The 49th Annual Equity Jeff Awards honored last season’s achievements in Chicago theater Monday night at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL
“Sweeney Todd” at Paramount was the most honored production of the evening, earning five awards, including the best Production-Musical-Large. Paramount also received three awards for “The Little Mermaid” for a total of eight Jeffs, the most for any institution.
BRING IT BLACK was rooting for everybody black and those results were awesome last night as well possibly due to an attempt to address issues of inclusion and representation. After a JEFFS SO WHITE backlash last year. It was stated last night that the Jeff Committee has begun a process of self-study, Jeff Chair, David Liesse said the survey phase results will be released soon. Hopefully this will include more POC shows on main stages in Chicago.
We are so proud of all the talent in our city congratulations to all of you.
ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Paul-Jordan Jansen – “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – Paramount Theatre
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL
E. Faye Butler – “Chicago The Musical” – Drury Lane Productions
“East Texas Hot Links” – Writers Theatre
PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – MIDSIZE
“The Scottsboro Boys” – Porchlight Music Theatre
Michael Cristofer – “Man in the Ring” – Court Theatre
ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY
Orbert Davis – “Paradise Blue” – TimeLine Theatre Company
The adjudicated productions took place between August 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017. The Jeff committee attended the opening nights of 159 productions from 62 producing organizations. Of these, 123 productions were “Jeff Recommended,” which made them eligible for award nominations.