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2017 Big Easy Award winners announced for music and theater 

The Revivalists named Entertainer of the Year

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Bandleader and guitarist Deacon John Moore thanked a who's who list of New Orleans musicians, producers and friends from his six-decade career — including Allen Toussaint, Dave Bartholomew, Benny Spellman, Earl Palmer and many others — while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Big Easy Award at the Orpheum Theater April 24. Moore and award winners in a host of music and theater categories thanked the communities of local artists that support and encourage one another in their work.

  The Lifetime Achievement award for theater was presented to Anthony Bean, actor, director and founder of Anthony Bean Community Theater. Other special awards went to entertainers of the year The Revivalists and Christopher Bentivegna of See 'Em on Stage: A Production Company, which won five awards for its rock musical Lizzie.

  The Big Easy Awards are presented by the Gambit-affiliated Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education, which offers annual grants to artists and educators. The Big Easy Awards gala was sponsored by Gambit, Orpheum Theater, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, Flor de Cana Rum, Sazerac Rye, Plymouth Gin, Stoli Vodka and Abita Brewing Company.

Big Easy Music Awards

Lifetime Achievement

Deacon John Moore

Entertainer of the Year

The Revivalists

Best Male Performer

Mike Dillon

Best Female Performer

Tarriona "Tank" Ball

Best Album of 2016

Leyla McCalla
A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey
Jazz Village

Best Traditional Jazz

Tuba Skinny

Best Contemporary Jazz

Herlin Riley Quartet

Best Brass Band

The Hot 8 Brass Band

Best Gospel

Betty Winn & One A-Chord

Best Funk Band

Sexy Dex & the Fresh

Best Rhythm and Blues

Tank & the Bangas

Best Blues

Bobby Rush

Best Rap/Bounce


Best Heavy Metal/Punk


Best Rock

The Revivalists

Best Country/Folk Band

Leyla McCalla

Best Zydeco/Cajun

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Latin/World


Best Emerging Artist

Sexy Dex & the Fresh

Best DJ/Electronica

DJ Soul Sister
Big Easy Theater Awards

Big Easy Theater Awards

2016 Theater Person of the Year

Christopher Bentivegna

Lifetime Achievement in Theater

Anthony Bean

Best Musical

Lizzie, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Play

Colossal, Southern Rep

Best Director of a Musical

Christopher Bentivegna
Lizzie, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Director of a Play

Beau Bratcher
4000 Miles, The NOLA Project

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Idella Johnson
Lizzie, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Preston Meche
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Actress in a Musical

Leslie L. Claverie
Lizzie, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Actor in a Musical

Cameron-Mitchell Ware
Ragtime Cripple Creek Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actress in a Play

Lucy Faust
The Glass Menagerie, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Supporting Actor in a Play

Mike Spara
Don Quixote, The NOLA Project

Best Actress in a Play

Kerry Cahill
Grounded, Southern Rep

Best Actor in a Play

Ross Britz
Colossal, Southern Rep

Best Ensemble

The Flick, Promethean Theatre Co.

Best Original Work of Theater

Don Quixote
Pete McElligott, The NOLA Project

Best Choreography

Kenneth Beck
West Side Story, Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Best Music Director

Jefferson Turner
Ragtime, Cripple Creek Theatre Company

Best Set Design

Eric Porter
Airline Highway, Southern Rep

Best Lighting Design

Evan Spigelman
Flood City, The NOLA Project

Best Costume Design

Sara Bandurian
Lizzie, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Sound Design

Mike Harkins
Grounded, Southern Rep

Best University Production

The House That Will Not Stand
Laura Hope, director
Loyola University


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