The show must go on, even if it takes a while. For the first time in nearly four years, the Carbonell Awards are live and in person.
The event is set for Nov. 7 at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.
The awards honor outstanding achievements in South Florida’s theater community. The theme is Community & Inclusion, and will recognize 134 people and productions in 20 categories. Carbonell Board President Gary Schweikhart said the night will be “a truly joyous celebration packed with music, laughter and applause as we recognize talented members of our theater community for shows produced in Broward, Miami/Dade and Palm Beach Counties during the 2021-2022 season.”
Miami New Drama leads theatres with 24 nominations, followed by 16 for Area Stage, Slow Burn Theatre Company with 15, Ronnie Larsen Presents with, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and Palm Beach Dramaworks with 12 each, and Zoetic Stage with 11.
Area Stage’s Beauty and the Beast was the production earning the most individual nominations with 15, and Miami New Drama earned nine for A Wonderful World, and seven each for Papá Cuatro and The Cuban Vote.
This will be the first time the awards will be live and in person since April 2019. The COVID pandemic forced the awards, as well as many theaters, to cancel or scale back productions. That means the pressure is on to have a fun, memorable night. That should be no problem considering some South Florida’s most talented live performers will all be in the same room.
Performances from Carbonell-nominated musicals and actors will include Area Stage’s Beauty and The Beast with nominees Frank Montoto, Michelle Gordon, Katie Duerr, Maxime Prissert, John Luis, Imran Hylton, and others in the cast. Come Out! Come Out! from Ronnie Larsen Presents will be represented by performer Larry Toyter, accompanied by Musical Director Bobby Peaco, with choreography by Oren Korenblum.
Tickets are $32 and are on sale now at showpass.com.