On Sunday, Jan. 13, Playhouse Producing Director Bryce McDonald, the Playhouse production of “Sweeney Todd” and several company members were among the honorees at the 30th anniversary celebration of First Night at Nashville’s Larry Keeton Theatre. Founded in 1989 by Nashville writer, editor and critic Jeffrey Ellis, the Midwinter’s First Night Awards are an annual tribute to theater in Tennessee.
Playhouse winners of the 2019 First Night Awards (recognizing theatrical achievement throughout 2018) were “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which won Outstanding Musical of the Year; Jason Ross, who won Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Sweeney Todd,” and Andy Wallach, who won Outstanding Costume Design for “Sweeney Todd.” In addition, Bryce McDonald was named one of two “Theaterati of the Year” along with Vali Forrester, co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Actors Bridge Ensemble. During the three-hour, sold-out celebration, Jason Ross joined his “Sweeney Todd” co-star Weslie Webster in a performance of “A Little Priest,” the Act One finale of the show.
Cumberland County Playhouse was also recently honored by the BroadwayWorld.com Awards, which are voted on by the general public. After receiving dozens of nominations, the Playhouse received the award for Best Professional Theater Company, along with Best Supporting Actress (Patty Payne, “Boeing Boeing”), Best Sound Design (Matt Bundy, “Legally Blonde”), Best New Work (“Sleepy Hollow”), Best Play (“Boeing Boeing”), and Best Ensemble Cast in a Play (“Boeing Boeing”).
Currently at the Playhouse: “Madagascar, A Musical Adventure” on the Mainstage through March 1, 2019, rated G and sponsored by Plateau Pediatrics; and Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park in the Adventure Theater through March 22, rated PG and sponsored by Stanley Bise, M.D. Upcoming: “Noises Off” on the Mainstage, March 8 through April 18, rated PG and sponsored by Stan and Barbara Huff. Tickets may be reserved by calling (931) 484-5000 or visiting www.ccplayhouse.com. Information is also available for Southern Stars Symphonic Brass and other events. All CCP productions are made possible through sponsor support, with additional support provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Playhouse media sponsor the Crossville Chronicle, and Playhouse Season Partners Plateau Pediatrics and Tim and Susan Tewalt.