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Florida prizes ‘Producers,’ ‘Goat’

Both shows earn five awards apiece

FORT LAUDERDALE — The “Max” touring company of “The Producers” and the regional GableStage production of Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” topped South Florida’s 29th annual Carbonell Awards for the 2003-04 season.

Both shows earned five awards apiece at sold-out ceremonies Nov. 8 in the 600-seat Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Event was hosted by a quick-witted Florence Henderson, star of last season’s “Florida Follies” at the nearby Parker Playhouse.

“The Goat” won production of a play, director (Joseph Adler), actress (Laura Turnbull), sets (Rich Simone) and lighting (Jeff Quinn) in regional categories for the GableStage, in Coral Gables near Miami.

A revival of “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” led local musicals with three awards including production, director (J. Barry Lewis) and musical direction (Craig T. Ames).

Shows by 11 different regional companies won statuettes in 20 categories.

In the six nonresident categories, which combine plays and musicals, Kate Mulgrew took the actress prize for the tour launch of “Tea at Five” at the Cuillo Center in West Palm Beach. “The Producers” won for production, director (Susan Stroman), actor (Lewis J. Stadlen), supporting actor (Lee Roy Reams) and supporting actress (Charley Izzabela King).

The evening’s entertainment included numbers by “Avenue Q’s” John Tartaglia and Wanda Richert, the original “42nd Street’s” Peggy Sawyer, plus a medley of tunes from nominated musicals. Guest presenters included Actors’ Equity prexy Patrick Quinn and Sandy Duncan.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

PLAYS & MUSICALS

Best New Work (play or musical) (award to author)–“Running With Scissors,” Michael McKeever, Florida Stage

Best Ensemble Production (play or musical) (award to company)–“Tracers,” Juggerknot Theatre Company

PLAYS

Best Production of a Play (award to producer) –“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” GableStage

Best Director/Play–Joseph Adler, “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” GableStage

Best Actor/Play–David Kwiat, “QED,” GableStage

Best Actress/Play–Laura Turnbull, “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” GableStage

Best Supporting Actor/Play–Paul Tei, “Running With Scissors,” Florida Stage

Best Supporting Actress/Play–Lorena Diaz, “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” Mad Cat Theatre Company

MUSICALS

Best Production of a Musical (award to producer)–“Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Director/Musical–J. Barry Lewis, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Actor/Musical–E.L. Losada, “Bat Boy,” Shores Performing Arts Theatre

Best Actress/Musical–Jeanne Lynn Gray, “The Life,” Atlantis Playhouse

Best Supporting Actor/Musical–Terrell Hardcastle, “Annie,” Actors’ Playhouse

Best Supporting Actress/Musical–Margot Moreland, “Annie,” Actors’ Playhouse

Best Musical Direction–Craig D. Ames, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Choreography/Musical–Chrissi Ardito, “West Side Story,” Stage Door’s 26th Street Theatre

DESIGN

Best Scenic Design–Rich Simone, “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” GableStage.

Best Lighting Design–Jeff Quinn, “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” GableStage

Best Costume Design–Mary Lynne Izzo, “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” Actors’ Playhouse

Best Sound Design–Steve Shapiro, “Take Me Out,” Caldwell Theatre Company

ROAD SHOW AWARDS

Best Production–“The Producers,” Broadway Across America series, Broward Center (Fort Lauderdale) and Kravis Center (West Palm Beach)

Best Director–Susan Stroman, “The Producers”

Best Actor–Lewis J. Stadlen, “The Producers”

Best Actress–Kate Mulgrew, “Tea at Five,” Cuillo Centre, West Palm Beach

Best Supporting Actor–Lee Roy Reams, “The Producers”

Best Supporting Actress–Charley Izabella King, “The Producers”

SPECIAL AWARDS

George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts–Sherron Long, executive director of the Florida Professional Theatres Association (FPTA), and the CEO of the Florida Cultural Alliance, and manager of the Florida Assn. of Local Arts Agencies.

Bill Hindman Award–Meredith Lasher, actress, costume designer, producer and co-founder of several theater companies.

Howard Kleinberg Award–Mark Nerenhausen, President, Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Ruth Foreman Award –Lawrence E. Stein, chairman of the board, and Barbara Stein, executive producer, of the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Coral Gables.

President’s Award–The Coconut Grove Playhouse, Arnold Mittelman, producing artistic director

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