SAN DIEGO–Old Globe’s world premiere productions of Sammy and The First Wives Club – A New Musical were the recipients of five 2010 NAACP Theatre Awards. The awards presentation was held on Monday, Aug. 30 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood.
The Old Globe was named Best Producer for the world premiere production of Sammy. Broadway veteran Obba Babatundé won the Best Lead Actor award for his astonishing portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. and Ian Frasier, winner of 11 Emmy Awards for his musical talents, picked up the award for Best Music Director. The new musical’s book, music and lyrics were written by Oscar and Grammy Award winner Leslie Bricusse and premiered at the Globe Sept. 19 – Nov. 8, 2009.
Internationally recognized opera and theater director Francesca Zambello was named Best Director of a Musical and Broadway and West End designer Mark McCullough won Best Lighting for The First Wives Club. With music by the legendary songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland and book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes, The First Wives Club premiered at the Globe July 17 – August 23, 2009.
“We are proud to be recognized by the NAACP for our achievements during the 2009-10 season and offer our enthusiastic congratulations to Obba, Ian, Francesca and Mark,” said Spisto. “The Old Globe has long had a commitment to diversity and we continue to develop and present programming to further our goals.”
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