The Old Globe Receives 10 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards

The Old Globe received 10 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards honoring excellence in 2012 San Diego County theater, the most wins of any theater company, at a ceremony held at the Museum of Modern Art San Diego on Feb. 4. The world premiere of Allegiance - A New American Musical garnered three awards, for Outstanding New Musical, Orchestrations and Featured Performance in a Musical for Michael K. Lee. The Scottsboro Boys also earned three awards, including Outstanding Resident Musical as well as Direction of a Musical and Choreography for Susan Stroman. Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation was named Outstanding New Play. The Globe's productions of Nobody Loves You, Inherit the Wind and As You Like It each received one award.

"All of us at The Old Globe are truly honored by this recognition from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle," said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. "I am so proud to join a great institution that brings so much exciting work to San Diego audiences, and I am genuinely happy to see up close the passion and vibrancy of this city's wonderful and diverse theater community."

"We are grateful to the Critics Circle for the awards and for recognizing these productions, of which we are particularly proud," added Managing Director Michael G. Murphy. "Allegiance and The Scottsboro Boys both shed light on dark periods of American history, and through the lens of theater we were able to entertain and educate Southern California audiences. Each year we strive to produce powerful, important work that generates conversations in our community. We are thankful for the Critics Circle's ongoing support of excellence in local theater."

The complete list of Craig Noel Awards received by The Old Globe:
· Outstanding Resident Musical - The Scottsboro Boys

· Outstanding Direction of a Musical - Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

· Outstanding Choreography - Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

· Outstanding New Musical - Allegiance - A New American Musical

· Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male - Michael K. Lee, Allegiance - A New American Musical

· Outstanding Orchestrations - Lynne Shankel, Allegiance - A New American Musical

· Outstanding New Play - Jonathan Caren, The Recommendation

· Outstanding New Score - Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, Nobody Loves You

· Outstanding Costume Design - Deirdre Clancy, Inherit the Wind

· Outstanding Musical Direction - Elan McMahan, As You Like It (as part of McMahan's award recognizing her 2012 body of work)

Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theater in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence. The Circle's annual awards for outstanding San Diego theater are named for the late Craig Noel, founder and longtime artistic director of The Old Globe and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to American regional theater in the 20th century.

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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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