MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE STAR
WINS CARBONELL AWARD
FOR BEST ACTOR IN MUSICAL

April 14, 2010 (Jupiter) - Brad Oscar's larger-than-life portrayal of impresario P.T. Barnum led the Maltz Jupiter Theatre to victory at the annual Carbonell Awards.

Winners of the Carbonells - South Florida's equivalent of the Tony Awards - were announced at a ceremony Monday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Oscar, who starred in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's lavish 2009 production of Barnum, received the Carbonell for Best Actor in a Musical.

"I am quite honored and so proud to represent our production," said Oscar from Toronto, where he is appearing in a production of Young Frankenstein.  "I thank everyone at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre who worked so hard to make it all look so easy, led by the wonderful Andrew Kato."

Oscar's co-star, Nathaniel Braga, accepted the award on his behalf, after singing and dancing in Bigger isn't Better, a song from Barnum that involved multiple back-flips and other acrobatic moves.

"Brad and Nate are representative of the great talent we draw for our productions," said Andrew Kato, artistic director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Barnum was performed under a big top filled with a troupe of jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns, and supported by a colorful score by Cy Coleman. The show also received Carbonell nominations for Best Production of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design. The theatre's production of Evita also received multiple nominations.

The theatre's "Imagine Dream Escape" season recently ended with near-record attendance at its productions of Fanny Brice: The Real Funny Girl, Lost in Yonkers, La Cage aux Folles and Anything Goes.

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre's 2010/2011 season, "Where Art Comes to Life," will begin with the courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men (Nov. 2-14).  The theatre will continue with Academy, a world premiere youthful coming-of-age pop musical set in a boys prep school (Dec. 7-19). Next up is the classic family favorite, The Sound of Music, with its magical score by the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein (Jan. 11-30). Then, Jolson at the Winter Garden! takes a retrospective look at the legendary entertainer (Feb. 22-March 13). The eclectic season ends with the Gershwin tap-dancing extravaganza, Crazy for You (March 29-April 17).

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is an award-winning professional not-for-profit regional theatre dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire our community. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and is located east of U.S. Highway 1 at 1001 East Indiantown Road and State Road A1A in Jupiter.

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