As president of The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) I am pleased to report MORE GOOD NEWS: the one and only Randy Rainbow, comedian, actor, and internet sensation will be our Guest of Honor at the 36th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Avenue Theatre!!

We are also pleased to announce the awards for Outstanding Visiting Production, Actor and Actress:

Outstanding Visiting Production                                                                                                                                                               The Color Purple (Boch Center Shubert Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Visiting Production                                                                                          Richard Thomas, The Humans (Boch Center Shubert Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Visiting Production                                                                                      Adrianna Hicks, The Color Purple (Boch Center Shubert Theatre)

Tumultuous times call for fresh voices and Randy Rainbow is among the freshest! A YouTube star, he is both of the moment and firmly rooted in an illustrious tradition of theatrical parody. Can’t wait to see him live in front of our theater community skewering politicians and pop culture with his trademark wit and sass. Randy Rainbow is smart & hilarious!

Randy Rainbow’s political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views. He’s been called “the best thing about the 2016 GOP race” by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 (“BRAGGADOCIOUS!”) received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of TV’s Will & Grace to parodize a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election.

Randy Rainbow has also written for comedian Kathy Griffin and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as for the Tony Awards and some of New York City’s most popular night spots including 54 Below, Birdland Jazz Club, XL Nightclub and Therapy NYC where his own weekly show ran for two years. He’s been seen as a talking head on VH1 and has been heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio. He is the creator and star of the long-running web series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow.

So join us and Randy Rainbow at this year’s 36th installment of The Elliot Norton Awards presented annually by The Boston Theater Critics Association: Don Aucoin, Jared Bowen, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Iris Fanger, Jeremy D. Goodwin, Joyce Kulhawik, Kilian Melloy, Bob Nesti, and Ed Siegel. We will honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers, and performers that audiences have seen on greater Boston stages throughout the year, totaling more than two dozen nominees with winners to be revealed on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7 PM, at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.  

Tickets are priced at $35.00; savvy shoppers will take advantage of $10 off the regular ticket price (available through May 11), using the code NORTIES10. Tickets are on sale at the Boston Theatre Scene Box Office, at or by calling (617) 933-8600.

The Elliot Norton Awards are named for the eminent Boston theater critic Elliot Norton, who remained an active supporter of drama, both locally and nationally, until his death in 2003 at the age of 100. The Boston theater community carries on his legacy and can be proud of its remarkable growth at a time in our nation’s history when the arts are struggling to survive.