The cast of “Les Miserables” performs “One Day More” during the Aurora Theatre’s production, which ended Sept. 8. (Photo: Chris Bartelski)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Last year, the Aurora Theatre was nominated for 15 Suzi Bass Awards and took home seven.
For the ninth annual award show, the Lawrenceville venue has clenched 22 nominations — 15 for its production of “Les Miserables.”
“Both Anthony Rodriguez (Aurora’s Producing Artistic Director) and I are so honored at the outpouring of love from the Suzis and from the over 10,000 people who shared this moment in time,” said Aurora’s Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence. “Les Miserables was a labor of love because everyone seemed ‘called’ to the project. For the actors, they were in pursuit of their dream role. For the designers, it was epic in scale and budget. And for director Justin Anderson and I, it was a chance to leave our individual creative mark on a brilliant piece of theater.”
“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 nomination for other productions, including “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Sweet Charity,” “Master Harold … and the Boys,” “Lark Eden,” “Unnecessary Monsters” and “Petite Rouge.”
If you want the Lawrenceville venue to take home “The Audience Choice Award,” you can help the Aurora win it. You just need to vote online. It’s $1 per vote and parts of the funds raised goes back to the nominated theaters.
After winning last year, the theater hopes to defend its title as Audience Choice.
The Aurora is in second place for nominations. The Alliance Theatre is in first place with 25 nominations for its productions.
The Suzis were founded in 2003 by artists mourning the death of Suzi Bass, a well-known local actress who performed on numerous Atlanta stages and passed away in 2002.
Not just any theater can be part of the Suzis — there are certain criteria to be filled. The theaters must have the legal rights to plays before they can perform them, they need at least 12 showings of a play and each crew member has to be paid every week.
This year’s event is on Nov. 4 Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur. For a full list of nominees or to vote for the Aurora, visit www.suziawards.org.