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‘The Book Of Mormon’ Scores Top Honors at D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards

A touring production of Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” and local revivals of “Hello Dolly!” and “Glengarry Glen Ross” were each multiple winners April 21 at the Helen Hayes Awards, the D.C. area’s annual theater kudofest.

“Dolly,” a co-production of the Signature Theater and Ford’s Theater, shared the award for top resident musical with Olney Theater Center’s “A Chorus Line” while also nabbing honors for Karma Camp’s choreography and its ensemble. Round House Theater’s “Glengarry” was honored for Mitchell Hebert’s direction, Rick Foucheux’ lead acting and resident play ensemble.

The Hayes award for top resident play went to Woolly Mammoth Theater’s “Stupid Fucking Bird,” Aaron Posner’s irreverent riff on Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” “Bird” also nabbed the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play or musical.

“Mormon’s” boffo run at the Kennedy Center picked up honors for best visiting production, as well as Christopher John O’Neill’s lead acting and Samantha Marie Ware’s supporting performance. “Mormon” also recently won four Olivier Awards for its West End incarnation.

The national  touring production of “Anything Goes,” also at the Kennedy Center, drew leading actress honors for Rachel York.

The Hayes Awards, celebrating their 30th anniversary, recognize top productions by D.C.-area theaters mounted during the previous year. Its name celebrates D.C. native Hayes, who eagerly participated in the event. The Hayes format will be altered next year to separately recognize productions with and without a majority of membership in Actors’ Equity.

In another departure, this year’s Hayes awards were staged at D.C.’s spacious National Building Museum, where a raucous crowd simultaneously enjoyed the presentations and refreshments nearby — not necessarily to the benefit of grateful awardees. The event was previously held in two separate venues.

Signature Theater’s highly acclaimed revival of “Gypsy” received only one award for Jon Kalbfleisch’s musical direction, but Diana Huey and James Gardiner drew top tuner acting honors in Signature’s “Miss Saigon” and “The Last Five Years” respectively.  (Huey shared her award with Jessica Vaccaro with Olney’s “A Chorus Line.”) In addition, best supporting honors in a musical went to Erin Weaver for Signature’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and Bobby Smith for “Spin.”

Arena Stage was largely overlooked by Hayes judges this year, but can claim lead actress kudos for Joaquina Kalukango’s perf in ”The Mountaintop” and costume design for Merrily Murray-Walsh in “Mary T. & Lizzy K.”

Other supporting performance honors went to Dawn Ursula for Woolly Mammoth’s “The Convert” and Ted van Griethuysen for Studio Theater’s “The Apple Family Plays.”

Complete list of 2014 winners:

Resident Play

“Stupid Fucking Bird,” Woolly Mammoth Theatee Company

Resident Musical

“A Chorus Line,” Olney Theater Center

Production, Theater for Young Audiences

“Anime Momotaro,” Imagination Stage

Lead Actress, Resident Play

Joaquina Kalukango, “The Mountaintop,” Arena Stage

Lead Actor, Resident Play

Rick Foucheux, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Round House Theater

Lead Actress, Resident Musical

Diana Huey, “Miss Saigon,” Signature Theater and Jessica Vaccaro, “A Chorus Line,” Olney Theater Center

Lead Actor, Resident Musical

James Gardiner, “The Last Five Years,” Signature Theater

Visiting Production

The Book of Mormon,” Kennedy Center

Ensemble, Resident Play

“Glengarry Glen Ross,” Round House Theater

Ensemble, Resident Musical

“Hello Dolly!,” Ford’s Theater and Signature Theater

Supporting Actress, Resident Play

Dawn Ursula, “The Convert,” Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

Supporting Actor, Resident Play

Ted van Griethuysen, “The Apple Family Plays,” Studio Theater

Lead Actor, Visiting Production

Christopher John O’Neill, “The Book of Mormon,” Kennedy Center

Lead Actress, Visiting Production

Rachael York, “Anything Goes,” The Kennedy Center

Supporting Actress, Resident Musical

Erin Weaver, “Company,” Signature Theater

Supporting Performer, Visiting Production

Samantha Marie Ware, “The Book of Mormon,” Kennedy Center

Supporting Actor, Resident Musical

Bobby Smith, “Spin,” Signature Theater

Costume Design, Resident Production

Merrily Murray-Walsh, “Mary T. & Lizzy K,” Arena Stage

Choreography, Resident Production

Karma Camp, “Hello Dolly!,” Ford’s Theater and Signature Theater

Movement, Resident Play

Irina Tsikurishvili and Ben Cunis, “The Three Musketeers,” Synetic Theater

Musical Direction, Resident Production,

Jon Kalbfleisch, “Gypsy,” Signature Theater

Sound Design, Resident Production

Eric Shimelonis, “Never the Sinner,” First Stage

Lighting Design, Resident Production

Andrew F. Griffin, “Henry V,” Folger Theater

Set Design, Resident Production

Clint Ramos, “Appropriate,” Woolly Mammoth Theater

Director, Resident Play

Mitchell Hébert, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Round House Theater

Director, Resident Musical

Alan Paul, “A Funny Thing Happened  on the Way to the Forum,” Shakespeare Theater Company

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical

“Stupid Fucking Bird,” Woolly Mammoth Theater Company  

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