Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Slow Burn Theatre Company
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The Carbonell Awards is now in its 44th year of honoring excellence in South Florida theater. Out of more than 80 shows that opened at regional theaters, 62 were eligible for nominations.

Palm Beach County theaters earned 44 nominations, Miami-Dade County theaters earned 35, and Broward County theaters earned 21. Nominations recognized 32 shows at 12 theaters stretching from Coral Gables in the south to West Palm Beach in the north.  

In addition to the nominations, the other big news is that the 44th annual Carbonell Awards has partnered with the City of Lauderhill and the ceremony will be presented at a new venue, Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in Lauderhill, Florida. The ceremony will be held Monday, April 6, 2020. 

“This is an exciting time for the Carbonell Awards,” said Don Walters, president of the Carbonell Awards Board of Directors. “The nominees represent the vast wealth of talent in the South Florida tri-county region and the diverse theatrical experiences our audiences support and enjoy. And we are excited to partner with the City of Lauderhill to present the 44th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony at the spacious Lauderhill Performing Arts Center in April. During the early years of the Carbonell Awards, the ceremony was produced at a variety of venues through Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. We are beginning the new decade in a new home.”

“Working with the Carbonell Awards is sure to be an exciting, creative, artistic adventure, and the City of Lauderhill is extremely pleased to have forged this new relationship,” said Amanda Segur, general manager of Lauderhill Performing Arts Center. “We are proud to be the venue of choice for an organization that highlights and encourages the performing arts throughout South Florida. We can’t wait to celebrate with everyone at the ceremony on April 6.”

The Carbonell Awards is a not-for-profit organization funded by tax-deductible donations and award sponsorships. Opportunities to sponsor an award category and to appear on stage to announce the winner are still available.  Email [email protected] for more information.

Here are some of the 2019 Carbonell Award nominations, for a full list go to:  carbonellawards.org.

  1. Best New Work (play or musical)

+ An Evening with John Wayne Gacy, Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents/Infinite Abyss

+ Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, Billy Corben and Aurin Squire, Miami New Drama

+ Grindr Mom, Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents

+ Ordinary Americans, Joseph McDonough,  Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Viva La Parranda!, Developed by Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo with Juan Souki, Miami New Drama 

  1. Best Production of a Play

+ A Raisin in the Sun, New City Players 

+ A Streetcar Named Desire, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Fences, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ The House of Blue Leaves, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,  Zoetic Stage

  1. Best Director/Play

+ J. Barry Lewis, A Streetcar Named Desire, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ J. Barry Lewis, The House of Blue Leaves, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Jessica Schulte, Falling, New City Players

+ Stuart Meltzer, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Zoetic Stage

+ Stuart Meltzer, Grindr Mom, Ronnie Larsen Presents

  1. Best Actor/Play 

+ Bruce Linser, The  House of Blue Leaves, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Gregg Weiner, Every Brilliant Thing,  Zoetic Stage

+ Lester Purry, Fences, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Ryan Didato, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Zoetic Stage

+ Timothy Mark Davis, Falling, New City Players

  1. Best Actress/Play 

+ Irene Adjan, The Cake, City Theatre

+ Elizabeth Dimon, Ordinary Americans, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Elena Maria Garcia, The House of Blue Leaves, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Jeni Hacker, Grindr Mom, Ronnie Larson Presents

+ Kathy McCafferty, A Streetcar Named Desire, Palm Beach Dramaworks 

  1. Best Supporting Actor/Play

+ Stephen G. Anthony, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Zoetic Stage

+ Edward Barbanell, Andy and the Orphans, Primal Forces

+ David Kwiat, Ordinary Americans, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Michael McKeever, Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors, West Boca Theatre Company

+ James Puig, Fake, Miami New Drama

  1. Best Supporting Actress/Play

+ Rita Cole, A Raisin in the Sun, New City Players

+ Niki Fridh, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Zoetic Stage

+ Carolyn Johnson, A Raisin in the Sun, New City Players

+ Mary Lou Rosato, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Miami New Drama

+ Karen Stephens, Fences, Palm Beach Dramaworks

  1. 8. Best Production of a Musical

+ Crazy for You, The Wick

+ Memphis, Actors’ Playhouse

+ Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ The Spitfire Grill, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Sweeney Todd,  Zoetic Stage

  1. Best Director/Musical

+ David Arisco, Memphis, Actors’ Playhouse

+ Patrick Fitzwater, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ Norb JoerderCrazy for You,  The Wick

+ Bruce Linser, The Spitfire Grill, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Stuart Meltzer, Sweeney Todd, Zoetic Stage

  1. Best Actor/Musical 

+ Tony Edgerton, Jekyll & Hyde, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ Eddie Egan, Memphis, Actors’ Playhouse

+ Aloysius Gigl, Sweeney Todd,  Zoetic Stage

+ Matt Loehr, Crazy for You, The Wick

+ Wesley Slade, Shrek, Slow Burn Theatre Company 

  1. Best Actress

 + Gabrielle Graham, Memphis, Actors’ Playhouse

+ Jeni Hacker, Sweeney Todd, Zoetic Stage

+ Julie Kleiner, Crazy for You, The Wick

+ Stephanie Maloney, Funny Girl, The Wick

+ Ashley Rose, The Spitfire Grill, Palm Beach Dramaworks

  1. Best Supporting Actor/Musical

+ Clay Cartland, Shrek, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ Tony Edgerton, A Christmas Story, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ Terry Hardcastle, Sweeney Todd, Zoetic Stage 

+ Matthew Korinko, A Christmas Story, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ Michael Ursua, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Slow Burn Theatre Company

  1. Best Supporting Actress/Musical

+ Carla Bordonada, Jekyll & Hyde, Slow Burn Theatre Company

+ Aaron Bower, Crazy for You, The Wick

+ Amy Miller Brennan, The Spitfire Grill, Palm Beach Dramaworks

+ Lindsey Corey, A Christmas Story, Slow Burn Theatre Company 

+ Elizabeth Dimon, The Spitfire Grill, Palm Beach Dramaworks