Style on Stage LA

2008 Ovation Awards

by Rasi A on Aug 02, 2023

Date and Venue:

  • Date: Monday, November 17th, 2008, at 7:30 pm
  • Venue: The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Host:

  • Neil Patrick Harris

Executive Producer:

  • Terence McFarland

Producers and Directors:

  • Produced & Directed by Emilie Beck, Diane Rodriguez, and Ken Werther

Introduction: On Monday, November 17th, LA Stage Alliance announced the recipients of the 2008 Ovation Awards. The ceremony was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and clocked in at under 90 minutes, providing an exciting, visually stimulating, and quick-paced event.

Presenters: The ceremony saw notable presenters, including:

  • Edward Asner
  • Sharon Lawrence
  • Russell Hornsby
  • Sandra Tsing Loh
  • Matt McGrath
  • Jimmy Smits
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Hamish Linklater
  • Tracie Thoms
  • Jennifer Paz
  • John Glover
  • Joe Spano
  • Brooke Adams
  • Tony Shalhoub
  • John Cho
  • Zachary Quinto

Recipients and Awards:

Category Recipient Production/Company
Play Writing for an Original Play Jane Anderson The Quality of Life
Book/Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical John Buccino (Music and Lyrics), Conceived by John Buccino and Daisy Prince It’s Only Life, Rubicon Theatre Company
Ray Stricklyn Memorial Award for Solo Performance Nilaja Sun No Child…, Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre
Ensemble Performance Stan Chandler, David Engel, Larry Raben, Darcie Roberts The Andrews Brothers, Musical Theatre West
Direction of a Play Matt Shakman Secrets of the Trade, Black Dahlia Theatre
Direction of a Musical Nick DeGruccio Jekyll & Hyde, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Direction of a Musical Larry Raben Singin’ in the Rain, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Choreography Bradley Rapier City Kid – The Musical, City Kid Productions, LLC
Musical Direction Alby Potts Singin’ in the Rain, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Touring Production Avenue Q Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre
Play Intimate Theatre The Quality of Life Geffen Playhouse
Play Large Theatre R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe Rubicon Theatre Company
Franklin R. Levy Memorial Award for Musical Intimate Theatre Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara Sacred Fools Theatre Company
Musical Large Theatre Miss Saigon Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities
Set Design Intimate Theatre Desma Murphy And Neither Have I Wings To Fly, Road Theatre Company
Set Design Large Theatre Thomas S. Giamario Bus Stop, Rubicon Theatre Company
Lighting Design Intimate Theatre Jeremy Pivnick Crime and Punishment, Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre
Lighting Design Large Theatre Darrell Clark Miss Saigon, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities
Lighting Design Large Theatre Steven Young Jekyll & Hyde, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Sound Design Intimate Theatre Ken Rich The Common Air, Elephant Stageworks
Sound Design Large Theatre John Feinstein Miss Saigon, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities
Costume Design Intimate Theatre Scott A. Lane Pest Control – The Musical, Open at the Top Productions
Costume Design Large Theatre Paul Tazewell Ray Charles LIVE – A New Musical, Pasadena Playhouse
Lead Actor in a Play (tie) Joe Spano as R. Buckminster Fuller, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Rubicon Theatre Company
Lead Actor in a Play (tie) John Glover as Martin Kerner, Secrets of the Trade, Black Dahlia Theatre
Lead Actress in a Play Laurie Metcalf as Jeannette, The Quality of Life, Geffen Playhouse
Lead Actor in a Musical Robert J. Townsend as Jekyll/Hyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Lead Actress in a Musical Jennifer Paz as Kim, Miss Saigon, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities
Featured Actor in a Play Barry Lynch as Candy, Of Mice and Men, Theatre Banshee
Featured Actress in a Play J. Nicole Brooks as Nina, As Much As You Can, Hendel Productions West
Featured Actor in a Musical Randy Rogel as Cosmo Brown, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabrillo Music Theatre
Featured Actress in a Musical Gwen Stewart as Sylvia, All Shook Up, Musical Theatre West

Congratulations: Congratulations to all the recipients for their outstanding achievements in theatre!

Interviews: Interviews with presenters and nominees can be found on the LA Stage Alliance YouTube Channel.

Ovation Awards Numerical Breakdown by Company:

  • Cabrillo Music Theatre – 6
  • Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities – 4
  • Rubicon Theatre Company – 4
  • Geffen Playhouse – 3
  • Black Dahlia Theatre – 2
  • Musical Theatre West – 2
  • Actors Co-op/Crossley Theatre – 1
  • Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre – 1
  • Center Theatre Group: Kirk Douglas Theatre – 1
  • City Kid Productions, LLC – 1
  • Elephant Stageworks – 1
  • Hendel Productions West – 1
  • Open at the Top Productions – 1
  • Pasadena Playhouse – 1
  • Road Theatre Company – 1
  • Sacred Fools Theatre Company – 1
  • Theatre Banshee – 1

Numerical Breakdown by Production:

  • Miss Saigon, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities – 4
  • Jekyll & Hyde, Cabrillo Music Theatre – 3
  • Singin’ in the Rain, Cabrillo Music Theatre – 3
  • The Quality of Life, Geffen Playhouse – 3
  • R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe, Rubicon Theatre Company – 2
  • Secrets of the Trade, Black Dahlia Theatre – 2
  • (All other recipients received 1 award.)

Numerical Breakdown by Artist:

  • Larry Raben (Directing and Ensemble Performance) – 2
  • (All other recipients received 1 award.)