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Broadway-Bound Moulin Rouge! Leads 2019 IRNE Award Winners

Six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein took home an award for his supporting performance at the annual celebration of Boston theater.

Danny Burstein won a 2019 IRNE Award for his performance as Harold Zidler in the Boston production of Moulin Rouge!
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The Broadway-bound production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which had its pre-Broadway engagement last summer at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre, took home seven IRNE Awards at last night's ceremony, including Best Musical, New Musical, and Supporting Actor (Danny Burstein) in the Large Stage category.

Also leading the pack of nominated productions was the Huntington Theatre Company's Man in the Ring, which earned five awards, including Best Play, Director (Michael Greif), and Actor (John Douglas Thompson).

The A.R.T.'s Broadway-bound production of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill walked away with one award for performer Lauren Patten, who won in the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical category.

Speakeasy Stage dominated the Small Stage categories, earning a total of nine awards, including five for Between Riverside and Crazy and a Best Actress award, which went to Jennifer Ellis for her performance in Shakespeare in Love.

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards was founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of TheaterMirror in 1995. Each year the IRNE Awards recognize the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston theater community — from fringe companies to large scale visiting productions.

For the complete list of 2019 IRNE Award winners, click here.