Two up against 'Cyrano,' 'Exits,' 'Mikado,' 'District'

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Two touring productions, “Caroline, or Change” and New York Opera’s “A Little Night Music,” garnered the most attention from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, which announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater for 2004.

“Caroline” nabbed seven noms while “A Little Night Music” took home six. The two will compete for the top production award against South Coast Rep’s “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Simon Levy’s “Exits and Entrances,” Musical Theater West’s “Hot Mikado” and the Black Dahlia Theater’s “Theater District.”

Among local productions, the Fountain Theater preem of Athol Fugard’s “Exits and Entrances” secured five noms and Pasadena-based Boston Court’s “Light” received four. The national tour of “Hairspray,” which played the Pantages, also secured four.

With three noms each are the Black Dahlia’s staging of “Theater District,” Musical Theater West’s “Hot Mikado,” the Antaeus Company’s “Chekhov X 4″ and Roundabout Theater Company’s “Intimate Apparel” (presented by the Center Theater Group’s Mark Taper Forum).

In the Special Awards category, local thesp Dakin Matthews is a double honoree, receiving the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater and the Ted Schmitt Award for world premiere of a new play, “The Prince of L.A.”

Departing Center Theater Group artistic director Gordon Davidson has been accorded the LADCC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 36th annual awards ceremony will take place March 21 at West Hollywood’s Coronet Theater.

And the nominees are…

PRODUCTION

A Little Night Music, New York Opera production presented by Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Ahmanson Theatre

Cyrano De Bergerac, South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage

Exits and Entrances, Simon Levy, the Fountain Theatre

Hot Mikado, Musical Theatre West, Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Theatre District, the Black Dahlia Theatre, the Black Dahlia Theatre

TOM MCCULLOH AWARD (REVIVAL)

A Flea in Her Ear, A Noise Within, A Noise Within

Awake and Sing, Shashin Desai, International City Theatre

Rocket to the Moon, Pacific Resident Theatre and West Coast Jewish Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre

DIRECTION

Elina De Santos, Rocket to the Moon, Pacific Resident Theatre and West Coast Jewish Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre

Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez Elliott, A Flea In Her Ear, A Noise Within, A Noise Within

Scott Ellis, A Little Night Music, New York Opera production presented by Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Jessica Kubzansky, Light, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Boston Court

Stuart Rogers, Book of Days, Theatre Tribe, Theatre Tribe Studio Theatre

Stephen Sachs, Exits and Entrances, Simon Levy, the Fountain Theatre

Matt Shakman, Theater District, the Black Dahlia Theatre, the Black Dahlia Theatre

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Lloyd Cooper, Hot Mikado, Musical Theatre West, Carpenter Perform-ing Arts Center

John DeMain, A Little Night Music, New York Opera production presented by Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Kimberly Grigsby, Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Ahmanson Theatre

Gerald Sternbach, Company, Reprise! Broadway’s Best, UCLA Freud Playhouse

Jim Vukovich, Hairspray, Margo Lion, Adam Epstein, The Baruch-Viertek-Routh-Frankel Group, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson, SEL & GFO, and New Line Cinema, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment, A. Gordon/E. McAllister, D. Harris/M. Swinsky, and J. & B. Osher, Pantages Theatre

WRITING

Athol Fugard, Exits and Entrances, Simon Levy, the Fountain Theatre

Tom Jacobson, Ouroboros, The Other Side of the Hill Productions, Inc., the Road Theatre

Richard Kramer, Theater District, the Black Dahlia Theatre, the Black Dahlia Theatre

Tony Kushner, Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Ahmanson Theatre

Jean-Claude Von Itallie, Light, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Boston Court

Trey L. Wilson, Stage Directions, Ensemble Studio Theatre-The LA Project, [Inside] the Ford

ADAPTATION

Matthew Barber, Enchanted April, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Play-house

Bart DeLorenzo, Hard Times, the Evidence Room, the Evidence Room

Nicholas Saunders and Fran Dwyer, Chekhov X 4, The Antaeus Company, NewPlace Theatre Center

MUSICAL SCORE

David Troy Francis (music) and Gavin Geoffrey Dillard & Robert Schrock (lyrics),

Bark!, with additional lyrics by Mark Winkler, Jonathan Heath, and Danny Lukic, Bark Productions, The Coast Playhouse

Marc Shaiman (music) and Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (lyrics), Hairspray, Margo Lion, Adam Epstein, The Baruch-Viertek-Routh-Frankel Group, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson, SEL & GFO, and New Line Cinema, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment, A. Gordon/E. McAllister, D. Harris/M. Swinsky, and J. & B. Osher, Pantages Theatre

Jeanine Tesori (music) and Tony Kushner (lyrics), Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Ahmanson Theatre

LEAD PERFORMANCE

Viola Davis, Intimate Apparel, a Roundabout Theatre Company production presented by Center Theatre Group/Music Center of Los Angeles County, Mark Taper Forum

Mark Harelik, Cyrano de Bergerac, South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Stage

Morlan Higgins, Exits and Entrances, Simon Levy, the Fountain Theatre

Wade McCollum, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Derek Charles Livingston, the Celebration Theatre

Dakin Matthews, The Prince of L.A., Andak Stage Company, New-Place Theatre Center

Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Ahmanson Theatre

Lenny Von Dohlen, Light, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Boston Court

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

Julian Acosta, Lovers and Executioners, South Coast Repertory, Julianne Argyros Stage

Harry Groener, Chekov X 4, The Antaeus Company, NewPlace Theatre Center

Arye Gross, Brooklyn Boy, South Coast Repertory in association with Manhattan Theatre Club, Segerstrom Stage

William Dennis Hurley, Exits and Entrances, Simon Levy, the Fountain Theatre

Anika Noni Rose, Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in associa-tion with Carole Shorenstein Hayes, the Ahmanson Theatre

Jeremy Sisto, Take Me Out, the Geffen Playhouse, the Geffen Play-house at the Brentwood Theatre

Cory Stoll, Intimate Apparel, a Roundabout Theatre Company pro-duction presented by Center Theatre Group/Music Center of Los Angeles County, Mark Taper Forum

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

The cast of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, the Powerhouse Theatre Company and Les Freres Corbusier, Aaron Lemon-Strauss, Andrew Barrett-Weiss and Robert J. Wunsch, the Powerhouse Theatre

The cast of Book of Days, Theatre Tribe, Theatre Tribe Studio Theatre

The cast of Chekhov x 4, The Antaeus Company, NewPlace Theatre Center

SCENIC DESIGN

Michael Anania, A Little Night Music, New York Opera production presented by Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

D Martyn Bookwalter, Talley’s Folly, Pasadena Playhouse and Arizona Theatre Company, the Pasadena Playhouse

Craig Siebels, Dorian, Open at the Top Productions and Denver Center Attractions, NoHo Arts Center

LIGHTING DESIGN

Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhau-ser, Caroline, or Change, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Ahmanson Theatre

Michael Gilliam, 110 in the Shade, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse

Jeremy Pivnick, Light, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Boston Court

COSTUME DESIGN

Lindsay W. Davis, A Little Night Music, New York Opera production presented by Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Scott Lane, Dorian, Open at the Top Productions and Denver Center Productions, NoHo Arts Center

Catherine Zuber, Intimate Apparel, a Roundabout Theatre Company production presented by Center Theatre Group/Music Center of Los Angeles County, Mark Taper Forum

SOUND DESIGN

David B. Marling, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the Celebration Theatre, the Celebration Theatre

Jon Weston, A Little Night Music, New York Opera production presented by Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

John Zalewski, M. Butterfly, East West Players, David Henry Hwang Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY

Kay Cole, Bark!, Bark Productions, the Coast Playhouse

Sean McNight, Hot Mikado, Musical Theatre West, Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Jerry Mitchell, Hairspray, Margo Lion, Adam Epstein, The Baruch-Viertek-Routh-Frankel Group, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson, SEL & GFO, and New Line Cinema, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment, A. Gordon/E. McAllister, D. Harris/M. Swinsky, and J. & B. Osher, Pantages Theatre

HAIR, WIGS AND MAKEUP DESIGN

Paul Huntley (wig and hair design), Hairspray, Margo Lion, Adam Epstein, The Baruch-Viertek-Routh-Frankel Group, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer, Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson, SEL & GFO, and New Line Cinema, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment, A. Gordon/E. McAllister, D. Harris/M. Swinsky, and J. & B. Osher, Pantages Theatre

SPECIAL AWARDS

THE MARGARET HARFORD AWARD for sustained excellence in theatre (Funded by Pacific Resident Theatre)

Dakin Matthews

THE TED SCHMITT AWARD for world premiere of an outstanding new play (Funded by Z. Clark Branson)

Dakin Matthews, The Prince of L.A.

THE BOB Z AWARD for lifetime achievement in set design (Funded by the Fountain Theatre)

Tom Buderwitz

THE ANGSTROM AWARD for lifetime achievement in lighting design (Funded by Angstrom Lighting)

Steven Young

THE NATALIE SCHAFER AWARD for an emerging comic actress (Funded by the Natalie Schafer Trust)

Kirsten Vangsness

THE POLLY WARFIELD AWARD for an excellent season/year in a small-to-mid-sized theatre (Funded by contributions from the Los Angeles theatre community)

The Black Dahlia Theatre

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Gordon Davidson

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