September 25, 2007 |
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.
November 15, 2006 |
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.
September 26, 2006 |
"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.
November 16, 2005 |
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.
November 24, 2004 |
For a decade, competitive Ovation Awards have saluted L.A.'s supposedly finest theatrical achievements. These peer-judged honors have become a November tradition, almost like Thanksgiving turkey. In the pre-Ovations days of the '80s, Times theater reporter Sylvie Drake observed Thanksgiving by writing an annual column devoted to "turkey awards" that she presented to dubious achievements in L.A. theater.
November 17, 2004 |
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.