'Endgame' and 'The Boy from Oz' lead in 2016 Ovation Award nominations

Nominees for the 27th annual L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards were announced Wednesday.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts led with 22 nominations. The group’s productions of “American Idiot” and “First Date” each earned seven nominations, while “Dreamgirls” and “Empire” picked up four apiece.

Center Theatre Group nabbed 20 nominations, including 10 mentions for “Endgame” and six for “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)” at the Mark Taper Forum.

With “Guards at the Taj” and “Barcelona” leading the way, Geffen Playhouse earned 18 nominations, while Celebration Theatre garnered 16 nominations, including 10 for “The Boy from Oz.”

As far as individual productions, “Endgame” and “The Boy from Oz” tied for the top spot with 10 nods each. 

Last year’s big winners included Circle X Theatre’s “Trevor,” Center Theatre Group’s “Chavez Ravine” and “Spring Awakening” from Deaf West Theatre and Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Awards are determined by local producers, directors, actors and other theater professionals chosen through an application process.

The awards ceremony is Jan. 17 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The complete list of nominations:

Best season

Celebration Theatre

Geffen Playhouse

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Best production of a play (intimate theater)

“Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

“Space,” Crooked Arrow Productions | Review

“My Mañana Comes,” Fountain Theatre | Review

“Hit the Wall,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

“Honky,” Rogue Machine | Review

“Church & State,” Skylight Theatre Company | Review

“Dry Land,” The Echo Theater Company | Review

Best production of a play (large theater)

“Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

“The Complete History of America (Abridged),” Falcon Theatre

“Barcelona,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

“Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

“Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” the Getty Villa & the Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

Best production of a musical (intimate theater)

“The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

“We Are the Tigers: A New Musical,” Heart and Flame Productions

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Sierra Madre Playhouse

Best production of a musical (large theater)

“American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

“First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

“Ham: A Musical Memoir,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Best presented production

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” Center Theatre Group | Review

“1984,” The Broad Stage | Review

“Jane Austen Unscripted,” The Broad Stage

Acting ensemble of a play

“Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

“Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” Center Theatre Group | Review

“Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

“The Complete History of America (Abridged),” Falcon Theatre

“My Mañana Comes,” Fountain Theatre | Review

“Hit the Wall,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

“Fly,” Pasadena Playhouse | Review

Acting ensemble of a musical

“The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

“American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

“Dreamgirls,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

“Empire,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts | Review

“First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

“I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin,” Corky Hale | Review

“Recorded In Hollywood,” Theatre Planners

Choreography

Annie Yee, “The Golden Dragon,” the Theatre @ Boston Court

Janet Roston, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Tasheena Madina, “The Sparrow,” Coeurage Theatre Company

Dana Solimando, “American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

John Farmanesh-Bocca, “Tempest Redux,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble | Review

Music direction 

Bryan Blaskie, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Patrick Sulken, “We Are the Tigers: A New Musical,” Heart and Flame Productions

David O, “American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Todd Schroeder, “Ham: A Musical Memoir,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Gerald Sternbach, “I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin,” Corky Hale | Review

Book for an original musical

Robert Hull and Caroline Sherman, “Empire,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts | Review

Mo Willems, “Elephant & Piggie’s: ‘We Are in a Play!’ ” MainStreet Theatre Company

Michael Shaw Fisher, “Shakespeare’s Last Night Out,” Orgasmico Theatre Company

Lyrics/Composition for an original musical  

Rebekah Allen, “We Are The Tigers: A New Musical,” Heart and Flame Productions

Deborah Wicks-La Puma and Mo Willems, “Elephant & Piggie’s: ‘We Are In A Play!’ ” MainStreet Theatre Company

Michael Shaw Fisher, “Shakespeare’s Last Night Out,” Orgasmico Theatre Company

Playwriting for an original play 

Nancy Keystone, “Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

Stefan Marks, “Space,” Crooked Arrow Productions | Review

Julie Marie Myatt, “John Is a Father,” The Road Theatre Company | Review

Jason Odell Williams, “Church & State,” Skylight Theatre Company | Review

Erik Patterson, “One of the Nice Ones,” The Echo Theater Company | Review

Luis Alfaro, “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” The Getty Villa & The Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

Jason Wells, “The Engine of Our Ruin,” The Victory Theatre Center | Review

Direction of a musical 

Michael A. Shepperd, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Oanh Nguyen, “A Chorus Line,” Chance Theater | Review

Brian Kite, “American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Nick DeGruccio, “First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Billy Porter and Ken Sawyer, “Ham: A Musical Memoir,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Direction of a play 

Alan Mandell, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Joseph Calarco, “The Sparrow,” Coeurage Theatre Company

Jerry Kernion, “The Complete History of America (abridged),” Falcon Theatre

Trip Cullman, “Barcelona,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Giovanna Sardelli, “Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Ken Sawyer, “Hit the Wall,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Katharine Farmer, “See Rock City,” Rubicon Theatre Company | Review

Lead actor in a musical

Andrew Bongiorno, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Jon Jon Briones, “La Cage Aux Folles,” East West Players | Review

David LaMarr, “Dreamgirls,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Marc Ginsburg, “First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Sam Harris, “Ham: A Musical Memoir,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Lead actress in a musical

Rachel York, “Grey Gardens,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Moya Angela, “Dreamgirls,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Brittney Johnson, “Dreamgirls,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Erica Lustig, “First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Alison Luff, “Breaking Through,” Pasadena Playhouse | Review

Lead actor in a play 

Barry McGovern, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Sterling K. Brown, “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” Center Theatre Group | Review

Stefan Marks, “Space,” Crooked Arrow Productions | Review

Ramiz Monsef, “Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Sam Anderson, “John Is a Father,” The Road Theatre Company | Review

Erik Odom, “See Rock City,” Rubicon Theatre Company

Rob Nagle, “Church & State,” Skylight Theatre Company | Review

Lead actress in a play

Betty Gilpin, “Barcelona,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Lily Nicksay, “See Rock City,” Rubicon Theatre Company

Angelle Brooks, “A Raisin in the Sun,” Ruskin Group Theatre Co.

Starletta DuPois, “A Raisin in the Sun,” Ruskin Group Theatre Co

Kate Morgan Chadwick, “Bed,” Echo Theater Company | Review

Connor Kelly-Eiding, “Dry Land,” Echo Theater Company | Review

Danielle Truitt, “The Mountaintop,” Matrix Theatre Company | Review

Featured actor in a musical 

Ryan Driscoll, “Children of Eden,” Cabrillo Music Theatre

Leigh Wakeford, “First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Justin Wilcox, “First Date,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Stanton Morales, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Sierra Madre Playhouse

Elijah Rock, “I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin,” Corky Hale | Review

Wilkie Ferguson III, “Recorded In Hollywood,” Theatre Planners

Matt Magnusson, “Recorded In Hollywood,” Theatre Planners

Featured actress in a musical 

Natalia Vivino, “Children of Eden,” Cabrillo Music Theatre

Kelly Lester, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Bess Motta, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Jessica Pennington, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Betty Buckley, “Grey Gardens,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Michelle Spears, “Sondheim UnScripted,” Impro Theatre

Cristina Gerla, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Sierra Madre Playhouse

Featured actor in a play  

Michael Shepperd, “Bootycandy,” Celebration Theatre | Review

James Greene, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Michael McKean, “Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” Center Theatre Group | Review

Larry Powell, “Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” Center Theatre Group | Review

Ray Ford, “Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

Robert Gossett, “Watching O.J.,” Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA

Matthew Hancock, “Hit the Wall,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Featured actress in a play 

Paula Christensen, “Colony Collapse,” The Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

Charlotte Rae, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, “Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” Center Theatre Group| Review

Patrena Murray, “Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” Center Theatre Group | Review

Robin Pearson Rose, “Outside Mullingar,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Sharon Sharth, “See Rock City,” Rubicon Theatre Company

Vivis Columbetti, “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” the Getty Villa & the Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

Lighting design (intimate theater)

Karyn Lawrence, “Colony Collapse,” the Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

Elizabeth Harper, “The Golden Dragon,” the Theatre @ Boston Court

Matthew Denman, “Bootycandy,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Tim Swiss, “Dream Boy,” Celebration Theatre

Elizabeth Harper, “Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

Matt Richter, “Hit the Wall,” Los Angeles LGBT Center | Review

Katelan Braymer, “The Hairy Ape,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Lighting design (large theater)

Jared Sayeg, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Japhy Weideman, “Barcelona,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Lap Chi Chu, “Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Daniel Ionazzi, “Outside Mullingar,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Steven Young, “American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Mike Billings, “See Rock City,” Rubicon Theatre Company | Review

KC Wilkerson, “Wicked Lit 2015,” Unbound Productions

Scenic design (intimate theater)

Sara Ryung Clement, “Seven Spots on the Sun,” the Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

Stephen Gifford, “Dream Boy,” Celebration Theatre

John Iacovelli, “Kingdom of Earth,” Dance on Productions in association with Linda Toliver & Gary Guidinger

John Iacovelli, “The Money Fi$h,” Cox Productions

Pete Hickok, “Rio Hondo,” Theatre of Note | Review

Michael Navarro, “My Mañana Comes,” Fountain Theatre | Review

John Vertrees & Erin Walley, “Deathtrap,” Sierra Madre Playhouse

Scenic design (large theater)

John Iacovelli, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Mark Wendland, “Barcelona,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Derek McLane, “Big Sky,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Tom Buderwitz, “Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Tom Buderwitz, “Casa Valentina,” Pasadena Playhouse | Review

Mike Billings, “See Rock City,” Rubicon Theatre Company | Review

Jeff Cowie, “The City of Conversation,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts | Review

Sound design (intimate theater)

John Nobori, “Colony Collapse,” the Theatre @ Boston Court | Review

John Nobori, “The Golden Dragon,” the Theatre @ Boston Court

Joseph Calarco, “The Sparrow,” Coeurage Theatre Company

Randy Tico, “Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

Christopher Moscatiello, “The Hairy Ape,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble | Review

David Marling, “Birder,” The Road Theatre Company | Review

Matt Richter, “A Gulag Mouse,” Sacred Fools Theater Company

Sound design (Large theatre)

Cricket Myers, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Vincent Olivieri, “Barcelona,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Vincent Olivieri, “Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Philip Allen, “Empire,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts | Review

Cricket Myers, “I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin,” Corky Hale | Review

Bruno Louchouarn, “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” The Getty Villa & The Theatre @ Boston Court |  Review

Drew Dalzell and Noelle Hoffman, “Wicked Lit 2015,” Unbound Productions

Costume design (intimate theater)

Kerry Hennessy, “Wood Boy Dog Fish,” Bootleg Theater

Allison Dillard, “Bootycandy,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Michael Mullen, “The Boy From Oz,” Celebration Theatre | Review

Lena Sands, “Ameryka,” Critical Mass Performance Group

Halei Parker, “The Hairy Ape,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Candice Cain, “The Glass Menagerie,” Sierra Madre Playhouse

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, “Cloud 9,” The Antaeus Company

Costume design (large theater)

Maggie Morgan, “Endgame,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Ann Closs-Farley, “Women Laughing Alone With Salad,” Center Theatre Group | Review

Denitsa Bliznakova, “Guards at the Taj,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Jessica Ford, “These Paper Bullets! A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,” Geffen Playhouse | Review

Kate Bergh, “Casa Valentina,” Pasadena Playhouse | Review

Christine Cover Ferro, “Wicked Lit 2015,” Unbound Productions

Vicki Conrad, “The Imaginary Invalid,” Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum

Video/Projection design

Matthew Hill, “Man Covets Bird,” 24th Street Theatre

Dallas Nicholas, “Wood Boy Dog Fish,” Bootleg Theater

Stephen Epstein and Ron Wood, “Space,” Crooked Arrow Productions | Review

Jonathan Infante, “American Idiot,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

David Gallo and Brad Peterson, “Empire,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts | Review

Adam Flemming, “Wicked Lit 2015,” Unbound Productions

Hana Kim, “The City of Conversation,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts | Review

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