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Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 7:55am

Alvaro

BEST LOCAL SINGER

Alvaro Ramalho

If you’ve ever heard Alvaro Ramalho sing, you’d know how he ended up as our readers’ favorite vocalist. It’s not just his work with the Turtle Creek Chorale, but his other performances — especially the series of appearances that led him to being named the 2016 Voice of Pride, and performing at the post-parade Pride festival in Lee Park last fall. He’s an expressive and powerful singer, someone who really captures what we love about live music.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Angels-Denson

BEST LOCAL PRODUCTION (PLAY)
Angels in America

BEST LOCAL STAGE DIRECTOR
Cheryl Denson

Here’s a statistic you probably didn’t know: More Americans attend live theatrical performances every year than attend live sporting events. Theater has the ability to transform us, and nowhere was that more apparent last year than in Uptown Players’ production of Tony Kushner’s landmark play Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. Directed by Cheryl Denson, it captured the humor, sadness, mystery, anger and frustrating political machinations that led to the AIDS epidemic, but that also empowered a movement. UP is planning to stage Part Two later this year, so if you missed the first one, be prepared to see why theater is more important now than ever before.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

BESTLOCAL PRODUCTION (MUSICAL)

Dreamgirls (Dallas Theater Center)

Performed June 10–July 24, 2016,

at the Wyly Theatre.

DallasTheaterCenter.org.

BEST LOCAL PRODUCTION (PLAY)

Angels in America (Uptown Players)

Performed Nov. 4–20, 2016, the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

UptownPlayers.org.

BEST LOCAL STAGE DIRECTOR

Cheryl Denson

Directing credits in 2016 include
Angels in America and End of the Rainbow

(both Uptown Players).

BEST LOCAL DRAMATIC ACTOR/ACTRESS

B.J. Cleveland

Performing credits in 2016 include It’s Only a Play (Uptown Players), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Theatre Arlington), A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play and I Love You’ You’re Perfect, Now Change (Theatre 3).

BEST LOCAL MUSICAL ACTOR/ACTRESS

M. Denise Lee

Recent performing credits include The Empress and the Pearl (Theatre Three); Bella: An American Tale (Dallas Theater Center); also, founder of the Dallas Cabaret Festival.

BEST LOCAL SINGER

Alvaro Ramalho

BEST LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATION

BEST LOCAL BAND, GROUP OR  MUSICIAN

Turtle Creek Chorale

3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Ste. 360

214-526-3214.

TurtleCreek.org.

BEST DANCE EVENT OR TROUPE

Bruce Wood Dance Project

BruceWoodDance.org.

BEST THEATRICAL PRESENTER

AT&T Performing Arts Center

ATTPAC.org.

BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER
(TIE)

Vivienne Vermouth

Lillian Grey

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition MARCH 17, 2017.

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