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Suzi Awards honors Jon Ludwig, offers high prizes to “Dream Home,” “Ain’t Misbehavin”

The 2021-22 Suzi Awards presentation unfold the wealth amongst its nominated reveals, with the highest prizes of Greatest Play and Greatest Musical going to the Alliance Theatre’s Dream Home and Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Highlights of the night included a heartfelt presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Ludwig, longtime puppeteer and present creator on the Heart for Puppetry Arts. At one level, he was serenaded by different puppeteers, who paraded out a lot of Ludwig’s characters. 

“I’ve to thank a particular individual, Vince Anthony, for creating the Heart for Puppetry Arts,” he stated in a speech. “With out him, there wouldn’t have been a lifetime of accomplishment. The house has been a spot the place I can work and enterprise from, a house and inspiration to many.” 

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Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jon Ludwig accepted his prize surrounded by puppeteers from the Heart for Puppetry Arts.

The occasion on the Southwest Arts Heart in South Fulton featured performances from all of the reveals nominated for high manufacturing prizes. A bunch of hosts, together with Ava Davis, Rose Bianco, Spencer Stephens, Shelly McCook, Susan Shalhoub Larkin, Tonia Jackson, Audrae Elizabeth and a perpetually costume-changing Gina Rickicki, offered the awards. 

The world premiere manufacturing prize went to Buying and selling Locations: The Musical on the Alliance, and the Alliance’s presentation of The New Black Fest’s Palms Up was named Excellent Social Justice Manufacturing. 

For the reason that awards for principal and featured performers are now not separated by gender, the awards for Greatest Main Efficiency in a Play went to Cynthia D. Barker for The Gentle at Horizon Theatre and Robin McGee for Fannie: The Music and Lifetime of Fannie Lou Hamer at Kenny Leon’s True Colours. Musical lead prizes went to Bryce Pinkham for Buying and selling Locations and Maiesha McQueen for Mahalia. And the Greatest Ensemble prizes went to Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Vainness Honest, each from Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

The successful featured performances in a musical have been Marcello Audino for Cinderella and Maria Rodriguez-Sager for Darlin’ Cory. The play winners have been Enoch King for Toni Stone and Solar Mee Chomet for Bina’s Six Apples.

Learn the complete listing of 2021-2022 Suzi Award Recipients at 


Benjamin Carr, a member of the American Theatre Critics Affiliation, is an arts journalist and critic who has contributed to ArtsATL since 2019. His performs have been produced at The Winery Theatre in Manhattan, as a part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Quick Play Pageant, and the Heart for Puppetry Arts. His novel Impacted was revealed by The Story Plant in 2021.



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