D.C.’s Hayes Awards warm ‘Urinetown’

Ruhl nabs noms for 'Clean House,' 'Passion Play'

The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater.

Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for “The Clean House” and “Passion Play,” which premiered here at the Woolly Mammoth and Arena Stage, respectively.

Ford’s Theater received six noms for its production of “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Roughly half of the D.C. area’s professional theaters increased their audiences last year, but reduced bookings at the National and Warner theaters helped cut overall attendance by 8.5%, according to figures released by Linda Levy Grossman, exec director of the Hayes Awards, during a Tuesday press conference to announce nominees.

Some 56 professional theater companies in D.C. presented a total of 348 productions during 2005, drawing 1.9 million people to 7,169 performances. While 48% of them reported increased auds, 37% saw smaller houses, according to the annual theater tally.

The D.C. theater kudofest, in its 22nd year, will be held April 17.

More Legit

  • Eric McCormack First Time in Variety

    'Will & Grace' Star Eric McCormack Looks Back on Early Stage Roles

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces The Hamildrops (Listen)

    Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces 'Hamilton' Mixtape Vol. 2 With 'Ben Franklin's Song'

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

  • Pinocchio review

    London Theater Review: 'Pinocchio'

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

  • The Children review

    Broadway Review: 'The Children'

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

  • Marilyn Stasio's 10 Best New York

    10 Best New York Theater Productions of 2017

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

  • Adam Driver

    Adam Driver to Star in 'Burn This' on Broadway

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

  • The Twilight Zone review

    London Theater Review: 'The Twilight Zone'

    The Signature Theater’s production of “Urinetown” was a clear hit with the Helen Hayes Award judges, drawing 12 noms, including resident musical. Judges for the annual D.C. legit awards also appeared eager to sprinkle noms among the smaller houses, including tiny Rep Stage and the American Century Theater. Among playwrights, Sarah Ruhl received nominations for […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content