Wednesday, January 13, 2016


In an almost complete sweep of the 2015 Broadway World "Best of Philadelphia" Theatre Awards, The Media Theatre won 20 out of 23 categories including Best Musical, Best Play, and two honors for Best Director Jesse Cline who is the Artistic Director for Media Music Theatre Company. MMTC is the professional music theatre organization housed at The Media Theatre.

The nominations were announced back in November for productions which were produced between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. The Media Theatre landed over 40 nominations all told, eventually receiving 20 "Best Of" honors from the esteemed online theatrical magazine. Broadway World has headquarters in NYC and regional offices throughout the USA, giving up to the minute reports on all that is Broadway, Off-Broadway, and for each major city's theatre district and community.

After nominations were announced, Broadway World opened the voting up in each region to public voting. Members of each theatre community cast their votes as well as theatre patrons. The awards are very similar to the nationally televised People's Choice Awards, as the public chooses the winner in each category.

With an astounding show of a practical sweep of the 2015 Broadway World Philadelphia Awards, The Media Theatre maintains its position as one of Philadelphia's most talked about and appreciated live theatre venues, as the heralded work of MMTC presented extremely popular and critically acclaimed productions last year such as "Les Miserables", "The Miracle Worker", and "Hello Dolly" starring winner Andrea McArdle.

The Media Theatre was nominated alongside other professional theatres in the Philadelphia/ Wilmington region including Walnut Street Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, and The Arden Theatre.

Currently, The Media Theatre is set to open "To Kill A Mockingbird" January 27 which features several of the 2015 winners: Lexi Gwynn, Kelly Briggs, Hillary Parker, and director Cline.

Here is a complete list of The Media Theatre's 2015 Broadway World Philadelphia "Best of Philly" Theatre Awards:

BEST MUSICAL- "Les Miserables"

BEST PLAY- "The Miracle Worker"

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL--Jesse Cline, "Les Miserables"

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY--Jesse Cline, "The Miracle Worker"

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL--Kelly Briggs as Herbie, "Gypsy"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL--Andrea McArdle as Dolly, "Hello Dolly!"

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY--Andrew Criss as Captain Keller, "The Miracle Worker"

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY--Lexi Gwynn as Helen Keller, "The Miracle Worker"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL---Kelly Briggs as Horace, "Hello Dolly!"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL---Anna Giordano as Louise, "Gypsy"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY---Nicholas Saverine as Doc, "The Miracle Worker"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY---Hillary Parker as Mrs. Keller, "The Miracle Worker"

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY---Dann Dunn, "Hello Dolly!"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN---Katie Yamaguchi, "Hello Dolly!"

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN---Troy Martin O' Shia, "Gypsy"

BEST SET DESIGN---Matthew Miller, "The Miracle Worker"

BEST SOUND DESIGN---Carl Park, "Ghost: The Musical"


BEST ENSEMBLE, PLAY---"The Miracle Worker"

BEST SPECIAL EVENT----"The Summer Club-Swingin' Concert for Hope"

The three awards that were not won by The Media Theatre were Best Music Direction (Ryan Touhey, "Ragtime", Bristol Riverside Theatre) and Best New Work ("Moon Man Walk", Orbiter 3) plus Best Production by a Non-Equity Local Theater ("Merrily We Roll Along", Temple University).

Ironically, the production that won the most honors for The Media Theatre --known for its musicals--was "The Miracle Worker", which is a play. It walked away with 8 awards.

For information regarding The Media Theatre's upcoming schedule, acting classes, dance classes, summer camps and more call 610-891-0100 or visit
MMTC would like to thank everyone who supports the work being done at The Media Theatre.

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