Boca, Area Stage Performers Among Carbonell Award Nominees

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Newbrough, Fridh, McKeever earn two selections each

By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Actors who’ve performed in shows at dozens of live theaters in South Florida this past year are getting a bit anxious as April 2 approaches. That’s the night the Carbonell Awards – the local theater community’s equivalent of the Tony – will be handed out for the 42nd year.

The awards foster the artistic growth of professional theater in the tri-county area by celebrating the diversity of theatrical artists, providing educational scholarships and building audience appreciation and civic pride by highlighting their achievements in the performance community.

Theaters in the Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and North Broward areas are well represented with nominees all hoping to bring home the coveted statue acknowledging personal achievement.

Zoetic Stage in Miami leads all playhouses with 17 nominations for their productions of The Caretaker, Fuacata, Sunday in the Park with George and Top Dog/Underdog. Miami-Dade venues earned 42 nominations, Palm Beach County locations got 38 and Broward County has 20 nominees in the running. Choices for top performance honors were spread among 44 shows in theaters from Coral Gables to Jupiter.

Of the Palm Beach nominations, Dramaworks racked up the most at 12. Maltz Jupiter Theatre and the Wick Theatre, Boca Raton, both got nine. MNM Productions in West Palm Beach tallied three, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University in Boca also got three and West Boca Theatre got two.

In Broward County, Slow Burn Theatre Company, which formerly produced shows at West Boca High School, but has moved to the Broward Performing Arts Center, got eight nods. Thinking Cap Theatre got six, Broward Stage Door Theatre in Margate got three, Island City Stage was chosen for two and New City Players got a single nomination.

Two actresses who’ve performed in Boca, among other locations, received two nominations each. Mallory Newbrough got a nod for Best Actress for her starring role in Beauty and the Beast at the Wick Theater and another as Best Supporting Actress, Musical, for Beehive, also at the Wick.

In addition, Niki Fridh received two nominations, one as Best Actress, Play, for Grounded at Thinking Cap Theatre and one for Best Supporting Actress, Play, for Most Wanted, produced at FAU’s Theatre Lab.

Also, playwright Michael McKeever is in line for a couple of Carbonells. He was nominated for Best New Work (play or musical), The Camp, presented at West Boca Theatre Company and Finding Mona Lisa, performed at the Actors’ Playhouse in the Miracle Theatre.

For a list of nominees, visit carbonellawards.org

The awards will be handed out during ceremonies Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.