San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Reveal 2013 Craig Noel Award Nominees

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has announced the nominees for its 2013 Craig Noel Awards.

Dominating the nominations in the musical category is the current Broadway sensation "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," which made its world premiere in February 2013 at San Diego's The Old Globe (a co-production with Hartford Stage). The musical racked up 11 nominations, including nods for New Musical, its versatile star Jefferson Mays (a UC San Diego alumnus) and its director Darko Tresnjak (former co-artistic director and Shakespeare Festival director at The Old Globe).

Also nominated in the new musical category was The Old Globe's "The Last Goodbye," Michael Kimmel's modern re-setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with an alt-rock score by the late Jeff Buckley.

La Jolla Playhouse racked up 15 nominations for its new Without Walls Festival, its DNA New Work Series and other nods for artists associated with its productions of "Side Show," "Tribes," "His Girl Friday" and "The Tallest Tree in the Forest."

The winners will be announced at the group's annual awards ceremony, which will be held on Feb. 10, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, San Diego, in La Jolla.

Here are the nominees:

Outstanding New Musical

"A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder ," The Old Globe

"The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Outstanding Resident Musical

"Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre

"Fiddler on the Roof," Lamb's Players Theatre

"South Pacific," Moonlight Stage Productions

"In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

"Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein," Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding Musical Direction

Don LeMaster, "The Sound of Music," San Diego Musical Theatre

G. Scott Lacy, "Fiddler on the Roof," Lamb's Players Theatre

Elan McMahan, "South Pacific," Moonlight Stage Productions

Kris Kukul , "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Greg Jarrett, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Choreography

Randy Slovacek," Chicago," San Diego Musical Theatre

Javier Velasco, "In the Heights," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Orchestrations

Jonathan Tunick, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," The Old Globe

Kris Kukul, "The Last Goodbye," The Old Globe

Harold Wheeler, "Side Show," La Jolla Playhouse

ACTING AWARDS

Outstanding Ensemble

"The Brothers Size," The Old Globe

"The Bluest Eye," Moxie Theatre & Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company

"Time Stands Still," North Coast Repertory Theatre

"Other Desert Cities," The Old Globe




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