Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Best of 2018 JKTS Awards: More Fun, Fun, Fun!

(Slightly) Naughty Fun
(11 Awards)

After taking a couple of seasons off, we are super excited to re-start our annual tradition! Up first, our awards for the media and technical aspects of the Broadway theater experience. Occasionally, the shows we saw that weren't on Broadway are included, too. They were: Chess (Kennedy Center), Passion (Virginia's Signature Theatre), Moulin Rouge! (pre-Broadway engagement), and Sweeney Todd (off-Broadway). And the winner is...

Best Animal: The Goat in Once On This Island
Sparky and Peapod going to work

Stage dooring for devoted fans

You know you've made it when you are used on the ads

"Now I'm a plush souvenir!"

Eating Walking the red carpet

with their feathery co-stars...
Their names are Sparky and Peapod, and they have legions of Once On This Island fans. They sure are cute, too! What ever will they do after the show closes?

Best Human Animal: Andrew Pirozzi as Sven in Disney's Frozen 
Sven (right) with his best friend Kristoff

The man in the costume, Andrew Pirozzi
Every time he takes the stage, there are oohs, ahhs and happy giggles. He's Sven, the adorable reindeer of Arendelle. Of course, Andrew Pirozzi makes us ooh, ahh and giggle, too.

Best Snake: The Backup Snakes in: Vision of Nowness" in Head Over Heels
Pythio (Peppermint) surrounded by snakes!
Usually, snakes scare me A LOT. But more than one show featured them this year, and I managed to stay in my seat. Best of the lot were all of the snakes that showed up in Head Over Heels.

Mean Girl(s) Award: A, B and C in Three Tall Women

A, B and C in action
Move over, Plastics. There were three (or is it just one?) even meaner girls on Broadway this year.

Grin and Bare It Award: The Ensemble in "Hygge" in Disney's Frozen

Sometimes, it's best not to have a picture... but if you've seen Frozen, you probably still struggle with wiping the image of the cast in all their "naked" (and fig leafed) glory in that, um, stunning Act Two opener...

Best Kiss Award - Same Sex: TIE: Pamela and Mopsa in Head Over Heels and Emma and Alyssa in The Prom

Lesbian love comes to Arcadia...

...and Edgwater, Indiana (by way of the Macy's Parade)
Ah, love! Be it in the fictional realm of Arcadia or in middle America, love comes in many forms. And there was plenty of kissing going on on Broadway stages in 2018. The two best (how could we pick one over the other?) were in the two best musicals of the season, so far. Romance, romance...

Best Kiss Award - Straight: Edward and Vivian in Pretty Woman: The Musical

Samantha Barks and Andy Karl
She doesn't kiss for work reasons. He just doesn't kiss. But then they met and they couldn't help themselves.

Best Abs: Timothy Hughes as Pabbie in Disney's Frozen

Even from the mezzanine, you could see that six pack! 

Best Underwear: Matt Bomer in The Boys in the Band

Depending on where you sat, you might have seen all of Matt Bomer. The rest of us got to see him in tighty whities. And that was nice, too. 

Best Full Monty - Play: Lee Pace in Angels in America

It wasn't just a quick flash of his butt, either. It was a several minutes long scene of him ranting and raving in the buff. Best of all, it wasn't gratuitous. It was brave.

Best Full Monty - Musical: Claybourne Elder and Steffanie Leigh in Passion (Signature Theater, Virginia)

Beautiful people in a beautiful production. Not shock value. Art.

Click the 2018 icon in the column to your right and see all of our "Best of 2018" and "2018 JKTS Awards" articles!


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