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Musical Theatre West wins four Ovation awards out of its 16 nominations

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Community

Musical Theatre West won top honors for its 2011/2012 productions of Hairspray, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 and Man of La Mancha in the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards.
Davis Gaines took home the award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Susanne Blakeslee won Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance as Woman 1 in Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2, and Todrick Hall won the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Seaweed in Hairspray.
Paul Garman, MTW executive director/producer accepted the award for Best Musical (Large Theater) for Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 at the ceremony on Nov. 12 at the annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards for the 2011-2012 awards season held at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Musical Theatre West garnered 16 nominations this year for the 2011/2012 season:

Best Season– Hairspray, Winter Wonderettes, Man of La Mancha, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2, and Monty Python’s Spamalot
Production of a Musical (Large Theatre)– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2 and Hairspray
Acting Ensemble of a Musical– The cast of Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Music Direction– Matthew Smedal, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Director of a Musical– William Selby, Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Lead Actor in a Musical:
Davis Gaines, Man of La Mancha
David Engel– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Larry Raben– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Lead Actress in a Musical:
Susanne Blakeslee – Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Valerie Fagan– Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Lesli Margherita– Man of La Mancha
Tami Tappan Damiano– Monty Python’s Spamalot
Featured Actor in a Musical– Todrick Hall, Hairspray
Featured Actress in a Musical– Tracy Lore, Hairspray
Costume Design– Alvin Colt, Forbidden Broadway” Greatest Hits, Volume 2

Established in 1989, The Ovation Awards were established to celebrate artistic excellence in theatre production, design and performance and to bring attention to the Greater Los Angeles theater community. The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles. The Ovation Awards season runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year and culminates in a black-tie awards ceremony.

Source: MTW

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