Sunday, June 9, 2013

The 3rd Annual JKTS Awards: The Winners!

What a season it has been, readers!  Here we are, at long last, on Tony Sunday, starting with the 3rd Annual JKTS Awards announcement of winners.  After three weeks of selecting categories, nominating stars and shows, and finally voting, your voice has been heard, and here are the results!

You vote really counts here at JK's TheatreScene, as you voted NOT to give one of the awards (Special Theatrical Event) and two of the awards feature winners that made first made the ballot with YOUR write-in votes!  So thank you all for participating!  And thank you for making this year's awards the most successful yet with just under 1,000 votes cast over the past three weeks.

This year's big winners are Bring It On: The Musical with an amazing 14 awards,  Pippin, Matilda, Macbeth and The Nance with 4 awards each, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with 3 awards.  Several shows won 2 awards.  Individuals Alan Cumming, Gregory Haney and Ryann Redmond each won two.

In addition to the four categories of awards you voted on, I selected winners for three "Special JKTS Honors," which you'll see below.

Congratulations to this year's winners and all the nominees.  2012 - 2013 was a special year!


These awards are for those performers, creative and shows that should have made the Tony Awards Ballot but didn't...

Best Play 
     The Nance by Douglas Carter Beane (Top)
Best Musical 
     Hands on a Hardbody (Center)
Best Revival of a Play 
     Macbeth (Bottom)
Best Revival of a Musical 
     No award given

Best Leading Actor in a Musical 
     Matthew James Thomas, Pippin (Top, Left)
Best Leading Actress in a Musical 
     Taylor Louderman, Bring It On: The Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical 
     Gregory Haney, Bring It On: The Musical (Top, Right)
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - TIE 
     Ryann Redmond, Bring It On: The Musical 
     Betsy Wolfe, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Bottom)

Best Leading Actor in a Play
     Alan Cumming, Macbeth
Best Leading Actress in a Play
     Jessica Hecht, The Assembled Parties (Above, Left)
Best Featured Actor in a Play
     Jeremy Shamos, The Assembled Parties (Above, Right)
Best Featured Actress in a Play
     Vanessa Williams, The Trip to Bountiful

Best Direction of a Play
     Jack O'Brien, The Nance (Top, Left)
Best Direction of a Musical
     Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical (Top, Right)
Best Choreography
     Gypsy Snider, Pippin (Bottom, Far Left)

The Bring It On Creative Team

Best Score Written for the Theatre
     Bring It On: The Musical
     Music: Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best Book of a Musical
     Bring It On: The Musical, Jeff Whitty
Best Orchestrations
     Pippin, Larry Hochman


The beloved Tony-winning actress showed that she's still got it all - sass, class, song and dance... not to mention those legendary legs!  This season, she kicked ass and showed her, uh, loving side as the sometimes murderous, sometimes amorous and always mysterious Princess Puffer in the acclaimed revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  And she showed her legendary sense of humor - and that women of a certain age can still "bring it" - in the Drood company's original video, "Bustle Fluffah."  Congratulations and thank you, Ms. Rivera!  Here's to many more years of your amazing talents and inspiration.


These awards recognize the special gifts and talents from the past season that aren't recognized by the Tony Awards.  Yet.

Best Special Theatrical Event
     You voted overwhelmingly to NOT select a winner in this category.
Best Solo Performance in a Play, Musical or Special Event
     Alan Cumming, Macbeth
Best Full Cast Ensemble in a Play
     The Cast of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Top)
Best Supporting Ensemble in a Play
     The Ensemble of The Nance (Center)
Best Full Cast or Supporting Ensemble in a Musical
     The Ensemble of Bring It On: The Musical (Bottom)

Best Debut by an Actor in a Play
     Jonny OrsiniThe Nance (Bottom - in towel)
Best Debut by an Actor in a Musical
     Jason Gotay, Bring It On: The Musical (Top, far right)
Best Debut by an Actress in a Play
     Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Debut by an Actress in a Musical
     Ryann Redmond, Bring It On: The Musical (Below, top)
Best Child Actor in a Play or Musical
     Johnny Rabe, A Christmas Story: The Musical
Best Children's Ensemble in a Play or Musical
     The Four "Matilda"s, Matilda: The Musical (Below, bottom)

Best Original Song - Solo/Ballad
     "Naughty" from Matilda: The Musical
Best Original Song - Group/Production Number
     "Revolting Children" from Matilda: The Musical


Easily the most famous restaurant in the the theatre district, Sardi's has been, for decades, the place for Broadway folk to see and be seen.  Opening night parties for all the biggest hits (and flops) happened there, while everyone waited nervously for The New York Times review.  Even today, you can find many of Broadway's movers and shakers in the corner front tables between shows or late night unwinding or making a deal or two.  And what actor doesn't dream of finding their face immortalized in a world-famous Sardi's caricature?  Everyone from Lucille Ball to Angela Lansbury to Bob Fosse to the most recent honoree, Lucky Guy's Tom Hanks (May 23, 2013).  The original caricaturist, Alex Gard, struck a deal with original owner, Vincent Sardi, that he'd receive a free meal for each drawing he did.  That deal remained in place until Gard's death.  Sardi's donated a large portion of the collection to the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library.  But even more importantly in Broadway history, Sardi's is literally the birthplace of the Tony Awards.  In 1946, shortly after Antoinette Perry passed away, her partner, theatrical producer and director Brock Pemberton was lunching at Sardi's when he came up with the idea of a major theatre award to honor "Tony" Perry.  For many years, the Tony Award nominations were announced from the landmark restaurant.  Other eateries may come and go, but none will ever match the integral part it has played in Broadway history.


These awards honor the achievements of Broadway in the print, recorded and social media.

Best Logo for a Play
Best Logo for a Musical
     Bring It On: The Musical


Best Website for a Play
     Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Website for a Musical
     Kinky Boots
Best Website for a Theatre Company
     The Roundabout Theater Company
Best Theatre Website - General News/Information
Best Theatre Website - Entertainment/Gossip
     The BroadwayWorld Message Boards
Best Theatre Website - Educational
     The Playbill Vault

Best Theatre-related Webseries - Serial
     It Could Be Worse (Top)
Best Theatre-related Webseries - Interview
     Side by Side by Susan Blackwell -
Best Theatre-related Social Media
     #SIP - Twitter/Instagram (Bottom)

Best Original Cast Recording
     Bring It On: The Musical, Sh-K-Boom Records
Best Recording by a Theatre Solo Artist
     Dream a Little Dream, Laura Osnes, Broadway Records
Best Show Merchandise Tie-In
     Pom-Poms from Bring It On: The Musical

Biggest Broadway News Story of the Season
     The Orphans/Shia LaBeuf/Alec Baldwin Email/Twitter Firing Controversy
Best Broadway-related Event
     The Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction


Nestled in a small store front at the corner of 45th Street and 9th Avenue, Schmackary's has become the place for a sweet treat and to star gaze as Broadway actors and actresses forget their waistlines before, between and after shows.  Their rotating menu of cookies include such amazing flavors as carrot cake (my favorite), red velvet and maple bacon cookies.  They always have old fashioned chocolate chip cookies, which are amazing with a trace of sea salt.  Always fresh and 100% tasty, these cookies are even better with cold milk, available at the store.  Broadway fans can even send cookies to the stage door for their favorite stars.  Aside from great cookies, and an owner (Zachary "Schmackary" Schmahl) with Broadway dreams saved by the gourmet cookie craze, the store has, in just over a year in business, become an important part of the community.  Recently, they sponsored a week of celebrity cookie sellers (Pasek and Paul, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontanna, among many others) with proceeds benefitting Broadway Cares.  They called it Broadway Bakes.  Something tells me that will grow and become an annual event.  Welcome to Broadway, Schmakary's.  Long may we smell those tasty treats wafting through the theatre district.


These awards celebrate all those things we all wish someone would make an award for!

Best Bare Chest in a Play or Musical
     Sebastian Stan, Picnic (Top)
"She Must Work Out" Award
     Patina Miller, Pippin (Bottom, Left)
"He Must Work Out" Award
     Gregory Haney, Bring It On: The Musical (Bottom, Right)

Best Actor or Actress Playing a "Real-Life" Role in a Play or Musical
     Rob McClure, Chaplin (Top)
Best Performance by a Live Animal in a Play or Musical - TIE
     Macaco as Miss Alice Nutting's dog in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Center)
     Sunny as Sandy in Annie
Best Onstage Couple
     Lola and Charlie (Billy Porter and Stark Sands), Kinky Boots (Bottom, Left)
Best Real-Life Broadway Couple
     Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon) and Ryan Steele (Matilda) (Bottom, Right)
Best Cast at the Stage Door
     The Cast of Bring It On: The Musical

The Show That Has to Go
     Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark


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