Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Slow Burn’s ‘Next to Normal’ lead race for the 38th Carbonell Awards


38th Carbonell Awards Nominees

Best New Work: ‘Fear Up Harsh,’ Christopher Demos-Brown, Zoetic Stage; ‘Gloucester Blue,’ Israel Horovitz, Theatre at Arts Garage.

Best Ensemble: ‘All New People,’ Zoetic Stage; ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,’ Plaza Theatre; ‘The Longing and the Short of It,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; ‘Making God Laugh,’ Actors’ Playhouse; ‘Savage in Limbo,’ Alliance Theatre Lab.


Best Production: ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ Palm Beach Dramaworks; ‘Cock,’ GableStage; ‘Fear Up Harsh,’ Zoetic; ‘The Lion in Winter,’ Dramaworks; ‘The Timekeepers,’ Island City Stage.

Best Director: Joseph Adler, ‘Cock,’ GableStage; Lou Tyrrell, ‘Lungs,’ Arts Garage; Michael Leeds, ‘The Timekeepers,’ Island City; Seret Scott, ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ Dramaworks; William Hayes, ‘The Lion in Winter,’ Dramaworks.

Best Actor: Cliff Burgess, ‘Lungs,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; Colin McPhillamy, ‘Exit the King,’ Dramaworks; Ethan Henry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ Dramaworks; Michael McKeever, ‘The Timekeepers,’ Island City; Nicholas Richberg, ‘Cock,’ GableStage.

Best Actress: Betsy Graver, ‘Lungs,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; Karen Stephens, ‘Fear Up Harsh,’ Zoetic; Laura Turnbull, ‘Good People,’ GableStage; Pat Bowie, ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ Dramaworks; Tod Randolph, ‘The Lion in Winter,’ Dramaworks.

Best Supporting Actor: Avi Hoffman, ‘My Name Is Asher Lev,’ GableStage; Colin McPhillamy, ‘Dial M for Murder,’ Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Marckenson Charles, ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ Dramaworks; Stephen G. Anthony, ‘Fear Up Harsh,’ Zoetic; Todd Allen Durkin, ‘All New People, Zoetic.

Best Supporting Actress: Angie Radosh, ‘Exit the King,’ Dramaworks; Jessica Brooke Sanford, ‘Fear Up Harsh,’ Zoetic; Karen Stephens, ‘Doubt,’ Maltz; Lindsey Forgey, ‘The Savannah Disputation,’ Zoetic; Patti Gardner, ‘Sons of the Prophet,’ GableStage.


Best Production: ‘In the Heights,’ Actors’ Playhouse; ‘The Longing and the Short of It,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn Theatre; ‘The Sound of Music,’ The Wick; ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie,’ Maltz; ‘Ruthless!,’ Actors’ Playhouse.

Best Director: David Arisco, ‘In the Heights,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Mark S. Hoebee, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie,’ Maltz; Mark Martino, ‘Annie,’ Maltz; Max Friedman, ‘The Longing and the Short of It,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; Patrick Fitzwater, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn.

Best Actor: Christopher Carl, ‘Annie,’ Maltz; Matthew William Chizever, ‘Damn Yankees,’ Broward Stage Door Theatre; Matthew Korinko, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn; Nick Duckart, ‘In the Heights,’ Actors’; Oscar Cheda, ‘They’re Playing Our Song,’ Boca Raton Theatre Guild.

Best Actress: Amy Miller Brennan, ‘Ruthless!,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Laurie Veldheer, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie,’ Maltz; Margot Moreland, ‘They’re Playing Our Song,’ Boca Raton Theatre Guild; Patti Gardner, ‘Chicago,’ Boca Raton Theatre Guild; Vicki Lewis, ‘Annie,’ Maltz.

Best Supporting Actor: Bruno Vida, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn; Burke Moses, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie,’ Maltz; Clay Cartland, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn; Gabriel Zenone, ‘Ruthless!,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Ken Clement, ‘Chicago,’ Boca Raton Theatre Guild.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Chamberlain, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn; Elizabeth Dimon, ‘The Longing and the Short of It,’ Theatre at Arts Garage; Julia Dale, ‘Ruthless!,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Lourelene Snedeker, ‘The Sound of Music,’ Wick; Missy McArdle, ‘White Christmas,’ Wick.

Best Musical Direction: Eric Alsford, ‘Ruthless!,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Helen Gregory, ‘Annie,’ Maltz; Manny Schvartzman, ‘In the Heights,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Manny Schvartzman, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn; Paul Reekie, ‘The Longing and the Short of It,’ Theatre at Arts Garage.

Best Choreography: Denis Jones, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie,’ Maltz; Marc Robin, ‘Singing in the Rain,’ Maltz; Mark Martino, ‘Annie,’ Maltz; Ron Hutchins, ‘Chicago,’ Boca Raton Theatre Guild; Stephanie Klemons, ‘In the Heights,’ Actors’ Playhouse.


Best Scenic Design: Michael Amico, ‘Dial M for Murder,’ Maltz; Michael Amico, ‘The Lion in Winter,’ Dramaworks; Michael McClain, The Timekeepers, Island City Stage; Paul Tate dePoo III, ‘Annie,’ Maltz; Sean McClelland, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn.

Best Lighting Design: Donald Edmund Thomas, ‘Annie,’ Maltz; John Hall, ‘Of Mice and Men,’ Dramaworks; Lance Blank, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn; Paul Miller, ‘Dial M for Murder,’ Maltz; Preston Bircher, ‘The Timekeepers,’ Island City Stage.

Best Costume Design: Brian O’Keefe, ‘The Lion in Winter,’ Dramaworks; Chastity Collins and Nicole Stodard, ‘The Rover,’ Thinking Cap Theatre; Ellis Tillman, ‘The Fox on the Fairway,’ Actors’ Playhouse; Ellis Tillman, ‘Ruthless!, Actors’ Playhouse; Robin McGee, ‘Dial M for Murder,’ Maltz.

Best Sound Design: Danny Butler, ‘An Iliad,’ Outre Theatre Company; David Hart, ‘The Timekeepers,’ Island City Stage; Marty Mets, ‘Dial M for Murder,’ Maltz; Matt Corey, ‘Exit the King,’ Dramaworks; Rich Szczublewski, ‘Next to Normal,’ Slow Burn.







Newer South Florida theater companies claimed their places in the spotlight on Wednesdaywhen nominations for the 38th annual Carbonell Awards were announced.

The strongest showing, in its first year of eligibility for the region’s top theater honors, came from Boca Raton-based Slow Burn Theatre Company. The theater’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, performed at both the West Boca Performing Arts Center and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, earned all 10 of the company’s nominations – the most of any 2013 South Florida production.

Also soaring on the strength of a single show is Fort Lauderdale-based Island City Stage. Its production of Dan Clancy’s Holocaust play The Timekeepers got a half-dozen nominations, the most for any play last year.

The Carbonells, named for the late sculptor Manuel Carbonell who designed the award, will be given out in 20 categories during a show and ceremony March 31 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

For 2013, theaters based in Palm Beach County, led by the Maltz Jupiter Theatre with 19 nominations and Palm Beach Dramaworks with 14, dominated the field, earning 62 of 98 nominations. Miami-Dade theaters got 28 nominations, Broward theaters 8.

Just as the size and budgets of the region’s nominated theater companies vary vastly, the kind of work selected by Carbonell judges for recognition runs the stylistic gamut. On one end are lavish productions of Broadway musicals ( Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Maltz, The Sound of Music at the new Wick Theatre) and classic plays ( A Raisin in the Sun and The Lion in Winter at Dramaworks). On the other are powerfully simple, small-scale productions of newer works such as Cock at GableStage and Lungs at Delray Beach’s Theatre at Arts Garage.

After Slow Burn’s Next to Normal, the year’s other top musical nominees are Annie at the Maltz, with 7; Ruthless! at Actors’ Playhouse, with 6; and In the Heights at Actors’, The Longing and the Short of It at the Theatre at Arts Garage, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Maltz, each with 5 nominations.

Also earning 5 nominations each are several plays: Fear Up Harsh, a Zoetic Stage world premiere at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; A Raisin in the Sun and The Lion in Winter at Dramaworks, and Dial M for Murder at the Maltz.

Three actors earned double nominations: Karen Stephens, as best actress in a play for Zoetic’s Fear Up Harsh and best supporting actress in a play for Doubt at the Maltz; Colin McPhillamy, as best actor in a play for Dramaworks’ Exit the King and best supporting actor in a play for Dial M for Murder at the Maltz; and Patti Gardner, as best actress in a musical for Chicago at the Boca Raton Theatre Guild and best supporting actress in a play for Sons of the Prophet at GableStage.

Musical director Manny Schvartzman, director-choreographer Mark Martino, set designer Michael Amico and costume designer Ellis Tillman also got two nominations each.

Winners will be announced March 31 at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, with $20 tickets available to groups of 10 or more. Visit for information.

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