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Suzi Bass Award Nominations are revealed to a proud Atlanta theater neighborhood


The Alliance Theatre dominated the Suzi Bass Award nominations introduced final week, scoring 62 whole nods for seven exhibits from their 2021-22 season – together with the most-nominated musical and play. 

Buying and selling Locations: The Musical, tailored from the traditional 1983 comedy movie, was probably the most acknowledged present, receiving 15 nominations, together with Excellent Manufacturing of a Musical and Excellent World Premiere Manufacturing. Probably the most nominated play was the Alliance’s new tackle A Christmas Carol, starring Andrew Benator as Ebenezer Scrooge, which returns to the stage this vacation season. It acquired 9 Suzi nods.

The awards, which honor the most effective of Atlanta theater, shall be introduced November 14 on the Southwest Arts Heart within the metropolis of South Fulton. That is the primary time that aggressive Suzis shall be given since 2018. The nominees for the 2019 aggressive prizes have been introduced, however no prizes got for that season.  In fall 2020, Suzi organizers introduced that they wouldn’t give a full slate of awards for the COVID-19 interrupted season, as a substitute giving Spirit of Suzi prizes to those organizations: Atlanta Artist Aid Fund; Atlanta Theatre Artists for Justice; Black Leaders Advocacy for Cultural Theatre; the Coalition for Racial Fairness in Atlanta Theatre; and I.D.E.A. ATL (Inclusion, Range and Fairness within the Arts Atlanta). 

This season, Aurora Theatre and Actor’s Categorical tied because the second-most nominated theaters behind the Alliance, each receiving 15 nominations for his or her productions.

In a change from earlier years, the appearing awards will now not be separated by gender. As an alternative, two prizes shall be given in principal and featured performer classes, with 10 to 11 nominees.

For some first-time appearing nominees, this recognition is extremely heartening.

Neal Ghant and Andrew Benator within the Alliance Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” (Picture by Greg Mooney)

Charlie Thomas, who was nominated as featured performer in a play for his work in Bootycandy at Actor’s Categorical, mentioned he was completely happy for his play’s five-person forged, together with his nominated castmates Caleb Clark and Parris Sarter.

“The icing on the cake is being nominated with my fellow castmates as a result of that present was a dream,” he mentioned. “I share my nomination with all 5 of us, truly. We’re very, very blessed.”

Thomas mentioned it was notably thrilling to see his title alongside different Atlanta actors he has lengthy admired.

“Since I’ve moved to Atlanta, Enoch King and Neal Ghant have been two main artists who I instantly aspired to work like,” he mentioned. “To look at my title in the identical class as them made me emotional. That was the most important private achievement, to face subsequent to folks I contemplate my creative function fashions.”

King acquired two nominations for his work this 12 months, as Featured Performer in a Play for the Alliance’s Toni Stone and as Principal Performer in a Play for The Gentle at Horizon Theatre. His Gentle co-star Cynthia D. Barker was nominated in the identical class.

Robin McGee, who portrayed an iconic civil rights activist within the one-woman present Fannie: The Music and Lifetime of Fannie Lou Hamer, at Kenny Leon’s True Colours Theatre Firm, acquired her first Suzi nomination for the play. It was McGee’s first present on an Atlanta stage; the actress moved from Tacoma, Washington, throughout the pandemic.

“Being a newcomer to the Atlanta theatre scene as of a 12 months and a half in the past, I have to say I’m ecstatic,” McGee mentioned in a message. “To have been nominated amongst a few of the most amazingly proficient actors of Atlanta, all I can say is that I’m actually blessed by God!”

Robin McGee stars within the one-woman present “Fannie: The Music and Lifetime of Fannie Lou Hamer.” (Picture by Greg Mooney)

Jasmine Renee Ellis, nominated alongside co-star Amitria Fanae for her work within the musical Marie and Rosetta, thanked True Colours for trusting her with the function of famed gospel singer Marie Knight.

“This class has some heavy hitters, and I’m simply grateful to be amongst them,” Ellis mentioned in a message. “I might have by no means guessed I’d be nominated for my first-ever principal function in a musical – a two-person present at that. I’m speechless. This present pushed me past my consolation zone, and my co-star (Fanae) has grow to be a sister, even after the curtain closed.”

This 12 months’s winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Spirit of Suzi Award, Volunteer of the Yr Award and Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award shall be introduced nearer to the occasion.

The complete nominations are right here. Nominations in key classes are under:

Excellent Manufacturing of a Musical

Ain’t Misbehavin’, Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Dominion Leisure

Marie and Rosetta, Kenny Leon’s True Colours Theatre Firm

Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Excellent Manufacturing of a Play:

Dream Home, Alliance Theatre

Fannie: The Music and Lifetime of Fannie Lou Hamer, True Colours Theatre Firm

An Iliad, Theatrical Outfit

Legacy of Gentle, Synchronicity Theatre

The Gentle, Horizon Theatre Firm

Toni Stone, Alliance Theatre

Lee Osorio performs The Poet in “An Iliad,” an replace of the Homerian traditional, at Theatrical Outfit. (Picture by Casey Gardner Ford)

Excellent World Premiere Manufacturing:

Bina’s Six Apples, Alliance Theatre

Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

Dream Home, Alliance Theatre

The Fairly Pants Bandit, Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Excellent Social Justice Manufacturing:

Dream Home, Alliance Theatre

Fannie: The Music and Lifetime of Fannie Lou Hamer, True Colours Theatre Firm

The New Black Fest’s Palms Up, Alliance Theatre

The Gentle, Horizon Theatre Firm

Toni Stone, Alliance Theatre

Course of a Musical:

Ricardo Aponte – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Aurora Theatre

Susan V. Sales space – Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

S.Renee Clark – Ain’t Misbehavin’, Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Kenny Leon – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Patdro Harris – Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Dominion Leisure

Course of a Play:

Lisa Adler – Roe, Horizon Theatre Firm

Keith Arthur Bolden and Alexis Woodard – The New Black Fest’s Palms Up, Alliance Theatre

Marguerite Hannah and Lydia Fort – The Gentle, Horizon Theatre Firm

Tinashe Kajese-Bolden – Toni Stone, Alliance Theatre

Leora Morris – A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre

Ensemble of a Musical:

Ain’t Misbehavin’, Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Ensemble of a Play:

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Thriller, Theatrical Outfit

The Bluest Eye, Synchronicity Theatre

Vibrant Half Life, Theatrical Outfit

The New Black Fest’s Palms Up, Alliance Theatre

Vainness Truthful, Georgia Ensemble Theatre

The Wolf on the Finish of the Block, Theatrical Outfit

On this scene that deconstructs The Cosby Present superb household dinner, teenage Sutter tells his household an odd man is following him dwelling  in “Bootycandy.” (Picture by Casey Gardner Ford)

Featured Performer in a Musical:

Marcello Audino – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Aurora Theatre

Jewl Carney – Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

Shameka Dwight – Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Dominion Leisure

Mark Kudisch – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Josh Lamon – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Michael Longoria – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Marcie Millard – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Aurora Theatre

Maria Rodriguez-Sager – Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

Don Stephenson – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Emily Whitley – Heathers: The Musical, Actor’s Expres

Featured Performer in a Play:

Solar Mee Chomet – Bina’s Six Apples, Alliance Theatre

Caleb Clark – Bootycandy, Actor’s Categorical

Rob Cleveland – Pink Speedo, Actor’s Categorical

Neal Ghant – A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre

Valeka Jessica – Intimate Attire, Actor’s Categorical

Enoch King – Toni Stone, Alliance Theatre

Daniel Parvis – Hometown Boy, Actor’s Categorical

Asia Rogers – A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre

Parris Sarter – Bootycandy, Actor’s Categorical

Charlie Thomas – Bootycandy, Actor’s Categorical

Geoffrey D. Williams – Toni Stone, Alliance Theatre

Principal Performer in a Musical:

Jeremy Aggers – Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

Jasmine Renee Ellis – Marie and Rosetta, True Colours Theatre Firm

Amitria Fanae – Marie and Rosetta, True Colours Theatre Firm

Aneesa Folds – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Jackson Harm – Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Aurora Theatre

Alexandria Pleasure – Heathers: The Musical, Actor’s Categorical

Maiesha McQueen – Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, Dominion Leisure

Bryce Pinkham – Buying and selling Locations, Alliance Theatre

Gillian Rabin – Darlin’ Cory, Alliance Theatre

India Tyree – Music and Dance, Aurora Theatre

Marie and Rosetta
George Brant’s “Marie and Rosetta” chronicles trailblazing musicians Marie Knight (Jasmine Ellis, left) and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Amitria Fanae).

Principal Performer in a Play:

Cynthia D. Barker – The Gentle, Horizon Theatre Firm

Andrew Benator – A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre

Marlon Andrew Burnley – Pink Speedo, Actor’s Categorical

Enoch King – The Gentle, Horizon Theatre Firm

Olivia Lampert – Bina’s Six Apples, Alliance Theatre

Robin McGee – Fannie: The Music and Lifetime of Fannie Lou Hamer, True Colours

Rhyn McLemore – Roe, Horizon Theatre Firm

Lee Osorio – An Iliad, Theatrical Outfit

Kedren Spencer – Toni Stone, Alliance Theatre

Vallea E. Woodbury – Intimate Attire, Actor’s Categorical

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Benjamin Carr, a member of the American Theatre Critics Affiliation, is an arts journalist and critic who has contributed to ArtsATL since 2019. His performs have been produced at The Winery Theatre in Manhattan, as a part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Quick Play Pageant, and the Heart for Puppetry Arts. His novel Impacted was revealed by The Story Plant in 2021.



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