'Drowsy,' Curtains Score High with Ovation Nominations
Nominations for the Ovation Awards, celebrating achievement in Los Angeles-area theatre, have been announced.
The Drowsy Chaperone, which premiered at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre before becoming a hit on Broadway, led the pack of shows with 12 nominations, while the Geffen Playhouse's All My Sons, Open at the Top Production's Elizabeth Rex and Fountain Theatre's Joe Turner's Come and Gone each received eight. Curtains, the new musical with a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb that recently opened at the Ahmanson, garnered seven nominations.
Numerous Broadway veterans were nominated for their performances this year. They include: Larry Bryggman, Alfred Molina, Laurie Metcalf, David Hyde Pierce, Marc Kudisch, Sutton Foster, Judy Kaye, Beth Leavel, Danny Burstein, Edward Hibbert, Karen Ziemba, Harriet Harris and Natascia Diaz.
Legendary composer/lyricist Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles) will receive the award for Career Achievement, whil California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) will be presented with the Community Outreach Award.
Presented by the L.A. Stage Alliance, the Ovation Awards will be presented at the Orpheum Theatre on November 13th.
For tickets to the ceremony and more information, visit www.lastagealliance.com.
The nominations are as follows:
WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
Book by Rupert Holmes Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Additional Lyrics by Kander & Holmes
(Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre, Roger Berlind, Roger Horchow and Daryl Roth)
Cornell Christianson, Stephen M. Schwartz, Norman Thalheimer (Cornell Christianson)
James Mellon, Scott DeTurk (Open at the Top Productions)
Book by Larry Dean Harris, Lyrics by Mark Winkler (Celebration Theatre)
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