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‘In the Heights,’ ‘Twelfth Night’ win big at 34th annual Helen Hayes Awards

WASHINGTON — Every year, the Helen Hayes Awards honor the best in local theater.

The 34th annual ceremony was held Monday night at The Anthem in Southwest D.C.

Olney Theatre and Round House Theatre’s co-production of “In the Heights” led the way with nine awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress (Musical) for Rayanne Gonzales.

Best Actor (Musical) was a tie between Kevin McAllister in “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre and Blakely Slaybaugh in “The Pajama Game” at Arena Stage.

Tina Fey’s world premiere of “Mean Girls” at National Theatre won Best Visiting Production.

On the non-musical side, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Twelfth Night” won Best Play.

Michael Innocenti won Best Actor in a Play for “Parade” at Keegan Theatre.

Lizan Mitchell won Best Actress in a Play for “A Raisin in the Sun” at Arena Stage.

On the non-equity side, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s “In the Heights” won Best Musical, while Theater Alliance’s “Still Life With Rocket” won Best Play.

The annual Helen Hayes Tribute was presented to actor Nancy Robinette, who has won five Helen Hayes Awards and 18 nominations around the D.C. area over the past 35 years. She made her Broadway debut in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” in 2016.

Find the full list of winners below (“Hayes” for Equity casts, “Helen” for non-Equity casts):

Outstanding choreography in a musical — Hayes

(tie) Parker Esse, “The Pajama Game,” Arena Stage

Denis Jones, “Crazy for You,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding choreography in a musical — Helen

Luis Salgado, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding choreography in a play — Hayes

Robb Hunter, “HIR,” Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Outstanding choreography in a play — Helen

Kelly Maxner, Mollye Maxner, “Still Life With Rocket,” Theater Alliance

Outstanding musical direction — Hayes

Jon Kalbfleisch, “Caroline, or Change,” Round House Theatre

Outstanding musical direction — Helen

Walter “Bobby” McCoy, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding costume design — Hayes

Kendra Rai, “Or,” Round House Theatre

Outstanding costume design — Helen

Robert Croghan, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding lighting design — Hayes

Jason Lyons (lighting designer), Zachary G. Borovay (projection designer), “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding lighting design — Helen

Christopher Annas-Lee, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding set design — Hayes

Lee Savage, “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding set design — Helen

Debra Kim Sivigny, “Forgotten Kingdoms,” Rorschach Theatre

Outstanding sound design — Hayes

Palmer Hefferan, “Baby Screams Miracle,” Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Outstanding sound design — Helen

Matthew M. Nielson, “Mnemonic,” Theater Alliance

Outstanding direction in a musical — Hayes

Kathryn Chase Bryer, “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure,” Imagination Stage

Outstanding direction in a musical — Helen

Luis Salgado, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding direction in a play — Hayes

Ethan McSweeny, “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding direction in a play — Helen

Rick Hammerly, “Lela & Co,” Factory 449

Outstanding ensemble in a musical — Hayes

“Ragtime,” Ford’s Theatre

Outstanding ensemble in a musical — Helen

“In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding ensemble in a play — Hayes

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” Ford’s Theatre

Outstanding ensemble in a play — Helen

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” Constellation Theatre Company

Outstanding performer, visiting production

(tie) Alessandra Baldacchino, “Fun Home,” National Theatre

Abby Corrigan, “Fun Home,” National Theatre

Outstanding supporting actor in a musical — Hayes

Will Gartshore, “A Little Night Music,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding supporting actress in a musical — Hayes

Tracy Lynn Olivera, “A Little Night Music,” Signature Theatre

Outstanding supporting actor in a musical — Helen

Félix Marchany, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding supporting actress in a musical — Helen

Kari Ginsburg, “The Wild Party,” Constellation Theatre Company

James MacArthur Award for Outstanding supporting actor in a play — Hayes

Jim Lichtscheidl, “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding supporting actress in a play — Hayes

Erin Weaver, “Or,” Round House Theatre

James MacArthur Award for Outstanding supporting actor in a play — Helen

Jose Guzman, “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” 1st Stage

Outstanding supporting actress in a play — Helen

Susan Rome, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Theater J

Outstanding lead actor in a musical — Hayes

(tie) Kevin McAllister, “Ragtime,” Ford’s Theatre

Blakely Slaybaugh, “The Pajama Game,” Arena Stage

Outstanding lead actress in a musical — Hayes

Rayanne Gonzales, “In the Heights,” Olney Theatre Center & Round House Theatre

Outstanding lead actor in a musical — Helen

Michael Innocenti, “Parade,” Keegan Theatre

Outstanding lead actress in a musical — Helen

Laura Lebrón, “In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Robert Prosky Award for outstanding lead actor in a play — Hayes

Ted van Griethuysen, “The Father,” Studio Theatre

Outstanding lead actress in a play — Hayes

Lizan Mitchell, “A Raisin in the Sun,” Arena Stage

Robert Prosky Award for outstanding lead actor in a play — Helen

Frank Britton, “Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train,” 1st Stage

Outstanding lead actress in a play — Helen

Felicia Curry, “Lela & Co,” Factory 449

Outstanding original play or musical adaptation

Karen Zacarías (book), Deborah Wicks La Puma (music), “Ella Enchanted,” Adventure Theatre MTC

Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding original new play or musical

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, “Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies,” Mosaic Theater Company

Outstanding production — young audiences

“Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure,” Imagination Stage

Outstanding visiting production

“Mean Girls,” National Theatre

Outstanding production in a musical — Hayes

“In the Heights,” Olney Theatre Center & Round House Theatre

Outstanding production in a play — Hayes

“Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare Theatre Company

Outstanding production in a musical — Helen

“In the Heights,” GALA Hispanic Theatre

Outstanding production in a play — Helen

“Still Life With Rocket,” Theater Alliance


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