The 2016 Kelsey Awards! – Official Announcement!

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K2KEntertainment and The Kelsey Theatre are excited to announce The 2016 Kelsey Awards – set to take place Saturday, August 20 at 7:00pm! This year’s ceremony will be hosted one final time by Jaimie McMillin, Maria Aromando, and Kim Cupo – also known as “JMK”!

Need more information about this year’s big ceremony? Well, you’ve come to right place! Here are ALL the official details!

K2KEntertainment and The Kelsey Theatre have jointly administered The Kelsey Awards since 2011, the year of the first live Kelsey Award ceremony. The awards, however, have been handed out since 2009. CLICK HERE to see previous nominees and winners.

JMK to Return to Host One Final Time!

JMK will be emceeing the ceremony one last time!

Jamie McMillin, Maria Aromando, and Kim Cupo, the fantastic trio also known as “JMK” will return to host the ceremony one final time. “JMK have been the most memorable aspect of the Kelsey Awards the past couple of years,” said Kyrus Keenan Westcott, the head writer and producer of the ceremony. “They gel so well together and I wanted to bring them back one final time to preside over the festivities – it’s going to be A LOT of fun, trust me. We have some great stuff in the works.”

How Voting Works

The voting takes place in two rounds. In the first round (June 27 – July 3), you get to choose who’s nominated. In the second round (Aug. 13-18), you get to choose who will be awarded during the live ceremony. CLICK HERE to see the voting rules and regulations.

The Playful Theatre Productions cast of CATS accept their award for Outstanding Production of a Musical during 2015’s ceremony.

Nominee Announcement Ceremony on July 3 at 12pm

For the first time in the history of The Kelsey’s, the nominees will be announced in a video announcement ceremony on Sunday, July 3 at 12:00pm on the Kelsey Report Facebook page! Be sure to like the Kelsey Report Facebook page to stay up to date on all things Kelsey Theatre and Kelsey Award related!

Introducing: #KelseyAwardsWeek!

The week of The Kelsey Awards will serve as #KelseyAwardsWeek! This week will have fun activities such as live streamed online events Kelsey Theatre related, the final round of Kelsey Awards voting, and the infamous Kelsey Awards Block Party! #KelseyAwardsWeek will take place August 15-20.

JMK taking on Defying Gravity’s final note during the 2015 ceremony.

The 2016 Kelsey Awards Block Party – August 17 at UNO Chicago Bar & Grill in Hamilton

We will be holding our infamous Block Party on Wednesday, August 17 at 7pm. The Block Party, which takes place at UNO Chicago Bar & Grill’s Outside Party Patio, will feature food, drink, socializing, and… drinks. (Did we mention drinks?)

The entire Kelsey Theatre community is invited (and everyone will be there). It really is a hoppin’ party that you do not want to miss. This year’s Block Party is FREE of charge, but you must pay for your own food and drink.

Advanced RSVP is required, as seating is limited. Click Here to RSVP.

 The John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award


We are extremely proud to announce that Kelsey Theatre’s Lifetime Achievement Award has officially been renamed The John Shanken-Kaye Lifetime Achievement Award. During the ceremony on August 20, in addition to honoring this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, we will take time to remember and honor Kelsey Theatre’s dear friend, John Shanken-Kaye – an avid Kelsey Theatre regular who passed away late last year.

The recipient of this year’s award will be announced later this summer. Previous recipients include Amy Bessellieu, M. Kitty Getlik, Robert Terrano, John M. Maurer, Judi Parrish, and most recently, Kate Pinner.

Live Ceremony Tickets

Tickets for The 2016 Kelsey Awards are now on sale! We’re really pushing for a complete sell-out this year! So help spread the word! Ticket holders will be entered to win special door prizes throughout the night! (We got some really fun prizes that you do not want to miss out on.)

It is highly recommended that your purchase your tickets ahead of time.

Dates to Remember

  • June 27 through July 2: Voting – Round 1
  • Sunday, July 3: Nominee Announcement – 12:00pm
  • August 13 – 18: Voting – Round 2 (Final Round)
  • Wednesday, August 17: 2016 Kelsey Awards Block Party at Uno Chicago Bar & Grill in Hamilton – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, August 20: The 2016 Kelsey Awards Live Ceremony – 7:00pm

Additional Information

  • CLICK HERE for The 2016 Kelsey Awards Home Page
  • CLICK HERE to visit The Kelsey Report Facebook Page

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