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2012 Craig Noel Award Nominees Announced

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2012 Craig Noel Award Nominees Announced

Clifton Duncan as Haywood Patterson (center) and the cast of the West Coast Premiere of The Scottsboro Boys, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, staged April 29 - June 10, 2012 at The Old Globe.

Photo by Henry DiRocco. Courtesy of The Old Globe.

More than 110 local and national theater artists representing more than 45 San Diego theatrical productions will compete for the 2012 Craig Noel Awards, as announced by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle on December 21, 2012. The results will be announced at the 2012 Craig Noel Awards ceremony, which will be held on February 4, 2013, in La Jolla, California.

Leading the list of nominations were The Old Globe’s world premiere musical Allegiance, and Moxie Theatre’s revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s, A Raisin in the Sun with each scoring six nominations respectively. Receiving five nominations each were Cygnet Theatre’s production of the musical, Parade and The Old Globe’s production of the musical The Scottsboro Boys.

Productions with four nominations included The Old Globe’s world premiere musical Nobody Loves You, Moonlight Stage Productions' Sweeney Todd, The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival revival of Inherit the Wind, and two productions from ion theatre: Top Dog/Underdog, and The Little Flower of East Orange.

Competing for the outstanding resident musical award will be The Scottsboro Boys, Parade, and Moonlight’s Fiddler on the Roof. Competing for outstanding new musical will be Allegiance, the Broadway-bound La Jolla Playhouse production of Hands on a Hardbody, Nobody Loves You, Diversionary Theatre’s world premiere production of Harmony, Kansas, and La Jolla Playhouse’s adaptation of the Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Competing for the outstanding dramatic production award will be A Raisin in the Sun, Inherit the Wind, Top Dog/Underdog, and two La Jolla Playhouse offerings, Blood and Gifts, and An Iliad.

In the musical acting categories, the nominees for outstanding female leading performance in a musical are Sandy Campbell (Parade), Bets Malone (Sweeney Todd), along with Natalie Storrs for the Welk Resorts Theatre’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hilary Maiberger for Moonlight’s Little Women: The Musical. The nominees for outstanding male lead in a musical are Hunter Foster (Hands on a Hardbody), and Robert Townsend (Sweeney Todd), along with Sean Murray (Man of La Mancha, produced by Cygnet Theatre), Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper (Words By…, produced by North Coast Repertory Theatre), and Shaun Tuazon (Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, produced by Circle Circle dot dot Theatre).

In the dramatic acting categories, the outstanding female leading performance nominees are Sylvia M’Lafi Thompson (A Raisin in the Sun), Dana Green (As You Like It, produced by The Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival), Yolanda Franklin (The Sugar Witch, produced by OnStage Playhouse) Eva Kaminsky (Good People, produced by The Old Globe), and Catalina Maynard (Julia, produced by ion theatre). The outstanding male lead performance in a play nominees are co-stars Robert Foxworth and Adrian Sparks (Inherit the Wind), Lawrence Brown (Top Dog/Underdog), Jeffrey Jones (The Little Flower of East Orange), and Mark Christopher Lawrence for performances in both Top Dog/Underdog and A Raisin in the Sun.

The outstanding ensemble award will be presented to the cast of one of the following productions: A Raisin in the Sun, Parade, The Scottsboro Boys, The Little Flower of East Orange, Kita y Fernanda (produced by Mo’olelo Performing Arts), or In the Red and Brown Water (produced by the University of California, San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance).

The award ceremony will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 700 Prospect Drive, La Jolla. Admission to the ceremony is free.

Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theatre in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence. The members of our organization are professional critics writing for daily newspapers, magazines, alternative weeklies, entertainment trade publications, broadcast media, and web sites in San Diego County. The Circle’s annual awards for outstanding San Diego theatre are named for the late Craig Noel, founder and longtime artistic director of The Old Globe and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to American regional theater in the 20th century.

Nominees for the 2011 Craig Noel Awards

Outstanding Resident Musical
Fiddler on the Roof, Moonlight Stage Productions
Parade, Cygnet Theatre
The Scottsboro Boys, The Old Globe

Outstanding New Musical
Allegiance, The Old Globe
Hands on a Hardbody, La Jolla Playhouse
Harmony, Kansas, Diversionary Theatre
Nobody Loves You, The Old Globe
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female
Sandy Campbell, Parade, Cygnet Theatre
Hilary Maiberger, Little Women, The Musical, Moonlight Stage Productions
Bets Malone, Sweeney Todd, Moonlight Stage Productions Natalie Storrs, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Welk Resorts Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male
Sean Murray, Man of La Mancha, Cygnet Theatre
Hunter Foster, Hands on a Hardbody, La Jolla Playhouse
Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Words By … North Coast Repertory Theatre
Robert Townsend, Sweeney Todd, Moonlight Stage Productions
Shaun Tuazon, Deconstruction of a Drag Queen, Circle Circle dot dot

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male
Anthony Carrillo, Sweeney Todd, Moonlight Stage Productions
David Kirk Grant, Man of La Mancha, Cygnet Theatre
Michael K. Lee, Allegiance, The Old Globe
Kurt Norby, Man of La Mancha, Cygnet Theatre
Taylor Peckham, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Musical, Intrepid Shakespeare Company

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female
Eileen Bowman, Guys and Dolls, Lamb’s Players Theatre
Eileen Bowman, Joe vs. the Volcano, Lamb’s Players Theatre
Lauren Molina, Nobody Loves You, The Old Globe
Lea Salonga, Allegiance, The Old Globe
Karen Ziemba, A Room with a View, The Old Globe

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