‘Sunset’ dazzling, nabs 7 Critics Circle noms

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle might be spending more time on “Sunset Boulevard” when its awards ceremony rolls around April 10.

The hot-ticket Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the remnants of Hollywood’s silent era picked up seven nominations for the Critics Circle awards, including direction, lead performance, musical direction and design for scenery, lighting, costumes and sound.

Helmer Trevor Nunn and lead actress Glenn Close topped the list for the movie-turned-musical, but the hit show was glaringly omitted from the best production category.

“Crazy for You” at the Shubert, “Equus” at the West Coast Ensemble and “The Tavern” at the Matrix Theatre filled out the nominations in that category.

LADCC said it will give the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble its Margaret Harford Award for continuous achievement in the smaller theater arena.

The Ted Schmitt Award for an outstanding new play that preemed in 1993 in L.A. or Orange County will go to Roger Rueff’s “So Many Words,” produced by South Coast Repertory.

J. Kent Inasy will be given the Angstrom Award for his longtime career as a lighting designer for L.A.’s smaller theaters.

South Coast Rep also will receive a special award for 30 years of excellence, and for its growth from a grass-roots operation to a leading resident theater.

Artists Confronting AIDS will receive a special award for creating legit pieces that dramatize the health-care crisis.

Award winners will be announced March 8. Recipients will be invited as honored guests to receive their awards at a luncheon April 10 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

Nominees for the L.A. Crix legit awards are:

PRODUCTION

“Crazy for You,” produced by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams, Shubert Theatre

“Equus,” James Thomas Bailey, West Coast Ensemble

“The Tavern,” Joseph Stern, Matrix Theatre

DIRECTION

Jules Aaron, “Equus,” West Coast Ensemble

Marilyn Fox, “Ondine,” Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble

Tony Giordano, “The Tavern,” Matrix Theater

Todd Nielsen, “Rags,” Colony Studio Theatre

Trevor Nunn, “Sunset Boulevard,” Shubert Theatre

WRITING

Roger Rueff, “So Many Words,” South Coast Repertory

Carol Wolf, “Monsieur Shaherzad,” Grove Shakespeare

LEAD PERFORMANCE

James Brennan, “Crazy for You”

Ian Buchanan, “Equus”

Ron Campbell, “Monsieur Shaherzad”

Kandis Chappell, “Shadowlands,” South Coast Repertory

Glenn Close, “Sunset Boulevard”

Richard Doyle, “Intimate Exchanges,” South Coast Repertory

Harold Gould, “Incommunicado,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Judd Hirsch, “Conversations With My Father,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

Michael Kearns, “Camille,” Artists Confronting AIDS/Highways

Frank Langella, “Scenes From an Execution,” Mark Taper Forum

Dakin Matthews, “Shadowlands”

Jack Noseworthy, “Equus”

Liza Rivera, “Ondine”

Cotter Smith, “The Tavern”

Juliet Stevenson, “Scenes From an Execution”

Karen Ziemba, “Crazy for You”

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

J.D. Daniels, “Conversations With My Father”

Edward Hibbert, “Jeffrey,” Westwood Playhouse

Tony Maggio, “La Bete,” Stages/John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

Douglas Rowe, “Great Day in the Morning,” South Coast Repertory Creation Performance

John Robert Hoffman, “Northern Lights,” Egyptian Arena Theatre

Anna Deavere Smith, “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992,” Mark Taper Forum Scenic Design

John Lee Beatty, “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” Mark Taper Forum

Cliff Faulkner, “Hay Fever,” South Coast Repertory

Gerard Howland, “Great Day in the Morning”

Neil Peter Jampolis, “The Tavern”

John Napier, “Sunset Boulevard”

Tony Walton, “Conversations With My Father”

LIGHTING DESIGN

Andrew Bridge, “Sunset Boulevard”

Arden Fingerhut, “Scenes From an Execution”

Guido Girardi, “Ondine”

Peter Maradudin, “Great Day in the Morning”

Jane Reisman, “The Tavern”

COSTUME DESIGN

Alan Armstrong, “The Tavern”

Ann Bruice, “Hay Fever”

Walker Hicklin, “Ondine”

William Ivey Long, “Guys and Dolls,” Pantages Theatre

Bob Mackie, “Ruthless! The Musical,” Canon Theatre

Anthony Powell, “Sunset Boulevard”

SOUND DESIGN

Matthew Beville, “The Tavern”

Martin Levan, “Sunset Boulevard”

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Steven Applegate, “Rags”

David Caddich & Paul Bogaev, “Sunset Boulevard”

Paul Gemignani, “Crazy for You”

John McDaniel, “Dreamgirls,” Long Beach Civic Light Opera

CHOREOGRAPHY

Christopher Chadman, “Guys and Dolls”

Susan Stroman, “Crazy for You”

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Tom Gerou, “Ondine”

MUSICAL ORCHESTRATION

William D. Brohn, “Crazy for You”

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