Aurora Theatre wins 7 Suzis

One of the awards included Best Musical

The cast of “Les Misérables” took the stage to accept the 2013 Suzi Bass Award for Best Musical. (Photo: Cayce Callaway)

The cast of “Les Misérables” took the stage to accept the 2013 Suzi Bass Award for Best Musical. (Photo: Cayce Callaway)


Bryant Smith, who played Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables,” performs at the 2013 Suzi Bass Awards. (Photo: Cayce Callaway)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Last year, the Aurora Theatre was nominated for 15 Suzi Bass Awards and took home seven.

On Nov. 4, the Lawrenceville venue walked away with seven awards out of its 22 nominations.

“I am grateful for the artists, staff, patrons, board members and sponsors that have helped to make Aurora Theatre a strong and dynamic organization,” said Aurora’s Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez. “With the magnificent work being produced in Atlanta by all of these amazing organizations, I continue to be inspired and motivated to raise the bar at Aurora Theatre.”

“Les Mis” was the most successful production to date at the Aurora. It boasted a sold-out run of 43 performances more than seven weeks with an attendance of more than 10,000 patrons. The musical received nominations in every possible category, with multiple nominees in several acting categories.

The theater has also received nominations for other productions, including “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Sweet Charity,” “Master Harold … and the Boys,” “Lark Eden,” “Unnecessary Monsters” and “Petite Rouge.”

For “Les Mis,” the theater won Best Musical, Aurora’s Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence received the award for Musical Direction and director Justin Anderson won for Best Director. The award for Best Scenic Design went to Phillip Male. Leslie Bellair was given the award for Featured Actress in a Musical.

Aurora’s world premiere of “Unnecessary Monsters” took the Theatre for Youth Production award.

For the second consecutive year, the theater won the coveted Audience Choice Award. This award gives the general public a chance to celebrate a theater and season of productions they most enjoyed.

The Audience Choice Award also serves as a fundraiser for both the nonprofit Suzi Bass Awards organization and Aurora Theatre. A donation of one dollar equaled one vote and proceeds are split evenly by both organizations.