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Center Theatre Group leads Ovation Awards nominations

September 11, 2012|By David Ng
  • A scene from the musical "The Color Purple" at the Celebration Theatre.
A scene from the musical "The Color Purple" at the Celebration… (Barry Weiss )

The nominations for the 2011-2012 Ovation Awards were announced Tuesday evening. Leading the way were Center Theatre Group with 29 nominations, followed by the Celebration Theatre and Musical Theatre West, with 16 nominations each.

Productions that received the most nominations included the Celebration's staging of the musical "The Color Purple" with 13 nominations; Danai Gurira's new play "The Convert," at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with 11; David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People," at the Geffen Playhouse, with eight; and the revival of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," at the Mark Taper Forum, also with eight.

The satirical show "Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2," at Musical Theatre West, received nine nominations.

The Ovation Awards honors stage productions in the L.A. area and is organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance. This year's awards cover the season from Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 28, 2012. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 12 at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown.

Among the notable acting nominations are Jane Kaczmarek and Marylouise Burke in "Good People"; Stephen Spinella and Jonathan Cake in Jordi Galcerán's "The Grönholm Method" at the Falcon Theatre; and Alan Mandell, Barry McGovern and Hugo Armstrong in "Waiting for Godot."

Nominations in the category for best overall season went to CTG, the Geffen Playhouse, the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Musical Theatre West and the Colony Theatre Company.

Here's the list of Ovation nominees:

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (LARGE THEATRE)
"The Convert" (Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre)
"Waiting for Godot" (Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum)
"Good People" (Geffen Playhouse)
"A Wrinkle in Time" (MainStreet Theatre Company)
"The Mystery of Irma Vep" (Rubicon Theatre Company)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (INTIMATE THEATRE)
"Nine Circles" (Bootleg Theater)
"What's Wrong with Angry?" (Celebration Theatre)
"The Elephant Man" (Mechanicals Theatre Group)
"Peace in Our Time" (The Antaeus Company)
"All My Sons" (The Matrix Theatre Company)
"Couples Counseling Killed Katie" (Ugly Dog Productions & The Elephant Theatre Company)
"Santasia: A Holiday Comedy" (Whitefire Theatre)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (LARGE THEATRE)
"Avenue Q" (3-D Theatricals)
"Miss Saigon" (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts)
"Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" (Musical Theatre West)
"Hairspray" (Musical Theatre West)
"Two Gentlemen of Chicago" (Troubadour Theater Company)

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (INTIMATE THEATRE)
"Hey, Morgan!" (Black Dahlia Theatre)
"The Color Purple: A Musical" (Celebration Theatre)
"Spring Awakening" (Over the Moon Productions)

BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION
"Folllies" (Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre)
"War Horse" (Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre)
"Red" (Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum)

PLAYWRIGHTING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY
Lisa Loomer, "Café Vida" (Cornerstone Theater Company)
Andrew Dolan, "The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King" (Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA)
Stephen Sachs, "Cyrano" (Fountain Theatre)
Keith Stevenson, "Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd." (Pacific Resident Theatre)
Christina Hart, "Birds of a Feather" (The Complex)
Evelina Fernandez, "Hope: Part II of a Mexican Trilogy" (The Los Angeles Theatre Center)
Johnny O‘Callagan, "Who's Your Daddy?" (The Victory Theatre Center)

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Michael Matthews, "What’s Wrong With Angry?" (Celebration Theatre)
Emily Mann, "The Convert" (Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre)
Michael Arabian, "Waiting for Godot" (Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum)
Gates McFadden, "House of Gold" (Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA)
Matt Shakman, "Good People" (Geffen Playhouse)
Neil Patrick Stewart, "The Elephant Man" (Mechanicals Theatre Group)
Jenny Sullivan, "The Mystery of Irma Vep" (Rubicon Theatre Company)

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Matt Shakman, "Hey, Morgan!" (Black Dahlia Theatre)
Michael Matthews, "The Color Purple: A Musical"  (Celebration Theatre)
William Selby, "Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" (Musical Theatre West)
Rick Sparks, "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" (Rockahn, LLC)
Patrick Pearson, "Rooms: A Rock Romance" (The Chance Theater)

BOOK FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
Isaac Laskin, "Hey, Morgan!" (Black Dahlia Theatre)
Parmer Fuller, "Stations: A Los Angeles Holiday Story" (Ensemble Theatre Company)
Cheri Steinkellner, "Hello! My Baby" (Rubicon Theatre Company)

LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL
Matthew Fogel, Isaac Laskin and David Richman, "Hey, Morgan!" (Black Dahlia Theatre)
Matsato Baba, "The Brahmin and the Tiger" (Company of Angels)
James Coco, Parmer Fuller and Michael Kramer, "Stations: A Los Angeles Holiday Story" (Ensemble Theatre Company)

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