March 5, 2011 · 9:00 AM
Brad Stephens has accepted an invitation to present an award at the 12th Annual Column Awards Gala. This is the second year in a row Stephens has been requested for presenting duties at the prestigious event honoring excellence in theatre within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Stephens is also a nominee for Best Actor in a Musical (non-equity) at this year’s gala for his performance as Jekyll/Hyde in last October’s production of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. This is his second nomination after winning Best Supporting Actor in a Play (non-equity) last year for his 2009 performance in All My Sons at ICT MainStage.
The Column Awards are voted by the entire Dallas/Fort Worth theatrical community. Actors, directors, artistic directors, producers, musical directors, choreographers, designers, publicists, local area theater critics, playwrights, and even patrons of theater nominate and vote for the best in every aspect of theatrical production. Over 300 productions were eligible and over 80 Theater companies participated in this year’s eligibility season.
The theme this year is The Rocky Horror Column Show! featuring an opening number celebrating the cult classic musical and starring many local talent. Broadway stars Max Von Essen, Tyler Maynard and Tony award-winner, Broadway legend Donna McKechnie will co-host the event with Column Founder and President, John Garcia.
The Gala will be held Monday, March 14, 2011 at the exquisite Carpenter Hall Theater at the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. Cocktail hour starts at 7:00pm with the awards ceremony starting at 8:00pm. For ticket or other information regarding The Column Awards, visit www.thecolumnawards.org.
February 14, 2011 · 12:00 PM
Nominations for the 12th Annual Column Awards were streamed live over the Internet yesterday afternoon from the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas. Brad Stephens received a nomination in the category of Best Actor in a Musical, Non-equity for his performance in last October’s Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical at Greater Lewisville Community Theatre. This is his second Column Award nomination after winning Best Supporting Actor in a Play, Non-equity last year (All My Sons, ICT).
Stephens received the news via text message from good friend and fellow J&H cast-mate Diane Powell while attending a matinee performance of Othello in Albuquerque where his wife, Arlette Morgan, performs as Desdemona. Powell relayed that Morgan had also received a Best Featured Actress nod for the role of Jane Ashton in Brigadoon at Artisan Center Theater. In addition, both Jekyll & Hyde female leads, Courtney Sikora (Lucy Harris) and Michelle Foard (Emma Carew), received nominations as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Jaceson Barrus also earned an nomination for Best Lighting Design.
“I’m delighted to find myself in the company of some of the most talented performers in Dallas/Fort Worth,” Stephens said upon receiving the news. “Jekyll & Hyde was the most demanding role I’ve yet tackled and I’m humbled and grateful to receive such recognition. I’m especially happy for my co-stars who truly deserve this honor as does my gifted and supportive wife.”
Jekyll & Hyde was named one of DFW’s best productions of 2010 by John Garcia, Senior Chief Theater Critic and founder of The Column Online. “I was completely blown away by how Director Sharon Veselic and her highly talented cast actually created a fantastic, thrilling, and visually exciting production,” he exclaimed. Garcia also named Stephens, Sikora and Foard among his Breakthrough Performers of the Year. “The trio of leads tore into the score with vocal finesse with a hard working ensemble cresting right along with them in commitment and talent.”
The Column is the creation of professional actor/part time theater critic John Garcia. What began a little over a decade ago as a small email group of theater friends has grown into a major daily entertainment related column with over 19,000 subscribers. The Column Awards annually honors excellence in local theater productions. Additionally, The Column Awards strives to raise funds for the fight against AIDS by primarily contributing to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Finally, The Column Awards is dedicated to developing a love of theater in local youth.
Nominees were selected from a list of eligible productions and individuals by the collective subscribers of the Column throughout the month of January. Subscribers will vote on the nominees in a secondary round of voting beginning today. Winners will be announced at the annual Column Awards Gala on March 14th in the Carpenter Theater at the Irving Arts Center.
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December 15, 2010 · 4:05 PM
The Column Online released its annual Best In Dallas/Fort Worth Theater list today and Greater Lewisville’s Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical was among those listed by Senior Chief Theater Critic John Garcia as one of the best productions of 2010. Jekyll/Hyde lead and Column Award-winning actor Brad Stephens was also listed among Garcia’s list of Breakthrough Performers of the Year.
“My staff of Associate Theater Critics and myself has been working on our picks for what we considered was the best in theater within the DFW area since October,” wrote Garcia. “In making my decisions for what were the best in musicals and plays, I seriously thought of a long list of rules, factors, and theories within my mind in picking what I considered to be listed as the ‘best’. After all, I saw so many shows both as a critic and as a simple theatergoer.”
Of Jekyll & Hyde, Garcia exclaimed, “I was completely blown away by how Director Sharon Veselic and her highly talented cast actually created a fantastic, thrilling, and visually exciting production. The trio of leads tore into the score with vocal finesse with a hard working ensemble cresting right along with them in commitment and talent.”
In addition, all three Jekyll & Hyde leads – Brad Stephens (Jekyll/Hyde), Courtney Sikora (Lucy) and Michelle Foard (Emma) – were listed in Garcia’s 2010 Breakthrough Performances of the Year. “For me a ‘breakthrough’ performance is one in which I do not see whatsoever the common tics or the ‘usual’ acting craft or tools that an actor has used before in previous performances,” stated Garcia. “I sit in the dark watching an actor go so out of the box and create a performance that I have not see them do before that it leaves me speechless. That’s a break-through performance in my book.”
In his Special Achievement/Recognition category, Garcia named Foard and Sikora as Best Female Vocal Duet for their performance of In His Eyes and praised Sikora as Best Female Vocal Performance with A New Life. “Sikora belted, soared, and glided with extra-ordinary vocal beauty within this solo,” he said. The Frank Wildhorn musical also garnered a nod for Best Scenic & Lighting Design.
Jekyll & Hyde shares honors with six other productions: Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage (Theatre Too at Theatre Three); Give It Up (Dallas Theater Center); Into the Woods (Plaza Theatre Company); Lend Me A Tenor (ICT MainStage); The Dixie Swim Club (Pocket Sandwich Theatre); and Reckless (Sideman Productions).
Read by nearly 19,000 subscribers worldwide, The Column is the only organization recognizing excellence in the Dallas/Fort Worth theater community. The Column engages the contributions of fifteen critics and distributes reviews via e-mail to over 18,450 subscribers worldwide. The Column Awards annually honors excellence in local theatre productions. Additionally, The organization strives to raise funds for the fight against AIDS by primarily contributing to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and dedicates itself to developing a love of theatre in local youth.
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