MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
EARNS THREE CARBONELL AWARDS,
INCLUDING BEST PLAY
The Theatre’s Carbonells include the award for Best Play for its production of the comedy
The Foreigner, as well as two Carbonells for its production of The King and I
April 2, 2015 – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre brought home three awards at the March 30 ceremony for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s equivalent of the Tony Awards®.
With a ceremony held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, the Theatre garnered the most awards of any of the nominees in Palm Beach County.
The Theatre won the coveted award for Best Play for its production of the comedy The Foreigner, as well as two awards for its production of the musical The King and I: Best Director of a Musical for director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge, as well as Best Costume Design for Leon Weibers.
“We feel so honored to accept such significant acknowledgment from our region’s theater community, particularly the honor of Best Play,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director. “As a regional theatre best known for our big musicals, we feel energized to also be recognized for our dramatic work. South Florida has wonderful theater companies that are producing spectacular work, and we are truly touched to receive this high level of recognition from our peers.”
The Theatre produces two plays and three musicals per year, including its current production: the Broadway blockbuster Les Misérables, onstage through April 5. Several Les Misérables cast members were also recognized for their work with other South Florida theaters: cast member Chris Crawford won a Carbonell Award Monday night (Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Murder Ballad at Actors' Playhouse, which also won Best Ensemble Production), while cast members Gabriel Zenone and Irene Adjan both were in the cast (as was Chris Crawford) of the Carbonell-winning Best Musical Assassins at Zoetic Stage. Numerous artists who have also previously worked at the Theatre were also recognized.
“I credit much of the Theatre’s success to the incredible quality of performers and designers that we attract,” Kato said. “We are so grateful to the amazing artists who have chosen to work at our Theatre. Our auditions for our 2015/16 season begin soon, and we’d like to encourage even more local performers to check out our audition schedule on our website, audition for us and let their talents be known.”
The evening included performances from each of the nominees for best musical, including Broadway’s Michele Ragusa (who portrayed Anna in the Theatre’s production of The King and I) singing “Hello, Young Lovers.”
The Theatre garnered 14 Carbonell nominations; the most nominations of any of the nominated organizations in Palm Beach County. By show, the Theatre earned nine nominations for The King and I and five for The Foreigner. Celebrating the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Carbonell nominations encompass the entire length of South Florida.
Along with New York’s Drama Desk and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predate others, including Washington, D.C.’s Helen Hayes Awards. The Carbonell Awards fosters the artistic growth of professional theater in South Florida by celebrating the diversity of our theater artists, providing educational scholarships and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting achievements of our theater community. Named after Manuel Carbonell – an internationally-renowned sculptor who designed the original solid bronze and marble award in 1976 – each season volunteer panelists and judges choose nominees and recipients from hundreds of shows produced on stages throughout the tri-county area.
The Theatre’s 2015/16 season, Another Op’nin’, Another Show, will feature Agatha Christie: The Mousetrap (October 25 – November 8), Billy Elliot The Musical (December 1 – 20), The Will Rogers Follies (January 12 – 31), Frost/Nixon (February 7 – 21) and Kiss Me, Kate (March 8 – 27).
Full details of all of the Theatre’s casting sessions can be found by visiting www.jupitertheatre.org and clicking on the “auditions” tab.
Subscriptions are currently on sale; for a complete schedule and tickets, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws nearly 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 7,626 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres and has earned numerous Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s highest honor for artistic excellence, including the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.
Linnea Bailey (561) 972-6132