Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 in Review: JK's Theatrescene Awards, Part II: The Performance Awards

To see the Non-Performance Winners: 2011 JK's TheatreScene Awards, Part 1, click  HERE.

The other day, I named 39 winners in 37 categories covering non-performance achievement on Broadway. Today,  I will do the same (44 winners in 41 categories) in performance related achievement on Broadway. This year's awards cover all the productions I saw in 2011.

If you can think of a snazzier name for these awards or some interesting categories to consider for next year, send them in!


Best Chemistry: Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes in Bonnie and Clyde (BELOW)
Best Cast Chemistry: The Normal Heart (BELOW)

Best Rise-Above-It Moment: Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano singing from Spider-Man at the Tony Awards BEFORE it even opened.
The Grin-and-Bear-It Award (Cast): Wonderland
The Grin-and-Bear-It Award (Individual): Frank Wildhorn composer of  Wonderland and Bonnie and Clyde

Best Dancing by a Non-dancer in a Musical: Norbert Leo Butz in Catch Me If You Can (BELOW)

Best New Song Written for a Broadway Musical: TIE "How 'Bout a Dance" from Bonnie and Clydeand "Sal Tlay Ka Siti " from The Book of Mormon and "Good Bye" from Catch Me If You Can
Best Complete Score of Songs NOT Written for a Broadway Musical: Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Best Underscoring: Anything the orchestra plays during an action sequence in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Best Understudy: Julia Mattison in Godspell. "Turn Back, O Man" was never funnier, sexier or dazzling.

Best Debut - Play: Ellen Barkin in The Normal Heart (ABOVE)
Best Debut - Musical: Rosalind Elias in Follies
Most Under-appreciated Actor: Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.  He's done drama with full nudity.  He sings and dances like he was born to do it.  Why can't Broadway recognize the Entertainer of the Year like the rest of the world? (ABOVE)
Most Under-appreciated Actress: Rose Hemingway in How to Succeed in Business.  I suppose it is easy to get lost in the media frenzy when you are Harry Potter's leading lady. (ABOVE)
Most Under-appreciated Cast: The Cast of Chinglish.  Don't miss this cast, people!  Really!

Best Kiss - Straight: Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (BELOW)
Best Kiss - Gay: Teddy Toye and Ato Blankson-Wood in Lysistrata Jones (will Batman and Robin ever be the same again?)
Best Kiss - Period: Joey and Seth Numrich in War Horse Is there anything more touching than the bond between a boy and his puppet horse?

Best Strip Tease - Play: Jay Armstrong Johnson in Wild Animals You Should Know (BELOW)
Best Strip Tease - Musical: Josh Segarra in Lysistrata Jones 
Best Underwear in a Play (Male): Jay Armstrong Johnson in Wild Animals You Should Know
Best Underwear in a Play (Female): Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur (BELOW)
Best Underwear in a Musical (Male): Alexander Aguilar in Lysistrata Jones (BELOW)
Best Underwear in a Musical (Female): Liz Mikel in Lysistrata Jones

Best Blocking in a Musical: The Ghosts in Follies
Worst Blocking in a Musical: Baby, It's You! (The whole show)
Best Cameo in a Musical: Darth Vader and friends in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream" in The Book of Mormon (BELOW)
Worst Cameo in a Musical: Lewis Carroll in Wonderland The most lame scene in the lamest musical in years...

The "Say a Little Prayer" Award (for too much of a good thing):  Use of confetti cannons.  Make it stop.  Please.
The Alice Ripley Award (for acting intensity):  Ellen Barkin in The Normal Heart.  A living dynamo.
The Scottsboro Boys Award (for a too short run): Bonnie and Clyde
The Shirelles Award (for back up singer excellence): The 4 Cowboys in Lucky Guy (as Indians, BELOW)

The Get-the-Show-on-the-Road Award - Best Touring Cast: The Non-Equity Company of Spring Awakening (ABOVE)
The Get-the-Show-on-the-Road Award - Best Actor: Joshua Kobak as St. Jimmy in American Idiot
The Get-the-Show-on-the-Road Award - Best Actress: Courtney Markowitz as Ilse in Spring Awakening

Best Surprise Show: Lysistrata Jones.
Best "Hit" Show: War Horse
Best "Flop" Show: Catch Me If You Can
Best Challenging Show: Queen of the Mist
Best Broadway-related Web Series: Submissions Only 

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1 comment:

  1. It's scary how many of these things I agree with you on. I saw Spring Awakening tour cast (stage seating) and I LOVED Courtney Markowitz. She was my favorite of the entire show. I think Daniel Radcliff did a great job in H2S, and loved Rose Hemingway. Catch Me if You Can was my favorite of the musicals I saw this year (American Idiot aside).
    And I can't speak for the tour (yet), but I saw Joshua Kobak as St. Jimmy on Broadway and thought he was great in the role.


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