April 25, 2014
Huey Soars with Helen Hayes Award
: Diana Huey (TH'08) projected on the big sceen accepting the Helen Hayes Award at the ceremony at the National Building Museum. Photo by Alison Johnson.
: Press photo of "Miss Saigon" at the Signature Theatre. Photo by Christopher Mueller.
Cornish graduate Diana Huey (TH ’08) takes home the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Leading Actress, Resident Musical for Miss Saigon.
When Diana Huey left Cornish in 2008, she was set on a career in theater. Only a few years later, she has won one of the most prestigious awards available to an actor in America, the Helen Hayes Award. She recently took home the award for Outstanding Leading Actress, Resident Musical for her work in Miss Saigon at Washington D.C.’s Signature Theatre. The production is a Signature revival of the 1991 Tony-nominated musical, itself a free adaptation of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. The “Butterfly” of this Vietnam-era story is Kim, the role played by Huey.
Reading the reviews of her performance, it’s not hard to see why Diana was singled out for a Helen Hayes. “Playing the role of Kim is the incredibly talented Diana Huey. What a sweet voice she has and her duets with Chris are just beautiful,” raved The Washingtonian. The Washington Post agreed. “Huey, especially, seizes her moments and potently shares with us the full dimensions of Kim’s tragedy.” The MD Theatre Guide writes: “Huey, as the petite young innocent, is a luminescent figure onstage. In a character that calls for vocal range and strength, as well as deep emotional exchanges, she wins the title on all counts.”
The Helen Hayes is awarded for outstanding theatrical work taking place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The awarding organization, theatreWashington, notes that there are more than 80 professional theaters in the area, making it one of the hottest theater towns outside of New York. Awards for artistic excellence are given in 26 categories; this year marked the 30th anniversary of the awards.
You can visit the theatreWashington site to see a video of the award ceremony, which took place on April 21 at the National Building Museum. The presentation of the Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical is near the 1:23:00 mark.
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