The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education announced nominees for performances in plays and musicals in 2015. Winners will be announced at the Big Easy Awards April 19 at the Orpheum Theater.

  Joan Long will receive the Theater Person of the Year Award. The costume, set and lighting designer also is nominated for Best Set Design for Goat in the Road Productions' Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis.

  The NOLA Project and Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts collected the most nominations. The NOLA project collected 13 nominations for shows including Marie Antoinette, Camille and Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand. Rivertown's dozen nominations were topped by six for The Addams Family and other contenders include The Producers and The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue. Lux et Umbra's production of Faustus also received six nominations.

  The Big Easy Awards gala will feature both theater and music awards. Music nominations will be announced in the March 22 issue of Gambit. Comedians Chris Trew and Tami Nelson will emcee. Not all awards will be presented at the event. Some categories will be announced April 19 on www.bestofneworleans.com.

  The gala is Tuesday, April 19 at The Orpheum Theater. It is sponsored by Gambit, Abita Brewing Company, Adler's, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Evamor Natural Artesian Water. Call Cat Burr at (504) 483-3130 for tickets.


Big Easy Award

2016 Theater Person of the Year

Joan Long

Masters of Ceremonies

Chris Trew and Tami Nelson


2016 Theater Nominees

Best Musical

The Color Purple, Anthony Bean Community Theater

The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company

Once Upon a Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Best Play

Antigone, Lux et Umbra

Camille, The NOLA Project

Detroit, Southern Rep

Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Best Director of a Musical

Ricky Graham Once Upon A Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Gary Rucker The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Andrew Vaught The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company

Cammie West and Christopher Bentivegna Terminator: The Musical, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Director of a Play

Beau Bratcher Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand, The NOLA Project

Augustin J. Correro Small Craft Warnings, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans

Jon Greene Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Joanna Russo Antigone, Lux et Umbra

Best Choreography

Jon Greene Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Jaune Buisson Hebert Once Upon A Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Karen Hebert The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Giselle Nakhid The Color Purple, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Best Music Director

Donna Clavijo My Fair Lady, Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS)

Tucker Fuller The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company

Alan Payne The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Jay Weigel Boudin: The New Orleans Music Project, Southern Rep

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Tracey E. Collins A New Brain, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company / Some People LLC

Madison Kerth The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Jessica Mixon A New Brain, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company / Some People LLC

Janet Shea Sister Act, JPAS

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Kevin Murphy The Producers, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Damien Moses The Color Purple, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Alan Payne The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Jake Wynne-Wilson Terminator: The Musical, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Actress in a Musical

Elizabeth Argus Hello, Dolly!, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Leslie Claverie Once Upon A Mattress, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University

Micah Richerand Desonier My Fair Lady, JPAS

Pandora Gastelum Happy End, The AllWays Lounge

Best Actor in a Musical

Sean Patterson The Producers, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Marc Fouchi The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Gary Rucker Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Nick Shackleford Jesus Christ Superstar, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Supporting Actress in a Play

Becca Chapman Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand, The NOLA Project

Gwendolyn Foxworth Fences, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Lara Grice Pterodactyls, Promethean Theatre Co./ Rockfire Theatre

Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth Flowers in the Attic, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Supporting Actor in a Play

A.J. Allegra Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Martin Bradford Fishers of Men, Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Evan Spigelman Faustus, Lux et Umbra

David Williams Kingdom of Earth, The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans

Best Actress in a Play

Gwendolyn Foxworth The Glass Menagerie, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Veronica Hunsiger-Loe She Was Born, Skin Horse Theater

Cecile Monteyne Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Kali Russell Flowers in the Attic, See 'Em On Stage: A Production Company

Best Actor in a Play

A.J. Allegra Camille, The NOLA Project

Robert Diago DoQui Song of a Man Coming Through, Southern Rep

Mike Spara Sonata For Four Hands, Second Star Performance Collective/Generate INK

Will Williams Fences, Anthony Bean Community Theater

Best Ensemble

Antigone, Lux et Umbra

Clown Bar, The NOLA Project

The Cradle Will Rock, Cripple Creek Theater Company

Detroit, Southern Rep

Best Original Work of Theater

Be a New Orleanian: A Swearing In Ceremony Jim Fitzmorris, Broken Habit Productions

Robin Hood: Thief, Brigand Andrew Vaught, The NOLA Project

She Was Born Nat Kusinitz and Veronica Hunsiger-Loe, Skin Horse Theater

Song of a Man Coming Through Joe Morris Doss and Andrew Doss, Southern Rep

Best Set Design

Martin Andrew Detroit, Southern Rep

Ron Goldberg The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Joan Long Uncle Vanya: Quarter Life Crisis, Goat in the Road Productions

Bill Walker The Bluest Eye, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Best Lighting Design

Melissa Martinez The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Brad Peterson The Bluest Eye, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Shawn Ramagos Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Daniel Zimmer Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Best Costume Design

Sara Bandurian The Addams Family, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts

Lindy Bruns Clown Bar, The NOLA Project

Cecile Casey Covert Camille, The NOLA Project

Shauna Leone Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Best Sound Design

Glenn Aucoin Faustus, Lux et Umbra

Brendan Connelly Detroit, Southern Rep

Mike Harkins Dracula, Broken Habit Productions

Matt Jackson Marie Antoinette, The NOLA Project

Best University Production

Agnes of God Beau Bratcher, director University of New Orleans

Best of Enemies Michael Aaron Santos, director Delgado Community College

The Misanthrope Jessica Podewell, director Tulane University

Shine On Ray Vrazel, director Dillard University