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Center leads in Ovation noms

Deaf West Theatre's 'Oliver!' nabs second

Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum nabbed 18 nominations each for the 11th annual Ovation Awards, the trophies handed out annually by Theatre League Alliance of Southern California.

The Deaf West Theatre’s production of “Oliver!” was the leading vote-getter with 10. The group’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” picked up seven to land it in second place among producing companies.

“Dreamgirls,” presented by the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Playhouse, also took home seven noms.

Recognizing excellence

Ovations recognize excellence in 26 categories, giving separate awards for large and small theaters in each cate-gory except acting, direction, choreog-raphy, and writing. To be eligible, a production had to have at least 12 performances between Sept. 1, 1999 and Aug. 31, 2000. Voting body consists of professionals from Theatre L.A. member companies.

Competing for best musical in a large theater are “The Boys From Syracuse” (Reprise! Broadway’s Best in Concert at Freud Playhouse); “Dreamgirls” (CLOSBC); “Les Miser-ables” (Ahmanson); “Sweeney Todd” (Gold Coast Plays at the Thousand Oaks Arts Plaza); and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Canon Theatricals at the Henry Fonda Theatre).

In the intimate theater category, the musical nominees are “Oliver!”; “Stand-Up Opera” (Tiffany Theatre); “Merrily We Roll Along” (West Coast Ensemble); “Miss Desmond Behind Bars” (Savalas Prods. at the Court Theatre); and “Forbidden Broadway Y2K/LA” (Tiffany Theatres).

Best play, large theater, pits the Geffen Playhouse’s “Wit” and “Uncle Vanya” against the Mark Taper Fo-rum’s “August Wilson’s Jitney” and “Metamorphoses” and the Ahmanson’s “Amadeus.”

Intimate noms

Intimate theater noms went to “Taking Sides” (Odyssey Theatres); “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Deaf West); “The Sevant of Two Masters” (Bergamont Station); “Save it for the Stage, the Life of Riley” (Falcon Theatre); and “Waiting for Godot” (Matrix Theatre Co.).

Among prominent theater groups Tiffany Theatres took home nine noms, Geffen five, Canon Theatricals three, and Reprise! two. Leading the Taper vote-getters was “Metamorphoses” with six and “Jitney” with five. “Les Miserables,” six noms, and “Amadeus,” five, led the charge for the Ahmanson.

The Ovation Awards ceremony will be held at the Ahmanson Theatre Oct. 30.

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