Live Entertainment’s musical hit “Kiss of the Spider Woman” experienced its second “Lucky 7” evening June 21, nabbing seven prizes at the Dora Awards, the Canadian version of the Tony Awards.
“Kiss” swept the Doras, winning in all categories in which it was nominated, just two weeks after the musical garnered seven Tony trophies.
“Kiss” missed out on only one nomination: Canadian star Brent Carver beat out his co-star Anthony Crivello as outstanding male performer, a category in which they were competing.
New musical prize
The Kander & Ebb musical also received the new musical award in the large theater division.
Other prizes it garnered were: Hal Prince, director; Jerome Sirlin, set design; Howell Binkley, lighting design; and conductor Jeffrey Huard, sound.
Also in the large theater division, Young People’s Theatre production “Whale” was best play, Harold Lineham won the male performer prize in “Richard 03,” female performer was Fiona Reid for “Fallen Angels” and Kate Henning collected the female musical performer trophy for “Ratbag.”
The 35 Dora Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in Toronto’s small, midsize and large theaters, were handed out at the 876-seat Bluma Appel Theatre.
That was the same stage where the Canadian production of “Kiss” made its debut last June. The production has since moved to London’s West End and also is playing on Broadway.
Because the show’s stars are performing in New York, only Huard and Live Entertainment toppers Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb were in attendance to collect their awards.
“It’s about time that we have the confidence and conviction in the work that we do and be able to take it to the world,” said Drabinsky in accepting the musical production award.
‘Joseph’ a winner
Live Entertainment’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” collected an award for costume design (Mark Thompson). But its production of Kander & Ebb’s “The World Goes ‘Round” was shut out of the winners circle.
In the midsize theater division, the multiple winners were Theatre Passe Muraille’s revival of Margaret Laurence’s “The Stone Angel” and Follows Latimer Prods.’ musical “Forever Plaid.”
The former won in the categories of play, direction (Maureen White), male performer (Richard McMillan) and female performer (Anne Anglin).
“Forever Plaid” garnered wins for musical production, male performance in a musical (Neil Bartram, Paul Castree, John Devorski, Brian Hill) and musical arrangement (James Raitt).
Also in midsize theater, “Bob’s Kingdom” was named best new play and received kudos for set design (Graeme S. Thomson). Shari Saunders took home the prize for performance in a musical for “Nigredo Hotel,” which also collected a trophy for lighting design (Paul Mathiesen). And John Ferguson was awarded costume design for “The Queens.”
Small theater division awards:
New play: “The Great War,” Michael Hollingsworth.
Production: “The Life and Times of Mackenzie King,” VideoCabaret.
Direction (tie): Daniel Brooks and Daniel MacIvor, “The Lorca Play”; Jan Komarek, “Dance of the Blue Harlequins.”
Male performer: Guillermo Verdecchia, “Fronteras Americanas.”
Female performance: The Company, “The Lorca Play.”
Set design: Teresa Przbylski, “Machiavelli in Love.”
Lighting design: Jim Plaxton, “The Life and Times of Mackenzie King.”
Costume design: Astrid Janson, “The Great War.”
Sound or music: Allen Cole, “A Play About the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.”
New play for young audiences: “In Search of Dragon’s Mountain,” Young People’s Theatre.
New choreography: Paul-Andre Fortier, “La tentation de la transparence.”