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November 14, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
In the days just before the Ovation Awards ceremony last Monday, the show's executive producer, Farrell Hirsch, was in a dither about who would be the emcee. The previously announced Jason Alexander had backed out. Hirsch asked Martin Short, but the taping of Short's TV show wouldn't allow him to get to La Mirada Theatre, site of this year's Ovations, in time. Other names came and went. Finally, the event proceeded without an emcee.
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November 12, 2012 | By David Ng
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
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September 17, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
"The Woman in Black," "Anything Goes" and "Animal Farm" are ahead in the race for the annual Ovation Awards, L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards. Each of the three shows received seven nominations -- so far. But the total nomination figures aren't complete. Costume design nominations weren't announced Tuesday with the others. Because of a computer glitch, voters are being asked to resend their costume votes.
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September 11, 2012 | By David Ng
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.
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July 30, 1989 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Itzhak Perlman and Glenn Close will host the third annual Ovation Awards--honoring current recordings of classical music and the performers who make them--at Carnegie Hall in New York City Oct. 26. The awards show will be taped for later broadcast on radio and television, according to Sharon Dec, coordinator of the awards for Ovation magazine. In 1988, the awards program was shown on cable (Arts & Entertainment). This year, Dec says, the management is seeking sponsors for network distribution.
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October 6, 1994
The Ovation Awards--the trophies from L.A.'s first peer-judged competitive theater competition--will be presented at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Nominations in 24 categories will be announced Tuesday. The event is sponsored by Theatre LA. Tickets cost $15-$100 and may be purchased through Tele-Charge at (800) 447-7400.
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November 13, 1994 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
Charlton Heston, Alfre Woo dard, Leonard Nimoy, Rue McClanahan, Mariette Hart ley, Ray Bradbury, Bruce Davison--they're all slated to present Ovation Awards on Monday night at the Alex Theatre. But what might not be acknowledged Monday is that a few of the final decisions in this process--the first peer-judged competitive theater awards to cover most of Los Angeles County--will have been judged by a very small number of peers.
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November 26, 2002
The Ovation Awards are presented annually by Theatre LA, a service organization for Los Angeles theaters. This year, nearly 350 productions were eligible for consideration. Any production from a producer or company that belongs to Theatre LA is eligible but must pay a $45 registration fee on top of the membership dues of between $295 and $1,800 a year (depending on a company's annual gross) or $225 for a three-month membership (used by temporary producers).
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November 17, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
A short-running revival of "1776" in Riverside -- far from most of the Ovation Award voters in Los Angeles County -- was the big winner at L.A.'s peer-judged theater awards Monday. Performance Riverside's "1776" -- which played only nine shows last April -- won five awards, including best musical in a larger theater. It took three acting awards, including a best musical actor nod for Steven Glaudini, who also was the company's executive director-producer.
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July 8, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
The people who run the Ovation Awards are looking for a few good voters--50, to be exact. Interested applicants can apply through the end of July. The search for new Ovation voters is part of an overhaul of procedures of the peer-judged theater awards that was recently approved by the board of the sponsoring organization, Theatre LA. The 50 extra voters will be at-large, as opposed to most of the 120 current voters, who represent Theatre LA's constituent theaters or producing organizations.
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November 18, 2008 | Sherry Stern, Stern is a staff writer.
Three local productions of contemporary Broadway musicals and a new play about morality won the most 2008 Ovation Awards, the LA Stage Alliance's honors for the best in Southern California theater. The awards were to be presented Monday night at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. "Miss Saigon," a production of Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, won four awards, including best musical at a large theater and best actress in a musical for Jennifer Paz. "The Quality of Life," a Geffen Playhouse world premiere of a Jane Anderson play about morality, religion and self-righteousness, won three awards, for best play in an intimate theater, for lead actress Laurie Metcalf and for playwright Anderson.
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September 23, 2008 | Diane Haithman
With 11 nominations, the musical "Miss Saigon," presented by Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, has made the top of the list of nominations for the 2008 Ovation Awards, LA Stage Alliance’s peer-judged awards recognizing excellence in California theater. Other big nominees include "All Shook Up" at Musical Theatre West (10 nominations), "Jekyll & Hyde" at Cabrillo Music Theatre (nine) and "Singin' in the Rain"(nine), also at Cabrillo Music Theatre, which put that theater at the top of the list of nominations for an individual company.
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November 13, 2007 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
A revival of a 1953 musical and a one-man tribute to George Gershwin tied for most honors for a single show in the 2007 Ovation Awards, LA Stage Alliance's peer-judged awards recognizing excellence in Southern California theater. The awards were scheduled to be announced Monday night at a ceremony at downtown L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre, hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.
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September 25, 2007 | Lynne Heffley
In a replay of last year, Center Theatre Group dominates this year's Ovation Awards nominations, announced Monday, with a total of 18 divided among productions at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre, which received 10 nominations for "Sleeping Beauty Wakes," Deaf West Theatre's first original musical. The peer-judged awards, sponsored by the LA Stage Alliance, recognize the best of L.A. theater at large and small venues.
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November 15, 2006 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Center Theatre Group was the big winner Monday night at the Ovation Awards, collecting eight statuettes in the peer-judged contest recognizing excellence in Los Angeles theater. With three times the nominations of any other theater company -- 34 -- CTG had been poised to rack up the most wins at the black-tie ceremony at downtown's Orpheum Theatre. Five honors went to "The Drowsy Chaperone," which moved to Broadway after its L.A. run and went on to win five Tony Awards.
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September 26, 2006 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
"The Drowsy Chaperone," the quirky valentine to '20s musicals that had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre last year, on Monday captured the most nominations -- an even dozen -- for the Ovation Awards, which recognize the best of L.A. theater. The musical, currently playing on Broadway, collected five Tony Awards this year.
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November 1, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
The Mark Taper Forum's "Metamorphoses" and Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' "Dreamgirls" were the big winners at the Ovation Awards ceremony Monday at the Ahmanson Theatre. Both productions won four trophies each, with "Metamorphoses" named best play and "Dreamgirls" best musical in the larger theater category. The evening also was a triumph for Deaf West Theatre, which won both of the production awards top honors in the smaller theater category.
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November 7, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
When the annual Ovation Awards are passed out Monday, fewer people will be on hand than in the recent past. Although the event is sold out, this year's venue for awarding the peer-judged theatrical honors is the 1,264-seat La Mirada Theatre instead of the 2,139-seat Shubert Theatre in Century City, where the event attracted big crowds for the past three years.
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November 16, 2005 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
Something old and something blue (and grisly) were the surprise favorites Monday at the 2005 Ovation Awards, which honor excellence in Southern California theater. Taking home four awards each were Fullerton Civic Light Opera's original staging of the perennial blockbuster "Miss Saigon" and Lost Angels Theatre Company's small-theater production of "Killer Joe," Tracy Letts' brutal comedy.
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December 6, 2004 | Larry Aldrich, Larry Aldrich is chairman of the board of governors of LA Stage Alliance. He lives in Long Beach.
DON SHIRLEY opted to bestow a "turkey award" to the recent Ovation Awards for local theater productions, stating that "the Ovations are supposed to help unify and clarify the vast sprawl of the L.A. theatrical landscape" and then adding that "the sprawl won" ["Sometimes 11 Votes Can Add Up to '1776,' " Nov. 24]. I think the theater community won.
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