While major theater awards organizations focus on the best lead and supporting performances each year, at least the stage actors' union recognizes its own hardworking chorus members who toil outside the spotlight.
The cast of Disney’s Tony Award-winning “Newsies the Musical” will receive the Actors’ Equity Association’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs’ sixth annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus, Equity announced today. According to Equity, this award is the only industry honor of its kind, recognizing the original chorus members of a Broadway musical.
“This award acknowledges and honors the enormous talent and contributions members of a chorus make to a Broadway production,” Rebecca Kim Jordon, Equity second vice president and ACCA chair, said in a statement. “The chorus members of ‘Newsies’ are gifted professionals who exemplify the hard work, dedication, and talent it takes to be outstanding in a Broadway musical.”
The award will be presented in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 27, to cast members Aaron Albano, Mark Aldrich, Tommy Bracco, John E. Brady, Ryan Breslin, Kevin Carolan, Caitlyn Caughell, Kyle Coffman, Mike Faist, Michael Fatica, Julie Foldesi, Garett Hawe, Thayne Jasperson, Evan Kasprzak, Jess LeProtto, Stuart Marland, Andy Richardson, Jack Scott, Ryan Steele, Brendon Stimson, Nick Sullivan, Ephraim M. Sykes, Laurie Veldheer, Alex Wong, and Stuart Zagnit, all of whom were part of the “Newsies” chorus on the musical’s opening night.
In determining the winner of this year’s chorus award, the committee’s criteria included “the requirements made on each chorus by the director, the choreographer, and the musical director” and “the caliber of technical skill used to execute those requirements as well as the contributions made by the entire chorus to the overall production,” according to Equity.
Previous winners include the ensembles of “In the Heights,” “Legally Blonde,” “Fela!,” “The Scottsboro Boys,” and the revival of “West Side Story.”