Island City Stage Takes Top Prize at Carbonells

Island City Stage’s production of “Daniel’s Husband” captured top honors at the 2016 Carbonell Awards ceremony Monday night. Credit: Robert Figueroa

Wilton Manors-based Island City Stage took home the Carbonell Award on Monday night at the Broward Center for the best production of a play, Michael McKeever’s powerful “Daniel’s Husband.”

The four-year-old company, which focuses on works with LGBT themes, presented the world premiere just weeks before the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, affirming the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry nationwide.

“‘Daniel’s Husband’ was really a gift to the theater and we are so excited to be recognized for best production,” said an ecstatic Andy Rogow, artistic director. “It’s so rewarding to do work that truly affects peoples’ lives. We were told of so many people who saw the play and then were inspired to get married.”

In 2014, Island City Stage swept the awards with Dan Clancy’s “The Timekeepers,” a moving play about two prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp who form an unlikely bond.

McKeever, who is gay, also won the Carbonell for best new work—his seventh—and one of the play’s stars, Antonio Amadeo, was named best actor in a play.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Palm Beach County racked up four wins for its production of the musical, “Les Miserables,” including best production, best director, best actor and best sound design.


Following is the complete list of winners at the 2016 Carbonell Awards:

Best New Work (play or musical)

"Daniel's Husband," Michael McKeever, Island City Stage

Best Production of a Play

"Daniel's Husband," Island City Stage

Best Director - Play

  1. Barry Lewis, "Buried Child," Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Actor - Play

Antonio Amadeo, "Daniel's Husband," Island City Stage

Best Actress - Play

Lindsey Corey, "Stripped," Zoetic Stage

Best Supporting Actor - Play

Paul Tei, "Buried Child," Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Supporting Actress - Play

Margery Lowe, "Picnic," Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Production of a Musical

"Les Misérables," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Best Director - Musical

Mark Martino, "Les Misérables," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Best Actor - Musical

Aloysius Gigl, "Les Misérables," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Best Actress - Musical

Melissa Minyard, "Ragtime," Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Best Supporting Actor - Musical

Shane Tanner, "Oklahoma!," The Wick

Best Supporting Actress - Musical

Elizabeth Dimon, "Billy Elliot," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Musical Direction - Musical

David Nagy, "Ragtime," Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Choreography - Musical

Greg Graham, "Billy Elliot," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Best Scenic Design

Victor Becker, "The History Boys," Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Lighting Design

Jeff Quinn, "Constellations," GableStage

Best Costume Design

Brian O'Keefe, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Palm Beach Dramaworks

Best Sound Design

Marty Mets, "Les Misérables," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Best Ensemble Production

"Glengarry Glen Ross," Maltz Jupiter Theatre

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