Kevin Kline Awards

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The Kevin Kline Awards were started in 2006, to recognize outstanding achievement in professional theatre in the Greater St. Louis area. The awards are sponsored by PTAC, the Professional Theatre Awards Council, and were named in honor of Kevin Kline, a St. Louis native who has been the recipient of both Tony and Academy Awards.

Eligibility and judging[edit]

In order for a play to be considered for a Kevin Kline Award, it must:

  • Be produced within the St. Louis metro area
  • Include at least six performances
  • Have paid those who work on the show, including both actors and crew

Each nominee is reviewed by seven judges, who are drawn randomly from a pool of 49. Judges then give each production a numerical rating on each of the available categories (acting, directing, lighting, etc.) and submit their ballot within 24 hours of seeing the production. At the end of each year, the five productions with the highest score in each category are listed as the nominees, and the award goes to the one with the best score:[1]

The first award ceremony was held on March 20, 2006, in the Roberts Orpheum Theatre, and hosted by St. Louis-native Broadway actor Jason Danieley. Presenters included Kline, and St. Louis-born Broadway actor Ken Page.[2] Kline received the first-ever Kevin Kline Award to be created, and was also told at the performance about the creation of the Kevin Kline Theater Ticket Fund, which will provide free tickets to area high school students.

The Kevin Kline Awards were suspended in June 2012 due to financial concerns.[3]

2006 Awards[edit]

Outstanding Production of a Musical[edit]

Outstanding Production of a Play[edit]

Outstanding Director of a Musical[edit]

  • Kevin Backstrom, West Side Story, The Muny
  • Michael Hamilton, Footloose, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Director of a Play[edit]

  • Rob Ruggiero, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Musical Direction[edit]

  • Kelsey Halbert, West Side Story, The Muny

Outstanding Choreography[edit]

  • Dana Lewis, Footloose, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Costume Design[edit]

  • Reggie Ray, Crowns, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Lighting Design[edit]

  • John Lasiter, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Set Design[edit]

Outstanding Sound Design[edit]

Outstanding New Play or Musical[edit]

  • The Ensemble, So to Speak, Washington Avenue Players Project

Outstanding Ensemble in a Play[edit]

  • Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls

Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical[edit]

  • West Side Story, The Muny

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical[edit]

  • Ben Nordstrom, Footloose, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play[edit]

  • Nat DeWolf, Take Me Out, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical[edit]

  • Zoe Vonder Haar, Hello, Dolly!, Stages St. Louis

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play[edit]

  • Michelle Hand, Separate Tables, Act Inc.
  • Nancy Lewis, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical[edit]

  • Ken Page, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Muny

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play[edit]

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical[edit]

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play[edit]

  • Brooke Edwards, Going to See the Elephant, Orange Girls

Outstanding Production for Young Audiences[edit]

  • Bah! Humbug!, The Imaginary Theatre Company/The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

2011 Awards[edit]

2012 Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kara Krekeler, "Rep cleans up at Kevin Kline Awards", April 4, 2007, West End Word
  2. ^ "Diaz and Page Among Winners of First Annual Kevin Kline Awards for St. Louis Theatre". broadwayworld.com. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2007-05-19.
  3. ^ "Kevin Kline Awards suspend judging".

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