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Henry Awards will be presented tonight

The Colorado Theatre Guild's seventh annual Henry Awards will be presented tonight at the L2 Arts & Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street. The festivities start at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by the official awards ceremony at 7 p.m.; an after-party will move the fun to the nearby Denver FilmCenter/Colfax.

Tickets to the event are $25 or $50, and still available online at www.coloradotheatreguild.org.

Established in 2006, the Henry Awards are named after longtime producer Henry Lowenstein, and honor outstanding local theatrical achievements during the past season. They're determined by more than thirty local theater reporters, reviewers (including Westword's Juliet Wittman) and assigned judges.

We'll post the list of winners tonight; in the meantime, here are the nominees (with links to Wittman's review of nominated productions at the end):

Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company

Arvada Center

Buntport Theater Company

Curious Theatre Company

Denver Center Theatre Company

Town Hall Arts Center

Outstanding Production of a Play

9 Circles, Curious Theatre Company, Christy Montour-Larson, Director

American Night, Denver Center Theater Company, Sam Woodhouse, Director

Clybourne Park, Curious Theatre Company, Chip Walton, Director

Red, Curious Theatre Company, Christy Montour-Larson, Director

Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone, Buntport Theater Company, Direction by ensemble

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Avenue Q, Vintage Theatre Productions, Bernie Cardell, Director; Marsha Whitaker, Musical Direction

The Drowsy Chaperone, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Michael Duran, Director; Neal Dunfee, Musical Direction

The Producers, Town Hall Arts Center, Robert Wells, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction

Ragtime, Arvada Center, Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction

The Who's Tommy, Town Hall Arts Center, Nick Sugar, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction

Outstanding Direction of a Play

Buntport Theater ensemble, Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone

Jamie Horton, Creede Repertory Theatre, Unnecessary Farce

Christy Montour-Larson, Curious Theatre Company, 9 Circles

Christy Montour-Larson, Curious Theatre Company, Red

Sam Woodhouse, Director Denver Center Theater Company, American Night

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Bernie Cardell, Vintage Theatre Productions, Avenue Q

Michael Duran, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone

Rod Lansberry, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Nick Sugar, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Robert Wells, Town Hall Arts Center, The Producers

Outstanding Musical Direction

Donna K. Debreceni, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Neal Dunfee, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone

David Nehls, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

David Nehls, Arvada Center, Hairspray

David Nehls, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Outstanding Actor in a Play

Michael Bouchard, Miners Alley Playhouse, A Touch of Spring

David DeSantos, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Lawrence Hecht, Curious Theatre Company, Red

Michael Kingsbaker, Curious Theatre Company, On An Average Day

Sean Scrutchins, Curious Theatre Company, 9 Circles

Outstanding Actress in a Play

Christy Brandt, Creede Repertory Theatre, The Road to Mecca

Lisa Bruneau, Denver Center Theatre Company, Heartbreak House

Emily Paton Davies, Paragon Theatre, A Lie of the Mind

Marcia Ragonetti, Miners Alley Playhouse, Master Class

Caitlin Wise, Creede Repertory Theatre, Unnecessary Farce

Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Wayne Kennedy, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Russell Mernagh, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Brian Norber, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone

Tyrone Robinson, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Tally Sessions, Arvada Center, Chess

Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Lisa Finnerty, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Carolyn Lohr, Vintage Theatre Productions, Avenue Q

Shannan Steele, Denver Center Attractions, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Megan Van De Hey, Arvada Center, Chess

Megan Van De Hey, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Richard Azurdia, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Benjamin Bonenfant, Curious Theatre Company, Red

Mario Cabrera, Creede Repertory Theatre, Unnecessary Farce

Erik Edborg, Buntport Theater Company, The Roast Beef Situation

Bill Hahn, Curious Theatre Company, Becky Shaw

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Hannah Duggan, Buntport Theater Company, Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone

Dena Martinez, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Theresa Reid, Spark Theater, Three Sisters

Erin Rollman, Buntport Theater Company, The Roast Beef Situation

Caitlin Wise, Arvada Center, The Importance of Being Earnest

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Seth Caikowski, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone

Stephen Day, Arvada Center, Chess

Rob Janzen, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Matt LaFontaine, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Brian Norber, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Phantom

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical

Joanie Brosseau, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, Phantom

Ashlie-Amber Harris, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Arlene Rapal, Vintage Theatre Productions, Avenue Q

Shannan Steele, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

Gayle Turner, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

American Night, Denver Center Theatre Company, Sam Woodhouse, Director

Ragtime, Arvada Center, Rod Lansberry, Director; David Nehls, Musical Direction

Red, Curious Theatre Company, Christy Montour-Larson, Director

The Roast Beef Situation, Buntport Theater, Direction by ensemble

Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone, Buntport Theater, Direction by ensemble

The Who's Tommy, Town Hall Arts Center, Nick Sugar, Director; Donna K. Debreceni, Musical Direction

Outstanding New Play

Date, by Luciann Lajoie, Denver Center Theatre Company's Off-Center @ the Jones

My Hideous Progeny by Buntport Theater Company

Tommy Lee Jones Goes to the Opera Alone, by Buntport Theater Company

The Roast Beef Situation, by Buntport Theater Company

The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter, Denver Center Theatre Company

Outstanding Sound Design

Buntport Theater Ensemble, The Roast Beef Situation, Buntport Theater Company

Will Burns, Curious Theatre Company, Red

Will Burns, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Steve Stevens, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Steve Stevens, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

Outstanding Lighting Design

Gail J. Gober, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Gail J. Gober, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

Charles MacLeod, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Jon Scott-McKean, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

Shannon McKinney, Curious Theatre Company, Red

Outstanding Costume Design

Buntport Theater Ensemble, Buntport Theater, The Roast Beef Situation

Sally Burke, Arvada Center, The Importance of Being Earnest

Claire Henkel, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Melinda Lacy, Spark Theater, Three Sisters

Christina Wright, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Outstanding Scenic Design

Susan Crabtree, Curious Theatre Company, Red

Brian Mallgrave, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

Jen Orf, Aurora Fox, Rashomon

Sanford Roberts, Denver Center Theatre Company, American Night

Susan Crabtree, Curious Theatre Company, Clybourne Park

Outstanding Choreography

Alicia Dunfee, Boulder's Dinner Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone

Kelly Kates, Town Hall Arts Center, The Producers

Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Arvada Center, Ragtime

Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Arvada Center, The 1940's Radio Hour

Nick Sugar, Town Hall Arts Center, The Who's Tommy

This year's event also includes three special awards:

●The Lifetime Achievement Award for Tom McNally, professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Northern Colorado, where he serves as artistic director of the Little Theatre of the Rockies and coordinator of the school's Acting Program.

● The first Journalistic Excellence in the Arts Award for John Moore, who left the Denver Post last fall after writing more than 2,500 theater reviews and stories over the preceding ten years. (Moore also won not just a Best of Denver 2012 award but also a Web Award from Westword.)

● A special Henry Award for the National Theatre Conservatory, which after 28 years graduated its last class in April.

Click on the following links for Juliet Wittman's reviews of nominated productions:

-- 9 Circles

-- American Night

-- Clybourne Park

-- Red

-- Tommy Lee Jones Goes to Opera Alone

-- Avenue Q

-- The Drowsy Chaperone

-- The Roast Beef Situation

-- Ragtime

-- The Importance of Being Earnest

-- The 1940's Radio Hour

-- Unnecessary Farce

-- A Touch of Spring

-- The Road to Mecca

-- Heartbreak House

-- A Lie of the Mind

-- Master Class

-- Chess

-- I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

-- Becky Shaw

-- Phantom

-- My Hideous Progeny

-- The Whale