Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 2006 Ovation Awards, in the company of presenters David Hyde Pierce, Doug Savant, Amy Brenneman and more, Nov. 13 at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre.
The honors are presented by the L.A. Stage Alliance. The peer-judged Ovation Awards, established in 1989, honor "artistic excellence of L.A.'s theatres and theatre artists, and their continuing contribution to the vibrant cultural scene."
Also slated to present are Sam Harris, Matt McGrath, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard, Culture Clash, Amy Hill, Emily Kuroda, Patrick Bristow, Karen Constine and David Galligan.
Composer Jerry Herman will receive a Career Achievement honor. California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) will receive the Community Outreach Award.
Tickets to the awards at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, are available through Ticketmaster or by calling (213) 614-0556.
The complete list of nominees follows: WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
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 the most multiple nominations follow: 12 - The Drowsy Chaperone (CTG: Ahmanson Theatre) 8 - All My Sons (Geffen Playhouse) 8 - Elizabeth Rex (Open at the Top Productions) 8 - Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Fountain Theatre) 7 - Curtains (CTG: Ahmanson Theatre, Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow and Daryl Roth) 6 - I Capture the Castle (Hollywood Food Chain Productions) 6 - It Came From Beyond (Cornell Christianson) 6 - The Wild Party (The Blank Theatre Company) 6 - Ubu Roi (A Noise Within) 6 - Water & Power (CTG: Mark Taper Forum) 6 - Zorba (Reprise! Broadway's Best)