Drowsy Chaperone and Wild Party Top L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards

News   Drowsy Chaperone and Wild Party Top L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards Center Theatre Group's staging of the Broadway-bound original musical The Drowsy Chaperone and Blank Theatre Company's The Wild Party earned five honors each to top the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

Playwright Edward Albee, choreographer Matthew Bourne, composer Michael John LaChiusa and two designers named Cricket (Gorey Stories' Sloat and Floyd Collins' Myers) were among the winners at the March 13 ceremony.

Jason Graae (Grand Hotel, Fully Committed) — who was awarded a special Theatrical Community Spirit Award — performed and co-hosted with Back Stage West critic Wenzel Jones at the 37th Annual L.A.D.C.C. Awards which honor excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2005.

Jay Johnson (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!) was among the presenters which also included Alan Vincent and Vicky Evans (star and restaging/artistic tour manager of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake), last year's award winners Morlan Higgins (Exits and Entrances), William Dennis Hurley (Exits and Entrances) and writer L. Trey Wilson (Stage Directions) as well as previous multiple winners songwriting team Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin (The Big Voice and The Last Session), director Jessica Kubzansky (Toys in the Attic) and Tim Dang (artistic director of East West Players).

Awards will be given in fifteen categories and six special awards will also be bestowed to theatre artists for outstanding achievements.

The winners (marked in *bold) for the 2005 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards are as follows (some categories had multiple winners) : PRODUCTION

 

  • *The Drowsy Chaperone, Center Theatre Group
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  • *The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, Center Theatre Group
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  • *Pera Palas, The Theatre@Boston Court & Antaeus Company
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  • Play Without Words, Center Theatre Group
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  • Stuff Happens, Center Theatre Group
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  • The Paris Letter, Center Theatre Group
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  • *The Wild Party, Blank Theatre Company
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  • *Yellowman, Bennett Bradley and The Fountain Theatre T.H. McCULLOH AWARD FOR REVIVAL

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  • *Happy End, Pacific Resident Theatre
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  • *Mother Courage and Her Children, Antaeus Theatre Company
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  • On The Town, Reprise! Broadway’s Best
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  • Private Lives, Pasadena Playhouse DIRECTION

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  • *Michael Michetti, Pera Palas
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  • *Casey Nicholaw, The Drowsy Chaperone
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  • Stefan Novinski and Hassan Christopher, J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera, Stella Adler Theatre
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  • Warner Shook, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?
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  • Pat Towne, Gorey Stories, Sacred Fools Theater MUSICAL DIRECTION

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  • Graham Jackson, Gorey Stories
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  • *David O,The Wild Party
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  • Phil Reno, The Drowsy Chaperone
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  • Gerald Sternbach, On the Town WRITING

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  • *Edward Albee, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?
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  • David Hare, Stuff Happens
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  • Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone
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  • Dael Orlandersmith, Yellowman ADAPTATION/TRANSLATION

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  • Joanne Gordon, Love, Bukowski, California Repertory Company
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  • *KOAN Ensemble, Kafka Thing, Odyssey Theatre
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  • Simon Levy, What I Heard About Iraq, The Fountain Theatre MUSICAL SCORE

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  • David Aldrich, Gorey Stories
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  • *Michael John LaChiusa, The Wild Party
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  • Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, The Drowsy Chaperone LEAD PERFORMANCE

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  • Michael Arden, Pippin, Reprise! Broadway’s Best
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  • *Chris Butler, Yellowman
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  • *Deidrie N. Henry, Yellowman
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  • Beth Hogan, Kafka Thing
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  • *Brian Kerwin, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?
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  • *Bob Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone
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  • Lisa Tharps, Medea
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  • Trieu D. Tran, Equus, East/West Players FEATURED PERFORMANCE

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  • *Frank Ashmore, National Pastime, Fremont Centre Theatre
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  • *Nathan Lee Graham, The Wild Party
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  • *Daren A. Herbert, The Wild Party
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  • *Beth Leavel, The Drowsy Chaperone
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  • *Bets Malone, On the Town
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  • Jeff Marlow, Medea
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  • Kirsten Potter, Honour, Matrix Theatre Company ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

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  • *Gorey Stories
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  • Kafka Thing
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  • Love, Bukowski
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  • *Pera Palas SCENIC DESIGN

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  • *Evan A. Bartoletti, Floyd Collins, West Coast Ensemble
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  • *Tom Buderwitz, Pera Palas
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  • *David Gallo, The Drowsy Chaperone LIGHTING DESIGN

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  • Mike Durst, Kafka Thing
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  • *Cricket Sloat, Gorey Stories
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  • Steven Young, J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera COSTUME DESIGN, HAIR, WIGS & MAKEUP

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  • *Ann Closs-Farley (costumes, hair, wigs & makeup), Gorey Stories
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  • Mary Vogt (costumes), Private Lives
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  • Gerald Altenburg (hair, wigs & make-up), The School for Scandal, CTG SOUND DESIGN

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  • *Cricket Meyers, Floyd Collins
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  • Kurt Thum, Kafka Thing
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  • John Zalewski, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, EvidEnce Room CHOREOGRAPHY

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  • *Matthew Bourne and the company, Play Without Words, CTG
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  • Hassan Christopher, J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera
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  • Lee Martino, On the Town The 2005 special award recipients are as follows:

    The Margaret Harford Award
    (for sustained excellence in theater)
    Musical Theatre Guild.

    The Ted Schmitt Award
    (for world premiere of an outstanding new play)
    Jon Robin Baitz for The Paris Letter

    The Bob Z Award
    (for career achievement in set design)
    Donna Marquet

    The Angstrom Award (for career achievement in lighting design)
    Jeremy Pivnick

    The Polly Warfield Award (for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater)
    California Repertory Company

    The Joel Hirschhorn Award
    (for outstanding achievement in musical theatre)
    Eric Anderson

    Productions with multiple awards include:
    The Drowsy Chaperone - 5
    The Wild Party - 5
    Pera Palas - 4
    The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? - 3
    Gorey Stories - 3
    Yellowman - 3
    Floyd Collins - 2

    The ceremony took place at the El Portal Theatre, located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit www.ladramacriticscircle.com.