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Loyola-produced musical The World Goes Round nominated for Big Easy Theater Award

Loyola press release - March 20, 2015

Joining the best of New Orleans theatre, Loyola University New Orleans’ production of the musical revue “The World Goes ‘Round” secured a nomination in the Best University Production category of the 2015 Big Easy Theater Awards. The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education presents the awards each year to recognize outstanding performances in musicals, dramas and comedies. The awards show, produced by Gambit, is set for Monday, March 30 at Harrah’s New Orleans.

Directed by Loyola theatre arts professor C. Patrick Gendusa, Loyola’s production of “The World Goes ‘Round” explored the songs of Broadway's greatest storytellers, John Kander and Fred Ebb. The production showcased an all-student cast, including a four-member live band performing well-known selections from “Chicago,” “Cabaret” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” as well as songs from the team’s lesser-known musicals “The Happy Time,” “The Rink,” “The Act” and “Flora and the Red Menace.” Featured songs also included pieces from the films “Funny Lady” and “New York, New York,” as well as songs that Kander and Ebb wrote specifically for their muses and frequent collaborators, Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera.

This is Gendusa’s sixth nomination for a Big Easy Theater Award at Loyola. The university’s production of “Godspell,” which he directed, won the Best University Production of 2011 in the Big Easy Theater Awards.

Loyola professor John Biguenet also secured a nomination for Best Original Work of Theater, Scripted for his play “Broomstick” which premiered last year at Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans. Loyola students and alumni are also nominated for many other Big Easy Theater Awards, including:

Nominated in the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical category:

  • Loyola Theatre Arts and Dance senior Kali Russell, who starred in “Zanna, Don’t” by See ‘Em on Stage: A Production Company.
  • Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts alumna Dody Nolan ’11, who starred in “Les Miserables” at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre.

Nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category:

  • Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts senior Idella Johnson, who starred in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at Le Petit Theatre.

Nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama category:

  • Loyola English alumna Aimee Hayes ’91, who starred in “ The Night of the Iguana” at Southern Rep Theatre.

Nominated in the Best Actor in a Drama category:

  • Loyola Theatre Arts and Dance alumnus Ian Hoch ’06, who starred in “Bug” at the AllWays Lounge and Theatre.
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