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2016 Big Easy Theater Award nominees 

The best in New Orleans stage will be honored April 19 at the Orpheum Theater

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2016 Big Easy Theater Award nominees

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The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education announced nominees for performances in plays and musicals in 2015. Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards April 19 at the Orpheum Theater.

  Joan Long will receive the Theater Person of the Year Award. The costume, set and lighting designer also is nominated for Best Set Design for Goat in the Road Productions' Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis.

  The NOLA Project and Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts collected the most nominations. The NOLA project collected 13 nominations for shows including Marie Antoinette, Camille and Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand. Rivertown's dozen nominations were topped by six for The Addams Family and other contenders include The Producers and The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue. Lux et Umbra's production of Faustus also received six nominations.

  The Big Easy Awards gala will feature both theater and music awards. Music nominations will be announced in the March 22 issue of Gambit. Comedians Chris Trew and Tami Nelson will emcee. Not all awards will be presented at the event. Some categories will be announced April 19 on www.bestofneworleans.com.

  The gala is Tuesday, April 19 at The Orpheum Theater. It is sponsored by Gambit, Abita Brewing Company, Adler's, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Evamor Natural Artesian Water. Call Cat Burr at (504) 483-3130 for tickets.




Big Easy Award
2016 Theater Person of the Year

Joan Long

Masters of Ceremonies
Chris Trew and Tami Nelson




2016 Theater Nominees

Best Musical
The Color Purple, Anthony Bean Community Theater
The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company
Once Upon a Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Play
Antigone, Lux et Umbra
Camille, The NOLA Project
Detroit, Southern Rep
Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Best Director of a Musical
Ricky Graham Once Upon A Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Gary Rucker The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Andrew Vaught The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company
Cammie West and Christopher Bentivegna Terminator: The Musical, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Director of a Play
Beau Bratcher Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand, The NOLA Project
Augustin J. Correro Small Craft Warnings, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans
Jon Greene Faustus, Lux et Umbra
Joanna Russo Antigone, Lux et Umbra

Best Choreography
Jon Greene Faustus, Lux et Umbra
Jaune Buisson Hebert Once Upon A Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Karen Hebert The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Giselle Nakhid The Color Purple, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Best Music Director
Donna Clavijo My Fair Lady, Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS)
Tucker Fuller The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company
Alan Payne The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Jay Weigel Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project, Southern Rep

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Tracey E. Collins A New Brain, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company / Some People LLC
Madison Kerth The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Jessica Mixon A New Brain, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company / Some People LLC
Janet Shea Sister Act, JPAS

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Kevin Murphy The Producers, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Damien Moses The Color Purple, Anthony Bean Community Theater
Alan Payne The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Jake Wynne-Wilson Terminator: The Musical, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Actress in a Musical
Elizabeth Argus Hello, Dolly!, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Leslie Claverie Once Upon A Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University
Micah Richerand Desonier My Fair Lady, JPAS
Pandora Gastelum Happy End, The AllWays Lounge

Best Actor in a Musical
Sean Patterson The Producers, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Marc Fouchi The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Gary Rucker Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Nick Shackleford Jesus Christ Superstar, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Becca Chapman Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand, The NOLA Project
Gwendolyn Foxworth Fences, Anthony Bean Community Theater
Lara Grice Pterodactyls, Promethean Theatre Co./ Rockfire Theatre
Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth Flowers in the Attic, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
A.J. Allegra Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project
Martin Bradford Fishers of Men, Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Evan Spigelman Faustus, Lux et Umbra
David Williams Kingdom of Earth, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans

Best Actress in a Play
Gwendolyn Foxworth The Glass Menagerie, Anthony Bean Community Theater
Veronica Hunsiger-Loe She Was Born, Skin Horse Theater
Cecile Monteyne Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project
Kali Russell Flowers in the Attic, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Actor in a Play
A.J. Allegra Camille, The NOLA Project
Robert Diago DoQui Song of a Man Coming Through, Southern Rep
Mike Spara Sonata For Four Hands, Second Star Performance Collective/Generate INK
Will Williams Fences, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Best Ensemble
Antigone, Lux et Umbra
Clown Bar, The NOLA Project
The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company
Detroit, Southern Rep

Best Original Work of Theater
Be a New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony Jim Fitzmorris, Broken Habit Productions
Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand Andrew Vaught, The NOLA Project
She Was Born Nat Kusinitz and Veronica Hunsiger-Loe, Skin Horse Theater
Song of a Man Coming Through Joe Morris Doss and Andrew Doss, Southern Rep

Best Set Design
Martin Andrew Detroit, Southern Rep
Ron Goldberg The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Joan Long Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis, Goat in the Road Productions
Bill Walker The Bluest Eye, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Lighting Design
Melissa Martinez The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Brad Peterson The Bluest Eye, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
Shawn Ramagos Faustus, Lux et Umbra
Daniel Zimmer Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Best Costume Design
Sara Bandurian The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
Lindy Bruns Clown Bar, The NOLA Project
Cecile Casey Covert Camille, The NOLA Project
Shauna Leone Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Best Sound Design
Glenn Aucoin Faustus, Lux et Umbra
Brendan Connelly Detroit, Southern Rep
Mike Harkins Dracula, Broken Habit Productions
Matt Jackson Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Best University Production
Agnes of God Beau Bratcher, director University of New Orleans
Best of Enemies Michael Aaron Santos, director Delgado Community College
The Misanthrope Jessica Podewell, director Tulane University
Shine On Ray Vrazel, director Dillard University

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