Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre
The winner of the 2017 Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre is Rick Jones’ Refuge.
About The Award
The award is named in honour of Canadian Actor Paul O’Sullivan (1964-2012), who was originally associated with The Second City’s Toronto troupe. Mr. O’Sullivan acted both on stage and in television shows such as George Shrinks, Friends and Heroes, Grossology and Getting Along Famously, as well as in guest roles on The Red Green Show, Murdoch Mysteries, Dan for Mayor and Little Mosque on the Prairie. He previously taught for Humber College’s Comedy Writing and Performance program.
Pat and Tony Adams were devoted fans of jazz music, theatre, improv and comedy, and had great respect and affection for those who dedicated their lives to pursuing these arts professionally. Paul O’Sullivan was one such artist. As an improviser, a song and dance man, and a consummate comedian, he brought an unbridled passion, dedication, and sense of play to everything he did, whether it was “Skippy’s Rangers” at the Fringe or “The Producers” for Mirvish.
“When we were thinking about initiating a new musical award with the Fringe, it seemed obvious to name it after Paul — an artist who embodied the Fringe spirit of risk, energy and irreverence. The prize not only encourages new artists, but also honours a great Fringe artist who left us far too soon.” – Shari Hollett
“We are honoured to continue the legacy of both Paul O’Sullivan and Pat and Tony Adams with this prize. Musicals are such an expensive endeavor, and I hope this prize will encourage composers, writers and lyricists to be brave and bold in their creations.” – Kelly Straughan, Executive Director Toronto Fringe