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The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse Take Top Honors At S.D. Theatre Critics Circle Awards

If you haven't noticed lately, it's awards season! The stars may be aligning this month on the Tinseltown red carpet, but last night, MCASD La Jolla was the place to be as the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle handed out some accolades of their own at the 2009 Craig Noel Awards.

The hotly-anticipated event was dedicated to Craig Noel, the 94-year-old founding director of The Old Globe, who, for the first time since the awards were renamed in his honor in 2002, couldn't make an appearance due to frail health.

Big winners included the Old Globe's production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" and the La Jolla Playhouse's "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Creditors"; top honorees were "Cyrano" director Darko Tresnjak, who was honored for his work on the Globe's Summer Shakespeare series, and doyenne DJ Sullivan. To wit: she helped found the local union chapters of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild, guest-starred alongside Angela Lansbury in "Murder She Wrote" amongst other roles, and played mentor to many a local stage and screen darling.

Perhaps channeling the man himself, best line of the evening went to the iconic Obba Babatundé, who flew in from NYC to take home home Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical for The Old Globe's "Sammy." Of his connection to the play's namesake (that'd be Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr.) Babatundé thanked Davis for "being willing to enter Las Vegas through the kitchen door so the rest of us could come through the front door."

More of the evening's highlights included double doo-wopping by The Choice Entertainers, and a film tribute to Tresniak's vivid reimagining of the classics by the Union Tribune's Jim Herbert.

Check out the full list of award winners below - did your favorite production take one home?

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s 2009 Craig Noel Awards

SPECIAL AWARDEES

  • DJ Sullivan, San Diego actor/teacher/labor organizer for more than 40 years - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Darko Tresnjak, former artistic director of the Old Globe's Summer Shakespeare Festival - For his vivid reimagining of the classics.

SPECIAL THEATRICAL EVENT

"Looking for An Echo" – Ira Aldridge Repertory Players

OUTSTANDING RESIDENT MUSICAL

"42nd Street" - Moonlight Stage Productions

OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL

"Bonnie & Clyde" – La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Jeff Calhoun, "Bonnie & Clyde," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTION

John McDaniel: "Bonnie & Clyde," La Jolla Playhouse

Mark Danisovszky, "Threepenny Opera," San Diego Rep

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL, FEMALE

Colleen Kollar Smith, "Bed and Sofa," Cygnet Theatre

Laura Osnes, "Bonnie & Clyde," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL, MALE

Obba Babatundé, "Sammy," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL, MALE

Jordan Miller, "Bed and Sofa,: Cygnet Theatre

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL, FEMALE

Sara Chase, "The First Wives Club," The Old Globe

Melissa van der Schyff, "Bonnie & Clyde," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Keith Young, "Sammy," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Darko Tresnjak, "Cyrano de Bergerac," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

Lindsay Jones, "Opus," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

Linda Cho, "Twelfth Night," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

Japhy Weideman, "Creditors," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

Michael McKeon, "Killer Joe," Compass Theatre

Robert Brill, "Creditors," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING MUSIC FOR A PLAY

Christopher R. Walker, "Twelfth Night," Old Globe

David Van Tieghem, "Creditors," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE

"Noises Off," Cygnet Theatre

"The Dresser," North Coast Repertory Theatre

"Opus," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY, FEMALE

Amanda Sitton, "Doubt," San Diego Repertory Theatre

Harriet Harris, "Unusual Acts of Devotion," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY, MALE

Armin Shimerman, "The Seafarer," San Diego Repertory Theatre

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY, MALE

Patrick Page, "Cyrano de Bergerac," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY, FEMALE

Karson St. John, "The Little Dog Laughed," Diversionary

Dana Hooley, "Frozen," ion theatre

OUTSTANDING YOUNG ARTIST

Ian Brininstool, "Over the Tavern," North Coast Repertory Theatre

OUTSTANDING TOURING PRODUCTION

"The 39 Steps," La Jolla Playhouse

OUTSTANDING DRAMATIC PRODUCTION

"Cyrano de Bergerac," The Old Globe

OUTSTANDING ADAPTATION OF A PLAY

"Creditors," Doug Wright, La Jolla Playhouse

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