Director to take home Canadian laurel

Legit helmer Des McAnuff will pick up the 2012 National Arts Center Award, the prestigious Canuck kudo presented as part of the country’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.

Trophy, which recognizes achievement in the performing arts during the past year, singled out McAnuff for recent works including the well-received revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar” — which just began a Broadway transfer following its Canadian preem — as well as productions of “Faust” (at the Metropolitan Opera), tuner “Doctor Zhivago (which opened this year in Seoul) and a Christopher Plummer-toplined “Twelfth Night” at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where McAnuff is a.d.

The director will be honored during the Governor General’s Awards Performing Arts Gala May 5 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa.

Chosen annually by a jury of NAC program execs, winners of the award receive a cash prize of $25,000, an original work by Quebec-based ceramic artist Paula Murray and a medal from the Royal Canadian Mint.

McAnuff is a regular presence on the Rialto, where his credits include the still-running “Jersey Boys” as well as “The Who’s Tommy,” “700 Sundays” and the 1995 revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

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