January 25, 2011″¦Los Angeles”¦The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater for the year 2010 (Dec. 1, 2009-Nov. 30, 2010). The 42nd Annual LADCC Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 14 at Burbank’s Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third Street in Burbank. All event tickets are $40 and can be reserved in advance. Details will be posted at www.ladramacriticscircle.com, and reservations can be made by directly e-mailing email@example.com. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for a catered reception (with no-host bar), the show commencing at 7:30 pm.
The scheduled host is the Troubadour Theater Company, whose season in 2010 has also been recognized with three nominations forÂ A Wither’s Tale and the presentation to Troubadour artistic director Matt Walker of this year’s Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater. Also presenting awards with members of the Circle will be artists of the LA theater community.
Awards will be presented in 18 categories, honoring excellenceÂ over the past year. Four award recipients were named by acclamation: Lin-Manuel Miranda for his music and lyrics for the national tour of In the Heights, Pantages; Chris Bell for his special effects for the Grand Guignolers’ Absinthe, Opium & Magic; Matthew W. Mungle and Waldo Warshaw for their special effects and prosthetic effects in the Mark Taper Forum’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Seven special awards will also be presented:
The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play will be awarded to Del Shores for Yellow. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish and a $1,000 check funded by Samuel French, Inc.
The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater will be awarded to The Antaeus Company. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by the Nederlander Organization.
The Bob Z award for sustained achievement in set design will be awarded to Francois-Pierre Couture. The award is accompanied by a $500 check (sponsor to be announced).
The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design will be awarded to Dan Weingarten. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 check, funded by Angstrom Lighting.
The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence will be awarded to City Garage. The award is accompanied by a $500 check (sponsor to be announced).
The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater will be awarded to Matt Walker. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by David Elzer/Demand PR.
The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction will be awarded to Simon Levy. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 check, funded by Camelot Artists.
The nominees for the 2010 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for theatrical excellence are as follows:
Production: Four Places, Rogue Machine; King Lear, The Antaeus Company;Â Â Opus, The Fountain Theatre; The Ballad of Emmett Till, The Fountain Theatre; The Twentieth-Century Way, The Theatre@Boston Court; Wit, Actors Co-op; Yellow, JD3atrical Productions
McCulloh Award for Revival (shows between 1920 and 1980): Awake and Sing!, A Noise Within; Orpheus Descending, Theatre/Theater; South Pacific, Bob Boyett, NETworks Presentations, LLC, Bob Bartner/Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group, Roger Berlind and Thomas L. Miller, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
Direction: Bart DeLorenzo, King Lear; Shirley Jo Finney, The Ballad of Emmett Till; Michael Michetti, The Twentieth-Century Way; Marianne Savell, Wit; Matt Shakman, Forgiveness, Black Dahlia Theatre; August Viverito, Amadeus, The Production Company
Writing: Michael Hollinger, Opus; Tom Jacobson, The Twentieth-Century Way; Joel Drake Johnson, Four Places
Writing (Adaptation): Luis Alfaro, Oedipus El Rey, The Theatre@Boston Court; Jeffrey Hatcher, Cousin Bette, The Antaeus Company
Musical Direction: Eric Heinly, A Wither’s Tale, Troubadour Theater Company; David O, See What I Wanna See, The Blank Theatre; Steve Orich, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Reprise Theatre Company
Choreography: Allison Bibicoff, The Who’s Tommy, Chance Theatre; Andy Blankenbuehler, In the Heights, Broadway/LA; Pantages Theatre; Ayana Cahrr, Neighbors, Matrix Theatre Company
Lead Performance: Lorenz Arnell as Emmett Till in The Ballad of Emmett Till; Anne Gee Byrd as Peggy in Four Places; Joanna Daniels as Becky Foster in Becky’s New Car, Pacific Resident Theatre; Nike Doukas as Bette in Cousin Bette; Harry Groener as King Lear in King Lear; Nan McNamara as Vivian Bearing in Wit; Bonnie McNeil as Mabel Davies in Supernova, Elephant Theatre Company; Chris Pine as Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Patrick Stafford as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus; Matt Walker as Leontes in A Wither’s Tale; Norbert Weisser as Biedermann in The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Featured Performance: Eileen Galindo as Matilde in The Clean House, International City Theatre; Gregory Itzin as the Earl of Kent in King Lear; Matthew Scott Montgomery as Kendall Parker in Yellow; Agatha Nowicki as Susie in Parasite Drag, Elephant Theatre Company; Alan Rosenberg as the Director of the World Bank in Influence, Katselas Theatre Company; Edward Tournier as Gash in Futura, The Theatre@Boston Court; Time Winters as Smythic in The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company
Ensemble Performance: A Wither’s Tale, Four Places, Opus, The Ballad of Emmett Till, The Twentieth-Century Way
Set Design: John Arnone, Nightmare Alley, Geffen Playhouse; Brian Sidney Bembridge, The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder; Tom Buderwitz, The Autumn Garden, The Antaeus Company
Lighting Design: Brian Sidney Bembridge, The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder; James L. Moody, Wit; KC Wilkerson, The Who’s Tommy
Costume Design: Julie Keen, Awake And Sing!; Naila Alladin Sanders, Neighbors; Paul Tazewell, Ruined, Geffen Playhouse
Sound Design: Peter Bayne, Opus; Sean Kozma, The Arsonists; John Zalewski, King Lear
Solo Performance: Ed Harris, Wrecks, Geffen Playhouse; Leslie Uggams, Uptown Downtown, Pasadena Playhouse
CGI/Video: Hana Sooyeon Kim, Futura; KC Wilkerson, The Who’s Tommy
The Theatre @ Boston Court was honored with 10 nominations, the most of any theatre company. They included four for The Twentieth Century Way, three for The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder, two for Futura and one for Oedipus El Rey. The Antaeus Company received eight nominations including five for King Lear (the most for any production), two for Cousin Bette and one for The Autumn Garden. The Fountain Theatre also received eight nods, including fourÂ for Opus and four for The Ballad of Emmett Till.
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. The 2010 membership consists of: F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times; Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, stagehappenings.com; Hoyt Hilsman, BackStage; Wenzel Jones, Frontiers in LA, showmag.com; Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly; Amy Lyons, Santa Monica Mirror, LA Weekly, BackStage; Dany Margolies, BackStage; Terry Morgan, Laist.com, Variety; Steven Leigh Morris. LA Weekly; David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times; Amy Nicholson, LA Weekly; Sharon Perlmutter, talkinbroadway.com; Melinda Schupmann, BackStage, showmag.com; Madeleine Shaner, Park La Brea News/Beverly Press, BackStage; Les Spindle, BackStage, The Hollywood Reporter, theatremania.com; Bob Verini, Variety; Neal Weaver, LA Weekly, BackStage.