executive Director, Linda Levy Grossman then took the podium to announce the nominations. Before the nominations were revealed, she took some time to share some statistics. During the course of the 2002 calendar year, 70 out of the 83 professional theaters in the metro area presented 360 productions. These productions presented 9,272 performances and entertained 2,083,621 audience members. Thus, continuing Washington's standing as the second biggest theater town in the country. Washington is second only to New York City in number of seats filled.

The nominations turned out to be a mix of big name endeavors such as Man of La Mancha and lesser known pieces such as Three Sistahs. Popular touring productions such as Aida and The Full Monty also received Helen Hayes nods. However, those who were hoping that the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration would make a sweep will be mightily disappointed. Although, the Sondheim Celebration didn't dominate, three of its shows do appear on the nomination list several times - Sweeney Todd, which received 7 nominations, Sunday In The Park With George with 6 nominations and Company at 3 nominations.

New York favorites, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Alice Ripley each garnered two nominations. Mitchell was honored for his work in Man of La Mancha (Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production) and Sweeney Todd (Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical). Ripley was recognized for her work in Company (Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical) and Tell Me On A Sunday (Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical).

Several other Broadway veterans captured nominations such as:Len Cariou (Copenhagen), Carol Woods (The Full Monty), Judd Hirsch (I'm Not Rappaport), John Barrowman (Company), Barbara Cook (Simply Sondheim) and Raśl Esparza (Sunday In The Park With George). Additionally, some local favorites carried away nominations. They include J. Fred Shiffman (Privates on Parade, Nancy Robinette (The Little Foxes) and Doug Brown (Hambone).

The 19th Annual Helen Hayes Awards will take place on Monday, May 5th in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. For more information, visit www.helenhayes.org.

Helen Hayes Nomination List

Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production

Cleavant Derricks
The Full Monty
The National Theatre

Kelli Fournier
Aida
The Kennedy Center

Mary Ellen Mahoney
Mamma Mia!
The National Theatre

Kenny Mellman
Kiki & Herb in Pardon Out Appearance
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Carol Woods
The Full Monty
The National Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production

Justin Bond
Kiki & Herb in Pardon Out Appearance
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Len Cariou
Copenhagen
The Kennedy Center

John Epperson
Lypsinka! The Boxed Set
The Studio Theatre

Judd Hirsch
I'm Not Rappaport
Ford's Theatre

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Man of La Mancha
The National Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production

Barbara Cook
Mostly Sondheim
The Kennedy Center

Mariette Hartley
Copenhagen
The Kennedy Center

Paulette Ivory
Aida
The Kennedy Center

Sarah Jones
Surface Transit
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Alice Ripley
Tell Me on a Sunday
The Kennedy Center

Outstanding Non-Resident Production

Copenhagen
The Kennedy Center

The Full Monty
The National Theatre

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set
The Studio Theatre

Mamma Mia!
The National Theatre

Man of La Mancha
The National Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical

Brad Anderson
South Pacific
Arena Stage

Clinton Derricks-Carroll
Polk County
Arena Stage

Ted L. Levy
Hot Mikado
Ford's Theatre

Mark Price
Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

Lawrence Redmond
South Pacific
Arena Stage

J. Fred Shiffman
Privates on Parade
The Studio Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical

Ta'rea Campbell
The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Lori Tan Chinn
South Pacific
Arena Stage

Mariani Ebert
Brasil: as coisas do samba
Gala Hispanic Theatre

Perri Gaffney
Polk County
Arena Stage

Lauri Kraft
Bat Boy: The Musical
The Studio Theatre

Alice Ripley
Company
The Kennedy Center

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play

Donald Carrier
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shakespeare Theatre

Michael Ray Escamilla
Recent Tragic Events
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Robert Hogan
A Moon for Misbegotten
Arena Stage

Andrew Long
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shakespeare Theatre

Bruce Nelson
Faith Healer
Rep Stage

David Sabin
The Little Foxes
The Shakespeare Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play

Menchu Esteban
La Verdad Sospechosa
Gala Hispanic Theatre

Catherine Flye
She Stoops to Conquer
Folger Theatre

Tana Hicken
The Winter's Tale
The Shakespeare Theatre

Dori Legg
Recent Tragic Events
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Susan Lynskey
The Laramie Project
Olney Theatre Center for the Arts

Nancy Robinette
The Little Foxes
The Shakespeare Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production

Mark Anduss
Tiny Alice
Washington Shakespeare Company

Scott Burgess
Knoyugogh
Little Globe Theater

Scott Burgess
Othello
Folger Theatre

David McKeever
The After-Dinner Joke and Scotland Road
Potomac Theatre Project and Olney Theatre Center for the Arts

Paata Tsikurishvili
Host and GuestSynetic Theater

Adam Wernick
The Diaries
Signature Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design, Resident Production

Alessandra D'Ovidio and Mariana Fernandez
La Verdad Sospechosa
Gala Hispanic Theater

Deborah M. Dryden
The Misanthrope
Arena Stage

Robert Perdziola
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shakespeare Theatre

Jelena Vukmirovic and Marie Schneggenberger
Mississippi Pinocchio
Theater of the First Ammendment

Catherine Zuber
Much Ado About Nothing
The Shakespeare Theatre

Catherine Zuber
The Winter's Tale
The Shakespeare Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production

Amy Appleyard
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shakespeare Theatre

Howell Binkley
Sunday in the Park With George
The Kennedy Center

Howell Binkley
Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

Jonathan Blandin
The Weir
Round House Theatre

Chris Lee
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Signature Theatre

Daniel MacLean Wagner
The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production

Loy Arcenas
True West
Arena Stage

Debra Booth
Hambone
The Studio Theatre

James Kronzer
Shakespeare, Moses and Joe Papp
Round House Theatre

Hugh Landwehr
The Little Foxes
The Shakespeare Theatre

Jos. B. Musumeci, Jr.
The Weir
Round House Theatre

Walt Spangler
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shakespeare Theatre

Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production

Sam Elmore and Kelly Parsley
Tales form Ovid
The Theater Alliance

Ilona Kessell
The Jazz Singer
Toby's Dinner Theatre

Baayork Lee
South Pacific
Arena Stage

Mark Minnick
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
West End Dinner Theatre

Irina Tsikurishvili
Hamlet
Synetic Theater

Irina Tsikurishvili
Host and Guest
Synetic Theater

Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production

Rob Berman
Sunday in the Park With George
The Kennedy Center

Larry Blank
Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

George Fulginiti-Shakar
South Pacific
Arena Stage

Paul Raiman
The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Daniel Sticco
Bat Boy: The Musical
The Studio Theatre

Jonathan Tunick
Company
The Kennedy Center

Stephen Wade
Polk County
Arena Stage

Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical

John Barrowman
Company
The Kennedy Center

Raśl Esparza
Sunday in the Park with George
The Kennedy Center

Rick Hammerly
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Signature Theatre

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

Patrick O'Neill
Bat Boy:The Musical
The Studio Theatre

Russell Sunday
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical
Toby's Dinner Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical

Kate Baldwin
South Pacific
Arena Stage

Christine Baranski
Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

E. Fay Butler
The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Melissa Errico
Sunday in the Park With George
The Kennedy Center

Harriett D. Foy
Polk County
Arena Stage

Janine Gulisano
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical
Toby's Dinner Theatre

Outstanding Director, Resident Musical

Christopher Ashley
Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

Kyle Donnelly
Polk County
Arena Stage

Toby Orenstein
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical
Toby's Dinner Theatre

Eric Schaeffer
The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Eric Schaeffer
Sunday in the Park With George
The Kennedy Center

Molly Smith
South Pacific
Arena Stage

Outstanding Resident Musical

The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Jekyll & Hyde The Musical
Toby's Dinner Theatre

Polk County
Arena Stage

South Pacific
Arena Stage

Sunday in the Park With George
The Kennedy Center

Sweeney Todd
The Kennedy Center

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical

The Christmas Carol Rag
Signature Theatre

The Gospel According to Fishman
Signature Theatre

Harlem Rose, A Love Song to Langston Hughes
MetroStage

Mississippi Pinocchio
Theater of the First Amendment

Polk County
Arena Stage

Three Sistahs
MetroStage

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play

Church of the Open Mind
Charter Theatre

The Diaries
Signature Theatre

Miklat
Theater J

Recent Tragic Events
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Shakespeare, Moses and Joe Papp
Round House Theatre

The Taste of Fire
Charter Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play

Gerry Bamman
Shakespeare, Moses and Joe Papp
Round House Theatre

Doug Brown
Hambone
The Studio Theatre

Jon Cohn
The Taste of Fire
Charter Theatre

Rick Foucheux
Oleanna
Source Theatre

Ted Koch
True West
Arena Stage

Christopher Lane
The Swan
Rep Stage

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play

Kamilah Forbes
Chain
The African Continuum Theatre Company

Lee Mikeska Gardner
The Taste of Fire
Charter Theatre

Tana Hicken
The Belle of Amherst
Rep Stage

Kelly McGillis
The Duchess of Malfi
The Shakespeare Theatre

Holly Twyford
Oleanna
Source Theatre

Holly Twyford
The Shape of Things
The Studio Theatre

Nance Williamson
The Misanthrope
Arena Stage

Outstanding Director, Resident Play

Doug Hughes
The Little Foxes
The Shakespeare Theatre

Nick Olcott
The Weir
Round House Theatre

Paata Tsikurishvili
Hamlet
Synetic Theater

Paata Tsikurishvili
Host and Guest
Synetic Theater

John Vreeke
Born Guilty
Theater J

Joy Zinoman
Prometheus
The Studio Theatre

Outstanding Resident Play

Born Guilty
Theater J

Hamlet
Synetic Theater

Host and Guest
Synetic Theater

The Little Foxes
The Shakespeare Theatre

She Stoops to Conquer
Folger Theatre

The Weir
Round House Theatre


-- Tracy Lyon


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