'Cabaret,' Center Theater Group lead noms
The Cabaret Co.’s production of “Cabaret” at the Wilshire Theatre garnered nine noms for the 1999 Theatre League Alliance Ovation Awards Monday, the most of any production.The Center Theatre Group bested all companies with 24 noms. To qualify for the Ovation Awards, which spotlight achievement during L.A.’s past season, productions were submitted by Theatre League Alliance member companies and must have had a minimum 12-performance run. In the large-theater format, best musical nominees were: “Cabaret” (Cabaret Co. at the Wilshire Theatre); “Fosse” (Center Theatre Group Ahmanson Theatre); “Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly” (TLS-LA Prods. at Coronet Theatre); “Play On!” (Pasadena Playhouse); and “West Side Story” (Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center). Play’s the thing Best play choices are “Art” (Center Theatre Group at the James A. Doolittle Theatre); “Collected Stories” (Geffen Playhouse); “Enigma Variations” (Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum); “Hedda Gabler” (Geffen Playhouse); and “My One Good Nerve: A Visit With Ruby Dee” (Canon Theatre). Best musical for the small theater noms were: “Harry Thaw Hates Everybody” (Los Angeles Theatre Center); “Reefer Madness” (Hudson Theatre); “Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show” (Tiffany Theatre); “The Last Session” (Tiffany Theatre); and “Too Old for the Chorus” (Celebration Theatre). Best play noms for the small theater went to “Death of a Salesman” (Falcon Theatre); “Shiva Arms” (Eileen T’Kaye at the Coast Playhouse); “Summer and Smoke” (Fountain Theatre); “Texarkana Waltz” (Circle X Theatre Co. at the Los Angeles Playhouse); and “The Adding Machine” (Sacred Fools Theatre Co.). Nominees for best lead actor in a musical are Michael K. Lee, Norbert Leo Butz, John Barrowman, Bob Simon and Bob Stillman. Noms for best lead actor in a play are Joe Sears, Alfred Molina, Christopher Plummer, Michael Leydon Campbell and Doug Motel. Leading ladies For best lead actress in a musical, Carolee Carmello, Carol Burnett, Susan Egan, Taewon Yi Kim and Wonjung Kim were named; and Linda Lavin, Phyllis Frelich, Annette Bening, Ruby Dee and Tracy Middendorf were nominated for best lead actress in a play. In the best director of a musical category, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, Richard Maltby Jr. and Ann Reinking, Laural Meade, Mark Waldrop and Andy Fickman nabbed nominations. Matthew Warchus, Gene Saks, Simon Levy, Allison Narver and Lauren Hollingsworth were nominated for best director of a play. Ovation Awards will be hosted by Jason Alexander on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Winners will be decided by a voting body of Theatre L.A. professionals.