Louis & Keely, Julie White, Troubadour Theatre Are 2010 Ovation Winners in L.A.

News   Louis & Keely, Julie White, Troubadour Theatre Are 2010 Ovation Winners in L.A. The L.A. Stage Alliance handed out its 2010 Ovation Awards on Jan. 11, honoring excellence in Southern Califonria theatre for the 2008-09 season. The awards presentation was at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Louis & Keely stars Vanessa Claire Smith and Jake Broder
Louis & Keely stars Vanessa Claire Smith and Jake Broder Photo by Ryan Miller

Center Theatre Group (Lydia at the Mark Taper Forum and The Little Dog Laughed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre) led with four wins, followed by the Troubadour Theatre Company (Alice in One Hit Wonderland and As U2 Like It) and the Louis & Keely producing team (Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara) with three each.

For her West Coast appearance in the play that won her a Best Actress Tony Award, Julie White won a Best Actress Ovation Award for The Little Dog Laughed.

The Troubadour Theatre Company was honored with the newest Ovation Award for Best Season.

The recipients of the 2010 Ovation Awards are:

Best Season
Troubadour Theater Company: 
Alice in One-Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass,
 As U2 Like It, 
It's a Stevie Wonderful Life Production of a Musical - Intimate Theatre
Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical, 
Havok Theatre Company

Production of a Play - Intimate Theatre
Family Planning, 
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Production of a Musical - Large Theatre
Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara, produced by Stuart Benjamin, Jake Broder, Taylor Hackford, Sarabeth Schedeen and Vanessa Claire Smith

Production of a Play - Large Theatre
Two Trains Running,
 Ebony Repertory Theatre

Book/Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical
Erin Kamler,
 Divorce! The Musical,
 Rick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks and Paradox Entertainment

Playwrighting for an Original Play
Kevin King,
 The Idea Man,
 Elephant Theatre Company

Director of a Musical
Matt Walker, As U2 Like It,
 Troubadour Theater Company

Director of a Play
Larissa Kokernot, Family Planning, 
Chalk Repertory Theatre

Music Direction
Darryl Archibald,
 Smokey Joe's Café, 
El Portal Theatre in association with Corky Hale

Choreographer
Lee Martino, Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical,
Havok Theatre Company

Acting Ensemble
Stick Fly,
 The Matrix Theatre Company

Lead Actor in a Musical
Jake Broder as Louis Prima, Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara, produced by Stuart Benjamin, Jake Broder, Taylor Hackford, Sarabeth Schedeen and Vanessa Claire Smith

Lead Actor in a Play
Glynn Turman as Memphis, Two Trains Running, 
Ebony Repertory Theatre

Lead Actress in a Musical
Vanessa Claire Smith as Keely Smith, Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara,
 produced by Stuart Benjamin, Jake Broder, Taylor Hackford, Sarabeth Schedeen and Vanessa Claire Smith

Lead Actress in a Play
Julie White as Diane, The Little Dog Laughed, 
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Featured Actor in a Musical
Michael Paternostro as Carmen Ghia, The Producers,
 Musical Theatre West

Featured Actor in a Play
Hugo Armstrong as Sabretooth and Tim, Land of the Tigers,
Sacred Fools, Burglars of Hamm and Frantic Redhead Productions

Featured Actress in a Musical
Sarah Cornell as Ulla, The Producers,
 Musical Theatre West

Featured Actress in a Play
Tasha Ames as Izzy, Rabbit Hole,
 Malibu Stage Company

Costume Design - Intimate Theatre
Ann Closs-Farley,
 Ken Roht's Calendar Girl Competition,
Bootleg Theater

Costume Design - Large Theatre
Sharon McGunigle, Alice in One Hit Wonderland 2: Through the Looking Glass, 
Troubadour Theatre Company

Lighting Design - Intimate Theatre
Luke Moyer, Dracula,
 NoHo Arts Center Ensemble

Lighting Design - Large Theatre
Donald Holder, The Little Dog Laughed, 
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Scenic Design - Intimate Theatre
Jeff McLaughlin, A Skull in Connemara, 
Theatre Tribe

Scenic Design - Large Theatre
Allen Moyer, The Little Dog Laughed,
 Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

Sound Design - Intimate Theatre
Ken Sawyer, Dracula, 
NoHo Arts Center Ensemble

Sound Design - Large Theatre
**TWO RECIPIENTS**
Erik Carstensen, Beethoven As I Knew Him,
 Geffen Playhouse

Chris Webb & David Molina, Lydia, 
Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum

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