Guards at the Taj and The Boy From Oz Win 2017 Ovation Awards

News   Guards at the Taj and The Boy From Oz Win 2017 Ovation Awards
 
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The 27th Annual L.A. STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, which honor the best in Southern California live theatre, were presented January 17 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, in a ceremony hosted by Alexandra Billings.

Best Production of a Play awards went to Guards at the Taj (large theatre) and Dry Land (intimate theatre). Best Production of Musical awards were won by HAM: A Musical Memoir (large theatre) and The Boy From Oz (intimate theatre).

Thirty-five awards were bestowed on 19 different Southern California theatre companies. The most honored companies of the year were Celebration Theatre (The Boy from Oz, Bootycandy); the Los Angeles LGBT Center (Hit the Wall, HAM: A Musical Memoir); The Theatre @ Boston Court for Colony Collapse, The Golden Dragon, and Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (co-production with the Getty Villa); Unbound Productions (Wicked Lit 2015); and Sierra Madre Playhouse (Deathtrap, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

This year’s presenters included Michael Arden, Randall Arney, Jon Robin Baitz, E.B. Brooks, Sterling K. Brown, Sara Ryung Clement, Paul Crewes, Dale Dickey, Danny Feldman, Marilyn Fox, Beth Grant, Elizabeth Harper, Rajiv Joseph, Richard Montoya, Oanh Nguyen, Mitch O’Farrell, Bill Pullman, Diane Rodriguez, Ric Salinas, Del Shores, Herbert Siguenza, Ali Stroker, and Kitty Swink. Musical numbers were presented by DOMA Theatre Company.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Best Season
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Fool for Love
HAM: A Musical Memoir
Hit the Wall

Best Production of a Play (Intimate Theatre)
Dry Land
The Echo Theater Company

Best Production of a Play (Large Theatre)
Guards at the Taj
Geffen Playhouse

Best Production of a Musical (Intimate Theatre)
The Boy From Oz
Celebration Theatre

Best Production of a Musical (Large Theatre)
HAM: A Musical Memoir
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Best Presented Production
1984
The Broad Stage

Best Acting Ensemble of a Play
The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Falcon Theatre

Best Acting Ensemble of a Musical
The Boy From Oz
Celebration Theatre

Best Choreography
Janet Roston
The Boy From Oz
Celebration Theatre

Best Music Direction
Todd Schroeder
HAM: A Musical Memoir
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Best Book for an Original Musical
Michael Shaw Fisher
Shakespeare’s Last Night Out
Orgasmico Theatre Company

Best Lyrics/Composition for an Original Musical
Rebekah Allen
We Are the Tigers: A New Musical
Heart And Flame Productions

Best Playwriting for an Original Play
Luis Alfaro
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles
The Getty Villa & The Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Direction of a Musical
Michael A. Shepperd
The Boy From Oz
Celebration Theatre

Best Direction of a Play
Ken Sawyer
Hit the Wall
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Best Lead Actor in a Musical
Sam Harris as Multiple Characters
HAM: A Musical Memoir
Los Angeles LGBT Center

Best Lead Actress In a Musical
Moya Angela as Effie
Dreamgirls
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Best Lead Actor in a Play
Sam Anderson as John
John Is a Father
The Road Theatre Company

Best Lead Actress in a Play
Lily Nicksay as May
See Rock City
Rubicon Theatre Company

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Stanton Morales as Barfee
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Sierra Madre Playhouse

Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Bess Motta as Judy Garland
The Boy From Oz
Celebration Theatre

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Michael A. Shepperd as Actor 4
Bootycandy
Celebration Theatre

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Paula Christensen as Nicky
Colony Collapse
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre)
Elizabeth Harper
The Golden Dragon
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Lighting Design (Large Theatre)
KC Wilkerson
Wicked Lit 2015
Unbound Productions

Best Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre)
John Vertrees & Erin Walley
Deathtrap
Sierra Madre Playhouse

Best Scenic Design (Large Theatre)
Tom Buderwitz
Casa Valentina
Pasadena Playhouse

Best Sound Design (Intimate Theatre)
John Nobori
The Golden Dragon
The Theatre @ Boston Court

Best Sound Design (Large Theatre)
Drew Dalzell & Noelle Hoffman
Wicked Lit 2015
Unbound Productions

Best Costume Design (Intimate Theatre)
Michael Mullen
The Boy From Oz
Celebration Theatre

Best Costume Design (Large Theatre)
Christine Cover Ferro
Wicked Lit 2015
Unbound Productions

Best Video/Projection Design
Matthew Hill
Man Covets Bird
24th Street Theatre


OVATION HONORS RECIPIENTS

Composition for a Play
Gregory Nabours
The Sparrow
Coeurage Theatre Company

Fight Choreography
Edgar Landa
That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play
Son of Semele Ensemble

Puppet Design
Greg Ballora, Sean Cawelti, Christine Papalexis, Jack Pullman, Brian White
Wood Boy Dog Fish
Bootleg Theater & Rogue Artists Ensemble


See a complete list of the nominations here.

There was a grand total of 214 nominations for 70 productions presented by 45 companies.

Founded in 1989, the L.A. STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles. Voters are Los Angeles theatre professionals chosen each year through an application process by the Ovation Rules Committee.

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