TheatreLAB’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ wins big at Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards

Annual award show also features a proposal from the stage.

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TheatreLab’s production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" was the big winner at the 12th annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards, taking home seven awards including Best Musical.

The black tie event, nicknamed "the Artsies," was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Virginia Rep's November Theatre and also featured a memorable highlight that warmed the hearts of many of those present: While accepting his award for best director, for "The Laramie Project," Lucian Restivo, Richmond Triangle Players' artistic director, proposed to boyfriend Luke Newsome from the stage.

The Artsies event is a popular fundraiser for the Theatre Artist Fund of Greater Richmond, which provides financial assistance to individuals in the local theater community during times of need.

According to a press release: In the Best Play category, there were two winners: Richmond Triangle Players’ “The Laramie Project,” about the 1998 slaying of Matthew Shepard and its aftermath; and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ workplace drama “Gloria,” produced by Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep. “The Laramie Project” also garnered awards for Best Direction – Play for Restivo and the Best Acting Ensemble Award for its cast.

Here is the complete list of winners -- congrats to them all!

Best Musical: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," TheatreLab

Best Direction - Musical: Deejay Gray, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Actor in a Leading Role - Musical: Alexander Sapp, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Actress in a Leading Role - Musical: Susan Sanford, “Grey Gardens”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Musical: Brandon LeReau, “The Wiz”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical: Audra Honaker, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Musical Direction: JS Fauquet, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Choreography: Kikau Alvaro, “The Wiz”

Outstanding Costume Design - Musical: Jeanne Nugent, “The Wiz”

Outstanding Costume Design - Musical: Alex Valentin, “Lizzie the Musical”

Outstanding Lighting Design - Musical: Michael Jarett, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Outstanding Set Design - Musical: Jason Sherwood, “Atlantis”

Outstanding Sound Design - Musical, Joey Luck, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Play: “The Laramie Project," Richmond Triangle Players

Best Play: “Gloria," Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep

Best Direction - Play: Lucian Restivo, “The Laramie Project”

Best Actor in a Leading Role - Play: Jamar Jones, “An Octoroon”

Best Actress in a Leading Role - Play: Haliya Roberts, “Pretty Fire”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Play: Jeremy V. Morris, “Oedipus: A Gospel Myth”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Play: Amber Marie Martinez, “Dance Nation”

Outstanding Costume Design - Play: Sue Griffin, “The Game's Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays”

Outstanding Lighting Design - Play: BJ Wilkinson, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

Outstanding Set Design - Play: Chris Raintree, “Songs from Bedlam”

Outstanding Sound Design - Play: Roger Price, “Talk Radio”

Most Promising Newcomer: Joel Ashur, “Gloria”

Best Original Work: “In My Chair”, Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep

2019 Ernie McClintock Best Acting Ensemble Award: For their notable performance as a cohesive and compelling ensemble, the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle honors the cast members of “The Laramie Project,” Richmond Triangle Players: Rachel Dilliplane, Annella Kaine, Amber Marie Martinez, Cole Metz, Jacqueline O’Connor, Stevie Rice, Adam Turck, Scott Wichmann

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