Carbonell nominations

‘Music Man,’ ‘Ruined’ lead Carbonell Awards race


The Maltz Jupiter Theatre scores 23 nominations on the strength of its lavish musicals.

Carbonell Award Nominees

Best New Work: ‘Baby GirL,’ Kim Ehly, Kutumba Theatre Project; ‘A Measure of Cruelty,’ Joe Calarco, Mosaic Theatre; ‘Moscow,’ Michael McKeever, Zoetic Stage; ‘Off Center of Nowhere,’ David Michael Sirois, Alliance Theatre Lab; ‘roomies,’ Mark Della Ventura, Alliance.

Best Ensemble: ‘Cabaret Verboten,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; ‘The Pitmen Painters,’ Palm Beach Dramaworks; ‘roomies,’ Alliance; ‘Rumors,’ Stage Door Theatre; ‘Twentieth Century Way,’ Island City Stage.


Best Production: ‘A Delicate Balance,’ Dramaworks; ‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,’ Caldwell Theatre Company; ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ Zoetic; ‘Moscow,’ Zoetic; ‘Ruined,’ GableStage.

Best Director: Joseph Adler, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage; William Hayes, ‘A Delicate Balance,’ Dramaworks; Margaret M. Ledford, ‘The Turn of the Screw,’ The Naked Stage; Margaret M. Ledford, ‘The Unseen,’ The Promethean Theatre; Stuart Meltzer, ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ Zoetic.

Best Actor: John Archie, ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ Plaza Theatre; Dennis Creaghan, ‘A Delicate Balance,’ Dramaworks; Ethan Henry, ‘King Hedley II,’ M Ensemble; Brandon Morris, ‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,’ Caldwell; Tom Wahl,’ I Am My Own Wife,’ Zoetic.

Best Actress: Katherine Amadeo, ‘The Turn of the Screw,’ Naked Stage; Lela Elam, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage; Betsy Graver, ‘Venus in Fur,’ GableStage; Harriet Oser, ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ Plaza; Laura Turnbull, ‘The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,’ Dramaworks.

Best Supporting Actor: Alex Alvarez, ‘The Motherf**ker With the Hat,’ GableStage; Alex Alvarez, ‘The Unseen,’ Promethean; Matthew Korinko, ‘Rumors,’ Stage Door; Kevin Reilley, ‘The Birds,’ Mosaic; Robert Strain, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage.

Best Supporting Actress: Renata Eastlick, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage; Lela Elam, ‘Moscow,’ Zoetic; Elena Maria Garcia, ‘Moscow,’ Zoetic; Angie Radosh, ‘A Delicate Balance,’ Dramaworks; Jade Wheeler, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage.


Best Production: ‘Cabaret,’ Maltz Jupiter Theatre; ‘Cabaret Verboten,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz; ‘Next to Normal,’ Actors’ Playhouse.

Best Director: David Arisco, ‘Next to Normal,’ Actors’; Jeremy Lawrence, ‘Cabaret Verboten,’ Arts Garage; J. Barry Lewis, ‘The Fantasticks,’ Dramaworks; Mark Martino, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz; Marcia Milgrom Dodge, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz.

Best Actor: Jim Ballard, ‘The Fantasticks,’ Dramaworks; Josh Canfield, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ Actors’; Matthew William Chizever, ‘My Fair Lady,’ Stage Door; Matt Loehr, ‘The Music Man,’ Christopher Kent, ‘The Last Five Years,’ Actors’.

Best Actress: Mandy Bruno, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz; Janet Dacal, ‘The Last Five Years,’ Actors’; Jodie Langel, ‘Next to Normal,’ Actors’; Vickie Lewis, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; Kate Shindle, ‘Cabaret,’ Maltz.

Best Supporting Actor: Cliff Burgess, ‘The Fantasticks,’ Dramaworks; Nick Duckart, ‘Next to Normal,’ Actors’; Wayne LeGette, ‘Cabaret Verboten,’ Arts Garage; Matt Loehr, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; Dennis O’Bannion, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz.

Best Supporting Actress: Sarah Amengual, ‘Next to Normal,’ Actors’; Amy Miller Brennan, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ Actors’; Daniella Dalli, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; Elizabeth Dimon, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz; Angie Radosh, ‘Cabaret,’ Maltz.

Best Musical Direction: Eric Alsford, ‘Next to Normal,’ Actors’; Craig Ames, ‘The Fantasticks,’ Dramaworks; Helen Gregory, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; Emmanuel Schvartzman, ‘The Last Five Years,’ Actors’; Anne Shuttlesworth, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz.

Best Choreography: Dave Campbell, ‘All Night Strut,’ Stage Door; Barbara Flaten, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,’ Actors’; Marcia Milgrom Dodge, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; Shea Sullivan, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz; Jennifer Werner, ‘Cabaret,’ Maltz.


Best Scenic Design: Michael Amico, ‘Talley’s Folly,’ Dramaworks; Lyle Baskin, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage; Tim Bennett, ‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,’ Caldwell; Michael McKeever, ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ Zoetic; Philip Witcomb, ‘Amadeus,’ Maltz.

Best Lighting Design: Ron Burns, ‘Talley’s Folly,’ Dramaworks; Luke Klingberg, ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ Zoetic; Margaret M. Ledford, ‘The Turn of the Screw,’ Naked Stage; Jeff Quinn, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage; Ben Wilhelm, ‘Death and Harry Houdini,’ Arsht Center/House Theatre of Chicago.

Best Costume Design: Alberto Arroyo, ‘Moscow;’ Zoetic; Gail Baldoni, ‘Hello, Dolly!,’ Maltz; Jose M. Rivera, ‘The Music Man,’ Maltz; Fabio Toblini, ‘Amadeus,’ Maltz; Ellis Tillman, ‘Ruined,’ GableStage.

Best Sound Design: Matt Corey, ‘The Birds,’ Mosaic; Matt Corey, ‘A Steady Rain,’ GableStage; Matt Corey, ‘The Unseen,’ Promethean; Phil Pallazzolo and David Hart, ‘Last Call,’ First Step Productions; Thomas M. Shorrock, ‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,’ Caldwell.

Two fresh takes on American musical classics and a pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays lead the race for South Florida theater’s coveted Carbonell Awards. Honoring the best work of 2012, the 37th annual Carbonells will be presented April 1 in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Frontrunners among musicals are the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s The Music Man, with nine nominations; the Maltz’s Hello, Dolly!, with eight; and the Pulitzer-winning musical Next to Normal at Actors’ Playhouse, with six. GableStage’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, about the horrific violence against Congo’s women, earned nine nominations to lead the play category, followed by two Zoetic Stage productions, I Am My Own Wife and Moscow, with five each.

Thanks to the strength of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s musicals and Palm Beach Dramaworks’ plays, theaters in Palm Beach County earned a Carbonell-leading 45 nominations to 42 for Miami-Dade theaters and 13 for Broward companies. The Maltz leads all theaters with 23 nominations, followed by a dozen each for the Coral Gables-based GableStage and Actors’ Playhouse, as well as a dozen for Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. Two-year-old Zoetic Stage, which performs in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Miami’s Arsht Center, earned 10 nominations.

The big story in South Florida theater in 2012 was the loss of three award-winning companies, but Carbonell nominators didn’t forget their best work. Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre Company earned four nominations for its production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a Pulitzer-finalist script set in the wild world of professional wrestling. Davie’s Promethean Theatre earned three for its final production, Craig Wright’s mysterious and unsettling The Unseen, and Plantation’s Mosaic Theatre got two for its last show, Conor McPherson’s The Birds, plus one more for a play it commissioned, Joe Calarco’s A Measure of Cruelty.

Some of the nominees have the chance to go home with more than one award, which is named for its designer, the late sculptor Manuel Carbonell.

Among actors, Lela Elam is up for best actress in a play for GableStage’s Ruined and best supporting actress for Zoetic Stage’s Moscow; Alez Alvarez is competing against himself for best supporting actor in a play, nominated for his wildly different performances in GableStage’s The Motherf**ker With the Hat and Promethean’s The Unseen; Matt Loehr is up for best actor in a musical for his dancing Harold Hill in Maltz’s The Music Man and best supporting actor for the Maltz’s Hello, Dolly!; and Angie Radosh showed her versatility with a best supporting actress in a play nod for Dramaworks’ A Delicate Balance and a best supporting actress in a musical nomination for Cabaret at the Maltz.

Other multiple nominees are playwright Michael McKeever, whose Zoetic world premiere Moscow is up for best new work and best production of a play, and whose set for Zoetic’s I Am My Own Wife got a best scenic design nomination; Margaret M. Ledford, nominated for directing The Unseen at Promethean, and for directing and doing the sound design for Naked Stage’s Turn of the Screw; Marcia Milgrom Dodge, nominated as best director and best choreographer for the Maltz’ Hello, Dolly!; Mark Della Ventura, whose Alliance Theatre Lab world premiere roomies is up for best new work and best ensemble; and sound designer Matt Corey, nominated for his work on Mosaic’s The Birds, Promethean’s The Unseen and GableStage’s A Steady Rain.

Tickets to the Carbonell Awards ceremony are $25 in advance ($20 for groups of 10 or more), $35 at the door, and they go on sale Feb. 1. The Broward Center is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Visit to purchase tickets.

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