The 31st annual ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS honoring Boston theater was one of the best shows ever! As president of The Boston Theater Critics Association I was honored to emcee this annual event at Boston’s Paramount Center (5/13) where 24 winners took home their “Norties”– the coveted Elliot Norton Awards!Chita Rivera Elliot Norton Awards!

BROADWAY ICON CHITA RIVERA ACCEPTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
WILL LYMAN ACCEPTS ELLIOT NORTON PRIZE FOR SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE
MAYOR THOMAS M. MENINO  HONORED AS
THE ELLIOT NORTON CHAMPION OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION HONORED FOR A CENTURY OF SERVICE

PLUS: Two surprise dance tributes! Veteran showman Maurice Hines–now onstage in TAPPIN’ THRU LIFE at the Cutler Majestic– delivered loving words of tribute to Chita and brought young tap sensations THE MANZARI BROTHERS from his show to perform in honor of the icon!  They brought the house down– as did Jeannette Neill’s BOSTON YOUTH MOVES in a number inspired by the Broadway legend! Plus live performances by two of the nominated musicals, Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s Avenue Q and SpeakEasy Stage Company’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson— both winners last night!

I am still high as a kite from the proceedings– we all partied later in “The Jackie” little black box theater while Chita held court in the outer lobby.  I just love this theater community– we are BOSTON ARTS STRONG! Here’s a list of all those who took home NORTIES 2013:

Outstanding Visiting Production
Metamorphosis (Vesturport Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, presented by ArtsEmerson)

Outstanding Production, Large Theater
Our Town (Huntington Theatre Company)

Outstanding Production, Midsize Theater
The Motherfucker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Company)

Outstanding Design, Large Theater
Metamorphosis: set design by Börkur Jonsson, lighting by Björn Helgason, sound by Nick Manning (Vesturport Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, presented by ArtsEmerson)

Outstanding Actor, Midsize Theater
Will Lyman, Long Day’s Journey into Night (New Repertory Theatre), Operation Epsilon (Nora Theatre Company and Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT Project)

Outstanding Actress, Midsize Theater
Evelyn Howe, The Motherfucker with the Hat (SpeakEasy Stage Company)

Outstanding Actor, Large Theater
LeRoy McClain, A Raisin in the Sun (Huntington Theatre Company)

Outstanding Actress, Large Theater
Bianca Amato, Private Lives (Huntington Theatre Company)

Outstanding Production, Small Theater
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One)

Outstanding Production, Fringe Theater
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead  (Happy Medium Theatre)

Outstanding New Script
Mildred Fierce, by Ryan Landry (Gold Dust Orphans)

Outstanding Solo Performance
Georgia Lyman, Chesapeake (New Repertory Theatre)

Outstanding Director, Large Theater
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie (American Repertory Theater)

Outstanding Director, Midsize Theater
Paul Melone, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (SpeakEasy Stage Company)

Outstanding Director, Small or Fringe Theater
Shawn LaCount, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One)

Outstanding Design, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity: set and props by Jason Ries, lighting by Jen Rock, sound by Arshan Gailus, costumes by Kendra Bell, video by Olivia Sebesky (Company One)

Outstanding Actor, Small or Fringe Theater
Ricardo Engermann, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One)

Outstanding Actress, Small or Fringe Theater
Kiki Samko, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Happy Medium Theatre)

Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor
Sahr Ngaujah, Fela! (presented by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, FELA Broadway LLC in association with The National Theatre of Great Britain)

Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress
Andrea Martin, Pippin (American Repertory Theater)

Outstanding Musical Production by a Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
Avenue Q (Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

Outstanding Musical Production by a Large Theater
Pippin (American Repertory Theater)

Outstanding Ensemble, Large Theater
The Glass Menagerie (American Repertory Theater)

Outstanding Ensemble, Midsize, Small or Fringe Theater
Avenue Q (Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

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