2009 Barrymore Awards – Philadelphia

Whoa a year has gone by since I covered the Barrymore Awards in Philadelphia at the Crystal Tea Room. This year the 15th Annual Barrymore Awards were held at the Walnut Street Theater, bringing the tradition back to the stage as it used to be. For me it was a little more glamorous, the red carpet was perfectly placed, and the folks were as decked out as they ever are. Here we find Va va va Voom, Amy Bodnar, who just finished a run at “The Nut” in the Producers.
Collin Maier (Nominated for Music Direction in It’s a Wonderful Life), Jennie Knackstedt and Patricia Durante
These two were recently involved with ‘Soultime at the Apollo’ Written and directed by Kevin Ramsey (r), “Soultime” tells the story of the Apollo and starring songbird Melanie McCullough.Charlotte Northeast and nominated Damon Bonetti. In November, Charlotte will play Franny in David White’s Blood: A Comedy at Passage Theatre; Damon was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for David in Orange Flower Water for Luna Theatre Company!
Ed Sabato, Pat Sabato, James Pyne, Lexie Pyne (Channeling the Madonna look era 1985) and nominated for Outstanding Costume Design, Marla Jurglanis

Margie Salvante, Executive Director of the Theatre Alliance greets Lorrain Treanor and Joel Markowitz of the DC Theatre Scene, Washington’s livliest theater website. Like, the DC Theatre Scene will cover Philadelphia as well as NYC. Kristyn Chouiniere and Jessica Dalcaton, who are both at the Act II Playhouse production of Boeing-Boeing until 10/24
Forrest McClendon, dressed to the nines, later won a Barrymore for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for the 11th Hour Theatre Company’s production of Avenue X. Avenue X was cleaned up at the awards Monday night.
Jennifer Pagem, Brett Stickney and Kelley Faulkner
Kevin Duffin, Megan Nicole O’Brien, Michael Philip O’Brien, Justin Perri, Jennie Eisenhower, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Joe O’Brien, Angela, Craig O’Brien and Laura Catlaw Most of this crew will be celebrating their night for Avenue X.
Major support for the Barrymore Awards is provided by Actors’ Equity Association, Ark Media, The Charlotte Cushman Foundation, Clear Sound, CRW Graphics, Drucker & Scaccetti, P.C., Earl Girls Theatrical Equipment, Garfield Refining Company, Harmelin Media, Independence Foundation, PECO, The Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno, The Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust B as recommended by Leonard C. Haas, Walnut Street Theatre, William Penn Foundation, and Ted & Stevie Wolf.I really enjoy covering the Barrymore’s. The theater community is so excited to be doing what they’re doing and it bubbles over. I love how they get seriously decked out. How they are so enthusiastic when giving their speeches and how they are genuinely happy for their fellow actors, or at least it doesn’t seem to be a scene out of Valley of the Dolls.

According to a quote on “Philadelphia’s reputation as a vibrant birthplace of new plays is continuing to grow, and I am very excited that this year’s the Barrymore Voters overwhelmingly recognized two new plays with so many awards. This speaks to the sophistication of both our theatre companies and our audiences,” said Margie Salvante, Executive Director of the Theatre Alliance. With Margie is Gary Steuer, director of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
The guarding of the Barrymore’s, which are pre-marked before the start of the show. I tried to take a peek, but this gentleman threatened me with verbal abuse so I refrained.
Ian Merrill Peakes Barrymore for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for “Something Intangible”
Joining me in the Green Room (which was not green like say the Prince Theater’s Green Room), was Chris Morse & his Rep Radio gang. Seems Rep Radio is trying to do exactly what I dream on doing and that is giving props to out local theater. Rep Radio is doing it via pod cast & video. Check them out!! (PS can someone PLEASE save the Prince. I hear it is going to go on the auction block once again. I also hear from good sources that the last time it went up some kind of Sneaker Kingdom was to bid on it and they took it off the block. The Prince is a beautiful theater, great stage, good for movies, cabaret and the seats are comfortable. Great Location too.)
Janis Dardaris winner as Outstanding Supporter Actress in a Play “Scorched”. I may run around chasing celeb sighting tips all over town (last night Blake Lively from Gossip Girl) as the “Lone Paparazzo” as I’ve been called, but here at the Barrymore’s there’s a slew of peeps that have been in a lot of things movies, shows, etc that we’ve seen. Check out Ms Dardaris acting reel.
The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia announced that Charlotte Cloe Fox Wind was honored with the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, a cash award of $10,000, at the 15th Annual Barrymore Awards Ceremony. The award is given to a Philadelphia theatre artist (director, designer, actor or writer) who shows outstanding promise in his or her field and is dedicated to working in the Philadelphia theatre community. “The committee and I were awed by the talents of the five young finalists,” said Carole Haas Gravagno, who established the award in memory of her late husband. “In Charlotte we saw someone whose exceptional body of work reflected an extraordinary breadth of talent and someone who showed a tremendous commitment to the Philadelphia theatre community.” Carole Haas Gravago is on the left, and Charlotte Cloe Fox Wind on the right.
Jennie Eisenhower wins for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical in Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. Here she is given the mock Barrymore to pose with at the step & repeat, where I am waiting.
I remember when I photographed the Tony’s this past year, many in the press room tried to get Elton John, Stephen Dardry etc to kiss their Tony’s, but it took Liza Minelli to break out of the pack and give it a big smoocherooo. We didn’t even have to ask Michael Ogborn, won a Barrymore for Outstanding Original Music for “Cinderella”. He knows how to make this photographer happy with his spontaneity.
Three other special awards were given out. Lantern Theater Company received the award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service for its Classroom Connections program. Dugald MacArthur received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledging his work as an actor, educator, director and mentor to many in the local theatre community. The Ted and Stevie Wolf New Approaches to Collaborations Award, honoring collaborative efforts between theatre companies and organizations of other disciplines, went to Delaware Theatre Company & The Ferris School for Boys for No Child… Here’s the afterparty, which was held at the Ben Franklin Ballroom at 9th & Chestnut… one guest stated I like returning to a theater to have the awards, then having the party at the Ben. No clinking glasses during the speech, and more socializing at the party.
How much fun did I have this night, mark my words I’m gonna cover Philadelphia Theater/actors & shakers this year, and do for it what I’ve been told I did for the charities, socials and events for Philly which is give it more visibility.