The 2012 Barrymore Awards Announced by Joel Markowitz

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With the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia dissolving this year, this year’s Barrymore Awards may be the final year for Philadelphia’s awards that honor excellence in theatre. I am hoping that the awards will continue. It was an annual tradition of mine to travel to Philadelphia to catch up with  the very friendly and prolific theatre community. DC area theatregoers will recognize winner Joe Calarco whose work has been seen at Signature Theatre. And I am thrilled that Forrest McClendon was recognized again by The Philadelphia theatre community.

2012 Barrymore Awards Recipients

THE BARRYMORE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE

2012 WINNERS as Announced on September 25, 2012

OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
 Body Awareness – The Wilma Theater

OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
 The Scottsboro Boys – Philadelphia Theatre Company

INDEPENDENCE FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
Jacqueline Goldfinger – Slip/Shot – Flashpoint Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Anne Kauffman – Body Awareness – The Wilma Theater

OUSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Joe Calarco – Ordinary Days – 11th Hour Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Richard Poe – The Outgoing Tide – Philadelphia Theatre Company

THE CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Mary Martello – Body Awareness – The Wilma Theater

GARFIELD REFINING COMPANY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Rodney Hicks – The Scottsboro Boys – Philadelphia Theatre Company

GARFIELD REFINING COMPANY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Barbara D. Mills – Crowns – Delaware Theatre Company

EARL GIRLS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
David Gordon –The Outgoing Tide – Philadelphia Theatre Company

PECO AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Thom Weaver – Knives in Hens – Theatre Exile

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Olivera Gajic – Twelfth Night – Pig Iron Theatre Company

CLEAR SOUND AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Christopher Colucci & Daniel Perelstein  – Knives in Hens – Theatre Exile

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC
Rosie Langabeer – Twelfth Night – Pig Iron Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION
Rosie Langabeer – Twelfth Night – Pig Iron Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY/MOVEMENT
Brett Cassidy – Twelfth Night – Pig Iron Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
James Ijames – Angels in America part one: Millennium Approaches – The Wilma Theater

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Genevieve Perrier – Reason to be Pretty – Philadelphia Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Forrest McClendon –The Scottsboro Boys – Philadelphia Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Manna Nichols – The King and I – Walnut Street Theatre

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY
 Body Awareness – The Wilma Theater

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL
 The Scottsboro Boys – Philadelphia Theatre Company

Scene from The Scottsboro Boys at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Theatre Company.

This list comprises the 2012 Barrymore Award Winners. A complete list of nominees can be found here. Please see below for information pertaining to the announcement and presentation of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, The Brown Martin Award and the F. Otto Haas Award Winners Theatre Philadelphia: A Celebration, Monday October 22, 2012.

To bring together the Greater Philadelphia theater community, Theatre Philadelphia, a working group of local artistic and managing directors, is organizing a celebration to announce the winners of the F. Otto Haas and Brown Martin Philadelphia awards.

Grace Gonglewski (left) and Mary Martello in the Wilma Theater’s production of ‘Body Awareness.’Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

The celebration will take place on Monday, October 22 at 7:30 PM in the Perelman Theater of The Kimmel Center.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jiri Zizka, the late co-artistic director of The Wilma Theater, musical presentations by 11th Hour Theatre Company and the Bearded Ladies, as well as recognition of the Barrymore Awards winners.

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a reception celebrating the accomplishments of Philadelphia-based theater artists and theater companies in Commonwealth Plaza, the grand atrium of The Kimmel Center.

James Sugg and Josh Machiz in Pig Iron Theatre Company’s ‘Twelfth Night.’ Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg.

To learn more about Theatre Philadelphia: A Celebration, and the working group involved, you can visit Theatre Philadelphia on Facebook.


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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.

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  1. Congratulations to all of the nominees. Special love to the entire cast of The Scottsboro Boys, with extra admiration for Forrest McClendon and Rodney Hicks! Fabulous, fabulous show.

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