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Goodman and Teatro Vista are big winners

Goodman Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Who’s Tommy,” Teatro Vista and American Blues Theatre’s August Wilson’s “Fences” were big winners at the 55th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards on Monday night. -volunteer Jeff committee.

Monday was a particularly good night for Goodman; Director Robert Falls’ production “The Cherry Orchard” won the best play award in the major productions category, while “Fences” and Teatro Vista’s production “The Dream King” also won first place. in the medium size category.

Falls was also presented with a special Jeff Award at a ceremony held at the Drury Lane Theater in Oakbrook Terrace. Falls, who recently stepped down as artistic director of the Goodman Theatre, was recognized for his longstanding contributions to Chicago theater.

The Shattered Globe’s staging of the terrifying musical “London Road” won the Jeff Award for best medium-sized musical, and the traditionally coveted Jeff Award for best ensemble in plays went to the cast of Rivendell Theater Ensemble’s “Motherhouse.” In the musical or revue category, ensemble winners were Court Theater for “The Gospel at Colonus” and Goodman for “Tommy.”

Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.

cjones5@chicagotribune.com

THE MAKING OF A GAME (BIG): “The Cherry Orchard” – Goodman Theater

MAKING OF A GAME (MEDIUM SIZE):

  • “Dream King” – Teatro Vista
  • “Fences” – American Blues Theater

MAKING OF A MUSICAL (BIG): “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

MAKING OF A MUSICAL (MEDIUM SIZE): “London Road” – Shattered Globe Theater

COMMUNITY FOR ONE GAME: “Main House” – Rivetvadi Theater Group

ENSEMBLE FOR A MUSICAL OR REVUE:

  • “The Bible at Colonus” – Court Theater
  • “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Bekah Brunstetter and Ingrid Michaelson – “Notebook” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  • Rebecca Gilman – “Swing State” – Goodman Theater
  • Marvin Quijada – “Dream King” – Teatro Vista
  • Tuckie White – “The Main House” – Rivendell Theater Company

GAME DIRECTOR (MAJOR): Robert Falls – “The Cherry Orchard” – Goodman Theater

GAME DIRECTOR (MEDIUM SIZE): Monty Cole – “Fences” – American Blues Theater

DIRECTOR OF THE MUSICAL (BIG): Des McAnuff – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

DIRECTOR OF THE MUSICAL (MEDIUM SIZE): Elizabeth Margolius – “Road to London” – Shattered Globe Theater

Steve Peebles, Kendall Wilson, Alani Gross-Roberts, Christina Gorman, Anne Sheridan Smith, Leslie Ann Sheppard, Rengin Altay, Tina Muñoz Pandya, Rebecca Jordan and Steven Schaeffer "London Road" Shattered had its US premiere at Theater Wit in Chicago, produced by Globe Theatre.

ACTOR IN THE MAIN ROLE – GAME:

  • Kamal Angelo Bolden (Troy Maxson) – “Fences” – American Blues Theater
  • Marvin Quijada (Actor) – “Dream King” – Teatro Vista

MAIN ROLE ACTOR – MUSICAL:

  • Ali Louis Bourzgui (Tommy) – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater
  • Erica Stephan (Sally Bowles) – “Cabaret” – Porchlight Music Theater

SINGLE PERFORMANCE: Alexis J. Roston (Billie Holiday) – “Ladies’ Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” – Mercury Theater Chicago

ACTOR IN THE REVUE:

  • Felicia P. Fields – “Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues” – Writers Theater
  • Evan Mills – “Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams” – Second City

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY:

  • Karen Aldridge (O) – “God?” – Red Orchid Theater
  • Meighan Gerachis (Aunt Weezie) – “Mother’s House” – Rivendell Theater Company

ACTOR PLAYING THE SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL:

  • Mary Robin Roth (Fräulein Schneider) – “Cabaret” – Porchlight Music Theater
  • Elizabeth Stenholt (Medium Alison) – “Fun House” – Paramount Theater

STAGE DESIGN (BIG):

  • Andrew Boyce – “Murder on the Orient Express” – Drury Lane Productions
  • Jeffrey D. Kmiec – “Into the Woods” – Paramount Theater

STAGE DESIGN (MEDIUM SIZE): Joe Schermoly – “Dream King” – Teatro Vista

COSTUME DESIGN (MAJOR): Bill Morey – “Cabaret” – Porchlight Music Theater

COSTUME DESIGN (MEDIUM SIZE): Robert Kuhn – “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” – Chicago Mercury Theater

SOUND DESIGN (BIG): Gareth Owen – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

SOUND DESIGN (MEDIUM SIZE): Matthew Chapman – “Dream King” – Teatro Vista

LIGHTING DESIGN (LARGE): Amanda Zieve – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN (MEDIUM SIZE): Conchita Avitia – “King of Dreams” – Teatro Vista

CHOREOGRAPHY: Lorin Latarro – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN ONE GAME: Matthew Chapman, Marvin Quijada, Elliot Taggart and Ethan T. Parcell – “The Dream King” – Teatro Vista

MUSIC DIRECTION: Rick Fox – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

PROJECTION DESIGN: Peter Nigrini – “Who is Tommy” – Goodman Theater

ARTISTIC EXPERTISE:

  • Drew Dir for puppet design – “Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol” – Writers Theater and Manual Cinema
  • Amanda Hermann and Yu Shibagaki for property design – “Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon” – Lookingglass Theater Company
  • Mike Oleon for puppet design – “Dream King” – Teatro Vista

SHORT TERM – PRODUCTION: “Island” – Palace Theater

SHORT TERM – PERFORMER: Kelly Anne Clark (Actress) – “Being Seen” – RG Productions

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