A scene from A Year with Frog and Toad
A scene from A Year with Frog and Toad
The winners in the third annual Suzi Bass awards were announced last night in a gala celebration in the Egyptian ballroom of the Fabulous Fox Theatre.

Theatre in the Square led the awards, with four Suzis for its world premiere production Turned Funny (Lead Actress Linda Stephens, Featured Actress Jill Jane Clements, Director Fred Chappell and Outstanding Production), and an additional four for its production of Mount Pleasant Homecoming (Featured Actress Jennifer Akin, Featured Actor Alan Kilpatrick, Outstanding Ensemble -- Musical, and Music Direction Michael Monroe).

Synchronicity Performance Group received three awards for A Year With Frog and Toad, including Outstanding Musical, Director Clint Thornton, and Costume Designer Katherine Aurora Callahan. The company also won a Suzi for Lisa Johnson's Scenic Design work on Voices Underwater.

The Alliance Theatre -- which received this year's regional Tony Award -- won Suzis for Featured Actor Neal Ghant in Glengarry Glen Ross, Lighting Designer William H. Grant III for Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, and Clay Benning & Kendall Simpson's Sound Design on False Creeds.

The evening featured video footage of past winners and performances from all five of the nominated musicals. The complete list of nominees follows, with the winners marked in bold:

2007 Spirit of Suzi Award
Jerry's Habima Theatre

2007 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwrighting Award
Eddie Levi Lee and Larry Larson for their play Charm School produced this season by Horizon Theatre Company

Outstanding Featured Actress - Play
Carol Mitchell-leon *The Bluest Eye *Horizon Theatre
Jackie Prucha *Waiting to be Invited *Theatrical Outfit
Jill Jane Clements *The Chase *Theatrical Outfit
Jill Jane Clements *Turned Funny *Theatre in the Square
Kate Donadio *All The King's Men *Theatre in the Square
Kathleen Wattis *Based on a Totally True Story *Actor's Express
Valerie Payton *Romeo and Juliet *Shakespeare Tavern

Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical
Amy K. Murray *Sister Act the musical *Alliance Theatre
Ellen McQueen *Cabaret *Shakespeare Tavern
Jennifer Akin *Mount Pleasant Homecoming *Theatre in the Square
Karen Howell *Mount Pleasant Homecoming *Theatre in the Square
Libby Whittemore *The Great American Trailer Park Musical *Actor's Express

Outstanding Featured Actor - Play
Andrew Benator *Brooklyn Boy *Jewish Theatre of the South
Chris Kayser *Glengarry Glen Ross *Alliance Theatre
Jason Dirden *Ceremonies in Dark Old Men *True Colors
John Benzinger *The Pillowman *Actor's Express
John G. Preston *Othello *Georgia Shakespeare
Neal A. Ghant *Glengarry Glen Ross *Alliance Theatre
Ric Reitz *Turned Funny *Theatre in the Square

Outstanding Featured Actor - Musical

Alan Kilpatrick *Mount Pleasant Homecoming *Theatre in the Square
Brandon O'Dell *The Thing About Men *Horizon Theatre
Craig A. Meyer *A Year with Frog and Toad *Synchronicity Performance Group
Dolph Amick *The Great American Trailer Park Musical *Actor's Express
Jeff Watkins *Cabaret *Shakespeare Tavern

Outstanding Choreography
Jeff McKerley * Cabaret * Shakespeare Tavern
Jen Macqueen * A Year with Frog and Toad * Synchronicity Performance Group
Marguerite Derricks * Sister Act the musical * Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Music Direction
Bryan Mercer * A Year with Frog and Toad * Synchronicity Performance Group
Dale Grogan * Respect * Gfour Productions/Bob & Gudrun Cuillo
Michael Kosarin/Brent-Alan Huffman * Sister Act the musical * Alliance Theatre
Michael Monroe * Mount Pleasant Homecoming * Theatre in the Square
Renee Clark * Cabaret * Shakespeare Tavern

Outstanding Costume Design
Douglas J. Koertge * The Servant of Two Masters * Georgia Shakespeare
English Benning * I Am My Own Wife * Actor's Express
Garry Lennon * Sister Act the musical * Alliance Theatre
Joanna Schmink * The Violet Hour * 7 Stages
Katherine Aurora Callahan * A Year with Frog and Toad * Synchronicity Performance Group
Sydney Roberts * Othello * Georgia Shakespeare
Sydney Roberts * Pericles * Georgia Shakespeare

Outstanding Lighting Design
Donald Holder * Sister Act the musical * Alliance Theatre
Jessica Coale * Beckett's Memories * 7 Stages
Liz Lee * Cuttin' Up * Alliance Theatre
Liz Lee * Othello * Georgia Shakespeare
William H. Grant III * Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue * Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design
Derek Kinsler/Nick Collins * A Year with Frog and Toad * Synchronicity Performance Group
Jonathan Williamson * The Great American Trailer Park Musical * Actor's Express
Kat Conley * Othello * Georgia Shakespeare
Kat Conley * Pericles * Georgia Shakespeare
Lisa Johnson * Voices Underwater * Synchronicity Performance Group
Shaun L. Motley * Cuttin' Up * Alliance Theatre
Tamara McElhannon * 9 Parts of Desire * Horizon Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design
Chris Bartelski * 9 Parts of Desire * Horizon Theatre
Clay Benning * Cuttin' Up * Alliance Theatre
Clay Benning/ Kendall Simpson * False Creeds * Alliance Theatre
Joseph P. Monaghan, III * Turned Funny * Theatre in the Square
Klimchak/Clay Benning * Pericles * Georgia Shakespeare
Mimi Epstein * Voices Underwater * Synchronicity Performance Group

Outstanding Director - Play
B.J. Jones *Glengarry Glen Ross *Alliance Theatre
Fred Chappell *Turned Funny *Theatre in the Square
Jasson Minadakis *The Pillowman *Actor's Express
Kenny Leon *Ceremonies in Dark Old Men *True Colors
Lisa Adler *9 Parts of Desire *Horizon Theatre

Outstanding Director - Musical
Clint Thornton *A Year with Frog and Toad *Synchronicity Performance Group
Dex Edwards *Mount Pleasant Homecoming *Theatre in the Square
Freddie Ashley *The Great American Trailer Park Musical *Actor's Express
Heidi Cline *Cabaret *Shakespeare Tavern
Peter Schneider *Sister Act the musical *Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble - Play
9 Parts of Desire * Horizon Theatre
Glengarry Glen Ross * Alliance Theatre
The Bluest Eye * Horizon Theatre
The God Committee * Theatrical Outfit The Pillowman * Actor's Express

Outstanding Ensemble - Musical
A Year with Frog and Toad * Synchronicity Performance Group
Mount Pleasant Homecoming * Theatre in the Square
Respect * Gfour Productions/Bob & Gudrun Cuillo
Sister Act the musical * Alliance Theatre
The Great American Trailer Park Musical * Actor's Express

Outstanding Lead Actress - Play
Agnes Harty *Educating Rita *Red Clay Theatre
Farida Kalala *I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda *Theatre in the Square
Linda Stephens *Turned Funny *Theatre in the Square
Mary Lynn Owen *Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue *Alliance Theatre
Park Krausen *Othello *Georgia Shakespeare
Veronika Duerr *Romeo and Juliet *Shakespeare Tavern

Outstanding Lead Actress - Musical
Agnes Harty *Cabaret *Shakespeare Tavern
Claci Miller *The Great American Trailer Park Musical *Actor's Express
Dawnn Lewis *Sister Act the musical *Alliance Theatre
Sara Onsager *The Thing About Men *Horizon Theatre
Wendy Melkonian *The Great American Trailer Park Musical *Actor's Express

Outstanding Lead Actor - Play
Daniel May *The Pillowman *Actor's Express
David Milford *All The King's Men *Theatre in the Square
Doyle Reynolds *I Am My Own Wife *Actor's Express
Eddie Levi Lee *Charm School *Horizon Theatre
Glynn Turman *Ceremonies in Dark Old Men *True Colors

Outstanding Lead Actor - Musical
Bryan Mercer *A Year with Frog and Toad *Synchronicity Performance Group
David Jennings *Sister Act the musical *Alliance Theatre
Jeff McKerley *Cabaret *Shakespeare Tavern
Jeff McKerley *The Thing About Men *Horizon Theatre
Spencer G. Stephens *A Year with Frog and Toad *Synchronicity Performance Group

Outstanding Production - Play
9 Parts of Desire * Horizon Theatre
I Am My Own Wife * Actor's Express
I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda * Theatre in the Square
The Pillowman * Actor's Express
Turned Funny * Theatre in the Square

Outstanding Production - Musical
A Year with Frog and Toad * Synchronicity Performance Group
Cabaret * Shakespeare Tavern
Mount Pleasant Homecoming * Theatre in the Square
Sister Act the musical * Alliance Theatre
The Great American Trailer Park Musical *Actor's Express

For more information, visit www.suziawards.org