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Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) – Annual awards ceremony Monday, March 18 – Los Angeles theater report



Hey theater cats!

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) is holding their Annual awards ceremony in less than a week’s time, on Monday, March 18, 2013 at historic, heralded Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street in downtown L.A.



The event will be hosted by actor/comedian French Stewart.

Scheduled performances and musical numbers will include:

“The Rumble” dance sequence from West Side Story;

“Wondrous Place” from New Electric Ballroom:

“Surrender” from Bad Apples;

“I’m Here” from The Color Purple,


A performance from Justin Love;


Tickets costs ONLY THIRTY BUCKS!

French Stewart, TV star (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) and local theater mainstay (“Stoneface”: “Voice Lessons”) will host the 44th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) Awards on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St. Downtown. Tickets for the show and opening reception, which will start at 6:30 pm, can be reserved by e-mailing [email protected]. All seats are $30.00

Stewart will preside over this year’s theme “Theatre Everywhere,” focusing on the wide geographical range within which LADCC members travel in the course of a year to see and celebrate the best of live performance. Top representatives of local institutions – including Michael Ritchie of CTG; Sheldon Epps of The Pasadena Playhouse; Barbara Beckley of The Colony Theatre; and Zombie Joe of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre – will assist Circle members in presenting awards in 17 competitive categories as well as a host of special award plaques.

Entertainment, too, will come from all over the region. Almost two dozen performers from Orange County will reunite to perform “The Rumble” from the Chance Theatre’s acclaimed and nominated revival of “West Side Story.” The cast of “Justin Love,” the smash musical that originated at Celebration Theatre – winner of this year’s Margaret Harford Award for distinguished achievement – will appear, alongside performers from “The Color Purple” (Cesili Williams); “The New Electric Ballroom” (Tim Cummings); and “Bad Apples” (Kate Morgan Chadwick, accompanied by the show’s composer/lyricists Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns.)

Ryan Johnson, nominated for his score for “Stoneface” which starred Stewart as the legendary Buster Keaton, serves as musical director for the evening, which will be produced by Daily Variety and critic Bob Verini. Production stage manager is Heatherlynn Gonzalez. Award-winning sound designer Cricket S. Myers lends her skills to the event, whose associate producer is Peter Finlayson of Footlights Publishing.

A cash bar with great food and a silent auction (cash and checks only, please) will occupy the 6:30-7:30 hour, until doors open and the annual celebration of great L.A. area theatre begins. For more information, check the official website here.


The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre in 2012.

All tickets have been reduced to $30.00. Tickets can be arranged through [email protected], and PayPal will be accepted prior to March 18. Credit cards will be accepted at the door.

Nominees are entitled to a single complimentary ticket. Nominees please click here for important information regarding ticketing etc.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 for drinks, music, hors d’oeuvres (no full dinner) and conversation, while at a Silent Auction attendees can bid on theater and film-related items. Only cash or checks will be accepted at the auction, please. The show will commence at 7:30 p.m.

Scheduled host French Stewart is a 25-year mainstay of the Los Angeles theatre scene and a notable star of TV and film. Best known for his six seasons co-starring on NBC’s 3rd Rock From the Sun, he is a member of Sacred Fools and played the title role in that company’s 2012 production of Stoneface, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, which has received two LADCC nominations.

In recognition of this year’s theme, “Theatre Everywhere,” representatives of theatre companies based within the geographic beat covered by members of the Circle will join Stewart and Circle members to present awards in 17 competitive categories.

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The 2012 nominees are…


Six special awards will be presented under the sponsorship of organizations and individuals to whom the LADCC is most grateful. Honors have been announced for local institutions Celebration Theatre (for sustained excellence); and The Fountain Theatre and Center Theatre Group (for their excellent seasons). The Circle also recognizes prominent individuals: David O; Elina de Santos; Stephen Gifford; as well as Evelina Fernandez for her A Mexican Trilogy, an outstanding L.A. world premiere play.

The 2012 special awards winners are…


Three already-voted awards will be presented on awards night.

Plaques will be presented on March 18 to the following recipients:

Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Theatre, in recognition of the design, fabrication, and direction of the puppets of War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre

David McCormick and Kelly Todd for their fight direction of West Side Story at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim.

In addition, a special plaque will be awarded to Center Theatre Group for an excellent season.

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The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles.

The 2012 membership consisted of:

Pauline Adamek, LA Weekly;

F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers;

Hoyt Hilsman, Back Stage, The Huffington Post

Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly

Amy Lyons, Back Stage, LA Weekly

Dany Margolies,

Terry Morgan,; Daily Variety

Steven Leigh Morris. LA Weekly

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times, Back Stage

Sharon Perlmutter,

Melinda Schupmann, Back Stage;;

Madeleine Shaner, Park La Brea News/Beverly Press; Back Stage

Les Spindle, Frontiers; Theatremania; EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Daily Variety;

Neal Weaver, LA Weekly; Back Stage


The LADCC is pleased to welcome FootLights Publishing, Inc. as consultants on this year’s awards events. The mission of FootLights is to illuminate the theatre community, providing greater access to a more diverse public while at the same time offering insight into the production and process of theatre.

The LADCC expresses its gratitude to Los Angeles Theatre Center and Latino Theatre Company for their warm welcome and many courtesies.



Delicate beauty — Cherry Blossom Centennial and local Festivals

This year, hundreds of cherry trees will be planted in Southern California to commemorate the cherries that were planted in Washington D.C. one hundred years ago.  The extravagant gift of cherry trees continues to be a lasting symbol of Japan–U.S. friendship.

Every year you can see a tableau of cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. The famed cherry trees were given to the U.S. capital city by Japan in 1912. More than 3,000 trees—and 12 different varieties—made the overseas journey from Yokohama to the District of Columbia.

Since that time, Japanese organizations have made gifts of cherry trees to America to commemorate significant milestones in the relationship between Japan and the United States.

In Southern California, there are numerous places where you can see flowering cherry trees which were planted by Japanese individuals or Japan-related organizations.

In 2012 there will be at least twelve (12!) cherry blossom festivals throughout Southern California commemorating the centennial.

Press were invited to the Sakura Centennial Opening, which initiated a series of events that will be held in Southern California and Arizona this year in celebration of the 2012 Japan – U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial. The event was held at the  Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, whose recently refurbished Japanese garden is soon to open.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, the Sakura Centennial Opening showcased regional cherry blossom festivals and other events that will take place during this commemorative year. Participating organizations were on hand to tell about their events.

Additionally, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens will give cherry trees for planting in public gardens and spaces, parks, schools, and non-profit institutions.

Cherry Blossom Festivals in Southern California & Arizona:

Information will be updated as soon as dates are set for upcoming Cherry Blossom Festivals.
February 25 & 26, 2012 Arizona Matsuri
March 3, 2012 South Coast Botanic Gardens Cherry Blossom Picnic Day
March 4, 2012 City of Torrance Cherry Blossom Festival
March 17, 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival of San Diego
March 17, 2012 Schabarum Park Cherry Blossom Festival
March 24 & 25, 2012 Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival
March 31, 2012 City of West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
April 1, 2012 Bowers Museum Cherry Blossom Festival
TBA El Camino College Cherry Blossom Festival
TBA Japanese Institute of Sawtelle Cherry Blossom Festival
April 21 & 22, 2012 Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival
April 22, 2012 Pacific Asia Museum Cherry Blossom Festival

Also –TBA — Lake Balboa Japanese Garden’s Cherry Blossom display.

Chapman University’s cherry blossom festival will be March 28.

Visit this webpage for an overview of the Centennial.

For more information on the history, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival official website.



Centennial Initiatives

The Government of Japan is encouraging organizations to hold commemorative events for the Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial.  The Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles has outlined three areas of focus for Southern California.

Planting cherry trees in your community.  Procure and plant trees in areas of your city for all to enjoy, for example, city parks.
Cherry blossom festivals and commemorative events.
Remembering and honoring those who contributed to the propagation and planting of cherry trees in Southern California. In this centennial year, we pay tribute to those who beautified Southern California by propagating and planting cherry trees.  We encourage oral histories of gardeners, horticulturalists, and individuals who made significant contributions to Southern California by promoting Japan – U.S. friendship through cherry trees.

If your organization is planning a commemorative event to celebrate the cherry blossom centennial please inform the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.   You may apply to use the official logo for the Japan – U.S. Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial (top left of this page) for your website, publications, and posters.  If so, please download and complete the application. 

Sakura Centennial Logo Application Form

Send event information, completed logo use applications, and inquiries to: [email protected].