In Pasadena, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces Winners for Theatrical Achievement in 2017

Published : Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 6:43 PM

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced Monday, March 19, the winners of its 49th annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre at A Noise Within in Pasadena.

Two winners were selected for the 2017 Production award: “Hamilton” (Hollywood Pantages Theatre) and “Rotterdam” (Skylight Theatre).

Awards in 17 other categories went to touring hits as well as productions by local 99-seat companies. In addition, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle presented seven previously announced awards. Among these are the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre, awarded to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, and the Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community, given to Steven Leigh Morris.

Here’s a complete list of the award recipients:

Production:

• “Hamilton”
• “Rotterdam”
• McCulloh Award for Revival (plays written between 1920 and 1992):
• “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Antaeus Theatre Company

Lead Performance:

• Tim Cummings in “The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage,” Boston Court.
• Carmen Cusack in “Bright Star,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.
• Joe Morton in “Turn Me Loose: A Play about Comic Genius Dick Gregory,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
• Tonya Pinkins in “Time Alone,” Belle Rêve Theater Co., Los Angeles Theatre Center
• Ashley Romans in “Rotterdam,” Skylight Theatre Company
• Debra Jo Rupp in “The Cake,” The Echo Theater Company

Featured Performance:

• Harry Groener in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Antaeus Theatre Company
• Matt McGrath in “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Geffen Playhouse

Ensemble Performance:

• “Into the Woods,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Solo Performance:

• Alex Alpharaoh, “WET: A DACAmented Journey,” Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles

Direction:

• Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, “Into the Woods,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
• Thomas Kail, “Hamilton,” Hollywood Pantages Theatre
• Jaime Robledo, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” Sacred Fools Theatre Company at the Broadwater

Writing:

• Jon Brittain, “Rotterdam,” Skylight Theatre Company.

Musical Score:

• Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, “Something Rotten!,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
• Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton,” Hollywood Pantages Theatre
• Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, “Fun Home,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

Music Direction:

• Julian Reeve, “Hamilton,” Hollywood Pantages Theatre

Choreography:

• Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton,” Hollywood Pantages Theatre
• Matthew Bourne, “The Red Shoes,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
• Casey Nicholaw, “Something Rotten!,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

Set Design:

• Joel Daavid, Mr. Burns, “A Post-Electric Play,” Sacred Fools Theatre Company at the Broadwater

CGI/Video Design:

• Finn Ross, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

Lighting Design:

• Paule Constable, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Costume Design:

• E.B. Brooks, “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Geffen Playhouse
• Lez Brotherston, “The Red Shoes,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

Sound Design:

• Ian Dickinson, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
• Christopher Moscatiello, “Rhinoceros,” Pacific Resident Theatre

Specialty:

• Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi for Aerial/Acrobatic Choreography in “Moby Dick,” South Coast Repertory
• Lyndie Wright and Sarah Wright for Puppets in “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The following special award winners were previously announced:

2017 Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre:

• The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
• 2017 Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre:
• Boston Court
• 2017 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play:
• Alessandro Camon for Time Alone, originally produced by Belle Rêve Theater Co., Los Angeles Theatre Center
• 2017 Kinetic Lighting Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design:
• Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
• 2017 Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre:
• The Reiner Staged Reading Series at Musical Theatre West
• 2017 Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction:
• Shirley Jo Finney
• 2017 Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community:
• Steven Leigh Morris

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, founded in 1969, is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles.

Wenzel Jones presided over the festivities at A Noise Within, and Christopher Raymond served as music director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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