Nominations Announced for 38th Annual Carbonell Awards; Maltz Jupiter Theatre Leads With 19 Nominations

A musical about the struggles of a bipolar woman and the plight of two prisoners in a concentration camp during the Holocaust received the most nominations in the musical and play categories when the nominations were announced for the 38th Carbonell Awards, which honors excellence in theatre in South Florida.

Next to Normal, produced by Slow Burn Theatre Company in Boca Raton, led the musical category with 10 nominations. The Timekeepers, produced by Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale, led the play category with 6 nominations. Fifteen of South Florida's theaters earned nominations for a variety of shows produced during 2013. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre earned the most nominations of any theater with 19. Actors' Playhouse in Coral Gables received 13 nominations, the most of any theater in Miami-Dade County, and Island City Stage led the Broward County theaters in nominations with 6. Nominations were spread over 34 shows from theatres stretching from Coral Gables north to Jupiter.

Palm Beach County theaters earned a total of 62 nominations, followed by Miami-Dade theaters with 28 nominations and Broward County theaters with 8 nominations.

The awards will be handed out at the Carbonell Awards ceremony, which will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

The Carbonell Awards is a not-for-profit organization and is funded by tax-deductible donations and award sponsorships. This season's sponsorsinclude the South Florida Cultural Consortium, the Adrienne Arsht Centerfor the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Rita and Jerry Cohen, Kerry and Scott Shiller, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Mary Ellen and Michael Peyton, Tony Finstrom, Broadway Across America, and the South Florida Theatre League.

Four theaters, three based in Boca Raton, garnered nominations in their first year of Carbonell Award eligibility. Slow Burn Theatre Company earned 10 nominations for their one eligible show of the season, Next to Normal. Outre Theatre Company earned a nomination for their production of An Iliad. The Wick earned 3 nominations for the musicals The Sound of Music and White Christmas. In Fort Lauderdale, Thinking Cap Theatre earned a nomination for their production of The Rover.

Several performers and designers have double the reason to be happy with the nominations this year. Colin McPhillamy is nominated as Best Actor for Exit the King at Palm Beach Dramaworks as well as Best Supporting Actor for Dial M for Murder at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Karen Stephens is nominated as Best Actress in Fear Up Harsh at Zoetic Stage and as Best Supporting Actress in Doubt at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Patti Gardner is nominated as Best Actress, Musical, for Chicago at Boca Raton Theatre Guild and Best Supporting Actress for Sons of the Prophet at GableStage. Manny Schvartzman is nominated for as Musical Director for his work on In the Heights at Actors' Playhouse and Next to Normal at Slow Burn Theatre Company. Mark Martino is nominated as Best Director, Musical as well as Choreographer for Annie at Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Michael Amico is nominated for Best Scenic Design for Dial M for Murder at Maltz Jupiter Theatre and The Lion in Winter at Palm Beach Dramaworks. And Ellis Tillman is nominated for Best Costume Design for The Fox on the Fairway and Ruthless!, both at Actors' Playhouse.

"This year's group of nominees reflects the rich diversity of work produced on stages throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties," said Scott Shiller, President of the Carbonell Awards' board of directors. "We thank the dedicated professional theater community - the producers, actors and designers who created such a robust and dynamic season."

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