The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was wall-to-wall entertaining, smart, and funny.
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The San Diego Theater Critics Circle held its 12th annual awards ceremony last night. Congratulations to the winners, the nominees, and the entire community of theater artists for one heck of a year.


Resident Musical: In the Heights, San Diego Repertory Theatre.

New Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Old Globe Theatre.

Musical Direction: Don LeMaster, The Sound of Music, San Diego Musical Theatre.

Orchestrations: Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Old Globe Theatre.

Pulitzer winner Wit has been praised for its frank, eloquent portrait of a cancer victim.

Choreography: Javier Velasco, In the Heights, San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Young Artist/Sandy Ellis-Troy Scholarship: Abby DeSpain, 
Wait Until Dark, New Village Arts.

Lead Performance in a Musical, Female: Erin Davie, Emily Padgett, Side Show, La Jolla Playhouse.

Lead Performance in a Musical, Male: Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Old Globe Theatre.

Featured Performance in a Musical, Female: Victoria Strong, The Sound of Music, San Diego Musical Theatre.

Side Show

Featured Performance in a Musical, Male: Phil Johnson, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Intrepid Shakespeare Company.

Ensemble: The Bluest Eye, Moxie Theatre and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.

Costume Design: Paul Tazewell, Side Show, La Jolla Playhouse.

Sound Design: Chris Leussmann, The Wizard of Oz, Moonlight Stage Productions.

Lighting Design: York Kennedy, Other Desert Cities, Old Globe Theatre.

In the Heights

Scenic Design: Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Old Globe Theatre.

Projection Design: Victoria Petrovich, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Special Award, Outstanding Musical Performance in a Play: Gilbert Castellanos, Federal Jazz Project, San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Featured Performance in a Play, Male: Don Sparks, Pygmalion, Old Globe Theatre.

Featured Performance in a Play, Female: Yolanda Franklin, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Diversionary Theatre.

Lead Performance in a Play, Male: Miles Anderson, The Merchant of Venice, Old Globe Theatre.

Lead Performance in a Play, Female: Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Wit, Lamb’s Players Theatre.

Solo Performance: Sean Sullivan, “Baby Redboots’ Revenge,” San Diego Fringe Festival.

Direction of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Old Globe Theatre.

Direction of a Play: Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, The Bluest Eye, Moxie Theatre and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.

Special Event: San Diego Fringe Festival; Without Walls Festival, La Jolla Playhouse.

Actor of the Year: Linda Libby (Grey Gardens, Ion Theatre, Company, Cygnet Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cygnet Theatre); Randall Dodge (South Pacific, Welk Resort Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, The Sound of Music, San Diego Musical Theatre, The Wizard of Oz, Moonlight Stage, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Old Globe Theatre).

Dramatic Production: The Bluest Eye, Moxie Theatre and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company: Ion Theatre.

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