TBA NOMINEES IN ACTING AND OUTSTANDING CAST

THEATRE BAY AREA ANNOUNCES 2017 TBA AWARDS FINALISTS

 

Tickets now on sale for Fourth Annual TBA Awards Celebration on Monday, October 30 at the Herbst Theatre

 

San Francisco, CA – Theatre Bay Area, the third-largest regional theatre service organization in North America, has announced the Finalists for the 2017 TBA Awards. The fourth annual TBA Awards Celebration will be held on Monday, October 30 at the Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco). The event is open to the public, and tickets are now on sale through City Box Office.

 

The TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally-oriented theatre produced throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Award Finalists and Recipients are determined through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process. During each production season (September 1 to August 31), TBA Awards adjudicators attend eligible productions and submit recommended productions every week. Theatre Bay Area publishes these weekly recommendations for its members and the general public. At the end, all the votes are tallied to determine each year’s award finalists and recipients. For the 2016-17 awards season, over 92,350 ballots were submitted by approximately 400 adjudicators who saw over 350 productions staged by more than 100 Bay Area arts companies.

 

The fourth annual TBA Awards Celebration is open to the public, and tickets are now on sale through City Box Office – online at www.cityboxoffice.com; over the phone at (415) 392-4400, or in-person at 180 Redwood Street, San Francisco. Tickets prices are $29, $49, and $69.

 

In addition to the Finalists, Theatre Bay Area will present the following special awards during the ceremony:

 

LEGACY AWARDS

 

The TBA Legacy Awards honor extraordinary contributions to the Bay Area theatre community and reflect the recipients’ body of work over time or a significant milestone in their professional journey.

Playwrights Foundation    Donald E. Lacy Jr.

 

RELLA LOSSY AWARD:   Eugenie Chan for Madame Ho; Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects, Producer

 

The Rella Lossy Award honors the memory of Rella Lossy, a lifelong lover and champion of the American theatre and playwriting. This award recognizes the best new full-length play script by an emerging playwright that will have its premiere in the Bay Area during the upcoming theatre season. It is awarded to both the playwright and the producing company/individual.

 

RHE ARTISTIC FELLOWSHIP: Jeunée Simon

The purpose of the RHE Artistic Fellowship is to make a significant investment in an individual artist to allow them to take the next step in their career. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the RHE Charitable Foundation.

 

Highlights and a complete list of the 2017 TBA Awards Finalists is below the calendar listing.

 

WHO:              Bay Area Theatre Fans and Theatre Artists  WHAT:             The 2017 Theatre Bay Area Awards Celebration WHERE:          Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102WHEN:            Monday, October 30, 2017 HOW MUCH:   Tickets prices are $29, $49, and $69. Purchase through City Box Office – online at www.cityboxoffice.com; over the phone at (415) 392-4400, or in-person at 180 Redwood Street, San Francisco. INFO:              Visit theatrebayarea.org/awards for more info.

 

OUTSTANDING WORLD PREMIERE PLAY

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Ursula Rani Sarma at American Conservatory Theater

INVERSION: Circus Disobedience by Jaron Hollander at Kinetic Arts Productions

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon at Marin Theatre Company

Roe by Lisa Loomer at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

You Mean to Do Me Harm by Christopher Chen at San Francisco Playhouse

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OUTSTANDING WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

Fly Guy, the Musical by Austin Zumbro at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Love Sick by Ofra Daniel and Lior Ben-Hur at Jewish Circle Theatre

Monsoon Wedding by Susan Birkenhead, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Sabrina Dhawan at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga by Min Kahng at TheatreWorks

The Rainbow Fish Musical by Austin Zumbro at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Walls by Michael Bello, Piero Amadeo Infante, Michael Gene Sullivan at San Francisco Mime Troupe

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OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

Tier 1

black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Shotgun Players

Hand to God at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company

Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks

Tier 2

An Ideal Husband at Town Hall Theatre Company

Daniel’s Husband at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Ideation at City Lights Theater Company

Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Sordid Lives at New Conservatory Theatre Center

The Diary of Anne Frank at Palo Alto Players

Tier 3

 

Bad Jews at Left Edge Theatre

End of the Rainbow at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions

HOME at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

INVERSION: Circus Disobedience at Kinetic Arts Productions

The Elephant Man at Altarena Playhouse

To the Bone at Ubuntu Theater Project

 

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OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

 

Tier 1

A Night with Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater

Daddy Long Legs at TheatreWorks

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

The Toxic Avenger at San Jose Stage Company

Tier 2

Billy Elliot at Berkeley Playhouse

Cabaret at Hillbarn Theatre

In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Broadway by the Bay

Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Tier 3

 

Hairspray at CMT San Jose

In The Heights at WVLO Musical Theatre Company

Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Love Sick at Jewish Circle Theatre

Silence! The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre

The Fantasticks at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions

 

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OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY PRODUCTION

 

Best of PlayGround 21 at PlayGround

Overnight at Ragged Wing Ensemble

PCSF PlayOffs 2016 at Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco

Pear Slices 2017 at Pear Theatre

Shocktoberfest 17: Pyramid of Freaks at Thrillpeddlers

 

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OUTSTANDING SOLO PRODUCTION

Type/Caste, Rotimi Agbabiaka at Brava Theatre Center

Eat, Pray, Laugh!, Alicia Dattner at The Marsh

Durst Case Scenario, Will Durst at The Marsh

Summer in Sanctuary, Al Letson at The Marsh

Kipling Hotel: The 80s, Don Reed at The Marsh

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY

Tier 1

Margot Bordelon for peerless at Marin Theatre Company

Margo Hall for brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Shotgun Players

David Ivers for Hand to God at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Robert Kelley for Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks

Eric Ting for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

 

Tier 2

 

Mark Anderson Phillips for Ideation at City Lights Theater Company

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe for Type/Caste at Brava Theatre Center

Ariel Craft for Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Susan Hovey for An Ideal Husband at Town Hall Theatre Company

Mina Morita for The Shipment at Crowded Fire Theater Company

 

Tier 3

 

Jennifer BeVard for End of the Rainbow at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions

Aldo Billingslea for HOME at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Adrian Elfenbaum for The 39 Steps at Ross Valley Players

Jaron Hollander for INVERSION: Circus Disobedience at Kinetic Arts Productions

Michael Socrates Moran for To the Bone at Ubuntu Theater Project

Phoebe Moyer for Bad Jews at Left Edge Theatre

 

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Tier 1

David Babani for The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

Randy Johnson for A Night with Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater

Robert Kelley for Daddy Long Legs at TheatreWorks

Leslie Martinson for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

Keith Pinto for Altar Boyz at Center Repertory Company

 

Tier 2

 

Danny Cozart for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Kimberly Dooley for Billy Elliot at Berkeley Playhouse

Nina Meehan for Fly Guy, the Musical at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Ryan Weible for In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Erica Wyman-Abrahamson for Cabaret at Hillbarn Theatre

 

Tier 3

Taylor Bartolucci for Big River at Lucky Penny Productions

Jason Hoover for Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Jason Hoover for Silence! The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre

Lee Ann Payne for Assassins at Los Altos Stage Company

Doug Brook for [title of show] at Los Altos Stage Company

Christopher Renshaw for Love Sick at Jewish Circle Theatre

Bill Starr for A Chorus Line at WVLO Musical Theatre Company

 

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OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Tier 1

 

William Liberatore for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

William Liberatore for The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

William Liberatore for Daddy Long Legs at TheatreWorks

Todd Olson for A Night with Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater

Ben Prince for Altar Boyz at Center Repertory Company

 

Tier 2

 

Armando Fox for In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Sean Kana for Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Broadway by the Bay

David Möschler for Patience at Lamplighters Music Theatre

Joe Murphy for Cabaret at Hillbarn Theatre

Michael Patrick Wiles for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

 

Tier 3

Rita Abrams for Pride and Prejudice – The Musical at IAM Theatre

Ron Bowman for A Chorus Line at WVLO Musical Theatre Company

Tina Lloyd Meals for Titanic, The Musical at Spreckels Theatre Company

Ben Prince for Silence! The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre

Ben Prince for Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Lucas Sherman for Peter and The Starcatcher at Spreckels Theatre Company

 

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OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Tier 1

 

Lorin Latarro for Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Keith Pinto for Altar Boyz at Center Repertory Company

Latanya D. Tigner and Kendra Kimbrough Barnes for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

Dottie Lester-White for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

Patricia Wilcox for A Night with Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater

Tier 2

 

Staci Arriaga for Tarzan, the Stage Musical at Berkeley Playhouse

Riette Burdick for Cabaret at Hillbarn Theatre

Rami Margron for The Shipment at Crowded Fire Theater Company

Allison Paraiso for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Nicole Helfer for No, No, Nanette at 42nd Street Moon

 

Tier 3

 

Kevin R. Hauge for Hairspray at CMT San Jose

Nicole Helfer for Pride and Prejudice – The Musical at IAM Theatre

Jennifer L. Ho for HAiR, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical at Landmark Musical Theatre

Lindsay Krumbein for Macbeth at Gritty City Repertory

Bridgette Loriaux for Tender Napalm at Anton’s Well Theater Company

Anjee Norgaard-Gallia for Chicago at Pinole Community Players

 

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OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY

Tier 1

Martha Brigham for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company

Omozé Idehenre for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

Cathleen Riddley for brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Shotgun Players

Tiffany Villarin for peerless at Marin Theatre Company

Jessica Wortham for Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks

 

Tier 2

 

Denmo Ibrahim for Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat at Golden Thread Productions

Dana Lewenthal for An Ideal Husband at Town Hall Theatre Company

Roneet Aliza Rahamim for The Diary of Anne Frank at Palo Alto Players

Kate Dunlop Tomatis for Well at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Courtney Walsh for Phèdre at Cutting Ball Theater

Elena Wright for Much Ado About Nothing at Marin Shakespeare Company

 

Tier 3

Tristan Cunningham for HOME at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Britney Frazier for HOME at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Hilary Hesse for A Streetcar Named Desire at Shelton Theater

Emily Kron for Bad Jews at Left Edge Theatre

Maria Leigh for Romeo and Juliet at We Players

Janelle Lutz for End of the Rainbow at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions

 

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OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY

 

Tier 1

 

Michael Doherty for Hand to God at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Lance Gardner for An Octoroon at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Jeremy Kahn for peerless at Marin Theatre Company

Carl Lumbly for Grandeur at Magic Theatre

Adam Magill for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Marin Theatre Company

 

Tier 2

 

Dameion Brown for Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company

Alan Coyne for Charley’s Aunt ’66 at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

George Psarras for Ideation at City Lights Theater Company

D.C. Scarpelli for An Ideal Husband at Town Hall Theatre Company

Max Tachis for The Graduate at Palo Alto Players

 

Tier 3

 

  1. Peter Callender for Jitney at African-American Shakespeare Company

Myers Clark for HOME at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Julian López-Morillas for Death of a Salesman at Ubuntu Theater Project

Dean Linnard for Bad Jews at Left Edge Theatre

Steve Rhyne for The Elephant Man at Altarena Playhouse

Brady Morales-Woolery for Bad Jews at Left Edge Theatre

 

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OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

 

Tier 1

 

Catherine Castellanos for Roe at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Safiya Fredericks for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

Margo Hall for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

Laura Odeh for Hand to God at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

 

Dawn L. Troupe for Safe House at Aurora Theatre Company

Dawn L. Troupe for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

 

Tier 2

 

Amanda Farbstein for Rapture, Blister, Burn at Custom Made Theatre Co.

Michaela Greeley for Sordid Lives at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Shannon Kase for Sordid Lives at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Catherine Luedtke for Sordid Lives at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Elissa Stebbins for You For Me For You at Crowded Fire Theater Company

 

Tier 3

 

Juliana Aiden for To the Bone at Ubuntu Theater Project

Taylor Bartolucci for Maple and Vine at Lucky Penny Productions

Heather Buck for Maple and Vine at Lucky Penny Productions

Rebecca Hodges for MacBitch at The Breadbox

Libby Oberlin for Romeo and Juliet at We Players

Sarita Ocón for To the Bone at Ubuntu Theater Project

 

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OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY

Tier 1

Aldo Billingslea for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

 

Steve Brady for Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks

Patrick Russell for Noises Off at San Francisco Playhouse

Michael Gene Sullivan for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

Lamont Thompson for black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

 

Tier 2

 

Rotimi Agbabiaka for Bootycandy at Brava Theatre Center

Scott Cox for Sordid Lives at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Jeffrey Hoffman for Casa Valentina at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Jomar Tagatac for You For Me For You at Crowded Fire Theater Company

Aaron Wilton for Bootycandy at Brava Theatre Center

 

Tier 3

 

Andre Amarotico for The 39 Steps at Ross Valley Players

Bobby August Jr. for Maple and Vine at Lucky Penny Productions

Dorian Lockett for The Piano Lesson at Role Players Ensemble

Anthony Martinez for Zombie Town at Left Edge Theatre

Nick Medina for Midsummer of Love at We Players

Larry Williams for Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Spreckels Theatre Company

 

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OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY

Tier 1

 

black odyssey at California Shakespeare Theater

brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Shotgun Players

Hand to God at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Outside Mullingar at TheatreWorks

peerless at Marin Theatre Company

 

Tier 2

 

An Ideal Husband at Town Hall Theatre Company

Daniel’s Husband at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Sons of the Prophet at New Conservatory Theatre Center

Sordid Lives at New Conservatory Theatre Center

The Shipment at Crowded Fire Theater Company

 

Tier 3

 

A Streetcar Named Desire at Shelton Theater

Bad Jews at Left Edge Theatre

HOME at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

INVERSION: Circus Disobedience at Kinetic Arts Productions

The 39 Steps at Ross Valley Players

To the Bone at Ubuntu Theater Project

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OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tier 1

 

Kacee Clanton for A Night with Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater

Elizabeth Curtis for It Shoulda Been You at Center Repertory Company

Hilary Maiberger for Daddy Long Legs at TheatreWorks

Sally Ann Triplett for The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

Teal Wicks for The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

 

Tier 2

 

Jessica Coker for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Courtney Hatcher for Legally Blonde at Hillbarn Theatre

Janelle LaSalle for Memphis at Tabard Theatre Company

Andrea J. Love for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Caitlin McGinty for Next to Normal at Broadway by the Bay

Anita Viramontes for In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

 

Tier 3

 

Dani Innocenti Beem for Gypsy at Sonoma Arts Live

Ofra Daniel for Love Sick at Jewish Circle Theatre

Kristen Hermosillo for Sweeney Todd at CMT San Jose

 

Mary Kalita for Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Kriselle Kelsey for A Chorus Line at WVLO Musical Theatre Company

Anne Norland for Silence! The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre

 

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OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tier 1

 

Derek Carley for Daddy Long Legs at TheatreWorks

Damian Humbley for The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

Andrew Lippa for The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

Hansel Tan for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

Phil Wong for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

 

Tier 2

 

Nikita Burshteyn for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Matt Davis for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Matthew Dean for Billy Elliot at Berkeley Playhouse

Keith Pinto for Cabaret at Hillbarn Theatre

Ken Sonkin for Billy Elliot at Berkeley Playhouse

 

Tier 3

 

Cameron Burrill for The Fantasticks at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions

Sam Faustine for Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Oklys Pimentel for In The Heights at WVLO Musical Theatre Company

Brian Watson for Silence! The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre

Phillip P. Williams for Big River at Lucky Penny Productions

Todd Wright for Assassins at Los Altos Stage Company

 

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OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tier 1

 

Rinabeth Apostol for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

Julie Benko for Rags at TheatreWorks

Lindsay Hirata for The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

Allison Rich for The Toxic Avenger at San Jose Stage Company

Nanci Zoppi for She Loves Me at San Francisco Playhouse

 

Tier 2

 

Zinah Abraha for In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Elizabeth Curtis for Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Town Hall Theatre Company

Brittney Monroe for Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

Alicia Piemme Nelson for The Rainbow Fish Musical at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Jocelyn Pickett for Legally Blonde at Hillbarn Theatre

 

Tier 3

 

Melinda Campero for Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions & Oasis

Juanita Harris for The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd at Landmark Musical Theatre

Juliet Heller for Pride and Prejudice – The Musical at IAM Theatre

Katrina McGraw for Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Amanda Engholm Pedersen for Gypsy at Sonoma Arts Live

Alyssa Teixeira for Hairspray at CMT San Jose

 

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OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Tier 1

 

Donald Corren for Rags at TheatreWorks

John Treacy Egan for La Cage Aux Folles at San Francisco Playhouse

Zachary Isen for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Mountain Play Association

Joshua Marx for The Toxic Avenger at San Jose Stage Company

Branden Noel Thomas for The Toxic Avenger at San Jose Stage Company

 

Tier 2

 

Dave Abrams for In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

 

Michael P. Gaffney for No, No, Nanette at 42nd Street Moon

John Melis for Beauty & the Beast at Broadway by the Bay

Alex Rodriguez for The Producers at Broadway by the Bay

David Rukin for Billy Elliot at Berkeley Playhouse

 

Tier 3

 

Jacob Bronson for 1776 at Spreckels Theatre Company

Darryl V. Jones for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Theatre Rhinoceros

Anthony Martinez for 1776 at Spreckels Theatre Company

Brendon North for Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Tim Setzer for Gypsy at Sonoma Arts Live

Michael S. Wells for Big River at Lucky Penny Productions

 

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OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL

Tier 1

 

A Night with Janis Joplin at American Conservatory Theater

She Loves Me at San Francisco Playhouse

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at TheatreWorks

The Life of the Party at TheatreWorks

The Toxic Avenger at San Jose Stage Company

 

Tier 2

 

Billy Elliot at Berkeley Playhouse

Cabaret at Hillbarn Theatre

In the Heights at Contra Costa Civic Theatre

Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Broadway by the Bay

Urinetown at Berkeley Playhouse

 

Tier 3

 

Hairspray at CMT San Jose

Little Shop of Horrors at Ray of Light Theatre

Love Sick at Jewish Circle Theatre

Peter and The Starcatcher at Spreckels Theatre Company

Silence! The Musical at Ray of Light Theatre

The Fantasticks at OMG, I Love That Show! Productions