A host of stage veterans have been nominated for 2016 Ovation Awards, presented by the LA Stage Alliance, for their theater-work in California.
In acting categories, Jon Jon Briones (Broadway's upcoming Miss Saigon) is nominated for his work as George in East West Players' La Cage aux Folles, as well as Broadway favorites Sam Harris for the Los Angles LGBT Center production of his work Ham: A Musical Memoir, Rachel York and Betty Buckley for the Center Theater Group production of Grey Gardens, Alison Luff for Pasadena Playhouse's Breaking Through, and Moya Angela (the upcoming In Transit on Broadway) for Dreamgirls at La Mirada Theatre. Sterling K. Brown, an Emmy winner for The People v. OJ Simpson, and Michael McKean are nominated for their work in Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), while Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie) received a nomination for her performance in Geffen Playhouse's Barcelona.
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts lead the pack with 22 nominations for their productions of American Idiot (7), First Date (7), Dreamgirls (4), and Empire (4). Center Theatre Group follows with 20 nominations for their productions of Endgame(10) and Women Laughing Alone with Salad (1) at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (6 noms) at the Mark Taper Forum; and Grey Gardens (2) and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (1) at the Ahmanson Theatre. Geffen Playhouse received 18 nominations for their productions of Guards at the Taj (7), Barcelona (6), Outside Mullingar (2), These Paper Bullets! A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1), Big Sky (1), and Best Season.