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26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Announces Nominations

Sep. 30, 2016 / PRZen / BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch's Theatre Viewing Committee announces nominations for the 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards include 32 categories, which encompass local and equity nominations. This year's awards show will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.

This year's Equity Theatre nominations include an array of magnificent productions including "Motown the Musical" with an impressive 11 nominations – Best Costume, Best Choreography, Best Lead Female and Male, (2) Best Supporting Male, Best Director, Best Musical Director, Best Sound, Best Lighting by two-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, and the iconic Berry Gordy for Best Playwright. Tied with six nominations each, "The Gospel of Colonus", a surprisingly 30-year-old experimental theatre piece, receives nods for Best Ensemble, Best Set Design, Best Costumes plus previous NAACP Theatre Award nominee Wren T. Brown for Best Producer and Best Musical Director for Abdul H. Royal, an Ovation Award nominee. August Wilson's classic production "FENCES" stands strong with Best Director, Best Costumes, Best Ensemble, Best Producer, and Best Sound. Both productions share nominee Karyn D. Lawrence for Best Lighting and will battle for Best Ensemble alongside the production of "Immediate Family". Tony Award winner John Douglas Thompson leads "Satchmo at the Waldorf" with five nominations including Best Lead Male, Best Director, Best Playwright, Best Producers and Best Set Design.

"Dreamscape", a riveting race-related, hip-hop production depicting the death of a 19-year-old young lady killed by a local police department and examined by a dispassionate County Coroner leads in Local nominations with six – Best Choreographer, Best Director, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead, Best Playwright and Best Producer. Keena Ferguson's exceptional one person show "Unbranded" follows with five nominations – Best Director, Best Lighting, Best Playwright, Best Sound, and Best One Person Show. Also with five nominations is Patricia Cuffie Jones' "Love So Deep" for Best Lead Male and Best Lead Female plus a first-time ever in the history of the NAACP Theatre in which there is a 3-way tie for Best Supporting Female in the same production. Rounding out the local category with four nominations is the lively production of "Recorded in Hollywood", performed at the Lillian Theatre – Best Musical Director, Best Ensemble and Best Director for Denise Dowse, a previous NAACP Theatre Award winner.

Branch President of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Ron Hasson states, "I am excited about combining the awards show and the festival because this platform will bring thespians and theatre lovers from across the country to the City of Los Angeles to enjoy the art that is theatre. The NAACP Theatre Awards Show represents an ever growing theatre community in Los Angeles and we want to elevate this already highly recognized event in Los Angeles and heighten its visibility nationwide."

The Theatre Viewing Committee considers all candidates who submit their production from January 2015 through December 2015 for possible nomination. All productions must have a five consecutive week production run in Southern California (San Diego to Bakersfield included) to be considered. Productions that meet all eligibility requirements before the deadline are considered eligible for a 2016 NAACP Theatre Award. Eligibility for this year's edition was limited to theatre productions opening in January 2015 through December 2015. Nominees have been notified by the NAACP Theatre viewing committee Chairperson Martha Pruden-Hamiter. Nominations and winners will be posted online www.naacptheatreawards.com and circulated nationally via press releases and social media.

For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit www.naacptheatreawards.com or email: naacpbhhwd@sbcglobal.net.

[See Full List of Nominations Below]

About The NAACP Theatre Awards

The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles City Council President/Councilmember District 10 Herb Wesson, Jr. and co-chaired by Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo-West Region Community Relations, and Jeffrey Rush of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. The mission of the Theatre Awards is to entertain, educate, inspire the community and create diversity in the arts and entertainment industry. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Nominations

November 21, 2016

Best Choreography – Equity


Motown The Musical – Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams

Citizen: An American Lyric – Anastasia Coon

Global Taxi Driver – Shyamala Moorty

Best Choreography – Local

Dreamscape – Carrie Mikuls

Ucarmen – Lungelo Ngamiana

When Stars Align – Arthur Ross

Best Costumes – Equity

Motown The Musical – Esosa

Fences – Kim DeShazo

The Gospel At Colonus – Naila Aladdin-Sanders

Best Costumes – Local

Detroit 67 – Michaela Mendiola

Lonely Girl: The Dorothy Dandridge Story – Leroy Richardson III

Lombardi – Angela M. Eads

Best Director – Equity

Fences – Gregg Daniel

Motown The Musical – Charles Randolph-Wright

Satchmo at the Waldorf – Gordon Edelstein

Best Director – Local

Dreamscape – Rickerby Hinds

Lombardi – Gregg T. Daniel

Keena Unbranded – Tanya Alexander

Best Director of a Musical – Local

Recorded In Hollywood – Denise Dowse

Ucarmen – Mark Dornford

The Discord Altar – Amanda Mcraven

Best Ensemble Cast – Equity

Fences

The Gospel At Colonus

Immediate Family

Best Ensemble Cast – Local

Recorded In Hollywood

Changes

Detroit 67

Best Lead Female – Equity

The Best Of Enemies – Tiffany R. Royale

Motown The Musical – Allison Semmes

As You Like It – Earnestine Phillips

Best Lead Female  – Local

Dreamscape – Myeisha Mills

Love So Deep – Kelly Jenrett

Sunset Baby – Nadege August

Best Lead Male – Equity

Satchmo at the Waldorf – John Douglas Thompson

Motown The Musical – Julius Thomas III

The Whipping Man – Charlie Robinson

Best Lead Male – Local

Dreamscape – John "Faachz" Merchant

I And You – Matthew Hancock

Love So Deep – Joel Quinn

Best Lighting – Equity

Fences – Karyn D. Lawrence

The Gospel At Colonus – Karyn D. Lawrence

Motown The Musical – Natasha Katz

Best Lighting - Local

Keena Unbranded – Craig Hissong

I And You – Jeremy Pivnick

Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea – Jeff McLaughlin

Best Music Director – Equity

The Gospel At Colonus – Abdul H. Royal

Motown The Musical – Darryl Archibald

The Who's Tommy – Marc Macalintal

Best Music Director – Local

Recorded In Hollywood – Stephan Terry

Ucarmen – Mandisi Dyantyis

The Discord Altar – Ann Baltz

Best One Person Show – Local

Keena Unbranded – Keena Ferguson

Lonely Girl: The Dorothy Dandridge Story – Wanda Ray Willis

Conscious: Getting Unstuck Homeless To Hollywood – Dr. Merele

Best Playwright – Equity

The Best Of Enemies – Mark St. Germain

Satchmo at the Waldorf – Terry Teachout

Motown The Musical – Berry Gordy

Best Playwright – Local

Keena Unbranded – Keena Ferguson

Changes – Wallace Demarria

Dreamscape – Rickerby Hinds

Best Producer – Equity

Fences – Caryn Desai

Satchmo at the Waldorf – Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The Gospel At Colonus – Wren T. Brown

Best Producer – Local

Recorded In Hollywood – Dolphins

Dreamscape – Hindsight

Changes – New Leaf Endeavors

Best Set Design – Equity

Satchmo at the Waldorf – Lee Savage

Immediate Family – John Lacovelli

The Gospel At Colonus – Edward E. Haynes, Jr.

Best Set Design – Local

Pieces – Helleaux Studio Design

I And You – Tom Buderwitz

Invisible Dani – Anatole Batisite

Best Sound – Equity

Motown The Musical – Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook

Fences – Jeff Polunas

The Whipping Man – Michael Roth

Best Sound – Local

Keena Unbranded – Taro Morita

Detroit 67 – John Wilson

My Children! My Africa – Greg Burns

Best Supporting Female – Equity

To Kill A Mockingham – Earnestine Phillips

As You Like It – Crystal Clark

The Who's Tommy – Constance J. Lopez

Best Supporting Female – Local

Love So Deep – Nadine Ellis-Sharice

Love So Deep – Shayla Hale

Love So Deep – April Parker Jones

Best Supporting Male – Equity

The Best Of Enemies – Shon Fuller

Motown The Musical – Jesse Nager

Motown The Musical – Jarran Muse

Best Supporting Male – Local

Sunset Baby – Chris Gardner

My Children! My Africa – Aaron Jennings

The Conversation – Danny DeLloyd

Source: NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch

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