It was a good night for established theatres at the 43rd Annual Jeff Awards Monday night. Goodman and Chicago Shakespeare took home the most awards in the large theatre category, with seven apiece, while Remy Bumppo and American Theater Company took home top honors for best play and musical in the midsize theatre category.
Goodman took seven Jeffs – five for it's production of Candide (including best musical) and two for Chinglish.
Chicago Shakes's production of The Madness of George III garnered four Jeffs, including for play, director (Penny Metropulos) and principal actor (Harry Groener). The theatre took home another award for fight choreographer Rick Sordelet's work on Romeo and Juliet.
Remy took home two Jeffs for Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, but they were big ones – production of play and principal actress (Annabel Armour).
American Theater Company only scored one Jeff with The Original Grease, but it, too, was big – musical production for a midsize company. They also got the coveted ensemble award for The Big Meal.
Silk Road Theatre Project won three Jeffs for Scorched; Second City took three awards for Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting); and Writers and Timeline won three for three statues for three different shows.
This year's special award went to Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss. And Equity Central Region executive director Kathryn V. Lamkey was honored with a Tribute award.
Do you really want to read more analysis? Here are the winners:
PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE
The Madness of George III - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
PRODUCTION – PLAY – MIDSIZE
Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – LARGE
Candide - Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company
PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – MIDSIZE
The Original Grease - American Theater Company
PRODUCTION – REVUE
Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting) - The Second City e.t.c.
DIRECTOR – PLAY
Penny Metropulos - The Madness of George III - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
DIRECTOR – MUSICAL
Charles Newell - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Court Theatre
The Big Meal - American Theater Company
ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Harry Groener - The Madness of George III – Chicago Shakespeare Theater
ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Geoff Packard - Candide - Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company
ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Annabel Armour - Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Jessie Mueller - She Loves Me - Writers' Theatre
ACTOR OR ACTRESS IN A REVUE
Tim Baltz - Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting) - The Second City e.t.c.
Barbara Robertson - The Detective's Wife - Writers' Theatre
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY
Mike Nussbaum - Broadway Bound - Drury Lane Productions
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL
Larry Yando - Candide - Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY
Diana Simonzadeh - Scorched - Silk Road Theatre Project
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL
Hollis Resnik - Candide - Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company
NEW WORK – PLAY
Bruce Graham - The Outgoing Tide - Northlight Theatre
David Henry Hwang - Chinglish - Goodman Theatre
NEW WORK – MUSICAL OR REVUE
Tim Baltz, Aidy Bryant, Jesse Case, Matt Hovde, Brendan Jennings, Jessica Joy, Michael Lehrer, and Mary Sohn - Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting) - The Second City e.t.c.
Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair - Murder for Two - A Killer Musical - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
NEW ADAPTATION – PLAY OR MUSICAL
Mary Zimmerman - Candide - Goodman Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company
Tammy Mader - 42nd Street - Marriott Theatre
ORIGINAL INCIDENTAL MUSIC
Andrew Hansen - To Master the Art - TimeLine Theatre Company
Doug Peck - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Court Theatre
SCENIC DESIGN – LARGE
David Korins - Chinglish - Goodman Theatre
SCENIC DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Collette Pollard - The Front Page - TimeLine Theatre Company
LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE
Jason Lyons - White Noise - Holly Way, Jay Strommen, Jimmy Mack, Deborah Taylor/Chris Bensinger, Tom Leonardis and Whoopi Goldberg
LIGHTING DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Sarah Hughey - Scorched - Silk Road Theatre Project
COSTUME DESIGN – LARGE
Susan E. Mickey - The Madness of George III - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
COSTUME DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Bill Morey - The King and I - Porchlight Music Theatre
SOUND DESIGN – LARGE
Mikhail Fiksel - Travels with My Aunt - Writers' Theatre
SOUND DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Peter J. Storms - Scorched - Silk Road Theatre Project
FIGHT / MOVEMENT DIRECTION
Rick Sordelet - Romeo and Juliet - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
PROJECTIONS / VIDEO DESIGN
John Boesche - A Twist of Water - Route 66 Theatre Company
Mike Tutaj - In Darfur - TimeLine Theatre Company
Tracy Otwell - Toy Theatre Design - The Last Act of Lilka Kadison - Lookingglass Theatre Company
Melissa Veal - Wig and Make-up Design - The Madness of George III - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Kathryn V. Lamkey