'Class,' 'Todd' Tops In LA Ovation Awards

News   'Class,' 'Todd' Tops In LA Ovation Awards Terrence McNally''s "Master Class" and East West Players'' revival of "Sweeney Todd" took the lion''s share of honors in the 1995 Ovation Awards, given for excellence in Los Angeles Theatre.
... and of course our playwright! Terrence McNally stops by to say hi!
... and of course our playwright! Terrence McNally stops by to say hi! ©clinton brandhagen

Terrence McNally''s "Master Class" and East West Players'' revival of "Sweeney Todd" took the lion''s share of honors in the 1995 Ovation Awards, given for excellence in Los Angeles Theatre.

"Master Class," presented at the Mark Taper Forum, took six honors, including Best Play (Large Theatre), Best Actress in a Play (Zoe Caldwell), Best Director (Leonard Foglia) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Audra McDonald).

"Sweeney Todd" won five awards, including Best Musical (Small Theatre).

Disney''s "Beauty and the Beast," which had garnered the most nominations, won in three categories: Best Musical in a Large Theatre, Best Costume Design in a Large Theatre (Ann Hould-Ward) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Beth Fowler).

Awards in 26 categories were bestowed Nov. 13 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Interact Theatre''s revival of "Counsellor at Law" won four Ovations, including Best Play at a Small Theatre. Blank Theatre Company''s revival of "Chess" won two Ovations.

Here is a complete list of winners:

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY OR MUSICAL: Lee Murphy''s "Catch a Falling Star" at Victory Theatre.

NEW TRANSLATION/ADAPTATION: Keith Albers'' "Medea" at Deaf West Theatre.

MUSICAL (LARGE THEATRE): Alan Menken''s "Beauty and the Beast" at the Shubert Theatre.

PLAY (LARGE THEATRE): Terrence McNally''s "Master Class" at Center Theatre Group/ Mark Taper Forum.

MUSICAL (SMALL THEATRE): "Sweeney Todd" at East West Players.

PLAY (SMALL THEATRE): "Counsellor at Law" at Interact Theatre Co.

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Sean Smith in "Chess" at Blank Theatre Company.

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY: Joe Garcia in "The Puppet Master of Lodz" at Actor''s Alley

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Marcia Mitzman in "Chess" at Blank Theatre Company

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Zoe Caldwell in "Master Class" at Mark Taper Forum

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Radmar Agana Jao in "Sweeney Todd" at East West Players

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY: Reg Flowers in "Angels in America" at Center Theatre Group/ Ahmanson

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Beth Fowler in "Beauty and the Beast" at the Shubert Theatre

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Audra McDonald in "Master Class" at the Mark Taper Forum

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE: The cast of "Counsellor at Law" at Interact Theatre Co.

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL: Tim Dang for "Sweeney Todd" at East West Players

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY: Leonard Foglia for "Master Class" at Mark Taper Forum

CHOREOGRAPHER: Joey McKneely for "Smokey Joe''s Cafe" at the Ahmanson

LIGHTING DESIGN (LARGER THEATRE): Brian MacDevitt for "Master Class" at the Mark Taper Forum

LIGHTING DESIGN (SMALLER THEATRE): G. Shizuko Herrera for "Sweeney Todd" at East West Players

SET DESIGN (LARGER THEATRE): John B. Wilson for "Man of La Mancha" at Long Beach Civic Light Opera

SET DESIGN (SMALLER THEATRE): Chris Tashima for "Sweeney Todd" at East West Players

COSTUME DESIGN (LARGER THEATRE): Ann Hould-Ward for "Beauty and the Beast" at the Shubert Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN (SMALLER THEATRE): Barbara Ayers for "Counsellor at Law" at Interact Theatre Co.

SOUND DESIGN (LARGER THEATRE): John Gottlieb for "Master Class" at Mark Taper Forum

SOUND DESIGN (SMALLER THEATRE): John Rubinstein for "Counsellor at Law" at Interact Theatre Co.

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