Schumacher to Be Honored at 2008 Artios Awards; Nominations Announced | Playbill

News Schumacher to Be Honored at 2008 Artios Awards; Nominations Announced
Nominees for the 2008 Artios Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in casting, were announced Sept. 10.
Thomas Schumacher
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Nominees in 19 categories were announced, including six concerning Broadway, Off-Broadway or Los Angeles theatre. The winners will be named Nov. 10 in coast-to-coast ceremonies, including a New York event at Caroline's on Broadway.

Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group, has been named the recipient of the New York Apple Award, which has previously been presented to Mike Nichols, Joe Mantello, Rosemarie Tischler, Jack O'Brien, Jane Rosenthal, Juliet Taylor and Tom Fontana.

In a statement Bernard Telsey, casting director and New York vice president of CSA, said, "Tom Schumacher led the charge for, and is deeply committed to, non-traditional casting on the Broadway stage and beyond. His work has had a deep impact on our industry."

The Artios Awards were established in 1985 by the Casting Society of America to "recognize the significance of casting to the success of a movie, television or theatrical production and are given on the criteria of originality, creativity and the contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project."

Nominees in the theatre-related categories follow: Broadway Theater Casting – Drama
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Jim Carnahan
Mauritiues, David Caparelliotis
The Country Girl, Tara Rubin/Laura Schutzel, Eric Woodall/Merri Sugarman
The Homecoming, Bernard Telsey
Top Girls, Nancy Piccone

Broadway Theater Casting – Comedy
Boeing – Boeing, Jim Carnahan
Is He Dead?, Jay Binder/Jack Bowdan
November, Bernard Telsey/William Cantler Pygmalion, Jim Carnahan
The 39 Steps, Jay Binder/Jack Bowdan

Broadway Theater Casting – Musical
A Catered Affair, Bernard Telsey/Bethany Knox
Gypsy, Jay Binder
In the Heights, Bernard Telsey/Bethany Knox
Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Tara Rubin/Eric Woodall, Merri Sugarman/Laura Schutzel
South Pacific, Bernard Telsey
Xanadu, Cindy Tolan

Off-Broadway Casting – Comedy/Drama/Musical
Crimes of the Heart, Tara Rubin/Laura Schutzel, Eric Woodall/Merri Sugarman
Deadman's Cell Phone, Alain Alldaffer
From Up Here, David Caparelliotis
The Seagull, James Calleri
Things We Want, Judy Henderson

Regional Theater Casting (L.O.R.T.)
33 Variations, Will Cantler/Bernard Telsey
An American in Paris, Jay Binder
Dancing in the Dark aka Bandwagon, Jay Binder
Happy Days, A New Musical, Jay Binder
Streamers, Mele Nagler
The Glass Menagerie, Samantha Barrie

Los Angeles Theater
Damn Yankees, Michael Donovan
Hedda Gabler, Scott David
It's Just Sex, Patrick Baca
L'il Abner, Bruce H. Newberg
Secrets of the Trade, Jeff Greenberg
The History Boys, Erika Sellin

Special Honorees
Career Achievement Award
Craig Zadan & Neil Meron

Hoyt Boyers Award
Mali Finn

The New York Apple Award
Thomas Schumacher

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