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Ovation Awards spread the largess

Midsize venues in Ventura and Long Beach vie with Center Theatre Group.

September 16, 2004|Don Shirley | Times Staff Writer

Two mid-size theaters, on opposite sides of the Los Angeles area, joined the larger Center Theatre Group in leading the pack of nominations for the 2003-04 Ovation Awards, announced Wednesday.

Rubicon Theatre in Ventura received 20 nominations for five productions, including seven for a revival of "Driving Miss Daisy" and six for "All My Sons." International City Theatre in Long Beach produced the most-nominated show -- a revival of the musical "Dinah Was" that garnered 11 nods -- and drew six more nominations for a total of 17.

Center Theatre Group took home 20 nominations for its own productions, including eight for the just-closed "Intimate Apparel" at the Mark Taper Forum and seven for Baz Luhrmann's rendition of "La Boheme" at the Ahmanson Theatre. CTG and the Ahmanson also hosted all three of the shows nominated in the category for touring productions.

Among the other multi-nominated shows were a Performance Riverside revival of "1776," with seven nominations, and small-theater productions of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Nocturne," with five apiece.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday September 18, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 34 words Type of Material: Correction
'Daisy' nomination -- A list of Ovation Awards nominees in Thursday's Calendar Weekend section omitted the nomination of "Driving Miss Daisy," at Rubicon Theatre, from the category of best play in a larger theater.

The Ovations are L.A.'s peer-judged theater honors, sponsored by the LA Stage Alliance. This year, 378 productions registered for Ovation consideration, and 178 voters picked 169 nominations in 29 categories.

Three noncompetitive awards also were announced Wednesday, going to producer Paula Holt, actress Betty Garrett and the Cornerstone Theater Company. The awards will be presented at a ceremony at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in downtown L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre.

Following is a partial list of nominees; the complete list can be found at

Play (larger theaters): "All My Sons," Rubicon Theatre; "Intimate Apparel," Mark Taper Forum; "The Price," A Noise Within; "Visiting Mr. Green," International City Theatre.

Musical (larger theaters): "1776," Performance Riverside; "Dinah Was," International City Theatre; "La Boheme," Ahmanson Theatre; "Forever Plaid," Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities; "Side by Side by Sondheim," Rubicon Theatre; "Always ... Patsy Cline," Musical Theatre West; "Hot Mikado," Musical Theatre West.

Play (smaller theaters): "Eleemosynary," Fremont Centre Theatre; "Holy Days," Theatre 40; "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Elephant Stageworks; "Master Class," Fountain Theatre; "Nocturne," Black Dahlia Theatre.

Musical (smaller theaters): "24 Hours: A Rock Musical," Make the Call Productions; "Fleetwood Macbeth," Troubadour Theater; "Guys and Dolls," Interact Theatre; "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," Celebration Theatre; "The Spitfire Grill," Actors Co-op.

Touring production: "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," all at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Premiere play: "A Safe Distance," by Maurice Chauvet; "Exits and Entrances," by Athol Fugard; "Jonna's Body, Please Hold," by Jonna Tamases and Nicholas de Wolff; "Red Light, Green Light," by Erik Patterson; "Stage Directions," by L. Trey Wilson.

Premiere musical: "Focus Today," by the Burglars of Hamm; "It's a Stevie Wonderful Life," by Matt Walker and Troubadour Theater; "Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues," by Amanda McBroom and Joel Silberman; "Peach Blossom Fan," by Edward Mast and Stephin Merritt; "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World," by Joy Gregory and Gunnar Madsen.



The following list of award categories appeared only on the L.A. Times web site; it did not appear in the paper.


Director, play: James O'Neil, "All My Sons"; Ray Cooney, "Caught in the Net"; Stephen Sachs, "Exits and Entrances"; Daniel Sullivan, "Intimate Apparel"; Simon Levy, "Master Class"; Matt Shakman, "Nocturne"; caryn desai, "Visiting Mr. Green"

Director, musical: Nick DeGruccio, 1776"; Baz Luhrmann, "La Boheme"; caryn desai, "Dinah Was"; Stan Chandler, "Forever Plaid"; Paul Hadobas, "Jekyll & Hyde"

Lead actor, play: George Ball, "All My Sons"; Lance E. Nichols, "Driving Miss Daisy"; Morlan Higgins, "Exits and Entrances"; Clarence Williams III, "I Just Stopped By to See the Man"; Adam Stein, "Nocturne"; Jack Axelrod, "Visiting Mr. Green"; David Heymann, "Visiting Mr. Green"

Lead actress, play: Robin Pearson Rose, "All My Sons"; Michael Learned, "Driving Miss Daisy"; Linda Emond, "Homebody/Kabul"; Viola Davis, "Intimate Apparel"; Jonna Tamases, "Jonna's Body, Please Hold"; Karen Kondazian, "Master Class"; Marilyn Fox, "Orpheus Descending"

Lead actor, musical: Steve Glaudini, "1776"; Wade McCollum, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"; Jamie Torcellini, "Hot Mikado"; David Engel, "La Cage aux Folles"; Norman Large, "La Cage aux Folles"

Lead actress, musical: Yvette Freeman, "Dinah Was"; Amanda McBroom, "Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues"; Sally Struthers, "Always ... Patsy Cline"; Christa Jackson, "Always ... Patsy Cline"; Carol Dennis, "Hot Mikado"

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