The Amity Creative Theater (ACT) won the coveted “Best Musical” Award for its production of Anastasia last night during the Stephen Sondheim Awards Gala at the Shubert Theater.
“It’s the best one (award) to get,” said Rob Kennedy after the Gala. “We were all thrilled to get — and to even be there — at all after this long year.”
After last year’s show, “The Drowsy Chaperone” was canceled due to concerns over the Covid-19 Pandemic, ACT had to come up with a safe, alternative venue for this year’s show, and chose the High School parking lot under a tent.
Anastasia was well received and night after night brought audiences to their feet with wild applause.
The Kennedys, Rob and Andrea, took over the Amity Theater program when they were hired by their alma mater in the 2007-2008 school year. Since then they have directed 13 musicals (only one, The Drowsy Chaperone in 2020, was not seen by any audience due to Covid.
The “Kennedy Productions” have won at least one award every year, the most coveted being “Best Musical” which they competed against many other Connecticut high schools.
Although there have been numerous memorable shows, Rent, Les Miserables, In the Heights, Grease, and Tarzan included,
Amity’s first Best Musical Win was for Sweeney Todd at the 2013 Connecticut High School Musical Theater Awards. (Sweeney Todd won a total of 7 awards that year.
Their second chart topper was with the Addams Family in 2018 at the first annual Stephen Sondheim Awards, which took over honoring the High School Musicals when the CT HSMTA ended.
And now the 2021 Stephen Sondheim Award for Best Musical with Anastasia. `
Congratulations to the cast, crew, directors and everyone involved in this year’s show. I can’t wait to see what the Kennedy’s have up their sleeves for next year’s musical production.