"...A total of 40 productions from 24 companies won nominations in 23 categories covering musicals, non-musical plays, and productions for children. Leading the way was the Zilker Theatre Productions staging of Big River (12 nominations, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical for Rod Caspers, and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical nods to Mike Bradecich for his Huck Finn and Virdell Williams Jr..."
"...Director Rod Caspers moves this production along with the solidity and confidence of so much mighty water. In Virdell Williams Jr., cast as the escaping slave Jim, the musical has an actor whose voice soars into the Austin sky..."
"...Virdell Williams Jr. plays the Moor, Othello, ably at first, but his descent into jealousy and near-insanity causes the actor to lose his connection to Shakespeare's words..."
"...Virdell Williams Jr., Big River..."