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Sunset Playhouse named Theatre of the Year – Broadway World Regional Awards

Winners Announced For The 2017 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards; Sunset Playhouse Wins Theatre of the Year!

Winners have been announced for the 2017 BroadwayWorld Milwaukee Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2017.

This year the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards took place in a record number of markets, with a record number of votes – including 56 cities across the United States; with our awards taking place globally in a record-breaking 11 countries, including multiple Canadian cities!

Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld’s local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

The votes have been counted… Check out the full list of winners below!

Best Actor in a Musical
Michael Haubner – Jesus Christ Superstar – West Allis Players

Best Actor in a Play
Nicholas Callan Haubner – Of Mice and Men – Seventh Row Center

Best Actress in a Musical
Kat Geertsen – If/Then – Greendale Community Theatre

Best Actress in a Play
Beth Perry – 33 Variations – Waukesha Civic Theatre

Best Costume Design
Heather Patterson & Rebecca Schilling – 1776 – Lake Country Playhouse

Best Director of a Musical
Tim Backes – Next to Normal – All In Productions

Best Director of a Play
Dustin J. Martin – 33 Variations – Waukesha Civic Theater 

Best Musical

Next to Normal – All In Productions

Best Play
33 Variations – Waukesha Civic Theatre

Best Scenic Design
Christopher Kurtz – Romeo & Juliet – SummerStage of Delafield

Best Youth Actor (under 18)
Jake Koch – 1776 – Lake Country Playhouse

Best Youth Actress (under 18)
Harper Navin – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Sunset Playhouse

Theatre of the Year
Sunset Playhouse

BROADWAY VETERANS FEATURED AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET

BROADWAY VETERANS FEATURED

AT THE SIDENOTES CABARET

 

Broadway veterans SUSAN AND ANDREW VARELA will be featured in a cabaret titled PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE: THE ROMANCE OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, February 15-18, 2018 at the Sunset Playhouse SideNotes Cabaret in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.  Timeless classics from OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL,  SOUTH PACIFIC, and other works by Rodgers & Hammerstein will be presented by these charismatic and gifted performers.  The Varelas relocated to Wisconsin after two decades of successful appearances on Broadway and in touring companies.

 

Most recently, ANDREW VARELA was seen as Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE at Skylight Music Theatre. Other Skylight performances include the title character in SWEENEY TODD and Inspector Javert in LES MISÉRABLES.  He also has been featured with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theatre.  In April he will appear with In Tandem Theatre as El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS.  SUSAN VARELA, a Milwaukee native, made her debut on Broadway as Fantine in LES MISÉRABLES and has performed locally with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, and Skylight Music Theatre (SWEENEY TODD, THE WIZARD OF OZ, INTO THE WOODS).

 

The talented duo will be backed by an exceptional three-piece combo led by Music Director RYAN CAPPLEMAN. Ryan performs and choreographs locally and is a frequent collaborator with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, and Danceworks. Bassist STEVE RINDT works with Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra as a conductor and coach and performs regularly with the Wisconsin Philharmonic and Festival City Symphony. Drummer JIM RYAN has been playing regionally for decades, appears with several local groups, and also maintains a private drum instruction studio.

 

Performances of PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE IN LOVE are Thursday, February 15 through Saturday February 17 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 p.m.