The Carbonells Go On, Virtually

South Florida's Theater Awards a Little Different This Year

Michelle F. Solomon, ATCA

Ladies and gentleman, put on your gowns and your black ties and host a watch party. The Carbonell Awards is having a virtual awards ceremony on Monday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Yes, we are happy that this storied theater institution won't be halted by COVID, but weall know the Carbonells, for those of us who plan our social calendar around it, is about the gathering outside. the photographs, the cheek kisses, where it feels like a night at the Kodak Theater Oscars, is as magical as the ceremony itself.

Left, nominated for Best New Work is Miami New Drama's


Left, nominated for Best New Work is Miami New Drama's "Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy." Right, New City Players' "A Raisin in the Sun" is nominated for Best Production of a Play and a nomination for actress Rita Cole.

But, we're not complaining. I will be donning my gown anyway.

So, now on with the details: The 44th awards ceremony will be viewing through the Carbonell's Facebook page and website hosted through the YouTube Channel of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 

The live ceremony was postponed, scheduled for April 6, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceremony will be viewable as of 7:30 pm on Aug. 3 via:

The virtual ceremony is being produced by Caryl Fantel and Alysa Fantel of Fantel Music. 



Left, "Ordinary Americans" at Palm Beach Dramaworks is nominated for Bet New Work, while David Kwiat is up for best supporting actor and Elizabeth Dimon for best actress. Right, Matthew Korinko is nominated as best supporting actor and Lindsey Corey as best supporting actress for Slow Burn Theatre's "A Christmas Story."

For the upcoming Carbonell Awards, Palm Beach Dramaworks shows earned a record-breaking 29 nominations overall, the most of any theater in the tri-county region. Zoetic Stage received 20 nominations, the most for any theater in Miami-Dade County, and Slow Burn Theatre Company in Fort Lauderdale earned 12 nominations, the most of any theater in Broward County. Out of more than 80 shows that opened in 2019 at regional theaters, 62 were eligible for nominations.

Carbonell Awards will be presented in 20 competitive categories, featuring 100 different nominations.

Four special honors, including the prestigious George Abbott Award, will also be presented.

And the nominees are . . .

For a complete list of this year’s nominees, check out the list at:

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