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The 28th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Nominees Announced

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We’re thrilled to announce this year’s LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards nominees.

For the unacquainted, the Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production, and design in the Greater Los Angeles area.

This year, the ceremony will be held at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday, January 29th. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, November 16th, and full information can be found on OvationAwards.com.

Here are some numbers for you. This voting season, there were 263 total productions registered for the Ovation Awards from 106 different producing bodies, resulting in 197 total nominations for 70 productions presented by 43 organizations. These productions were voted on by 245 Ovation Awards voters — vetted individuals from the Greater Los Angeles area who are working theatre professionals.

And with that, scroll down to read the full list, or click on one of the categories below to jump straight to an individual category. And make sure to watch the above video… you might see some familiar faces.

We’ll see you on January 29th.


CATEGORIES  [download pdf version]

[one_half] Best Season
Best Production of a Play (Intimate)
Best Production of a Play (Large)
Best Production of a Musical (Intimate)
Best Production of a Musical (Large)
Best Presented Production
Acting Ensemble of a Play
Acting Ensemble of a Musical
Choreography
Music Direction
Book for an Original Musical
Lyrics/Composition for an Original Musical
Playwriting for an Original Play
Direction of a Musical
Direction of a Play
Lead Actor in a Musical
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Lead Actress in a Musical
Lead Actor in a Play
Lead Actress in a Play
Featured Actor in a Musical
Featured Actress in a Musical
Featured Actor in a Play
Featured Actress in a Play
Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre)
Lighting Design (Large Theatre)
Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre)
Scenic Design (Large Theatre)
Sound Design (Intimate Theatre)
Sound Design (Large Theatre)
Costume Design (Intimate Theatre)
Costume Design (Large Theatre)
Video/Projection Design
Ovations Honors
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Best Season

center theatre group
Amélie, A New Musical
Archduke
Citizen: An American Lyric (co-produced with The Fountain Theatre)
Dry Land (co-produced with The Echo Theater Company)
Failure: A Love Story (co-produced with Coeurage Theatre Company)
Good Grief
King of the Yees
Ma Rainey‘s Black Bottom
Throw Me On the Burnpile and Light Me Up
Vicuña
Zoot Suit

geffen playhouse
Actually
Barbecue
Constellations
Icebergs
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
The Legend of Georgia McBride
The Model Apartment

Rogue Machine
Dutch Masters
Les Blancs
Still Life
The Super Variety Match Bonus Round

The Echo Theater Company
Blueberry Toast
The Cake
The Found Dog Ribbon Dance

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem (co-produced with For the Record)
Merrily We Roll Along
The Pride


Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre)

33 Variations
Actors Co-op

August Wilson’s King Hedley II
Sophina Brown

Dutch Masters
Rogue Machine

Les Blancs
Rogue Machine

The Cake
The Echo Theater Company

The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage
The Theatre @ Boston Court

WET: A DACAmented Journey
Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA


Best Production of a Play (Large Theatre)

Actually
Geffen Playhouse

Dry Land
Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Gulf View Drive
Rubicon Theatre Company

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Center Theatre Group

The Legend of Georgia McBride
Geffen Playhouse


Best Production of a Musical (Intimate Theatre)

Dogfight
After Hours Theatre Company

Parade, The Musical
Chance Theater

When Jazz Had The Blues
CEK Productions


Best Production of a Musical (Large Theatre)

Five Guys Named Moe
Ebony Repertory Theatre

For the Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Next To Normal
East West Players


Best Presented Production

Fun Home
Center Theatre Group

Into The Woods
Center Theatre Group

The Encounter
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Acting Ensemble of a Play

33 Variations
Actors Co-op

Dry Land
Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Failure: A Love Sory
Center Theatre Group / Coeurage Theatre Company

Gulf View Drive
Rubicon Theatre Company

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Center Theatre Group

The Legend of Georgia McBride
Geffen Playhouse

The Pride
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Acting Ensemble of a Musical

Dogfight
After Hours Theatre Company

Five Guys Named Moe
Ebony Repertory Theatre

For the Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Haunted House Party
The Getty Villa / The Troubadour Theater Company

Next To Normal
East West Players


Choreography

Joyce Guy
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Camille Loftin
Martha

Whitefire Theatre

Paul McGill
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse

Maria Torres
Zoot Suit

Center Theatre Group

Keith Young
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre


Music Direction

Rahn Coleman
When Jazz Had the Blues

CEK Productions

Abdul Hamid Royal
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre

Marc Macalintal
Next To Normal

East West Players

Jesse Vargas
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Elmo Zapp
Dogfight

After Hours Theatre Company


Book for an Original Musical

Michael Shaw Fisher
Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet

Sacred Fools Theater Company

David Carey Foster & Larry Poindexter
The Devil You Know, a Rhythm and Blues Story

Devilish Theatrical

Carole Eglash-Kosoff
When Jazz Had the Blues

CEK Productions


Lyrics/Composition for an Original Musical

Michael Shaw Fisher
Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet

Sacred Fools Theater Company

Drew Fornarola & Marshall Pailet
Claudio Quest, a Video Game Musical

Chance Theater

John Papageorge
Siamese Sex Show

Theatre Planners


Playwriting for an Original Play

Giovanni Adams
Love is a Dirty Word

Tilted Field Productions / VS. Theatre Company

Alex Alpharaoh
WET: A DACAmented Journey

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

Bekah Brunstetter
The Cake

The Echo Theater Company

Idris Goodwin
Bars and Measures

The Theatre @ Boston Court

Louisa Hill
Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers

Skylight Theatre Company

Rajiv Joseph
Archduke

Center Theatre Group

Anna Ziegler
Actually

Geffen Playhouse


Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden
Merrily We Roll Along

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Anderson Davis
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Kari Hayter
Parade, The Musical

Chance Theater

Kari Hayter
URINETOWN

Coeurage Theatre Company

Nancy Keystone
Next To Normal

East West Players

Matt Walker
Haunted House Party

The Getty Villa / The Troubadour Theater Company

Keith Young
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre


Direction of a Play

Gregg T. Daniel
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Alana Dietze
Dry Land

Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Mike Donahue
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse

Katharine Farmer
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Thomas James O’Leary
33 Variations

Actors Co-op

Tyne Rafaeli
Actually

Geffen Playhouse

Phylicia Rashad
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Center Theatre Group


Lead Actor in a Musical

Obba Babatunde as Nomax
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre

Allen Everman as Leo Frank
Parade, the Musical

Chance Theater

Marc Ginsburg as Che
Evita

Cabrillo Music Theatre

Frank LAwson as Billy Strayhorn
When Jazz Had the Blues

CEK Productions

B. Slade as Stacks
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record


Lead Actress in a Musical

Nicci Claspell as Rose Fenney
Dogfight

After Hours Theatre Company

Carmen Cusack as Ginger
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Deedee Magno Hall as Diana
Next To Normal

East West Players

Bets Malone as Lana Mae
Honky Tonk Laundry

Honky Tonk Productions

Donna Vivino as Mary Flynn
Merrily We Roll Along

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Lead Actor in a Play

Jason Dirden as Levee
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Center Theatre Group

Harry Groener as Big Daddy
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Antaeus Theatre Company

Jerry MacKinnon as Tom
Actually

Geffen Playhouse

Matt McGrath as Miss Tracy Mills
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse

Mike McShane as Big Daddy
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Antaeus Theatre Company

Erik Odom as Raleigh
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Glynn Turman as Toledo
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Center Theatre Group


Lead Actress in a Play

K Callan as Mama
Pie in the Sky

The Victory Theatre Center

Connor Kelly-Eiding as Ester
Dry Land

Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Lily Nicksay as May
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Samantha Ressler as Amber
Actually

Geffen Playhouse

Teagan Rose as Amy
Dry Land

Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Debra Jo Rupp as Della
The Cake

The Echo Theater Company

Jacqueline Wright as Barb
Blueberry Toast

The Echo Theater Company


Featured Actor in a Musical

Eric B. Anthony as Eat Moe
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre

Rogelio Douglas, Jr. as Four Eyed Moe
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre

Brendan Hunt as Yorick
Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet

Sacred Fools Theater Company

Jason Paige as Frankie
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Jacques C. Smith as No Moe
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre

Matt Walker as Tranio
Haunted House Party

The Getty Villa / The Troubadour Theater Company

Octavius Womack as Big Moe
Five Guys Named Moe

Ebony Repertory Theatre


Featured Actress in a Musical

Whitney Bashor as Beth Spencer
Merrily We Roll Along

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Isa Briones as Mistress/Ensemble
Evita

Cabrillo Music Theatre

Isa Briones as Natalie
Next to Normal

East West Players

Isa Briones as Natalie
Next to Normal

Triage Productions and Standing Room Only Productions

Yvette Cason as Katie Bell/Mahalia Jackson
Shout Sister Shout!

Pasadena Playhouse

Dionne Gipson as Diane
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Lindsey Gort as Iris
For The Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record


Featured Actor in a Play

Tony Amendola as Jacques
As You Like It

Antaeus Theatre Company

Larry Cedar as Tom/Phyllis/Leslie
Sylvia

Rubicon Theatre Company

Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as Nicky
Icebergs

Geffen Playhouse

Larry Powell as Miss Rexy/Jason
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse

Montae Russell as Elmore
August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Sophina Brown

Adolphus Ward as Stool Pigeon
August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Sophina Brown

Matthew Wilkas as The Man/Peter/The Doctor
The Pride

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Featured Actress in a Play

Peggy Ann Blow as Antonio/Chauncey
The Gary Plays – Part 2

Open Fist Theatre Company

Ann Gee Byrd as Madame Neilsen
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Toni Christopher as Izzy
Rabbit Hole

JTK Productions

Dale Dickey as Adlean
Barbecue

Geffen Playhouse

Faline England as Treva
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Ella Joyce as Ruby
August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Sophina Brown

Sharon Sharth as Mrs. Gill
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company


Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre)

Martha Carter
Burners

Moving Arts

Elizabeth Harper
The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage

The Theatre @ Boston Court

Derrick McDaniel
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Dan Reed
The Gary Plays – Part 2

Open Fist Theatre Company

Matt Richter
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Revisited

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Andrew Schmedake
33 Variations

Actors Co-op

Jean-Yves Tessier
The Turn of the Screw

Actors Co-op


Lighting Design (Large Theatre)

Michael Berger & Dan Efros
For the Record: Scorsese – American Crime Requiem

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / For the Record

Mike Billings
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Lap Chi Chu
Actually

Geffen Playhouse

Lap Chi Chu
Archduke

Center Theatre Group

Josh Epstein
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse

Elizabeth Harper
Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Geffen Playhouse

Pablo Santiago
Zoot Suit

Center Theatre Group


Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre)

Nicholas Acciani
33 Variations

Actors Co-op

Glenn Michael Baker
Burners

Moving Arts

Evan Bartoletti
Pie in the Sky

The Victory Center Theatre

John Iacovelli
August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Sophina Brown

Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
The Super Variety Match Bonus Round

Rogue Machine

David Mauer
Dutch Masters

Rogue Machine


Scenic Design (Large Theatre)

JR Bruce
Failure: A Love Story

Center Theatre Group / Coeurage Theatre Company

Tom Buderwitz
Lend Me a Tenor

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Tom Buderwitz
Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Geffen Playhouse

Kevin Depinet
Vicuña

Center Theatre Group

John Iacovelli
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Center Theatre Group

Amanda Knehans
Dry Land

Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Tim Mackabee
Archduke

Center Theatre Group


Sound Design (Intimate Theatre)

Cameron Combe
Our Town

Actor Co-op

Jeff Gardner
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Howard Ho
Bloodletting

Playwright’s Arena

David B. Marling
33 Variations

Actors Co-op

Ken Rich
Plasticity

SoulArt

Joseph Slawinski
Burners

Moving Arts

John Zalewski
The Gary Plays – Part 3

Open Fist Theatre Company


Sound Design (Large Theatre)

Drew Dalzell & Noelle Hoffman
Wicked Lit 2016

Unbound Productions

Jeff Gardner
Dry Land

Center Theatre Group / The Echo Theater Company

Daniel Kluger
Archduke

Center Theatre Group

Austin Quan
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Joshua Reid
The Pride

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

John Zalewski
A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story

The Latino Theatre Company

John Zalewski
The Conduct of Life

HERO Theatre Inc.


Costume Design (Intimate Theatre)

Wendell Carmichael
Les Blancs

Rogue Machine

Vicki Conrad
33 Variations

Actors Co-op

Michael Mullen
Burners

Moving Arts

Michael Mullen
Siamese Sex Show

Theatre Planners

Michael Mullen
When Jazz Had the Blues

CEK Productions

Mylette Nora
August Wilson’s King Hedley II

Sophina Brown

John Sinner
John Sinner’s An Invastion of Decency!

fancyplayground


Costume Design (Large Theatre)

Denitsa Bliznakova
Archduke

Center Theatre Group

E.B. Brooks
The Legend of Georgia McBride

Geffen Playhouse

Ann Closs-Farley
Zoot Suit

Center Theatre Group

Marcy Froehlich
Gulf View Drive

Rubicon Theatre Company

Danae Iris McQueen
The Pride

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

David Kay Mickelsen
Lend Me a Tenor

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Emilio Sosa
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Center Theatre Group


Video/Projection Design

Nicholas Acciani
33 Variations

Actors Co-op

Hillary Bauman, Corwin Evans & Chris Hutchings
Rose and the Rime

Sacred Fools Theater Company

Corwin Evans
Plasticity

SoulArt

Matthew Hill
Hansel & Gretel Bluegrass

Ceneter

Hana Kim
The Gary Plays – Part 2

Open Fist Theatre Company

Peter Nigrini
Amélie, a New Musical

Center Theatre Group

Mike Tutaj
King of the Yees

Center Theatre Group


Ovation Honors Recipients

Music Composition for a Play:

NOAH AGRUSS
BARS AND MEASURES
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Fight Choreography:

AHMED BEST
BLUEBERRY TOAST
The Echo Theater Company

Puppet Design:

JOE SEELY
WICKED LIT 2016
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