Pasadena's 'Can-Can' tops nominations
The Pasadena Playhouse production of “Can-Can” nabbed 12 Ovation Awards nominations Monday, including noms for its director, lead and supporting cast members and the show.Ovations are presented by the L.A. Stage Alliance for achievements in theater in Southern California. Pasadena Playhouse led all theaters with 15 noms for its shows, including three for its production of “Fences.” The Theater @ Boston Court had 14, the Geffen Playhouse 13 and the Center Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theater 10. Boston Court’s “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” and the Douglas’ “Sleeping Beauty Wakes” followed “Can-Can” with 10 noms each. Leading the way for the Geffen was “George Gershwin Alone,” which came in with seven noms. Competing for the world premiere play trophy are Mark Kemble’s “Bad Hurt On Cedar Street” (Greenway Arts Alliance); “Because They Have No Words” by Tim Maddock and Lotti Louise Pharriss (Weirdsmobile Prods.); W. Colin McKay’s “Fallujah” (Theater East); Damon Chua’s “Film Chinois” (Grove Theater Center); Arlene Hutton’s “Gulf View Drive” (Actors Co-Op/Crossley Theater); Justin Tanner’s “Space Therapy” (Zephyr Theater); and David Henry Hwang’s “Yellow Face” (Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum). “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” and “Sleeping Beauty Wakes” are competing for world premiere musical against “13” (Center Theatre Group/ Mark Taper Forum); “A Time For Love” (Rubicon Theatre Company); and “Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert” (Rubicon Theatre Company). Hershey Felder received two noms in the musical in a large theater category — one for his “George Gershwin Alone” and one for his “Monseiur Chopin.” He is up against “Can-Can,” “Sleeping Beauty Wakes” and “Plaid Tidings” (La Mirada Theater for the Performing Arts). Play in a large theater nominees are “As You Like It” (A Noise Within), “Greater Tuna” (La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts), “Souvenir” (Richmark Entertainment), “The Value of Names” (Falcon Theatre) and “Trying” (Colony Theatre Company). Awards will be given out Nov. 12 at the Orpheum Theater in L.A.