The AWARESIE AWARDS honor excellence on Broadway, Broadway Internet, and more specifically: Shit the Tonys Leave Out


An ‘Awaresie’ is an “intelligent follower of Annoying Actor Friend who is aware of the negative implications of social media masturbation.”

All nominees were handpicked by Annoying Actor Friend. Winners will be voted on by the Awaresie Academy, which is a group of industry professionals and random friends chosen by Annoying Actor Friend. We can not confirm that the entire Awaresie Academy has seen every play or musical on Broadway this season, but Annoying Actor Friend trusts them with their identity, so you should trust them with their opinion. WE AREN’T THE DRAMA DESKS OR OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE.


Best Sound Design of a Play

Ian Dickinson and Autograph, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Jill B.C. Du Boff, Hand to God

Nick Powell, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Fitz Patton, Airline Highway

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Scott Lehrer, The King and I

Kai Harada, Fun Home

Peter Hylenski, Something Rotten!

Jon Weston, On the Twentieth Century

Best Casting of a Play

It’s Only A Play, Carparelliotis Casting

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Daniel Swee CSA and Cindy Tolan CSA

Hand to God, Telsey + Company and William Cantler CSA

The Elephant Man, Calleri Casting

Best Casting of a Musical

It Shoulda Been You, Tara Rubin Casting

Fun Home, Jim Carnahan Casting

The Visit, Calleri Casting

Something Rotten!, Casey Nicholaw’s Phone

Best Replacement in a Play or Musical 

Martin Short, It’s Only A Play

Emma Stone, Cabaret

The Hedwigs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Everyone, Finding Neverland

Best Production to Close Before the Tonys

Side Show

The Last Ship

The Heidi Chronicles

Love Letters

Holler if Ya Hear Me

Play or Musical that Best Passes the BECHDEL Test

Fun Home

It Shoulda Been You

Side Show

Airline Highway

Most Random Concert at 54 Below 


This Will Be Our Year

Lost Boys Live!

Best at Keeping SMASH Relevant

Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Annoying Actor Friend


Neil Meron and Craig Zadan

Karen or Ivy



Ana Vargas

The Ana Vargas Award for Overall Badassery

Roma Torre

Helen Mirren

Krysta Rodriguez

Best Fan of Annoying Actor Friend


Rachel Dratch

Angela Lansbury

Barack Obama

Andy Mientus

Best Theatre Related YouTube Video I Watched at 2:30 in the Morning

Tituss Burgess sings “Meadowlark”

Patty & Emily Watch the 2014 Tony Awards

Opening Night of Fun Home with Broadway Style Guide hosted by Hayley Podschun 

Choosing the Right Font for Your Acting Resume


Best Performance by Kelli O’Hara

Chita Rivera, The Visit

Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century

Beth Malone, Fun Home

Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You

Kelli O’Hara, The King & I

Best Performance on Twitter

Laura Benanti, @LauraBenanti

Lesli Margherita, @QueenLesli

Jordan Roth, @Jordan_Roth

Chelsea Nachman, @chelseanachman

Alex Wyse, @alexwyse

Jeff Heimbrock, @jheimbrock

HONORABLE MENTION: Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) and Everyone She Retweets

Best Performance by a Hashtag





The Elaine Stritch Unemployment Avoidance Award

Aaron Albano

Cameron Adams

Charlie Sutton

Laura Osnes

Best Performance By Something That Makes You Want to Kill Yourself

Actors Who Still Say Shit Like “When it Rains, it Pours” on Social Media Like It’s 2011

The AEA 99-Seat Theatre Agreement Debate

Dream Casting’s “Smack Down”

The Today Tix Hamilton Lottery

Best Broadway Internet Brand/Organization


The Book of Mormon

Iain Loves Theatre

Patty & Emily: Comedy and Opinions from Two Broadway Fans

The Interval: Smart Girls’ Guide to Theatricality

Best Marketing/Advertising Department for a Play or Musical

Hand to God, AKA

Something Rotten!, SPOTCo, Inc.

It’s Only a Play, AKA, DTE Agency

Fun Home, SPOTCo, Inc.

Hamilton, The Internet

Best Press Department for a Play or Musical

Fun Home, O&M Co.

Something Rotten! Boneau / Bryan-Brown

Hand to God, O&M Co.

On the Town, Matt Ross Public Relations

Hamilton, The Internet

The ENSEMBLIST‘s Award for Best Ensemble in a Musical

I spend most of my time on white contracts, so I’m going to defer the nominating responsibilities in this category to the professionals: Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Mo Brady of The Ensemblist.

An American in Paris

On the Town

Side Show

Something Rotten!


AWARESIE of the Year (Honoring excellence in both performance and social media presence and innovation. There are no nominees in this category. Winner will be announced at the Awaresie Award ceremony in June.)

That about covers it! We look forward to presenting the very first AWARESIE AWARDS on June 1st, 2015 OR WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE IT. I have no clue how the winners will be revealed or if any of the nominees give a shit about this.

Some of you might be wondering why a group of anonymous people with questionable knowledge about the theatre are allowed to choose whom takes home the coveted and respected Awaresie Award, which is why I must point out that despite the lack of expertise among Awaresie voters in assessing elements such as sound design, it is better to potentially celebrate the art incorrectly, than to ignore the art altogether.

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