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SpeakEasy wins easy at the Elliot Norton Awards

The midsize theater company wins seven awards at last night’s ceremony

The Boston Theater Critics Association didn't have to contemplate quite as long and hard about "Red" as Thomas Derrah did in the scene pictured here from the SpeakEasy Stage Company's production.

Derrah won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor at a Midsize Theater, and "Red" won awards for Outstanding Production at a Midsize Theater and for Outstanding Design, helping make SpeakEasy the company which garnered the most awards at last night's 30th Anniversary Elliot Norton Awards.

SpeakEasy also netted awards with Kathy St. George's win for Outstanding Performance by an Actress for a Midsize Theater for her starring role in "The Divine Sister" and Larry Coen's win for Outstanding Director for the same play. Michael Tacconi won the award for Outstanding Musical Performance for an Actor at a Small to Midsize Theater with his performance in SpeakEasy's "Next to Normal," and Speak-Easy's take on "The Drowsy Chaperone" won the award for Outstanding Musical Production at a Small to Midsize Theater.

Last night's celebration at the Paramount Center also included a performance by legendary song and dance man Tommy Tune. Tune received the Lifetime Achievement Award and closed the evening with a rendition of Gershwin's "'S Wonderful," a song which includes the lyrics, "You've made my life so glamorous," serving as a fitting tribute to the impact that Tune said Elliot Norton had on him.

Other big wins




Some of last night's other high honors included ArtsEmerson's "Mabou Mines DollHouse," which yielded wins for Outstan-ding Visiting Production and for Outstanding Performance by an Actress, which went to Maude Mitchell. ArtsEmerson also nabbed the prize for Outstanding Design for a Large Theater for "The Andersen Project."

Mary Zimmerman won the Outstanding Director award for Large Theater with the Hun-tington Theatre Company's production of "Candide." The American Repertory Theater's production of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" won the award for Outstanding Musical Production for a Large Theater, and for the same production, Audra McDonald took home the award for Outstanding Musical Performance for an Actress.

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company won the award for Outstanding Production for a Large Theater with "All's Well That Ends Well."