The national tour of David Auburn's Proof, the GableStage mountings of James Joyce's The Dead and A Lesson Before Dying big winners at the 27th Annual Carbonell Awards, held Nov. 18 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Thoroughly Modern Millie's Marc Kudisch performed two songs from Bells Are Ringing in memory of the late Adolph Green. It was previously incorrectly reported here that Kudisch was host, but the evening was host-free, with introductions and voiceovers by Roger Martin. The Carbonells honor the best in South Florida theatre.
The Dead, which walked away with four awards, including Best Ensemble, Best Musical and Best Director (Joe Adler), was the first musical ever mounted by the current regime at the GableStage of Coral Gables. The national tour of Proof won all four Road Show Awards, scoring for Best Production, Best Director (Tony winner Daniel Sullivan), Best Actor (Robert Foxworth) and Best Actress (Chelsea Altman). The GableStage Lesson garnered awards for Best Production of a Play, Best Director (Adler, picking up his second award of the evening) and Best Actor in a Play (John Archie).
A total of 32 separate plays and musicals from 12 regional companies from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches received nominations. In all, more than two dozen professional troupes mounted over 100 eligible shows from Miami through Fort Lauderdale to the Palm Beaches for the season that officially ended on Labor Day 2002, according to the announcement.
The Carbonell Awards were founded in 1976 by the South Florida Critics Circle, which relinquished administrative control of the program earlier this year. Transition to a new community-based board of trustees, and an awards council comprised of theatre and arts executives is currently under way. Some critics continue to form a minority of the regional voting panel, and continue as the sole voters for non-resident touring shows, selected separately in a single ballot to produce winners. Here are the 27th Annual Carbonell Award nominees and winners (indicated in bold-face type).
PLAYS OR MUSICALS
Best New Work (play or musical)
Ivonne Azurdia, Portrait, Mad Cat Theatre Company Best Ensemble Production (play or musical)
Cobb, Mosaic Theatre PLAYS
Best Production of a Play
Caught in the Net, Coconut Grove Playhouse Best Director/Play
Bruce Lecure, Orphans, Caldwell Theatre Company Best Actor/Play
Sheaun McKinney, A Lesson Before Dying, GableStage Best Actress/Play
Sally Levin, The Waverly Gallery, New Theatre Best Supporting Actor/Play
Michael Vines, A Lesson Before Dying, GableStage Best Supporting Actress/Play
Lisa Morgan, Tom Walker, New Theatre MUSICALS
Best Production of a Musical
The Soul of Gershwin, Coconut Grove Playhouse Best Director/Musical
Bill Castellino, The Spitfire Grill, Florida Stage Best Actor/Musical
Jerry Gulledge, My Favorite Year, Broward Stage Door Theatre Best Actress/Musical
Kay Brady, James Joyce's The Dead, GableStage Best Supporting Actor/Musical
Fausto Pineda, The King and I, Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Best Supporting Actress/Musical
Wen Zhang, The King and I, Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Musical Direction/Musical
Joseph Vass, The Soul of Gershwin, Coconut Grove Playhouse Choreography/Musical
Robert Craig Dawson, Sweet Charity, Broward Stage Door Theatre DESIGN AWARDS
Best Scenic Design
Steve Lambert, Proof, Coconut Grove Playhouse Best Lighting Design
Thomas Salzman, Orphans, Caldwell Theatre Company Best Costume Design
Estela Vrancovich, Ruthless, Hollywood Playhouse Best Sound Design
Nate Rausch, Smokey Joe's Café, Actor's Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Winners breakdown:
1 Mad Cat Theatre Company, Miami Several special awards were also given. Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Miami Book Fair, was honored with the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; the M Ensemble company was given the Ruth Foreman Award; the Delray Beach Playhouse artistic director Randolph Dellago received the Bill Hindman Award and arts patron and producer Jay H. Harris received the Howard Kleinberg Award.