Less is Barrymores
Presenters and nominees kept the gushing moving during a fast paced Barrymore Awards at the Walnut Street Theatre Monday night to honor excellence in last season’s theater in the Philadelphia region.
among the highlights-
The Arden Theatre’s “Something Intangible” a fictional account of how Walt Disney became a movie mogul won best play. The People’s Light and Theater Company ‘s audience interactive “Cinderella” won best musical.
Peter Pryor, who won for best direction for Cinderella thanks so many people so fast that the signer for the hearing impaired got a huge laugh because her hands were moving at mach speed.
Composer Michael Ogborn, won for best original music for Cinderella. Ogborn thanked his husband, “partner of 25 years…who had to hear all of the music that didn’t make it into the shows. ”
Christopher Gattelli also thanked his husband in accepting the award for outstanding choreography for the Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Alter Boyz.”
Jennie Eisenhower, dazzling the crowd, won best actress in a musical for the Walnut’s Studio 3 “Forbidden Broadway‘s Greatest Hits” sending up famous performers.
The Wilma Theatre‘s “Scorched” a complex play about socio-political strife in the Middle East, was sited for best ensemble. Janice Dardaris named outstanding supporting actress in Scorched and Kate Eastwood Norris who won for lead actress in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Rock and Roll’ expressed their deep gratitude to Wilma director Blanka Zizka.
Several people spoke of the creative energy and support of the Philadelphia theater community in a tough economic time. Mary Martello, who won best supporting actress in a musical as the old woman with one buttock in the Arden’s Candide told the audience “everybody, for supporting . . . the creative life that makes this city hum.”