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Opera Theatre of St. Louis's production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd picked up two awards in the Musical Theater category. Stephen Lord was named Outstanding Music Director (a tie with F. Wade Russo for Sunday in the Park with George at The Rep) and Rod Gilfrey was named Outstanding Actor (also a tie, this time with Ron Bohmer of Sunday in the Park With George). This was the first time an opera company has been named in a theater awards program. I see it as a vindication of Opera Theatre's dedication to presenting opera as both a musical and theatrical form.
Congratulations to all of last night's honorees. For a complete list, see my recent post on the Stage Left blog.
Chuck Lavazzi is the senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX.