L.A. Drama Crix Give Flower Drum Song Only One Nod; Crivello, Sills Nommed

News   L.A. Drama Crix Give Flower Drum Song Only One Nod; Crivello, Sills Nommed 1993 Tony winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and 1998 Tony nominee Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) will face off at the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Awards April 1 at the Colony Theatre. So will Jason Robert Brown, Robert Lindsay Nassif and Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers — Brown for his work with the play Kimberly Akimbo, Nassif for The Flight of the Lawnchair Man from 3hree, and Sondheim and Rodgers for Do I Hear a Waltz?.

1993 Tony winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and 1998 Tony nominee Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) will face off at the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Awards April 1 at the Colony Theatre. So will Jason Robert Brown, Robert Lindsay Nassif and Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers — Brown for his work with the play Kimberly Akimbo, Nassif for The Flight of the Lawnchair Man from 3hree, and Sondheim and Rodgers for Do I Hear a Waltz?.

The Broadway-bound Flower Drum Song, however, received only one nomination, for Best Costumes.

The Greenway Court Theatre's revival of They Shoot Horses, Don't They? garnered the most nominations with eight. Up for Best Production honors are Big River at Deaf West Theater, The Birthday Party at Matrix Theatre, Orson's Shadow at Black Dahila Theater and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

A list of nominees follows:

Best Direction
Jeff Calhoun, Big River
Andrew J. Robinson, The Birthday Party
Rick Sparks, They Shoot Horses, Don't They Best Musical Direction
Steven Landau, Big River
Steve Orich, Do I Hear a Waltz? at Pasadena Playhouse
John Randall, Always Patsy Cline at Coronet Theatre

Best Writing
David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo at South Coast Repertory Theatre
Austin Pendleton, Orson's Shadow
Roger Guenveur Smith, A Huey P. Newton Story at the Los Angeles Theater Center

Best Adaptation
Jeff Calhoun, Big River
Mark Savage, Pinafore! at Celebration Theatre
Rick Sparks and Gary Carter, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Best Lead Performance
Andrew Ableson, Orson's Shadow
Anthony Crivello, Do I Hear a Waltz?
Gretchen German, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Geraldine Hughes, Orson's Shadow
Beth Kennedy, A Servant of Two Masters at International Theatre Center
Robert Machray, Orson's Shadow
Maria O'Brien, Mrs. Feurstein at 2100 Square Feet
Angela Paton, The Birthday Party
R. Christofer Sands, Pinafore!
Douglas Sills, Much Ado About Nothing at South Coast Repertory Theatre
Jeff Sugarman, Orson's Shadow

Best Featured Performance
J. Todd Adams, The Lonesome West at South Coast Repertory Theatre
Amy Chaffe, The Lonesome West
Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Central Avenue at Fountain Theater
Kevin Earley, 1776 at the Freud Playhouse
John Gallagher, Jr. Kimberly Akimbo
Leslie Hicks, A Little Night Music at Interact Theatre
William Dennis Hunt, Trelawny of the Wells at A Noise Within
Gregory Itzin, The Birthday Party
Sara Newman, Everyday Life at Pacific Resident Theater
Carole Shelley, The Circle at South Coast Repertory Theatre
Eileen T'Kay, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Best Scenic Design
Patty Briles, Two-Heade at (Inside) the Ford
Ray Klausen, Big River
Michael C. Smith, Trelawny of the Wells

Best Lighting Design
Keith Endo, Everyday Life
Kathi O'Donohue, The Night of the Iguana at the Fountain Theater
Robert L. Smith, A Mislaid Heaven at Road Theater

Best Costume Design
Gregg Barnes, Flower Drum Song at the Mark Taper Forum
Audrey Eisner, Everyday Life
Shon LeBlanc, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Best Sound Design
DE3 of Polyrhythmic & The Collective, Infinity at the Court Theater
John Epperson, Lypsinka! The Boxed Set at the Tiffany Theatre
B.C. Keller, Much Ado About Nothing

Best Choreography
Jeff Calhoun, Big River
Art Manke, Much Ado About Nothing
Rick Sparks, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Best Makeup/Hair/Wig Design
Douglas Noe, A Servant of Two Masters
Stephn Ratliff, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Michael Serrato, Pinafore!

Special kudos will be awarded to South Coast Repertory for Sustained Excellence in Theatre; to Amy Freed's The Beard of Avon for World Premiere of an Oustanding New Play; to Beth Kennedy for Emerging Comic Actress; and to Pacific Resident Theater for Excellent Season in a Small to-Midsize Theater. The Bob Z Award for Lifetime Achievement in Set Design goes to Dwight Richard Odle and the Angstrom Award for Lifetime Achievement in Stage Lighting to Kim Killingsworth.