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February 27, 2018:

32nd Annual Robby Award Winners Announced by Rob Stevens

The 32nd Annual Robby Awards, presented by long time Southern California theatre critic Rob Stevens, are now history. The show was held on Monday, February 26 in the Camino Theatre on the campus of Los Angeles City College. Co-hosts Bruce Kimmel and Michael Van Duzer did a stellar job of making the audience laugh with their irreverent humor and kept the show moving along at a brisk pace. There were 10 musical numbers performed by Eileen Barnett, Will Collyer, Marc Ginsburg, Michael G. Hawkins, Kim Huber, Kelly Lester, William Martinez, Teri Ralston, Jenna Lee Rosen, Robyn Spangler and Shannon Warne who also presented the awards. Jill Marie Burke, Cynthia Ferrer, James Gleason, Linda Hart and Stan Mazin also served as presenters. A total of 29 awards were announced during the 130 minute show.

The big winner was the Welk Resort Theatre’s Kiss of the Spider Woman which won a total of four awards, including Best Musical for producer Joshua Carr, Best Choreography for Ray Limon and a tie for Best Actor in a Musical for the show’s two leading men—Richard Bermudez and Jeffrey Scott Parsons. 2Cent Theatre’s Psychosical: An Asylum Cabaret won three awards—for director Kristin Boule, musical director Sandy Wang and the show’s ten person ensemble. South Coast Repertory’s Moby Dick also won four awards and SCR topped all producing entities by collecting a total of eight awards. Named Best Drama Production was Actors Co-Op’s 33 Variations while the Geffen Playhouse’s production of The Legend of Georgia McBride took the Best Comedy award.

A complete list of winners follows:


KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (photo by Ken Jacques)

Teri Ralston Award for Best Musical Production
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Welk Resort Theatre

Best Director of a Musical
Kristin Boule, Psychosical: An Asylum Cabaret, 2Cents Theatre

Michael G. Hawkins Award for Best Actor in a Musical (tie)
Richard Bermudez and Jeffrey Scott Parsons, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Welk Resort Theatre

Michelle Nicastro Award for Best Actress in a Musical (tie)
Carmen Cusack, Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre
Cassandra Marie Murphy, Man of La Mancha, A Noise Within

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Marc Ginsburg, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Contempo Productions

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Musical Theatre Guild


PSYCHOSICAL: AN ASYLUM CABARET

Best Musical Direction
Sandy Wang, Psychosical: An Asylum Cabaret, 2Cents Theatre

Dom Salinaro Award for Best Choreography
Ray Limon, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Welk Resort Theatre

John Raitt Award for Best Music & Lyrics
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Bright Star, Ahmanson Theatre

Nan Martin Award for Best Drama Production
33 Variations, Actors Co-Op


33 VARIATIONS (photo by Lindsay Schnebly)

Martin Benson Award Best Director of a Drama
David Catlin, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory


MOBY DICK (photo by Liz Lauren)

Best Actor in a Drama (tie)
R.J. DeBard and Andy Hoff, A Steady Rain, John Kirby Studio

Sally Kemp Award for Best Actress in a Drama (tie)
Nan McNamara, 33 Variations, Actors Co-Op
Linda Park, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Mike McShane, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Antaeus Theatre Company

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Lynn Milgrim, A Doll’s House, Part 2, South Coast Repertory

Carole Cook Award for Best Comedy Production
The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Ron Link Award for Best Director of a Comedy
Art Manke, The Monster Builder, South Coast Repertory


THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (photo by Jeff Lorch Photography)

Best Actor in a Comedy
Danny Scheie, The Monster Builder, South Coast Repertory

Lu Leonard Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
Kimberly Alexander, Resolving Hedda, The Victory Theatre Center

Albert Lord Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Alan Blumenfeld, Ah, Wilderness!, A Noise Within

Dee Croxton Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Wendie Malick, Big Night, Kirk Douglas Theatre

Michael Devereaux Award for Best Playwriting
Jon Klein, Resolving Hedda, The Victory Theatre Center

Best Ensemble Performance
Kate Bowman, Amber Bracken, Catt Christine, Katy Harvey, Danny Helms, Amanda Hootman, Jessica J’aime, Chris Lanehart, Juan Lozano, Reagan Osborne, Psychosical: An Asylum Cabaret, 2Cents Theatre

Billy Barnes Award for Best Cabaret Performance
Robyn Spangler, Riddle, Ronstadt and Robyn Spangler, Rockwell’s Table & Stage

Best Scenic Design
Tom Buderwitz, The Monster Builder, South Coast Repertory

Best Lighting Design
William C. Kirkham, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory

Best Costume Design
E.B. Brooks, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Geffen Playhouse

Best Sound Design
Rick Sims, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory

Best Projection Design
Christopher Ash, Our Great Tchaikovsky, The Wallis

Previously Announced Special Awards
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi, Aerial/Acrobatic Choreography, Moby Dick, South Coast Repertory

Terry Davies, Orchestrations, The Red Shoes, Ahmanson Theatre

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