Manoel Felciano and Christy Altomare in "Anastasia" at Hartford Stage. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

‘Anastasia’ Takes Home 7 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards

The Broadway-bound musical from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, currently running at Hartford Stage, was lauded last night.

HARTFORD, CONN.: The Connecticut Critics Circle Awards held their 26th annual awards ceremony last night, June 13, at Hartford Stage, which cohosted the event with TheaterWorks. The biggest winner of the night was Hartford Stage’s production of the Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty/Terrence McNally musical Anastasia, which won seven awards, including outstanding musical. The show is scheduled for Broadway in the 2016-17 season.

The other big winner of the night was Paula Vogel’s newest play, Indecent, which played at Yale Repertory Theatre; the production is currently running in New York City at the Vineyard Theatre. Indecent won four awards, including best play.

In addition to the competitive awards, Anne Keefe was presented with the Tom Killen Award for lifetime achievement in the theatre. She’s been the stage manager of Long Wharf Theatre and on Broadway for more than 25 years.

Tina Fabrique was the master of ceremonies.

The Connecticut Critics Circle is comprised of theatre critics and writers in the state’s print, radio and on-line media.

The complete winner’s list is below:

Musical
Anastasia, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Hartford Stage

Play
Indecent, Paula Vogel, Yale Repertory Theatre

Ensemble
Indecent

Director of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, Anastasia 

Director of a Play
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Lead Actor in a Musical
Bobby Steggert, My Paris, Long Wharf Theatre

Lead Actress in a Musical
Christy Altomare, Anastasia 

Lead Actor in a Play
Rajesh Bose, Disgraced, Long Wharf Theatre

Lead Actress in a Play
Erika Rolfsrud, Good People, TheaterWorks

Featured Actor in a Musical
Teren Carter, Memphis, Ivoryton Playhouse

Featured Actress in a Musical
Mara Davi, My Paris

Featured Actor in a Play
Charles Janasz, Romeo and Juliet, Hartford Stage

Featured Actress in a Play
Birgit Huppuch, The Moors, Yale Repertory Theatre

Choreography
Peggy Hickey, Anastasia 

Set Design
Alexander Dodge, Rear Window, Hartford Stage

Costume Design
Linda Cho, Anastasia
Paul Tazewell, My Paris

Sound Design
Darron L. West, Boddy of an American, Hartford Stage

Lighting Design
Donald Holder, Anastasia 

Projection Design
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

Special Award
Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, Indecent

Tom Killen Award for Lifetimes Achievement
Anne Keefe

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