ACTING CHOPS | T.A. Taylor and Cindee Mayfield, left, took top prizes for dramatic acting for their work in Uptown Players’ Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife; Cedric Neal, above left, and Liz Mikel, above right, were recognized as top actors for musicals in North Texas. Neal and Mikel both appeared in favorite local production of a play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the DTC’s new Wyly Theatre.
BEST LOCAL THEATER DIRECTOR
BEST LOCAL FILM DIRECTOR
Robert L. Camina
There’s more to being a director than yelling "Action!" — and if you’re a theater director, not even that. It’s the ability to tell stories that makes a work memorable.
For Denson, those stories range from comedies to dramas to what has recently become her signature form: the big Broadway musical. Her stagings of Carousel, The King and I and Funny Girl at Lyric, and her anticipated mounting of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on the stage of the Kalita for Uptown Players, have made her the go-to gal for size with substance.
Camina, on the other hand, has gained some of his greatest fame going small. His musical comedy short Martini The Movie with drag diva Steven Jay Crabtree has been a festival hit. But now he’s tackling something far more ambitious: a documentary about the raid on the Rainbow Lounge and its aftermath. That’s a story that needs to be told.
BEST LOCAL SINGER
BEST LOCAL BAND OR MUSICIAN
Anton Shaw and the Reason
Anton Shaw is all about big: Big voice, big personality, big hair, big boobs. But when it comes to ego, she’s tiny — humbled at being chosen Dallas Voice readers’ favorite singer (and repeating last year’s win for favorite band). She sheds a tear talking about what this means for her coming from the LGBT community: "It’s validating and I wanna be a good representative for the people," she says. Given that she has been singing it up in these parts for seven years without any kind of diva-tude, it’s no wonder she’s kept her following. Her band Shaw and the Reason perform a mix of country, pop, disco and rock with genuine flair. Better so, they are a complete package. The question is — where is that record deal?
BEST LOCAL TV PERSONALITY
Steve Noviello, KDFW Fox 4
400 N. Griffin St.
If that Mr. Steamy or Jupiter Jack you ordered from a late-night infomercial isn’t up to task, try calling Steve Noviello. The consumer reporter on KDFW-Fox 4 News investigates how well products live up to their claims by putting them to the "Deal or Dud" test. But it’s not just the "news-you-can-use" aspect that makes him a readers’ favorite. Noviello also gives his spots a fun edge with clever, frenetic editing while he and normal, everyday people (that would be consumers) determine the quality of those handy new items. And we don’t mind his boyish grin and sense of humor along the way, either. Hunky and helpful is a perfect combo. And we never get enough of his sign off: "That’s my two cents; spend it — wisely." Classic. (And just so you know, both Steamy and Jack were duds. Thanks, Steve.)
BEST LOCAL THEATER COMPANY
Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Box office opens Tuesdayâ€“Friday at 1:30 p.m.,
Saturday at 1 p.m.
BEST LOCAL DRAMATIC ACTOR (MALE)
BEST LOCAL DRAMATIC ACTOR (FEMALE)
BEST LOCAL MUSICAL ACTOR (MALE)
BEST LOCAL MUSICAL ACTOR (FEMALE)
BEST LOCAL PRODUCTION (PLAY)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(Dallas Theater Center)
Performed Oct. 24â€“Nov. 22, 2009 at Wyly Theatre.
BEST LOCAL PRODUCTION (MUSICAL)
Altar Boyz (Uptown Players)
Performed Aug. 7â€“Sep. 6, 2009 KD Theatre.
BEST TOURING PRODUCTION
A Sordid Comedy Affair
Performed Sept. 19 at the Majestic Theatre.
BEST DRAG PERFORMER
Hosts monthly GayBingo event at the Rose Room
inside Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road
BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
Jack E. Jett
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
4026 Cedar Springs Road
Open daily until 2 a.m.
BEST LOCAL TV STATION
WFAA Channel 8
606 Young St.
BEST DVD RENTAL
3926 Cedar Springs Road
BEST ADULT DVD RENTAL
3926 Cedar Springs Road
BEST MOVIE THEATER • TIE
Angelika Film Center and Cafe
Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
Landmark’s The Magnolia
The West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave, Suite 100
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 19, 2010.