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Court, Paramount take top honors at 2017 Equity Jeff Awards

Court, Paramount take top honors at 2017 Equity Jeff Awards
Photograph: Michael Brosilow Blues for an Alabama Sky at Court Theatre

Court Theatre’s revival of Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky was named best production of a play at Monday night’s 49th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremony, while the Paramount Theatre in suburban Aurora took best production of a musical for Sweeney Todd. Both shows’ directors, Ron OJ Parson and Jim Corti, respectively, were also honored. The award for best ensemble went to the cast of East Texas Hot Links at Writers Theatre, which was also directed by Parson.

Three of the seven nominees in the new play category, which is non-competitive, received awards: Michael Cristofer’s Man in the Ring, which premiered at Court, Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s Jane Austen sequel Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, at Northlight, and Antoinette Nwandu’s searing Pass Over, at Steppenwolf.

The full list of winners is below; you can revisit the complete nominations here. Next up: The 2018 non-Equity Jeff Awards will be presented on June 11, 2018.

Production—Play—Large

Blues for an Alabama Sky, Court Theatre

Production—Play—Midsize

Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Production—Musical—Large

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Paramount Theatre

Production—Musical—Midsize

The Scottsboro Boys, Porchlight Music Theatre 

Production—Revue

Smokey Joe's Café, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Ensemble

East Texas Hot Links, Writers Theatre

New Play

Michael Cristofer, Man in the Ring, Court Theatre
Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Northlight Theatre
Antoinette Nwandu, Pass Over, Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Director—Play

Ron OJ Parson, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Court Theatre

Director—Musical or Revue

Jim Corti, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Paramount Theatre

Principal Actor—Play

Alex Weisman (Jason/Tyrone), Hand to God, Victory Gardens Theater

Principal Actor—Musical

Paul-Jordan Jansen (Sweeney Todd), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Paramount Theatre

Principal Actress—Play

Angela Ingersoll (Judy Garland), End of the Rainbow, Porchlight Music Theatre 

Principal Actress—Musical

Kathy Voytko (Francesca), The Bridges of Madison County, Marriott Theatre

Solo Performance

Linda Reiter (Rose Kennedy), Rose, Greenhouse Theater Center

Supporting Actor—Play

Marton Csokas (Astrov), Uncle Vanya, Goodman Theatre 

Supporting Actor—Musical

Jonathan Butler-Duplessis (Jim Conley), Parade, Writers Theatre

Supporting Actress—Play

Kymberly Mellen (Susan Mary Alsop), The Columnist, American Blues Theater

Supporting Actress—Musical

E. Faye Butler (Matron Mama Morton), Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Actor—Revue

Austin Cook (The Man), Marry Me a Little, Porchlight Music Theatre

Actress—Revue

Michelle Lauto (Ensemble), Spamilton, Royal George Theatre

Scenic Design—Large

Jeffrey D. Kmiec, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Paramount Theatre

Scenic Design—Midsize

Joe Schermoly, Naperville, Theater Wit

Costume Design—Large

Theresa Ham, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Paramount Theatre

Costume Design—Midsize

Kristy Leigh Hall, Pygmalion, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Sound Design—Large

Andre Pluess, Man in the Ring, Court Theatre

Sound Design—Midsize

Grover Holloway, The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz, The House Theatre of Chicago

Lighting Design—Large

Nick Belley and Jesse Klug, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Paramount Theatre

Lighting Design—Midsize

Cat Davis, The River Bride, Halcyon Theatre

Choreography

Matthew Crowle, Crazy for You, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Original Music

Orbert Davis, Paradise Blue, TimeLine Theatre Company

Music Direction

Tom Vendafreddo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Paramount Theatre

Puppet Design

Jesse Mooney-Bullock, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Paramount Theatre

Projection Design

Mike Tutaj, Objects in the Mirror, Goodman Theatre

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