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Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Reveals 2016 Award Nominees

The best of Los Angeles theater will be honored.

Emily Lopez has received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nomination for her performance as Carrie White in Carrie the Musical.
(© Jason Niedle)

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has revealed its 2016 nominations.

Leading the pack is Hit the Wall, a production of the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Sixth Avenue at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, which received a total of seven nominations.

In the lead performance category, nominees include Mary Beth Fisher for Luna Gale (Goodman Theatre at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre), Emily Lopez for Carrie the Musical (La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts), Zoe Perry for Anna Christie (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), and Jimmi Simpson for Trevor (Circle X Theatre Co.), among several others. The featured performance category includes Bryce Ryness for his performance in the national tour of Matilda, as well as Charlie Hofheimer for his work in Center Theatre Group's revival of Bent. Obie winner John Douglas Thompson is nominated in the solo performance category for his work in Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

The writing category includes nominees Rebecca Gilman (Luna Gale), Nick Jones (Trevor), Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy), Lucy Prebble (Enron), and Micah Schraft (A Dog's House). Tim Minchin, a Tony nominee for his Matilda The Musical score, is nominated in the musical score category for his work. On the technical side, Broadway-related nominees include Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) and Josh Rhodes (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) for choreography, Mimi Lien (Appropriate) for scenic design, and William Ivey Long (Disaster!) for costumes.

Deaf West Theatre Company, whose Los Angeles revival of Spring Awakening recently completed a Broadway engagement, will receive the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater. Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, originally produced by South Coast Repertory, will receive the Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play.

Winners will be revealed March 14 during a ceremony at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School, in the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice.

Click here for a complete list of nominees.