'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:


  • A Magic Christmas by Dakin Matthews (Andak Stage Company)
  • A Picture of Dorian Gray by Michael Michetti (The Theatre @ Boston Court)
  • Bunbury: A Serious Play for Trivial People by Tom Jacobson (Road Theatre Company)
  • The Quality of Light by Richard Martin Hirsch (Long Beach Playhouse)
  • The Shelter by Pasha D. Lychnikoff and Lee Hubbard (Black Square Productions)
  • Water & Power by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash (Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum)
  • Zero Hour by Jim Brochu (West Coast Jewish Theatre)


  • Curtains
    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)
  • 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)


  • 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)


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