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Ovation Nominees Announced!

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Nominations for LA Stage Alliance’s 20th Ovation Awards, announced Mon., Oct 19, at A Noise Within in Glendale, were spread out over 48 theatre companies from Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties with Center Theatre Group getting the lion’s share of 25 divided among its three theatres. The Ahmanson received seven for the pre-Broadway tryout of 9 to 5: The Musical and five for another new musical Minsky’s. The Kirk Douglas Theatre garnered 10 for two productions: The Little Dog Laughed (six) and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (four) while the Mark Taper Forum’s Lydia received two and The School of Night one.

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LA Stage Alliance Executive Director Terence McFarland at the Nominee Announcement

A new category in this year’s nominations is Best Season, which recognizes excellence in overall production for a theatre company’s body of work over an Ovation Awards Season (Sept.-Aug.). Any company that qualifies at least three productions for Ovation Awards consideration is eligible for this award. Of the eligible companies, five are nominated and one receives the award.  Nominees this year are the Fountain Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre Company, The Chance Theatre and Troubadour Theater Company.

The Geffen totaled 14 nominations for shows in its two theatres: Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara (five) in the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theatre and Farragut North (three), Beethoven As I Knew Him and Time Stands Still (two each) and By the Waters of Babylon (one) in the larger theatre. Louis & Keely was considerably revised from the Ovation-winning original production at Sacred Fools Theatre Company last season.

Recipient of the most nominations was the musical Smokey Joe’s Café at the El Portal Theatre with 10 while Theatre Tribe, the intimate theatre next door to it, received seven for A Skull in Connemara, the most for any theatre under Equity’s 99-Seat Plan. Other shows receiving six each were Troubadour Theatre Company’s Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass; Chalk Repertory Theatre’s Family Planning; and the Ebony Repertory Theatre version of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.  Besides Louis & Keely and Minsky’s other productions receiving five each: Troubadour’s As U2 Like It (giving that company a total of 12); Divorce! The Musical (Split Up Productions); Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (The Chance Theater); Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical (Havok Theatre Company; Stick Fly (The Matrix Theatre Company) and Who Lives? (Renal Support Network).

The Fountain Theatre was named in six nominations, two each for Coming Home and Photograph 51 and one for Gem of the Ocean. Other companies getting five nominations are A Noise Within, Elephant Stageworks, Musical Theatre West, Open Fist Theatre Company and Rubicon Theatre Company. In all, 66 productions shared 186 nominations from 395 which registered for Ovation Award consideration.

For a full list of all nominees, and information on this year’s Ovation Awards Ceremony (January 11th), click here!

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