Suzi Bass Awards Winners
The votes are in, and the winners are announced. And they gave us a lot more enjoyment than those politicians we’ve been inundated with.
The ceremony held last evening was like a red carpet event, with hundreds of theatre people saluting one another. While there are dozens of categories, the general audiences won’t fully relate to some of the off stage efforts, for as we know, the play’s the thing.
The Alliance walked off with 8 awards, the largest number of any of the local theatres. Aurora scored 7 and Serenbe Playhouse garnered 6. So, if you haven’t been a patron of these fine establishments, you may wish to broaden your horizons.
The Outstanding Lead Actress in a play was Mary Lynn Owen for her role in WIT at the Aurora Theatre; and the Outstanding Actress in a Musical work went to Niki Badua for Miss Saigon at Serenbe Playhouse.
Best Lead Actor in a Play was awarded to Kenny Raskin for his work in I’m Not Rappaport at the Aurora, and best Lead Actor in a Musical went to Kevin Harry for his cutting performance in Sweeney Todd at Actor’s Express.
And the productions which received the most awards are Miss Saigon (6), In the Heights (3), I’m Not Rappaport (3), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2) and The Toxic Avenger (2). I truly hope you got to see most of these shows.
We in the Greater Atlanta area are especially fortunate for all the good works provided to us by our very active and talented theatre arts community. So, while the Fox may be the place for some to see and be seen, let us not have a blind eye to the delights which abound throughout our region. Let’s all salute them and yell Bravo!