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Local legit prod’ns take bow for Ovations

'River' tapped for best touring production

See Winners

Jon Robin Baitz’s “The Paris Letter” (Center Theater Group/Kirk Douglas Theater) won world-premiere play honors and “Blake … Da Musical” (Grove Theater Center) by Rick Battala and Henry Phillips nabbed top musical honors at the 2005 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, held Monday at downtown’s Orpheum Theater.

The well-traveled Deaf West Theatre Company tuner “Big River” was tapped for best touring production.

Fullerton Civic Light Opera’s revival of the tuner “Miss Saigon” and Hollywood-based Lost Angels Theater Company’s staging of Tracy Lett’s “Killer Joe” shared top honors, nabbing four awards each. Garnering three nods was Ventura-based Rubicon Theatre’s “Songs for a New World.” Last year’s big winner, downtown-based Center Theater Group, garnered four awards spread out over its three theaters (Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson, Kirk Douglas).

Other multiple winners included: “Yellowman” (Fountain Theater), including lead actor and lead actress nods for its two-member cast, Chris Butler and Deidrie Henry; and “Merchant of Venice” (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company).

Ovations are handed out by L.A. Stage Alliance, formerly Theater L.A., a nonprofit association of theaters, performing arts organizations and producers in the greater Los Angeles area. Thesp Ann Magnuson emceed the evening.

And the winners are…

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY
“The Paris Letter”
Jon Robin Baitz
Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL
“Blake…Da Musical!”
Rick Batalla and Henry Phillips
Grove Theater Center

RAY STRICKLYN MEMORIAL AWARD FOR SOLO PERFORMANCE
“Letting Go of God”
Julia Sweeney
Indefatigable Productions

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
“Killer Joe”
Lost Angels Theatre Company

DIRECTION OF A PLAY
,”Killer Joe”
Lost Angels Theatre Company

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Jan Duncan, “Miss Saigon”
Fullerton Civic Light Opera

CHOREOGRAPHY
Lee Martino, “Guys and Dolls”
Musical Theatre West

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Charles Love, “Hey! I’m the Mama”
The Tamarind Theatre

TOURING PRODUCTION
The Deaf West Theatre Production of “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre, Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, Deaf West Theatre, Dallas Summer Musicals, Gorgeous Entertainment, Theatre Under the Stars, Wang Center Productions, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum, Roundabout Theatre Company and Jeff Calhoun

PLAY INTIMATE THEATRE
“Killer Joe”
Lost Angels Theatre Company

PLAY LARGE THEATRE
“The Goat Or, Who Is Sylavia?”
Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum

FRANKLIN R. LEVY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MUSICAL INTIMATE THEATRE
“The Big Voice”
Blue Sphere Alliance

MUSICAL LARGE THEATRE
“Miss Saigon”
Fullerton Civic Light Opera

SET DESIGN INTIMATE THEATRE (3 winners)
Jeff G. Rack, “Papa”
Open Fist Theatre Company

Tom Buderwitz, “Pera Palas”
The Theatre @ Boston Court and The Antaeus Company

Tim Farmer, “Two Gentlemen of Corona”
West Coast Ensemble

SET DESIGN LARGE THEATRE
Trefoni Michael Rizzi, “Songs For A New World”
Rubicon Theatre Company

LIGHTING DESIGN INTIMATE THEATRE
Brian J. Lilienthal, “Echo’s Hammer”
The Theatre @ Boston Court

LIGHTING DESIGN LARGE THEATRE
Steven Young, “Songs For A New World”
Rubicon Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN INTIMATE THEATRE
Lindsay Jones, “Killer Joe”
Lost Angels Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN LARGE THEATRE
Drew Dalzell, “Songs For A New World”
Rubicon Theatre Company

COSTUME DESIGN INTIMATE THEATRE
Allison Leach, “The Merchant of Venice”
Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company

COSTUME DESIGN LARGE THEATRE
Josh Agle & Joel Berlin, “Shag With A Twist”
LA Theatre Center in Association with Jetsetter Productions

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY (2 winners)
Robert Mandan, “The Caretaker”
Zephyr Theatre

Chris Butler, “Yellowman”
Fountain Theatre

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Deidrie Henry, “Yellowman”
Fountain Theatre

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Franc-Anton Harwart, “Miss Saigon”
Fullerton Civic Light Opera

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kristine Remigio, “Miss Saigon”
Fullerton Civic Light Opera

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY (2 winners)
Don Robb, “The Habitation of Dragons”
Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre

Marcelo Tubert, “San Fran Scapin”
Andak Stage Company

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Fran Bennett, “The Merchant of Venice”
Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Harrison White, “Purlie”
Pasadena Playhouse

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Anika Noni Rose, “Caroline, Or Change”
Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre

LA Stage Alliance Board of Governors Awards:

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
David Galligan

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARD
Shakespeare Festival/LA

JAMES A. DOOLITTLE AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE THEATRE
Luis Alfaro

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