Boca’s Wick Theatre nabs 12 Carbonell nods for stage excellence


By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Boca Raton’s Wick Theatre heads into this month’s 44th Annual Carbonell Awards Ceremony for excellence in theatrical production and performance with 12 nominations based on shows presented there during 2019.

“We are honored to be nominated for 12 Carbonell Awards,” said Marilynn Wick, founder and executive producer at the Wick. “It was truly a spectacular Season 7 for us as a company, and we are very proud of those who are being recognized this year.”

“We are grateful to them,” she added, “and for all the immensely talented individuals and collaborators who are part of the Wick Theatre family.”

The presentation of awards for outstanding shows, performances, costumes, music and other aspects of the trade scheduled for April 6 at 7:30 at a new venue, the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has been postponed due to coronavirus.

“The Carbonell Awards was very much looking forward to holding our first ceremony at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center,” Donald R. Walters, Esq., board president of the Carbonell Awards said. “Our Board of Directors will meet soon and determine when and where we will eventually publicly celebrate some very talented people and companies.”

Wick’s presentation of Crazy for You, a romantic comedy musical based on a book by Ken Ludwig, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin, is in the running for best production of a musical, best musical director, Norb Joerder; best actor in a musical, Matt Loehr as Bobby; best actress in a musical, Julie Kleiner as Polly; best supporting actress in a musical, Aaron Bower as Irene and best choreography, David Wanstreet, nominated for both Crazy for You and The Music Man, also at the Wick.

Other Wick entries include: Best actress in a musical, Stephanie Maloney as Fanny in Funny Girl; best musical direction, Caryl Fantel for Always, Patsy Cline at the Wick and Jason Tucker for Hot Shoe Shuffle; best choreography, Justin M. Lewis for Hot Shoe Shuffle and best costume design in a play or musical, Jim Buff, Hot Shoe Shuffle.

Two other Boca Raton performance centers earned notice on the Carbonell roster. For Primal Forces Company, Edward Barbanell received a nomination for best supporting actor in a play for his performance in Andy and the Orphans. That show itself received a nomination as best ensemble play or musical.

In addition, Michael McKeever received a best supporting actor nomination for Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors at the West Boca Theatre Company. McKeever starred in, wrote and directed the dramatic entry.

Palm Beach County theaters earned 44 nominations, Miami-Dade County theaters received 35 and Broward County theaters racked up 21. Nominations recognized 32 shows at 12 theaters stretching from Coral Gables to West Palm Beach.

“This is an exciting time for the Carbonell Awards,” said Don Walters, president of the Carbonell Awards Board of Directors. “The nominees represent the vast wealth of talent in the South Florida Tri-county region and the diverse theatrical experiences our audiences support and enjoy.”

Palm Beach Dramaworks, the West Palm Beach venue which won the most Carbonell Awards of any theater in 2018, is now the most-nominated theater for 2019. The downtown West Palm center earned a record-breaking 29 nominations overall, the most of any theater in the Tri-county region: seven nominations each for their productions of the plays A Streetcar Named Desire and The House of Blue Leaves; five for Fences; three for their co-production with GableStage of the world-premiere drama, Ordinary Americans and seven nominations for the musical, The Spitfire Grill.

Zoetic Stage received 20 nominations, the most for any theater in Miami-Dade County. Half of those went to Sweeney Todd, the most-nominated show of the 2019 season. Slow Burn Theatre Company in Fort Lauderdale earned 12 nominations, the most of any theater in Broward County.