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2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Nominees

 As always, paring lists of more than 50 and two of more than 200 to a select group of five is an arduous task even if it’s a lot of fun.

        The fun comes from remembering various productions and performances as I check the ranking, considering variables like the difficulty of the role, its meaning to its production, and originality of presentation. (The last of which means don’t expected to be nominated for “The King a I” if you’re doing a dead-ringer imitation of Yul Brynner in the role.)

       95 productions were considered for the Helen and Morris Zoren World Theatre Awards. They were seen from New York to Wilmington, Del. between June 2021 (“Two Gentlemen of Verona” Hedgerow) to July 2022 (Together Off-Broadway: Merman & Martin at Act 2 Playhouse). The diary could have been kept open for two more shows. “Grand Horizons” at People’s Light and the tour of “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Forrest, giving the 2021-2022 its most accurate border, but I like my post-season reviews, and I wanted get on with this one. (You may have noticed I caught up with the 2019-2020 rankings at the same time. 2020-2021 lists are precluded by the pandemic and the closing of theaters.

        The nominees for the 2021-2022 HELEN AND MORRIS ZOREN WORLD THEATER AWARDS are:

BEST PRODUCTION:

HAMILTON by Lin-Manuel Miranda, National Tour — Academy of Music, Philadelphia

THE LEHMAN TRIOLOY by Stefano Massini, Nederlander Theatre, Broadway NYC

MINOR CHARACTER by New Saloon using translations by Milo Cramer, Marian Fell, Carol Rocamora, Paul Schmidt, and Laurence Selenick after Anton Chekhov, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia

RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi and Francesco Maria Piave, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

BEST DIRECTOR

GLENN CASALE, The Little Mermaid, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

THOMAS KAIL, Hamilton, National Tour — Academy of Music, Philadelphia

SAM MENDES,* The Lehman Trilogy, Nederlander Theatre, Broadway, NYC

DANIEL PELZIG, Rigoletto, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

YURY URNOV, Minor Character, Wilma Theater, Philadelphia

BEST ACTOR

SIMON RUSSELL BEALE,* The Lehman Trilogy, Nederlander Theatre, Broadway, NYC

ANTHONY CLARK EVANS, Rigoletto, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia

PIERRE JEAN GONZALEZ, Hamilton — National Tour — Academy of Music, Philadelphia

ROB McCLURE, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Broadway, NYC

DAVID THRELFALL, Hangmen, John Golden Theatre, Broadway, NYC

BEST ACTRESS

JACKIE BURNS, A Walk on the Moon, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.

JESSICA DalCANTON, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Hedgerow Theatre, Rose Valley, Pa.

SASHA HUTCHINGS, Oklahoma!, National Tour — Forrest Theater, Philadelphia

JOAQUINA KALUKANGO, Paradise Square, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, NYC

LAIONA MICHELLE, Little Girl Blue, New World Theatre, Off-Broadway, NYC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

AKEEM DAVIS, A Streetcar Named Desire, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia and Choir Boy, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia

SCOTT GREER, The Motherfucker With the Hat, Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, Million Dollar Quarter, Delaware Theatre Company, Wilmington, Del., and Into the Woods, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

LEVI KREIS, Hadestown, National Tour — Academy of Music, Philadelhia

JOSEPH LANGHAM, The Alchemist, The Winter’s Tale, and The Cure at Troy, Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia

A.J. SHIVELEY, Paradise Square, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, NYC

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

CHILINA KENNEDY, Paradise Square, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, NYC

EMILIE KRAUSE, A Streetcar Named Desire, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia

STEPHANIE JAE PARK, Hamilton, National Tour — Academy of Music, Philadelphia

REBECCA ROBBINS, The Little Mermaid, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

MARE WINNINGHAM, The Girl From the North Country, Belasco Theatre, Broadway, NYC

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