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20th Anniversary Artie Award Nominations

The 20th Anniversary Artie Awards, celebrating excellence in Buffalo theater, will be held on Monday, June 7, at the Town Ballroom. The event will be a benefit for Benedict House, which provides services for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Artie Awards, and so a special edition of the event is planned. More tuxedos are likely. Nominees for the awards are listed below.

Production of a Play

Engaged—Irish Classical Theatre Company
The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?—Road Less Traveled Productions
Secret Order—Kavinoky Theatre
Some Explicit Polaroids—Torn Space
True Love Lies—Buffalo United Artists

Production of a Musical

American Deal—Road Less Traveled Productions
Blood Brothers—Irish Classical Theatre
Evil Dead—ALT Theatre
Man of La Mancha—MusicalFare
Tooley & Mary—Alleyway Theatre

Robert Waterhouse is nominated for Direction of a Play, for "Freud and the Sandman."

Set Design

• Bob Ball and Lorna C. Hill—Belle
• Gregg Faust—Some Explicit Polaroids
• David King—Secret Order
• Chris Schenk—Falsettos
• Ron Schwartz—The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Lighting Design

• Brian Cavanagh—Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
• Brian Cavanagh—The 39 Steps
• Chris Cavanagh—Falsettos
• Christopher Kelly & Adam Rath—The Beebo Brinker Chronicles
• Franklin LaVoie—Macbeth


• Veronica Irene—Tooley & Mary
• Carlos Jones—Four Guys Named Jose
• Amy Taravella—Rocky Horror Show
• Michael Walline—Blood Brothers
• Doug Weyand—Falsettos

Costume Design

• Chantal Calato—Engaged
• Chevon Davis—The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun
• Ann Emo—The Tempest
• Jimmy Janowski—True Love Lies
• Christopher Standart—Red Clay

Direction of a Play

• Kelli Bocock-Natale—Macbeth
• Derek Campell—The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
• Christopher Kelly—The Beebo Brinker Chronicles
• David Oliver—Some Explicit Polaroids
• Robert Waterhouse—Freud and the Sandman

Ensemble of a Play

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles—BUA
The Buffalo Quickies—Alleyway Theatre
(NOT)—ALT Theatre
Some Explicit Polaroids—Torn Space
The 39 Steps—The Kavinoky Theatre

"Engaged," nominated for Production of a Play.

Direction of a Musical

• Randall Kramer—Man of La Mancha
• Kyle Loconti—American Deal
• Drew McCabe—Rocky Horror
• Neal Radice—Tooley & Mary
• Brett Runyon—Evil Dead

Ensemble of a Musical

American Deal—Road Less Traveled
Evil Dead—ALT
Man of La Mancha—MusicalFare
The Rocky Horror Show—ALT
Sweet Street—New Phoenix Theatre on the Park

Actor in a Play

• John Fredo—The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
• Jimmy Janowski—The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun
• Richard Lambert—True Love Lies
• Ian Lithgow—Secret Order
• Brian Riggs—Macbeth

Actress in a Play

• Beth Donohue—Slipping
• Kate LoConti—Macbeth
• Christina Rausa—Rose
• Katie White—The Beebo Brinker Chronicles
• Maggie Zindle—The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Cassie Gorniewicz, nominated for Supporting Actress in a Play.

Supporting Actress in a Play

• Kelli Meg Brennan—Some Explicit Polaroids
• Megan Callahan—Engaged
• Cassie Gorniewicz—True Love Lies
• Adrienne Lewis—Secret Order
• Joy Scime—Electra

Actor in a Musical

• David Bondrow—25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
• Jeffrey Coyle—Rocky Horror Show
• Casey Denton—Evil Dead
• John Fredo—Man of La Mancha
• Billy McEwen—Crossroad Blues

Actress in a Musical

• Erin Brignone—25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
• Candace Kogut—Rocky Horror Show
• Lisa Ludwig—Man of La Mancha
• Mary McMahon—American Deal
• Victoria Perez—Four Guys Named Jose

Supporting Actor in a Musical

• Louis Colaiaicovo—Falsettos
• Don Allen Hunley—Crossroad Blues
• John Kaczorowski—Man of La Mancha
• Philip Knoerzer—American Deal
• Marc Sacco—Falsettos

Supporting Actress in a Musical

• Sarah Brown—Rocky Horror Show
• Diane Curley—American Deal
• Terrie George—Crossroad Blues
• Cynthia Maxwell—Home for the Holidays
• Bethany Sparacio—A Christmas Twist

Supporting Actor in a Play

• David Lundy—The 39 Steps
• Vincent O’Neill—The Relapse
• Eric Rawski—Macbeth
• R.J. Voltz—True Love Lies
• Dan Walker—Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Emanuel Fried Award for a Production of a New Play

American Deal by Jon Elston and Tom Naples
Crossroad Blues by Randall Kramer
Red Clay by Matthew LaChiusa
(NOT) by Drew McCabe
Tooley & Mary by Neal Radice