MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE LEADS
WITH SEVEN CARBONELL AWARDS,
INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL AND BEST ENSEMBLE
The Theatre’s Carbonells include the top award for Best Musical for its production of the epic Broadway blockbuster Les Misérables, as well as awards for its productions of Billy Elliot The Musical and Glengarry Glen Ross
April 6, 2016 – The Maltz Jupiter Theatre brought home seven awards at the April 4 ceremony for the 40th 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 South Florida. The Theatre’s production of the epic musical Les Misérables also won the most awards of any nominated production.
In addition to the coveted award for Best Musical, Les Misérables also earned the Best Director of a Musical award for director Mark Martino; the Best Actor in a Musical award for Aloysius Gigl (who portrayed Javert) and Best Sound Design for the Theatre’s resident sound designer Marty Mets. The Theatre’s production of Billy Elliot The Musical earned the Best Choreography award for choreographer Greg Graham and the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical award for Elizabeth Dimon (who portrayed Grandma). The Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s high-octane drama Glengarry Glen Ross won the Best Ensemble award.
“We feel so grateful to receive such significant acknowledgment from our region’s theater community, particularly the honors of Best Musical and Best Ensemble,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “South Florida has wonderful theater companies that are producing remarkable work, and we are truly touched to receive this high level of recognition from our peers. We are also happy for our friends at Palm Beach Dramaworks, who received five awards. It speaks to the high standard of work that’s being created here in Palm Beach County.”
The evening included celebrated performances from two of the Theatre’s nominees, including winner Elizabeth Dimon singing “Grandma’s Song” from Billy Elliot The Musical and Gregg Goodbrod (who portrayed John Valjean) singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables
The Theatre garnered 21 Carbonell nominations; the most nominations of any of the nominated organizations in South Florida. By show, the Theatre earned 10 nominations for Les Misérables, six for Billy Elliot The Musical, four for Glengarry Glen Ross and one for The Wiz. Celebrating the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Carbonell nominations encompass the entire length of South Florida. Palm Beach County brought home the majority of the awards (13 of the 20 awarded).
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 2016/17 season, Let Us Entertain You!, will feature The Audience (October 23 – November 6), Me and My Girl (November 29 – December 18), The Producers (January 10 – 29), Disgraced (February 12 – 26) and Gypsy (March 21 – April 9).
For those interested in auditioning, 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 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