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Adding Awards to the Mantle - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Adding Awards to the Mantle

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With the thawing of winter in New York comes theatre awards season, and for the third year in a row there is a new show on Broadway that was previously shown at the Playhouse. On Tuesday, the new musical Memphis, which rocked our audiences in summer of 2008, received two nominations: Drama Leagues for Outstanding Production of a Musical and Outstanding Performance for Montego Glover. The Outstanding Performance Award is an interesting one: instead of specific categories, they put performers on one big list, and one person receives the actual award each year. The nomination itself is a big deal, and really special for first-time recipient Montego. It’s also fun to see some familiar faces on the list, like David Allen Grier and Karine Plantadit (both from our 2006 production of The Wiz).

On the other end of the awards spectrum, Charlie Williams, an ensemble member in Memphis both in La Jolla and in New York, won the Broadway Beauty Pageant this week, beating out men from West Side Story, Wicked and Fela, among others. Charlie competed in talent, interview and swimsuit competitions to snag the crown. Proceeds from the evening benefited New York’s Ali Forney Center, which houses homeless LGBT youth in New York City. No word on if Charlie will be wearing that swimsuit to the rest of the award ceremonies this season.

The Outer Critics Circle Award nominations are coming up next week, followed by the Drama Desk noms and then the biggies: the Tonys. I’ll be here along the way to give you the scoop on who’s in and what our Playhouse alums are up for. Stay tuned!

Montego Glover

Monteo Glover, nominated for the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in the Broadway production of Memphis.

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams, ensemble member in Memphis and winner of the Broadway Beauty Pageant.

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