NEXT UP ON OUR STAGE
And the Award Goes to.....
Dani Innocenti Beem, who played Madame Rose in last summer’s production of GYPSY (directed by Michael Ross) has won a San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle award for BEST PRINCIPAL ACTRESS in a musical.
Sonoma Arts Live was honored to be nominated for three awards this year: Best Solo Production (ANN, starring Libby Villari) and Best Principal Actresses in a Musical for Ellen Toscano (EVITA!) and Dani Innocenti Beem (GYPSY). “As you often hear at award ceremonies, it truly IS an honor just to be nominated! To win, now that’s the icing on the cake!” says Executive Artistic Director Jaime Love. "We are so proud our productions were nominated alongside such prestigious companies as The Hillbarn in San Jose, A.C.T and Marin Theater Company.”
Jaime Love accepted the award on behalf of Ms. Beem, who was busy with a rehearsal of her current show, SCREAM QUEENS at Lucky Penny Productions in Napa. The 42nd Annual Excellence in Theater Awards were held on March 26 at the historic Victoria Theater in San Francisco.
In addition, two of the productions in our January - July 2017 WOMEN WHO DARE series were winners of three Marquee Theater Journalists Association Awards on November 6!
Becky’s New Car, which ran to critical acclaim in June, took home two awards. Melissa Claire, who played the emotional, tightly wound and hilarious Becky, won an award for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Comedy, and Sonoma Arts Live and Director Carl Jordan took home an award for Outstanding Comedy Production (Becky’s New Car).
Daniela Innocenti-Beem, who wowed audiences last summer as Madame Rose in the Michael Ross directed GYPSY! won for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical. Her category included entries from Spreckels, Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma Arts Live’s Evita! directed by Lauren Miller.
Now in their second year, the awards were founded by San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle members Harry Duke, Alexa Chipman and Barry Willis, and playwright and SFBATCC critic David Templeton.