- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Signature Theatre's production of Les Miserables” was the big winner at this year's Helen Hayes Awards, presented Monday night at the Warner Theatre. The musical, directed by Eric Schaeffer, captured six awards in all, including outstanding resident musical.

Two productions tied for outstanding resident play - Studio Theatre's “Blackbird” and “Twelfth Night” from the Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with McCarterTheatre Center of Princeton, N.J.

Named for veteran actress and District native Helen Hayes (1900-1993), the annual honors recognize outstanding contributions in regional theater.

The complete list of winners:

Outstanding Resident Musical: “Les Miserables” Signature Theatre

Outstanding Resident Play: “Blackbird,” The Studio Theatre; and “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with McCarterTheatre Center

Outstanding Non-Resident Production:”Next to Normal,” Arena Stage

Outstanding Director, Resident Musical: Eric Schaeffer, “Les Miserables,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding Director, Resident Play: Paata Tsikurishvili, “Romeo and Juliet,” Synetic Theater

Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production: Stacy Keach, “Frost/Nixon,” the Kennedy Center

Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production: Alice Ripley, “Next to Normal,” Arena Stage; and Nilaja Sun, “No Child,” Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical: David Margulies, “The Happy Time,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical: Chita Rivera, “The Visit,” Signature Theatre; and Natascia Diaz “Rooms a Rock Romance,”MetroStage and Geva Theatre Center of Rochester, N.Y. in association with Van Hill Entertainment, the Musical Machine, Jeffrey M. Raff and Small Pond Enterprises

Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play: Ted van Griethuysen, “Major Barbara,” Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play: Lisa Joyce, “Blackbird,” the Studio Theatre; and Deidra LaWan Starnes, “Intimate Apparel,” African Continuum Theatre Company

Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production: Aaron Tveit, “Next to Normal,” Arena Stage

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical: Christopher Bloch, “Les Miserables,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical: Sherri L. Edelen, “Les Miserables,” Signature Theatre; and Angelina Kelly, “Ace: The New Musical Adventure,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play: Floyd King, “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with McCarter Theatre Center

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play: Helen Carey, “Major Barbara,” Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Play or Musical: Chris Lee, “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding Set Design, Resident Play or Musical: Daniel Conway, “Stunning,” Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Play or Musical: Matthew Nielson, “1984,” Catalyst Theater Company

Outstanding Choreography, Resident Play or Musical: Irina Tsikurishvili, “Carmen,”Synetic Theater

Outstanding Costume Design, Resident Play or Musical: Marianne Custer, “Alice,” Round House Theatre

Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Play or Musical: Jon Kalbfleisch, “Les Miserables,” Signature Theatre

The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical: “Les Miserables,” Signature Theatre

The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play: ”Romeo and Juliet,” Synetic Theater

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical: “Honey Brown Eyes,” Stefanie Zadravec, Theater J

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