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24 September 2007 @ 07:08 pm
The Ovation Award Nominations were just announced this afternoon and...

Kevin got TWO NOMINATIONS.... for BEST LEAD ACTOR in a MUSICAL for Can-Can and BEST FEATURED ACTOR in a MUSICAL for Sleeping Beauty Wakes!!!

YEEEHAAA! Thank goodness that I had already planned to be at the Awards Ceremony! :) Every single one of my favorite people were somehow nominated this year... (the only sadness is no Russell...) :(

Misty Cotton - for BEST LEAD ACTRESS in a MUSICAL for Sophisticated Ladies
The Wonderettes (Bets, Julie, Kirsten, and Kim) - for BEST ENSEMBLE for The Marvelous Wonderettes
Nick DeGruccio - for BEST DIRECTOR of a MUSICAL for Zanna, Don't! :)
Roger Bean - for BEST DIRECTOR of a MUSICAL for The Marvelous Wonderettes
Tami Tappan Damiano - for BEST FEATURED ACTRESS in a MUSICAL for The Full Monty

For the complete list of nominees...

The list goes on and on.... :) :) I'm SO happy for everyone! :) I'm in LA theatre bliss right now...

Edited to add: Despite the hyper fan-ish nature of the original post, discussion in comments brought out a question I've always had about how awards committees treat two actors who, together, make up a single role (one who voices the role and one who acts the role) If anyone knows how this was handled previously in Big River, I'd be interested to know... Thanks!
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on September 25th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
That's the most nominations for the Pasadena Playhouse I've seen in ages, but it is all focused on two shows (Fences and Can Can). They had other good shows throughout the year; both Defiance and Cutting Up were excellent. I was also surprised that the UCLA production of Side Show didn't get anything -- it was wonderful. I don't know if they include Saugus in their range, but I'd love to see REP East get a nod for some of their work. Otherwise, quite an interesting list, and I hope Kevin wins.
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on September 25th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
I also believe that their production of "Sister Act" was within the Ovation season this past year since I remember seeing the show when Mark & I were in town for the Ovations last year... I'm suprised there aren't any nominations for it...

I haven't seen the UCLA production of Side Show, but perhaps the theatre wasn't Ovation eligible? Same for REP East - do you know if they are part of the LA Stage Alliance family? There are so many great smaller productions out there that unfortunately don't get the attention that some of the bigger ones do which is sad. :(

Much happier about the nominations than I was last year (when everything was either pre-broadway runs or tours passing through...) And not only because all my favorites were nominated - but this year it truly seems like a year that is celebrating greatness in LA theatre - which is what the awards should do. :)

I was thrilled that Sleeping Beauty Wakes got so many nominations, though - what a wonderful production it was!! :)
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on September 25th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, SISTER ACT's omission is a big surprise. As for UCLA, it was a student production (Ray Bolger program), so perhaps it wasn't eligible. I don't know about REP East's elibility -- I know they are participating in the 365 plays in 365 days thing, but otherwise I'm not sure. I can ask O (their artistic director) when we're there on 10/6. I certainly think their productions of "A Few Good Men" and "The Last 5 Years" were spectacular (especially for the size of their company).
lindasings on September 26th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
The Number One requirement is that the theatre company must be a paid member of L.A. Stage Alliance. The company may then submit a production for consideration by the Ovation committee.
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on September 25th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yay for the cast and crew of SBW! I was surprised that Russell didn't get a nomination though :( Getting two nominations for Kevin is a great achievement!
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakes 2shutterbug93 on September 25th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I was SO pleasantly surprised at all their nominations! :) YAY for Alexandria getting nominated for her performance - she was great in the show! But I have to admit, I was saddened not to see Russell's name on the list. And as much as I love him, I'm surprised that Kevin DID get nominated for SBW - his role was a rather small one. I wonder if Russell would've been up for LEAD Actor or FEATURED...

Do you know how Deaf West Productions work, where sometimes both the actor vocalizing the performance AND the actor playing the character are worthy of nomination... (i.e. Deanne Bray was wonderful, yet no nom for her...) I know they can't give nominations to both, but both make up the single performance...

I am VERY happy for Kevin, though - it's been a great year of LA theatre and my very sore pocketbook is proof of that! ;)
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on September 25th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
I know, both Troy and Deanne should be nominated too. But those supporting actor/actress categories were competitive, perhaps? Still both Alexandra and Valarie were nominated, so it could happen.
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on September 27th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
I totally agree that Deanne and Troy should've been nominated along with their voicing counterparts... I was just commenting to Linda below that it's odd because the year that Misty and Julie won the award for Side Show, they were nominated together. That, to me, is stranger since both gave different performances of different characters (who just happened to be conjoined...) ;)
lindasings on September 26th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Deaf West
The actors are judged individually.
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakes 3shutterbug93 on September 27th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Deaf West
I figured they were -- based on seeing both Valerie and Alexandria nominated. (Which I loved - BTW) :) I guess what seems odd is that during the Ovation year that Julie and Misty won the award for Side Show - they were nominated together - which seems even stranger since both gave separate performances of separate characters...

UGH! Third try at this - the first wasn't really what I wanted to say...
lindasings on September 27th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC)
Re: Deaf West
The producers choose exactly how they want it to be judged (i.e., is the performer "lead" or "featured.") Misty and Julie were submitted as if they were one person, just as Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley were for the Tony Award. It was a gimmick and, IMO, a very bad one. The whole point of the play was that the conjoined twins were very much individuals.
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on September 27th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Deaf West
I agree that it was gimmick, though I could see why they possibly did it - what a shame it would've been if one had won and the other had not... I guess nominating them together assured that they would both either win or not - though no one else really stood a chance against them that year, imho...
erikaamatoerikaamato on September 27th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
So happy for everyone! :-)
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on September 27th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Me too!! And SO happy for you!! Congratulations again, Erika!! And thanks for adding me here! :)
karmastyxkarmastyx on September 28th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
YAY for Kevin!!!
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on September 30th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
YAY for Kevin indeed!! :) I'm SOOOO happy for everyone associated with SBW - it was such a fabulous production all around! :D