Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Amy Sue Hardy Nominated for Ovation Award

As a rule, I try not to hold opinions on topics about which I'm basically ignorant — but this month I’m making an exception. The Denver Post is soliciting reader votes for its annual Ovation Awards (which honor the best theater in Denver and the region) and I’m voting for best actress in a musical even though I saw only one of the nominated performers.

The reason? The actress is Amy Sue Hardy for her performance in the Rep’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

With a theater scene anchored by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver has become one of the best theater cities in the country. Just getting nominated is an honor for Amy Sue, especially when you consider that the other two of Denver's three equity companies — the Arvada Center and Country Dinner Playhouse — specialize in musicals. There was serious professional competition.

I’m justifying my action with a pair of rationalizations:
  1. Even though I didn’t see any of the other nominated actresses, it’s a safe bet that few Denverites saw Amy Sue's performance. So my ignorant advocacy actually helps right a wrong.
  2. I’ve seen a lot of musicals over the years, and Amy Sue’s performance — a mesmerizing mix of virtuosity and charm — was easily among the best. It's unlikely any of the other nominated performers were better.
So at least this once I’m going to be a crass provincial chauvinist. Please join me.

The Ovation Awards will be announced on December 31. Here's the link to the reader's choice awards, and here is John Moore's story on the Ovation Awards.


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