Connecticut’s who’s -who of the theater world took center stage during the 26th Annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards held at the Hartford Stage on Monday, June 13th. The CCC Awards honored outstanding achievements in the state’s 2015-16 professional theater season.
Those in attendance included Governor Dannel Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy, Michael Stotts, Managing Director of the Hartford Stage, CCC President, Geary Danihy, CCC member and BATV GM Howard Steven Frydman plus many notable actors, directors, producers and state politicos. During the two hour award program, famed actress and singer Tina Fabrique, known for her portrayal of Ella Fitzgerald in “Ella” served a duel role as host and performer for over 400 in attendance. The CCC Awards were co-hosted by Hartford Stage and TheaterWorks. The Connecticut Critics Circle is comprised of theater critics and writers in the state’s print, radio and on-line media.
Highlights of the CCC awards included new musical ” Anastasia ” receiving best New Musical along with actress Christy Altomare receiving the CCC Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. Yale Repertory Theatre’s “Indecent,” which is currently playing in New York, received Outstanding Production of a Play. Actor Teren Carter received Outstanding Featured Actor in a musical for Memphis.
During the ceremony the following award recipients were honored:
Outstanding director of a play: Rebecca Taichman for “Indecent.”
Outstanding director of a musical: Darko Tresnjak for “Anastasia.”
Outstanding actor in a play: Rajesh Bose for “Disgraced” at Long Wharf Theatre.
Outstanding actor in a musical: Bobby Steggert for “My Paris” at Long Wharf Theatre.
Outstanding actress in a play: Erika Rolfsrud for “Good People” at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.
Outstanding actress in a musical: Christy Altomare for “Anastasia.”
Outstanding choreography: Peggy Hickey for “Anastasia”
Outstanding ensemble: “Indecent”
Outstanding featured actor in a play: Charles Janasz for “Romeo and Juliet” at Hartford Stage.
Outstanding featured actress in a play: Birgit Huppuch for “The Moors” at Yale Repertory Theatre.
Outstanding featured actor in a musical: Teren Carter for “Memphis” at Ivoryton Playhouse.
Outstanding featured actress in a musical: Mara Davi for “My Paris.”
Outstanding debut: Mohit Gautman for “Disgraced” at Long Wharf Theatre
Outsanding set design: Alexander Dodge for “Rear Window” at Hartford Stage.
Oustanding costume design: (a tie) for Linda Cho for “Anastasia” and Paul Tazewell for “My Paris” at Long Wharf Theatre
Outstanding lighting design: Donald Holder for “Anastasia”
Outstanding sound design: Darron L. West for “Body of an American” for Hartford Stage.
Outstanding projection design: Aaron Rhyne for “Anastasia” at Hartford Stage
Anne Keefe, stage manager of New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre and Broadway for more than 25 years and part of the leadership team that saved and transformed Westport Country Playhouse, received the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award for lifetimes achievement in the theater. Longtime colleague Alkison Harris presented the award and read congratulations from former Long Wharf Theatre artistic director Arvin Brown and actor John Lithgow.
Special awards were presented to Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, co-composers and co-music directors who created the Klezmer music for Yale Rep’s world premiere of “Indecent.”
Among the award presenters were Gov. Dannel F. Malloy and Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, O’Neill Theater Center founder George White, animal trainer Bill Berloni and Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon.
Also performing was David Pittsinger, nominated for “South Pacific” at Ivoryton Playhouse.
The Connecticut Critics Circle is comprised of theater critics and writers in the state’s print, radio and on-line media. Information: http://www.ctcritics.org.