Kokandy Productions seeks to leverage the heightened reality of musical theater to tell complex and challenging stories with a focus on contributing to the development of Chicago-based musical theater artists and new musical theater works while raising the profile of Chicago’s storefront musical theater community.
In its relatively brief history, Kokandy has received high critical acclaim and has been nominated for 36 Joseph Jefferson Awards, winning one for Sweet Smell of Success in 2014 and two for Heathers in 2016. In addition, in the last two years, Kokandy has been nominated for 3 Timeout Chicago Theater Awards for Assassins and Heathers and for three BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards for The Last Five Years. Below is a listing of all awards and nominations in addition to a selection of reviews for each show.
3 Jeff Award Wins: Best Performer in a Supporting Role
- Michelle Jasso as "Elizaveta Grushinskaya,” Best Performer in a Supporting Role - Jonathan Schwart as “Otto Kringelein," Best Costume Design - John Nasca.
2 Other Jeff Award Nominations: Best Musical and Best Choreography.
8 Jeff Award Nominations: - Best Musical, Actress in a Principal Role - Musical, Actor in a Supporting Role - Musical (x2), Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical, Choreography, Music Direction, Costume Design.