Metcalf, Strouse, Birkenhead Among Nominees of L.A. Drama Critics Awards March 22

News   Metcalf, Strouse, Birkenhead Among Nominees of L.A. Drama Critics Awards March 22 The 41st Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, celebrating excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2009, will be handed out March 22 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA.

Jason Graae and critic Wenzel Jones co-host the event.

Awards will be given in 20 categories, honoring excellence in theatre over the past year. Eight special awards will also be given, including an award honoring Kirk Douglas for his lifetime contribution to Los Angeles theatre.

Among the titles nominated in the Production category are Life Could Be a Dream, Munched, No Man's Land, Parade, Stick Fly, The Happy Ones and The Pain and the Itch.

Broadway songwriters Susan Birkenhead and Charles Strouse were nominated for the score to the Broadway-aimed Minsky's.

Broadway and TV actress Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne," November) was nominated in the Lead Performance category for her work in Voice Lessons. The 2009 Special Award recipients are:

  • The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play will be awarded to Julie Marie Myatt for The Happy Ones. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish and a $1,000 check funded by Samuel French, Inc.
  • The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre will be awarded to Celebration Theatre. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by the Nederlander Organization.
  • The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design will be awarded to Sybil Wickersheimer.
  • The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design will be awarded to Luke Moyer. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 check, funded by Angstrom Lighting.
  • The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater will be awarded to the Rubicon Theatre Company. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by Disney Theatricals.
  • The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre will be awarded to Jason Robert Brown. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by David Elzer/Demand PR.
  • The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction will be awarded to Richard Israel. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 check, funded by Camelot Artists.
  • A Special Award for Lifetime Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre will be awarded to Kirk Douglas. Awards will also be given in the following categories:

    Solo Performance
    Danny Hoch, Taking Over, Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

    Makeup Design
    Ann Closs-Farley, Land of the Tigers, The Sacred Fools Theater Company & Burglars of Hamm in association with Frantic Redhead Productions at Sacred Fools Theater

    Puppet Design
    Wes Crain, Lena Garcia, Lynn Jeffries, Elizabeth Luce, and Brian White, Gogol Project, Rogue Artists Ensemble in association with Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater

    The nominees for the 2009 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for theatrical excellence are:

    Production

    Life Could Be a Dream, David Elzer, Peter Schneider & Crooning Crabcakes, LLC, Hudson Mainstage
    Munched, Buzzworks Theater Company, El Centro Theatre
    No Man's Land, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Odyssey Theatre
    Parade, Center Theatre Group and the Donmar Warehouse, Mark Taper Forum
    Stick Fly, The Matrix Theatre Company, Matrix Theatre
    The Happy Ones, South Coast Repertory, South Coast Repertory
    The Pain and the Itch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company, Theatre @ Boston Court

    McCulloh Award for Revival (shows between 1920 and 1980)

    Equus, The Production Company, Chandler Studio Theatre
    Hair, Chance Theater, Chance Theater
    The Browning Version, Pacific Resident Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre

    Direction

    Sean T. Cawelti, Gogol Project, Rogue Artists Ensemble in association with Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater
    Duane Daniels, Munched, Buzzworks Theater Company at the El Centro Theatre
    Shirley Jo Finney, Stick Fly, The Matrix Theatre
    Marilyn Fox, The Browning Version, Pacific Resident Theatre
    Oanh Nguyen, Hair, Chance Theater

    Writing

    Julie Hébert, Tree, Ensemble Studio Theatre—LA at [Inside] the Ford
    Bruce Norris, The Pain and the Itch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company at the Theatre @ Boston Court
    Kim Porter, Munched, Buzzworks Theater Company at the El Centro Theatre
    Brian Christopher Williams, Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins, West Coast Ensemble at the El Centro Theatre

    Writing (Adaptation)

    Kitty Felde, Gogol Project, Rogue Artists Ensemble in association with Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater
    Meryl Friedman, The Wasps, Stinger Productions at The Lost Studio

    Music Direction

    Brent Crayon, Songs for a New World, International City Theatre
    David O, The Wasps, The Lost Studio
    Michael Paternostro, Life Could Be a Dream, Hudson Mainstage
    Phil Reno, Minsky's, Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre
    Bill Strongin, Hair, Chance Theatre

    Choreography

    Matthew Bourne, Stephen Mear, and Geoffrey Garratt, Mary Poppins, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh at the Ahmanson Theatre
    Ameenah Kaplan, Altar Boyz, Celebration Theatre

    Kelly Todd, Hair, Chance Theater

    Musical Score

    Susan Birkenhead and Charles Strouse, Minsky's, Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre
    Anthony Bollas, Stranger, Bootleg Theater
    Erin Kamler, Divorce! The Musical, Hudson Mainstage

    Lead Performance

    Sam Anderson, The Bird and Mr. Banks, The Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center
    Johnny Clark, Blackbird, VS. Theatre Company at the Elephant Studio Space
    Jade Dornfeld, Blackbird, VS. Theatre Company at the Elephant Studio Space
    Bruce French, The Browning Version, Pacific Resident Theatre
    Jim Hanna, Equus, The Production Company at The Chandler Studio Theatre
    Deidrie Henry, Coming Home, The Fountain Theatre
    William Dennis Hurley, Shining City, The Fountain Theatre
    Michael Kostroff, The Producers, Musical Theatre West at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Alan Mandell, No Man's Land, Odyssey Theatre
    Laurie Metcalf, Voice Lessons, Zephyr Theater
    Darin Singleton, The Unseen, The Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center
    Samantha Sloyan, Munched, Buzzworks Theater Company at the El Centro Theatre

    Featured Performance

    Hugo Armstrong, Land of the Tigers, The Sacred Fools Theater Company & Burglars of Hamm in association with Frantic Redhead Productions at Sacred Fools Theater
    Chuma Gault, Tree, Ensemble Studio Theatre—LA at [Inside] the Ford
    P.J. Griffith, Setup & Punch, The Blank Theatre Company at the 2nd Stage Theatre
    Andrea Hutchman, Munched, Buzzworks Theater Company at the El Centro Theatre
    Heather Lee, No Way to Treat a Lady, Colony Theatre
    Sally Smythe, The Browning Version, Pacific Resident Theatre
    Greg Watanabe, The Happy Ones, South Coast Repertory
    Jacqueline Wright, Tree, Ensemble Studio Theatre—LA at [Inside] the Ford

    Ensemble Performance

    Hair, Chance Theater
    Hunter Gatherers, Furious Theatre Company at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre
    Life Could Be a Dream, Hudson Mainstage
    Our Mother's Brief Affair, South Coast Repertory
    Stick Fly, The Matrix Theatre
    The Pain and the Itch, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company at the Theatre @ Boston Court

    Set Design

    John Iacovelli, Stick Fly, The Matrix Theater
    Jeff McLaughlin, A Skull in Connemara, Theatre Tribe Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, Treefall, Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater

    Lighting Design

    Lap-Chi Chu, Our Mother's Brief Affair, South Coast Repertory Haylee Freeman, Gogol Project, Rogue Artists Ensemble in association with Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater
    David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
    Dan Weingarten, Stranger, Bootleg Theater

    Costume Design

    Gregg Barnes, Minsky's, Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre
    Ann Closs-Farley, Land of the Tigers, The Sacred Fools Theater Company & Burglars of Hamm in association with Frantic Redhead Productions at Sacred Fools Theater
    Shigeru Yaji, Peace, The Getty Villa

    Sound Design

    Ron Klier, Blackbird, Elephant Theatre Lab
    John Nobori, Gogol Project, Rogue Artists Ensemble in association with Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater
    Ken Sawyer, Dracula, Noho Arts Center

    CGI/Video

    John MacDonald, Hair, Chance Theater
    Brian White, Gogol Project, Rogue Artists Ensemble in association with Bootleg Theater at Bootleg Theater

    Fight Choreography

    Brian Danner, Macbeth, Theater Banshee
    Victor Warren, Stranger, Bootleg Theater

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    The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles.

    For tickets, visit LADCC's website, at www.ladramacriticscircle.com.

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