Center Theatre Group was the big winner at the 44th annual awards ceremony of Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Monday evening. The company garnered 10 awards for individual achievements plus the award for best season. Five of those trophies belonged to CTG’s Mark Taper Forum production of Waiting for Godot, which won more awards than any other production, including the top revival honor.
CTG produces more shows than other LA companies, so the tiny Fountain Theatre could take pride in placing second for number of total awards — six, including one for best season in a small or midsize theater. And the Fountain’s Cyrano, which was co-produced with Deaf West Theatre, won four honors — second only to Godot‘s total on the single-production list.
Winning three awards each were the touring War Horse at CTG’s Ahmanson Theatre, the touring Book of Mormon at the Pantages Theatre, and Silence! at the Hayworth Theatre. Another trio of shows won two awards each — Justin Love at the Celebration Theatre, the Fountain’s In the Red and Brown Water, and South Coast Repertory’s Jitney, which was presented at Pasadena Playhouse after its South Coast production.
The awards for outstanding production went to Cyrano, The Book of Mormon, Justin Love and War Horse.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Celebration Theatre accepted the previously announced Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence. Also presented were these previously announced honors — the Ted Schmitt Award for an original script to Evelina Fernandez for A Mexican Trilogy at Los Angeles Theatre and honorarium-bearing career awards for director Elina de Santos, set designer Stephen Gifford and musical director and composer David O.
The award recipients for the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards are as follows:
Production: The Book of Mormon; Cyrano; Justin Love; War Horse.
McCulloh Award for Revival: Waiting for Godot.
Ensemble performance: In the Red and Brown Water; The New Electric Ballroom; The Savannah Disputation; Waiting for Godot
Lead performance: Troy Kotsur, Cyrano; Christine Lakin, Silence! The Musical; Alan Mandell, Waiting for Godot.
Featured performance: Larry Bates and Ellis E. Williams, Jitney; Michael A. Newcomer, The Bungler.
Solo performance: John Hurt, Krapp’s Last Tape.
Direction: Michael Arabian, Waiting for Godot; Shirley Jo Finney, In the Red and Brown Water; Simon Levy, Cyrano.
Writing: Danai Gurira, The Convert.
Adaptation: Stephen Sachs, Cyrano.
Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, Silence! The Musical; Bill T. Jones, Fela!
Musical score: Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon; Lori Scarlett and David Manning, Justin Love; Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan, Silence! The Musical.
Musical direction: Gregory Nabours, The Color Purple; Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon.
CGI/video design: Anthony Backman and Ben Rock, Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton.
Set design: John Iacovelli, Waiting for Godot.
Costume design: Ellen McCartney, The Treatment; Leah Piehl, Intimate Apparel.
Lighting design: Paule Constable and Karen Spahn, War Horse.
Sound design: Ben Williams, Gatz.
Puppetry: Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones and Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse.
Fight choreography: David McCormick and Kelly Todd, West Side Story.
Ted Schmitt Award for the premiere of a new play: Evelina Fernandez for A Mexican Trilogy.
Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence: Celebration Theatre.
Polly Warfield Award for an outstanding season in a small- to mid-sized theater: Fountain Theatre.
Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theater: David O.
Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design: Stephen Gifford.
Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction: Elina de Santos.
For an entire season: Center Theatre Group.