by Glenn Swift
33rd Annual Carbonell Award Nominations
Miami-Dade County led the nominations with a total of 42 followed by Palm Beach with 38 and Broward with 20. Top honors were spread out evenly among all three counties as Palm Beach Dramaworks took home the most nominations of any theater company with 15, while Gablestage’s production of Adding Machine in Coral Gables received 11 nominations and Plantation’s Mosaic Theatre Company’s mounting of The Seafarer garnered seven nominations to become the most nominated musical and play, respectively. The late Bruce Adler was nominated as Best Actor in a Play for I’m Not Rappaport at Boca Raton’s New Vista Theatre Company. A lifelong entertainer who was nominated twice for Broadway’s Tony Award, Adler came from a Yiddish theatre family and passed away last July from cancer.
Actor Gordon McConnell will compete against himself for Best Actor in a Play for his performances in Blackbird and Dirty Business, while Oscar Cheda received nominations in two musical categories as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Adding Machine and She Loves Me, respectively.
With three nominations each, sound designer Steve Shapiro and costume designer Ellis Tillman are the most nominated individuals. Joining McConnell and Cheda as double nominees are scenic designer Michael Amico, choreographer Barbara Flaten, director J. Barry Lewis, musical director David Nagy and lighting designer Jeff Quinn.
Broadway road shows and stock productions will also be honored at the award ceremony, which is named after its designer sculptor Manuel Carbonell. The annual awards ceremony raises scholarships for South Florida arts students. Since the first, single $500 scholarship was given in 1978, dozens of students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have received a total of approximately $100,000.