Several recognizable Broadway names are among the 2019 nominees for the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, including director Michael Arden of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Lucas Hnath’s new play Dana H., and Tina star Daniel J. Watts.
The Geffen Playhouse production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol earned eight nominations, including ones for two-time Tony nominee Arden (Once on This Island, Spring Awakening) and Best Lead Actor in a Play for Tony winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife).
Watts is nominated in the Best Featured Actor in a Musical category for his performance as Sammy Davis, Jr. in Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole. Several of his co-stars, including leading actor Dulé Hill, are nominated for their individual performances, with an additional nod for Best Acting Ensemble in a Musical.
Dana H. earned seven nods including Best Playwright for Hnath, Best Actress for Deidre O’Connell, and Best Production of a Play—Large Theatre. Also nominated in the latter category is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Lackawanna Blues, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and Linda Vista.
Linda Vista earned five nominations, including Best Acting Ensemble in a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Cora Vander Broek, who currently plays the same role on Broadway.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel January 13, 2020. A full list of nominees can be found on OvationAwards.com.