The Big Party in D.C. theater happens Monday night as the 28th annual Helen Hayes Awards get handed out at the Warner Theatre. The ceremony, traditionally a high-gloss awards show affair, celebrates the best of last year’s professionally-produced plays and musicals. Shows with hopes in multiple categories include Synetic Theatre’s “King Lear” (15 nominations), Signature Theatre’s “Hairspray” and Adventure Theatre’s “A Year With Frog and Toad” (nine each), and Folger Theatre’s “Cyrano” and Studio Theatre 2ndStage’s “Pop!” (seven each).
Local actors Holly Twyford and Felicia Curry are slated to co-host, with Kevin Spacey on hand to receive a career tribute. The event starts at 8 p.m., and tickets (not cheap — it’s a gala) may still be available at Theatre Washington.