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2013 Artie Award Nominations

Mary Kate O'Connell, shown here accepting the 2008 Artie for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, will be presented the Career Achievement Award at this year's Artie Awards. (photo by Rose Mattrey)

The 23rd annual Artie Award ceremony will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Town Ballroom. Admission is a $10 donation, which benefits Benedict House, a facility that provides services to individuals in our community with HIV/AIDS and their families.

The doors open at 7pm and the event begins at 8pm. Hosts are Artvoice theater editor Anthony Chase, with actors Charmagne Chi and Amy Jakiel. The music director is Michael Hake. The evening features numbers from nominated shows and jazz vocalist Peggy Farrell. Jimmy Janowski will be on the red carpet with his eye on fashion for the evening.

This year’s Career Achievement Award winner is Mary Kate O’Connell, who has been a mainstay of musical theater in Western New York for many years, most recently through the auspices of O’Connell & Company, which will move to its new home at the Park School this year. In addition to being an Artie winner herself, Mary Kate was co-host of the first Artie Awards, 23 years ago!

Below is the complete list of nominees. Shows that opened after the first week of May 2013 will be eligible for next year.



Oustanding Production of a Play American Buffalo (Irish Classical Theatre) August: Osage County (Kavinoky Theatre) The Clean House (Road Less Traveled Theatre) 33 Variations (MusicalFare) The Whipping Man (Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY) Outstanding Ensemble of a Play August: Osage County (Kavinoky Theatre) Dancing at Lughnasa (Irish Classical Theatre) Fox on the Fairway (Kaleidoscope) From the Mississippi Delta (Road Less Traveled Theatre) L’Imitation of Life (Buffalo United Artists) Outstanding Production of a Musical Knuffle Bunny (Theatre of Youth) The Music Man (MusicalFare) The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Kavinoky Theatre) Next to Normal (Irish Classical Theatre) ’Swonderful: The New Gershwin Musical (MusicalFare) Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical Crowns (Paul Robeson Theatre) First Lady Suite (American Repertory Theatre) Next to Normal (Irish Classical Theatre) Rent (MusicalFare) ’Swonderful: The New Gershwin Musical (MusicalFare) Outstanding Direction of a Play Kelli Bocock-Natale, Cloud 9 Daniel Shanahan, A Streetcar Named Desire Christopher Standart, Angels in america, Part One Derek Campbell, The Clean House Robert Waterhouse, August: Osage County Outstanding Direction of a Musical Christopher Kelly, The Music Man Fortunato Pezzimenti, Next to Normal Norman Sham, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Michael Walline, Knuffle Bunny Michael Walline & Douglas Weyand, ’Swonderful Outstanding Actor in a Play Hugh Davis, Stick Fly Brian Riggs, Angels in america, Part One Brian Mysliwy, American Buffalo Dee Lamont Perry, The Whipping Man Christopher Standart, Tru Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play Christopher Brandjes, A Streetcar Named Desire Adriano Gatto, 33 Variations Christopher Kelly, Cloud 9 Victor Morales, On the Waterfront Eric Rawski, Frozen Outstanding Actress in a Play Beth Donahue, 33 Variations Tilke Hill, A Streetcar Named Desire Sheila McCarthy, August: Osage County Victoria Perez, The Clean House Candace Whitfield, Stick Fly Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play Kelli Bocock-Natale, August: Osage County Morgan Chard, 33 Variations Ellen Horst, 33 Variations Mary MacMahon, The Clean House Margaret Massman, The Clean House Outstanding Actor in a Musical Jacob Albarella, Cannibal! The Musical Anthony Alcocer, The Dead English John Fredo, ’Swonderful John Kaczorowski, The Music Man Brian Mysliwy, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nicole Marrale Cimato, ’Swonderful Maria Droz, Knuffle Bunny Amy Jakiel, The Music Man Debbie Pappas, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Jenn Stafford, Next to Normal Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical Joey Bucheker, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Patrick Cameron, Next to Normal Bobby Cooke, And the World Goes ’Round Steven Copps, The Dead English Marc Sacco, Rent Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical Arin Lee Dandes, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Jackie Davis, First Lady Suite Amy Jakiel, Rent Renee Landrigan, Next to Normal Anne Roaldi, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play The Dead English by Justin Karcher and Steven E. Sitzman The Scavenger’s Daughter by Gary Earl Ross Seeds by Donna Hoke 2012: End of the Road by Jon Elston The Wonderful World of Peter Williams by Phil Davis, Sr. Outstanding Choreography Kelly Cammarata, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Bobby Cooke, Hair Bobby Cooke, The Music Man Michael Walline, Knuffle Bunny Michael Walline/Doug Weyand, ’Swonderful Outstanding Set Design Kristina Siegel, Blood on the Cat’s Neck Lynne M. Koscielniak, The Clean House Michael Lodick, On the Waterfront Kenneth Shaw, The Borrowers Todd Warfield, L’Imitation of Life Outstanding Costume Design Donna Massimo, Richard III Loraine O’Donnell, Cloud 9 Dixon Reynolds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Todd Warfield, L’Imitation of Life Jessica Wegrzyn, Blood on the Cat’s Neck Outstanding Lighting Design Brian Cavanagh, Next to Normal Chris Cavanagh, On the Waterfront Todd Proffitt, Knuffle Bunny John Rickus, The Clean House Patty Rihn, Blood on the Cat’s Neck