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Broadway Has It’s Tony Awards – Now The Berkshires Have The Berkies

Broadway Has It’s Tony Awards – Now The Berkshires Have The Berkies

 

The First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards (The Berkies) were awarded in Pittsfield MA. on Sunday November 13th. The location for the ceremony was Mr. Finn’s Cabaret and due to the overwhelming response from the Berkshire Theatre community, next years event is already being planned for a larger facility. Although Two-Time Tony Award Winner William Finn did not have a show in contention this year, he was on hand to accept for some artists who could not attend in person. Mr. Finn’s Tony Award Winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was launched in the Berkshires at Barrington Stage Co.

Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theatre productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Times Square Chronicles music editor and theatre critic Stephen Sorokoff is one of the voters along with the other members of The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association: Mark G. Auerbach of the Westfield News Group, Peter Bergman of Berkshire Bright Focus and the Berkshire Edge, Jeffrey Borak of the Berkshire Eagle, theatre historian Bob Bruyr, Dan Dwyer of Off Script, Helen Epstein of Arts Fuse, Bob Goepfert of the Troy Record and WAMC, Charles Giuliano of Berkshire Fine Arts, Rex Hearn of the Berkshire Record, Macey Levin of Berkshire on Stage, Gloria Miller of Curtain Up, Larry Murray of Berkshire on Stage, Chris Rohmann of the Valley Advocate, Fred Sokol of Talkin’ Broadway, Bob Sugarman of Theatre Talk, and Sally Sugarman of WBTN and More Theatre Talk. Also participating in the program but not voting are Gail M. Burns and Ed Sedarbaum.
The Berkshire theatrical community was brought together by Larry Murray who has long promoted the idea of a Berkshire Theatre Awards program and in his honor the Founders committee did create the Larry Murray Award which is given to a person or theatre project that advances social, political, or community issues.  Larry personally presented this year’s award to Julianne Boyd founder/artistic director of Barrington Stage Co.  Shakespeare & Company and Barrington Stage Co, were big winners this year.  BSC’s productions of The Pirates of Penzance and American Son took top honors. Will Swenson, Tamara Tunie, Debra Jo Rupp, John Hadden, Andre Ware, and Jeff McCarthy  were also recipients of Berkshire Theatre Awards.

(For complete photos of The First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards go to Broadwayworld.com)

The Winners of The First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards
Outstanding:
Supporting Performance (Female) Intimate Theatre  – Dana Harrison in Holy Laughter (WAM Theatre)
Supporting Performance (Male) Intimate Theatre – Jeff McCarthy in Broadway Bounty Hunter (BSC)
Direction of Musical – Intimate Theatre – Julianne Boyd –  Broadway Bounty Hunter (BSC)
Choreography –  Large Theatre – Joshua Bergasse Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Costume Design – Play or Musical – Jess Goldstein Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Choreography – Intimate Theatre – Jeffrey Page -Broadway Bounty Hunter (BSC)
Direction – Intimate Theatre – Eric Tucker Cry Havoc (Shakespeare & Co)
Lighting Design – Play or Musical  Jason Lyons Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Supporting Performance (Male) Large Theatre  John Hadden The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare) & Andre Ware – American Son (BSC)
Scenic Design Play or Musical – Beowulf Borritt – Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Sound Design Play or Musical- Scott Kilian – Constellations (Berkshire Theatre Group)Male Actor (Male) – Intimate THeatre-  Stephan Wolfert – Cry Havoc (Shakespeare & Co.)
Actor (Female) Intimate Theatre- Debra Jo Rupp –  Kimberly Akimbo (BSC)
Direction Musical – Large Theatre – John Rando – Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Production of a New Musical – Broadway Bounty Hunter (BSC)
Production of Musical Intimate Theatre –  Broadway Bounty Hunter (BSC)
Performance Male Actor – Large Theatre – Will Swenson – Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Production of Play- Intimate Theatre – Cry Havoc (Shakespeare & Co.)
Performance Supporting Female Actor – Large Theatre – Nehassaiu Degannes -Or (Shakespeare) & Scarlett Strallen – Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Direction of Play – Large Theatre – Julianne Boyd – American Son (BSC)
Performance Female Actor – Large Theatre – Tamara Tunie – American Son (BSC)
Production of New Play – American Son – (BSC)
Production of Musical – Large Theatre – Pirates of Penzance (BSC)
Production of Play – Large Theatre – American Son (BSC)
Larry Murray Award – Julianne Boyd

(Complete photo coverage of The Berkshire Theatre Awards can be found on Broadwayworld.com)

William Finn The Berkshire Theatre Awards

William Finn
The Berkshire Theatre Awards

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Jo Rupp & Julianne Boyd

Debra Jo Rupp & Julianne Boyd

Larry Murray

Larry Murray

William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray, Debra Jo Rupp

William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray, Debra Jo Rupp

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Stephen Sorokoff, David Joseph, Eda Sorokoff

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Stephen Sorokoff, David Joseph, Eda Sorokoff

The Berkshire Theatre Awards

The Berkshire Theatre Awards

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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