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Your Ultimate Guide to The 2019 Kelsey Awards

The excitement is building as Kelsey Theatre’s finest performers and productions will be honored at The 2019 Kelsey Awards, set to take place Saturday, August 17, at The Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, New Jersey.

Here is your ultimate guide to everything leading up to the ceremony!


Veteran, triple-threat performers Kyrus Keenan Westcott and Haley Schmalbach will host the 10th annual ceremony. This season, Kyrus directed the nominated production of Green Day’s American Idiot, and Haley was nominated for her starring role in Zorro.

"We are thrilled to be hosting The Kelsey Awards. The Kelsey Theatre community is very near and dear to our hearts and we are beyond proud to be a part of this incredibly special night," said Kyrus.

"We have some crazy-fun stuff planned for everyone, and since this is the 10 year anniversary, we're not holding back! We have some incredibly exciting, unpredictable surprises in store," exclaimed Haley.


Disney’s NEWSIES, produced by PinnWorth Productions, leads the musical nominees with 17 in total, followed by A Christmas Story: The Musical with 11, and Green Day’s American Idiot with 10. Those three shows are nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical, along with Fun Home and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Peter and the Starcatcher, produced by The Pennington Players, leads the play categories with 12 in total, followed by Noises Off with 8, and Macbeth with 5.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of 2019 Kelsey Award nominees.


The evening will feature performances by the nominated casts of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; A Christmas Story: The Musical; Green Day’s American Idiot; Fun Home; and Disney’s Newsies.

The evening will also feature special preview performances of the upcoming productions of The Sound of Music; Calendar Girls; Catch Me If You Can: The Musical; and Tartuffe, along with other surprise moments and performances from the Kelsey Theatre community.

Additionally, the ceremony will feature a special performance dedicated to Cat Tierney, Jahmir “Hero” Scott, Kathy Rigby, and Steve Brown - four familiar Kelsey Theatre faces for whom we lost this past year.


The 2019 Kelsey Awards Block Party is set for Tuesday, August 13th. More information will be announced soon. Stay tuned for details!


The recipient of The 2019 John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced Thursday, August 1st.


Tickets for The 2019 Kelsey Awards are now on sale and can be purchased online HERE, or by calling The Kelsey Theatre box office at 609-570-3333.


For more information about The Kelsey Awards voting and live ceremony, visit the official website at www.TheKelseyAwards.com.

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