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The 2016 Big Easy Awards 

Photos from a night honoring the best in New Orleans theater and music

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The 2016 Big Easy Awards

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Jon Cleary looked right at home mingling with the crowd before the Big Easy Entertainment Awards at the Orpheum Theater April 19 and on stage performing his song "When You Get Back." But he had an extraordinary evening, accepting the Entertainer of the Year award and winning Best Album of 2015 for his Grammy-winner, GoGo Juice.

  Also honored for their contributions to New Orleans' music scene were drummer and bandleader Benny Jones Sr., who accepted a Lifetime Achievement award, and rapper Mia X, who received the Music Heritage Award. Costume, set and lighting designer Joan Long was named Theater Person of the Year.

  The Big Easy Awards featured music and theater categories. Aurora Nealand was named Best Female Performer and won Best Jazz along with her band The Royal Roses. Mike Dillon, who also performed at the event, was named Best Male Performer and won Best Heavy Metal/Punk with his band.

  Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts both won five awards and Southern Rep Theatre collected four. Southern Rep's production of local playwright Lisa D'Amour's Detroit won Best Play and Best Ensemble. Its production of Song of a Man Coming Through won Best Original Work and Best Actor in a Play for Robert Diago DoQui. Rivertown's Gary Rucker won Best Director of a Musical for The Addams Family.

  Comedians Chris Trew and Tami Nelson emceed the event, which also featured performances from Terminator: The Musical and Southern Rep's Boudin — The New Orleans Music Project.

  The Big Easy Entertainment Awards support the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education, which awards annual grants to artists and institutions. The event was sponsored by Gambit, Coleman E. Adler & Sons, Abita Brewing Company, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Evamor Natural Artesian Water, Hall Piano Company, Actors' Equity Association, Sazerac Rye, Flor de Cana Rum, Stoli Vodka and Plymouth Gin.

Big Easy Music Awards

Lifetime Achievement

Benny Jones Sr.

Entertainer of the Year

Jon Cleary

Music Heritage Award

Mia X

Best Male Performer

Mike Dillon

Best Female Performer

Aurora Nealand

Best Album of 2015

Jon Cleary

GoGo Juice

Thirty Tigers

Best Jazz

Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

Best Brass Band

New Breed Brass Band

Best Gospel

Tyrone Foster & the Arc Singers

Best Funk Band

Nigel Hall

Best Rhythm and Blues

Tank & the Bangas

Best Blues

Sonny Landreth

Best Rap/Bounce

Big Freedia

Best Heavy Metal/Punk

The Mike Dillon Band

Best Rock

Sweet Crude

Best Country/Folk Band

The Deslondes

Best Zydeco Band

Buckwheat Zydeco

Best Cajun Band

Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars

Best Latin/World

Debauche

Best Emerging Artist

Motel Radio

Best DJ/Electronica

Quickie Mart

Big Easy Theater Awards

2016 Theater Person of the Year

Joan Long

Best Musical

The Cradle Will Rock Cripple Creek Theater Company

Best Play

Detroit, Southern Rep

Best Director of a Musical

Gary Rucker

The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Director of a Play

Jon Greene

Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Best Choreography

Karen Hebert The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Music Director

Tucker Fuller

The Cradle Will Rock Cripple Creek Theater Company

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Madison Kerth

The Addams Family Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Kevin Murphy

The Producers Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Actress in a Musical

Leslie Claverie

Once Upon a Mattress Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Best Actor in a Musical

Marc Fouchi

The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Supporting Actress in a Play

Becca Chapman

Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand The NOLA Project

Best Supporting Actor in a Play

Evan Spigelman

Faustus Lux et Umbra

Best Actress in a Play

Gwendolyn Foxworth

The Glass Menagerie Anthony Bean Community Theater

Best Actor in a Play

Robert Diago DoQui Song of a Man Coming Through Southern Rep

Best Ensemble

Detroit Southern Rep

Best Original Work of Theater

Song of a Man Coming Through

Joe Morris Doss and Andrew Doss Southern Rep

Best Set Design

Bill Walker

The Bluest Eye Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Lighting Design

Brad Peterson

The Bluest Eye Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Costume Design

Shauna Leone

Marie Antoinette The NOLA Project

Best Sound Design

Glenn Aucoin

Faustus Lux et Umbra

Best University Production

Best of Enemies

Michael Aaron Santos,

director

Delgado Community College

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