The Atlanta Lyric Theatre was recognized with 18 nominations for the 2012 Suzi Bass Awards.
Commonly known as 'The Suzis', the awards honor outstanding achievements in local professional theatre. This year, The Lyric is tied with Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre receiving 18 nominations, second only to Atlanta's Alliance Theatre who received 22 nominations.
The Lyric's "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Gypsy" captured three of the five Suzi nominations for Best Musical.
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Other nominations include:
- Best Director of a Musical: Ricardo Aponte, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and Dustin Lewis, "Gypsy"
- Best Music Director: Brandt Blocker, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and Michael Fauss, "Gypsy"
- Best Choreographer: Ricardo Aponte, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and Karen Hebert, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
- Best Sound Designer of a Musical: Bobby Johnston, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Ain't Misbehavin'"
- Best Lead Actress in a Musical: Claci Miller, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and Ingrid Cole, "Gypsy"
- Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Alan Kilpatrick, "Gypsy"
- Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Marcie Millard, Thoroughly Modern Millie" and Jill Ginsberg, "Gypsy"
- Best Costume Designer of a Musical: Lindsey G. Paris, "Gypsy"
- Best Ensemble of a Musical: The cast of "Ain't Misbehavin'"
"Being acknowledged as one of many outstanding theatrical organizations in Atlanta is always an incredible honor," said Brandt Blocker, Managing Artistic Director of Atlanta Lyric Theatre, in a press release.
The Lyric has won several Suzi Awards including Best Musical for the 2010 production of “Hairspray.”
The eighth annual Suzis will be awarded Nov. 5 at The Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur.
The awards are named for Suzi Bass, the popular local actress who died of cancer at age 56 in 2002.
For a full list of nominations and information on the Suzi Bass Awards, visit suziawards.org.
Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s 33rd season of musicals includes “Anything Goes,” Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” “Beehive,” “Ragtime” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”