Theater Talk: Artie nominations, WNED|WBFO Artie Awards June 4, 'New Season' already starting!

May 25, 2018

If you missed the Facebook Live coverage announcing the 2018 Artie Award nominations featuring Anthony Chase, Charmagne Chi and Amy Jakiel (who will be your on-stage emcees at the WNED|WBFO Artie Awards, Monday, June 4, 2018, red carpet at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.), then you can watch here. You can see the list of nominations here or scroll down this post.


"La Lupe," the Cuban singing phenom is the subject of Raices Theatre's latest production, opening tonight at The Manny Fried Playhouse on Great Arrow Avenue.

OPENING

LA LUPE: MY LIFE, MY DESTINY, play with music by Carmen Rivera presented by Raíces Theatre Company, directed by Victoria Pérez, starring Melinda Capeles, Steve Brachmann, Rolando Martín Gómez, Smirna Mercedes Pérez, Dewel Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez. May 25-Jun 10, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6.  Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. 3rd floor (381-9333). www.RaicesTheatreCompany.com

ONGOING

STELLALUNA, adapted for the stage by Saskia Janse, based on the book by Janell Cannon, music by Guus Ponsioen, presented by Theatre of Youth. Through Jun 2 at 2 (no performance May 26 & 27). Allendale Theatre 203 Allen St.  (884-4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

CLOSING

ANNIE, Broadway musical presented by The Springville Players, directed by Don Wesley. Through May 27, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Mongerson Theater, Springville Center for the Arts, 37 North Buffalo St., Springville (592-9038). www.SpringvilleArts.org

BLACKBERRY DAZE, musical by Watson, Jones & Knowles, starring Latosha Payton, Danielle Green, Sandra Gilliam, Tifani Wofford, Ayana Williams, Augustus Donaldson Jr., Fisher. Through May 27, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org  

ONCE, musical by Walsh, Hansard & Irglová, directed by Randall Kramer, starring Jacob Albarella, Ryleigh Grace Cavanagh, Mia Cimato, Katie Clark, Steve Copps, Philip Farugia, Robert Insana, Amy Jakiel, Renee Landrigan, Bob Mazierski, Theresa Quinn, Andrew J. Reimers, Nick Stevens. Through May 27, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

THE RAIN DOGS PROJECT, one acts based on the music of Tom Waits, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Nick Lama and Katherine Burkhart, starring Candice Kogut, John Profeta, John Kreuzer, Carly Luksch, Gary Andrews-Stieglizt, Courtney Maj. Through May 26, Thu-Sat at 8. Alleyway’s Main Street Cabaret, 884 Main St. (697-0837). www.artofwny.org

SERENATA IN ITALY, play written and directed by Linda Silvestri, presented by Western Door Playhouse, starring Tom Turici, Sam Fadel, Sam Granieri, Patricia Crowe, Lynda LaGreca, Elaine Meranto, Carl Bishara, Tim Bookhagen. Through May 27, Fri. & Sat, at 7:30, Sun. at 2:30. Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls (297-5910).

SPECIAL PRODUCTIONS

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY, comedy by Jack Sharkey, directed by Jay Desiderio, presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, starring Richard Lambert, Marie Costa, Andrew Starr, Marc-Jon Filippone & Jamie Nablo. Through July 29. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com

UPCOMING

FORGET ME NOT, play by Diane Almeter Jones presented by Freelance Productions directed by Kristen Tripp Kelley, starring Anne Roaldi Boucher, Zachary Bellus, Nick Stevens, Marisa Caruso. Jun 7-9 at 7:30. Kavinoky Theatre (435-3542).

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, play by Oscar Wilde presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Josephine Hogan, starring Matt Witten, Ben Michael Moran, Christian Brandjes, Chris Kelly, Jamie O'Neill, David Lundy, Arianne Davidow, Colleen Gaughan, Emily Collins, Jaimee Harmon, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Kate LoConti. Jun 1-24, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

LOVE NEVER DIES, touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Jun 5-10, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

THE RED DRESS, play by Tania Wisbar presented by Argyle Road Productions, directed by Frank A. Rossi, starring Liz McKendry, John Nuncio, Jeremy Kreuzer, Camilla Maxwell, Pamela Rose Mangus. May 31-Jun 23, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 5/23/2018

The Artie Awards Ceremony will take place Monday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Shea’s 710 Theatre. Admission is $15/person, at the door only.
In a Facebook Live broadcast Monday morning from WBFO's digital studio, the nominations were announced by actors Charmagne Chi and Amy Jakiel, who were joined by Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase.
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
The Christians, Road Less Traveled Productions
Disgraced, Road Less Traveled Productions
The Night Alive, Irish Classical Theatre Company
Sight Unseen, Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY
Skeleton Crew, Paul Robeson Theatre
Stupid F***ing Bird, American Repertory Theatre of WNY

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Paul Robeson Theatre
The Full Monty, Subversive Theatre Collective
Once, MusicalFare
Peter and the Starcatcher, MusicalFare
The Producers, Kavinoky Theatre
Stellaluna, Theatre of Youth

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY
Desde el Puente: Christmas Edition, RAICES Theater Company
Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief, Brazen-faced Varlets
Design For Living, Irish Classical Theatre
Hellcab, ART/Polyanna Productions
Significant Other, BUA
That Championship Season, New Phoenix

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Paul Robeson Theatre
Killer Rack, Alleyway Theatre
Once, MusicalFare
Smokey Joe’s Cafe, MusicalFare
Stellaluna, Theatre of Youth
The Producers, Kavinoky Theatre

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Susan Drozd, Violet, MusicalFare
Susan Forbes, The Full Monty, Subversive Theatre Collective
Carlos R.A. Jones, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Paul Robeson Theatre
Chris Kelly, Peter and the Starcatcher, MusicalFare
Matthew LaChiusa, Jesus Christ Superstar, American Repertory Theatre of WNY
Kyle LoConti, Stellaluna, Theatre of Youth

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Brian Cavanagh, The Night Alive, Irish Classical Theatre
Lara Haberberger, ’night, Mother, Brazen-Faced Varlets
Paulette D. Harris, Skeleton Crew, Paul Robeson Theatre
Willie Judson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Paul Robeson Theatre
Chris Kelly, Significant Other, BUA
Michael Lodick, Stupid F***ing Bird, American Repertory Theatre of WNY

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Kristy Cavanagh, Violet, MusicalFare
Carlos R.A. Jones, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Paul Robeson Theatre
Nancy Hughes, The Full Monty, Subversive Theatre Collective
John Fredo, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, MusicalFare
Michael Walline, Once, MusicalFare
Doug Weyand, Pretty Funny, MusicalFare

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Anthony Alcocer, The Full Monty
Steve Copps, Peter and the Starcatcher
Fisher, Blackberry Daze
Dudney Joseph, Violet
Brian Mysliwy, The Producers
Norm Sham, The Producers

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Kevin Craig, The Foreigner
Matthew DiVita, Significant Other
David Hayes, The Christians
John Profeta, How I Learned to Drive
Nick Stevens, Visiting Mr. Green
Roosevelt Tidwell, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Danielle Green, Blackberry Daze
Renee Landrigan, Once
MaryKate O’Connell, Dear World
Debbie Pappas Sham, Mamma Mia!
Michele Marie Roberts, Violet
Emily Yancey, Killer Rack

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Caitlin Baumler Coleman, Sons & Lovers
Heather Fangsrud, 'night Mother
Kristen Tripp Kelley, Disgraced
Kate LoConti, The Constant Wife
Verniece Turner, Skeleton Crew
Priscilla Anker Young, 'night Mother

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Joey Bucheker, Killer Rack
Jeffrey Coyle, The Full Monty
Philip Farugia, Once
Gregory Gjurich, The Producers
Ben Michael Moran, Smokey Joe's Café
Roger Van dette, Dear World

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Mark Donahue, That Championship Season
Chris Evans, Ben Butler
David Lundy, Sight Unseen
Dave Marciniak, The Nether
Aaron Moss, The Christians
Adam Yellen, The Night Alive

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Ariane Davidow, The Producers
Amy Jakiel, Once
Pamela Rose Mangus, The Full Monty
Katy Miner, Dear World
Zoe Scruggs, Smokey Joe's Café
Maggie Zindle, Violet

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Melinda Capeles-Rowe, Desde el Puenta: Christmas Edition
Christina Foster, Skeleton Crew
Cassie Gorniewicz, The Night Alive
Candice Kogut, Stupid F***ing Bird
Bonnie Jean Taylor, Far Away
Lisa Vitrano, The Christians

OUTSTANDING CHARACTER PERFORMANCE
Sandra Gilliam, Blackberry Daze
Ellen Horst, The Awful Truth
Jordan Levin, Peter and the Starcatcher
Eric Rawski, Cinderella
Christopher Standart, It Can’t Happen Here
Todd Benzin, The Producers

EMANUEL FRIED AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
Philip Farugia, the score for Pretty Funny
Donna Hoke, Sons & Lovers
Neal Radice, Killer Rack
Kelli Bocock-Natale, Cinderella
Mark Humphrey, Roommates
Grant Golden and Rebecca Ritchie, Way Back When

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Paul Bostaph, The Night Alive
Dyan Burlingame, The Nether
David King, The Producers
Lynne Koscielniak, Disgraced
Kristina Siegel, Far Away
Chris Wilson, My Old Lady

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
George Grace, Graphic/Scenic/Illustrations/Projections, The Full Monty
Adam Kreutinger, Puppet Design, Stellaluna
John Rickus, Lighting Design, The Nether
Justin Rowland, Sound Design, Far Away
John Shotwell, Sound Design, The Christians
Todd Warfield, Special Effects, Killer Rack

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Kari Drozd, Peter and the Starcatcher
Ann Emo, Design for Living
Elaine Heckler, The Full Monty
Bethany Kasperek, The Awful Truth
Maura Simmonds-Price, It's a wonderful Life
Jessica Wegrzyn, Far Away

KATHARINE CORNELL AWARD FOR VISITING ARTISTS
Afrim Gjonbalaj for his performance in Disgraced
Diane Curley for her performance in The Awful Truth
Harlan Penn for set design at the Paul RobesonTheatre
Candice Whitfield for her performance in Disgraced
Marisa Guida, for her musical play, Pretty Funny

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Darleen Pickering Hummert