Francis Jue, Lainie Sakakura, Allen Gilmore, Jon Norman Schneider, Shannon Tyo, Ralph B. Peña, Aline Mayagoitia, Alaudin Ullah, Lisa Helmi Johanson and More Nominated for Connecticut Critics Circle Awards; Winners to Be Presented Tonight at Long Wharf Theatre

Long Wharf Theatre’s “The Chinese Lady” and Hartford Stage’s “Lost in Yonkers” and Music Theatre of Connecticut’s production of “Falsettoland” lead the shows nominated for the 30th annual Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. The awards event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, will be held Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. Kenneth Gartman, a New York City based singer, music director, and producer, will preside over the show which is free and open to the public.

Jon Norman Schneider, Shannon Tyo in Long Wharf’s production of Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY. Photo by Carolyn Stockage

“The Chinese Lady” garnered eight nominations including Outstanding Production- Play, Outstanding Actor for Jon Norman Schneider, Outstanding Actress for Shannon Tyo, Outstanding Director for Ralph B. Pena, Outstanding Sound for Fabian Obispo, Outstanding Costume Design for Linda Cho, Outstanding Lighting for Jiyoun Chang, and Outstanding Set Design for Junghyun Georgia Lee.

Aline Mayagoitia (center) with Kit Kat dancers (l-r) Aurore Joly, Kathy Liu, Georgia Monroe, Caroline Kane, Antonia Raye and Shelby Finnie in Goodspeed’s production of CABARET. Photo by Lia Chang

Goodspeed’s production of “Cabaret” was nomination for Outstanding Actress- Musical for Aline Mayagoitia, Outstanding Choreography for Lainie Sakakura, Outstanding Actor – Musical for Bruce Landry and Outstanding Featured Actress – Musical for Jennifer Smith.

In addition to the nominees, there will be two special awards presented at the ceremony. This year’s Tom Killen Memorial Award, presented for a lifetime of dedication to the theater and to theater in Connecticut, will be presented to Executive Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC), Kevin Connors. The award is named after Tom Killen, a talented young critic who died at the age of 33 in August 1989 and who helped found the Connecticut Critics Circle. Mr. Connors was also instrumental in leading MTC to become one of only three theaters in the country to have permission from Actors Equity and the CDC to open for live audiences after COVID-19 restrictions began to be lifted.

Artistic Director Rob Ruggiero and Theaterworks Hartford will receive a special award for the company’s tireless efforts and innovative means to bring streamed plays to Connecticut theater-goers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time when audiences were not permitted in the theater, Theaterworks Hartford consistently produced high-quality streaming productions.

The 30th Annual Awards Ceremony is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

Other nominees are:

Avirodh Sharma & Alaudin Ullah in DISHWASHER DREAMS. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Outstanding Solo Performance
Cloteal L. Horne – Fires in the Mirror – Long Wharf
Matt Densky – Fully Committed – Music Theatre of CT
Alaudin Ullah – Dishwasher Dreams – Hartford Stage

Outstanding Debut
Ari Sklar – Falsettoland – Music Theatre of CT
Avanthika Srinivasan – Queen – Long Wharf

Outstanding Ensemble
Five Guys Named Moe – Playhouse on Park
Smokey Joe’s Cafe – ACT of CT
The Porch on Windy Hill – Ivoryton Playhouse
It’s a Wonderful Life – Hartford Stage
A Grand Night for Singing – Goodspeed Opera House

Outstanding Projections
RJ Romeo – The Mountaintop – Music Theatre of CT
Camilla Tassi – Fires in the Mirror – Long Wharf
Mark Holthusen – Dream House – Long Wharf

Outstanding Sound
Hao Bai – Walden – Theaterworks Hartford
Fabian Obispo – The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Jay Hilton – A Grand Night for Singing – Goodspeed Opera House
Noel Nichols and Uptown Works – Today is My Birthday – Yale Rep

Outstanding Costume Design
Kara Harmon – Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous – Hartford Stage
Linda Cho – The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
An-Lin Dauber – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Harry Nadal – Zoey’s Perfect Wedding – Theaterworks Hartford
Haydee Zelideth – Dream House – Long Wharf

Outstanding Lighting
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew – Walden – Theaterworks Hartford
Jiyoun Chang – The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Porsche McGovern – Fires in the Mirror – Long Wharf
Christopher Chamber – Nickel Mines – ACT of CT
Cory Pattak – Next to Normal – Westport Country Playhouse

Outstanding Set Design
You-Shin Chen – Walden – Theaterworks Hartford
Collette Pollard – Angry, Raucous & Shamelessly Gorgeous – Hartford Stage
Junghyun Georgia Lee – The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Stephanie Osin Cohen – Dream House – Long Wharf
Daniel Nischan – Native Gardens – Ivoryton Playhouse

Outstanding Choreography
Stephanie Pope Lofgren – Smokey Joe’s Cafe – ACT of CT
Brittney Griffin – Five Guys Named Moe – Playhouse on Park
Andrew Palermo – Nickel Mines – ACT of CT
Amy Hall Garner – Choir Boy – Yale Rep
Lainie Sakakura – Cabaret – Goodspeed Opera House

Outstanding Actor – Musical
Dan Sklar – Falsettoland – Music Theatre of CT
David Lutken – The Porch on Windy Hill – Ivoryton Playhouse
Spiff Wiegand – Buddy Holly – Music Theatre of CT
Avionce Hoyles – Jesus Christ Superstar – ACT of CT
Austin Turner – Rent – ACT of CT

THE PORCH ON WINDY HILL at The Ivoryton Playhouse. Photo By Jonathan Steele

Outstanding Actress – Musical
Lisa Helmi Johanson -The Porch on Windy Hill – Ivoryton Playhouse
Susan Haefner – Tenderly – Music Theatre of CT
Dar. Lee. See. Ah. – Next to Normal – Westport Country Playhouse
Ayla Stackhouse – Star of Freedom – Ivoryton Playhouse
Aline Mayagoitia – Cabaret – Goodspeed Opera House

Outstanding Actor – Play
Eric Bryant – Doubt – Westport
Tom Holcomb – This Bitter Earth – Theaterworks Hartford
Damian Thompson – This Bitter Earth – Theaterworks Hartford
Chaz Rose – The Mountaintop – Music Theatre of CT
Gabriel Lawrence – The Agitators – Playhouse on Park

Outstanding Actress – Play
Shannon Tyo – The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Betsy Aidem – Doubt – Westport Country Playhouse
Andrea Syglowski – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Stephanie Janssen – Queen – Long Wharf
Darilyn Castillo – Dream House – Long Wharf

Outstanding Featured Actor – Musical
Jeff Gurner – Falsettoland – Music Theatre of CT
Daniel J. Maldonado – Next to Normal – Westport Country Playhouse
Richard E. Waits – Star of Freedom – Ivoryton Playhouse
Bruce Landry – Cabaret – Goodspeed Opera House
Gordia Hayes – Rent – ACT of CT

Outstanding Featured Actress – Musical
Jessie Janet Richards – Falsettoland – Music Theatre of CT
Jennifer Smith – Cabaret – Goodspeed Opera House
Paloma D’Auria – Rent – ACT of CT

Outstanding Featured Actress – Play
Sharina Martin – Doubt – Westport Country Playhouse
Antoinette LaVecchia – Ah, Wilderness – Hartford Stage
Marsha Mason – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Liba Vaynberg – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Marianna McClellan – Dream House – Long Wharf

Susan Soon He Stanton’s comedy Today is My Birthday, directed by Mina Morita, and featuring Francis Jue (left) and Jeena Yi at Yale Rep. Photo by Adam Tolbert

Outstanding Featured Actor – Play
Jon Norman Schneider – Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Francis Jue – Today is My Birthday – Yale Rep
Jeff Skowron – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Michael Nathanson – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Allen Gilmore – Choir Boy – Yale Rep

Allen Gilmore and Israel Erron Ford in CHOIR BOY by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Christopher D. Betts, Yale Repertory Theatre, March 31-April 23, 2022. Photo © Joan Marcus
Allen Gilmore and Israel Erron Ford in CHOIR BOY by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Christopher D. Betts, Yale Repertory Theatre, March 31-April 23, 2022. Photo © Joan Marcus

Outstanding Director – Musical
Brittney Griffin – Five Guys – Playhouse on Park
Kevin Connors – Falsettoland – Music Theatre of CT
Marcos Santana – Next to Normal – Westport Country Playhouse
Sherry Lutken – The Porch on Windy Hill – Ivoryton Playhouse

Outstanding Director – Play
Ralph B. Peña – The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Marsha Mason and Rachel Alderman – Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
Laurie Woolery – Dream House – Long Wharf
Mei Ann Teo – Walden – Theaterworks Hartford
Mark Lamos – Straight White Men – Westport Country Playhouse

Outstanding Production – Musical
Smokey Joe’s Cafe – ACT of CT
Five Guys Named Moe – Playhouse on Park
Falsettoland – Music Theatre of CT
Next to Normal – Westport Country Playhouse

Outstanding Production – Play
The Chinese Lady – Long Wharf
Doubt – Westport Country Playhouse
Walden – Theaterworks Hartford
Lost in Yonkers – Hartford Stage
The Agitators – Playhouse on Park

 

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