The Drowsy Chaperone was the big winner at the 2006 Ovation Awards with five wins, including awards for stars Sutton Foster and Bob Martin. Laurie Metcalf, Harriet Harris and Jay Johnson were also among those honored.
The Ovation Awards, which are presented by the L.A. Stage Alliance, are a peer-judged award established in 1989 that honor "artistic excellence of L.A.'s theatres and theatre artists, and their continuing contribution to the vibrant cultural scene."
Composer Jerry Herman received a Career Achievement honor. California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) received the Community Outreach Award.
The complete list of nominees (*with winners in bold) follows:
It Came From Beyond Cornell Christianson, Stephen M. Schwartz, Norman Thalheimer (Cornell Christianson)
Lizard James Mellon, Scott DeTurk (Open at the Top Productions)
Play It Cool Book by Larry Dean Harris, Lyrics by Mark Winkler (Celebration Theatre)
*The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical Book by Patricia Cotter, Music & Lyrics by Lori Scarlett (LA Gay & Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza & Rose Marcario)RAY STRICKLYN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE
Geraldine Hughes, Belfast Blues (Rubicon Theatre Company)
Sybyl Walker, Beneath Rippling Water (Company of Angels)
*Jay Johnson, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! (The Colony Theatre Company)
Heather Raffo, Nine Parts of Desire (Geffen Playhouse)
Paul Stroili, Straight Up With A Twist (Grove Theater Center) ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Bunbury: A Serious Play For Trivial People (Road Theatre Company)
Gorey Stories (Sacred Fools Theatre Company)
J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera (Job The Hip-Hopera LLC)
Swing! (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts & McCoy Rigby Entertainment)
The Brothers Karamazov (Circle X Theatre Company)
The Shelter (Black Square Productions)
*The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife (Del Shores & Jason Dottley & Zephyr Theatre)DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Randall Arney, All My Sons (Geffen Playhouse)
Robert Mamman, Elizabeth Rex (Open at the Top Productions)
*Ben Bradley, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Fountain Theatre)
Valery Belyakovich, The Shelter (Black Square Productions)
Del Shores, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife
Julia Rodriguez Elliott, Ubu Roi (A Noise Within)
Lisa Peterson, Water & PowerDIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Christine Lakin, The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical
Natascia Diaz, tick... Tick... BOOM!
Camille Saviola, Zorba Shows with multiple wins follow: 5 - The Drowsy Chaperone (CTG: Ahmanson Theatre) 3 - Elizabeth Rex (Open at the Top Productions) 2 - All My Sons (Geffen Playhouse) 2 - Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Fountain Theatre) 2 - Ubu Roi (A Noise Within)