On Jan. 30, 2006, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the fourth annual Craig Noel Awards for Excellence in Theatre, honoring the outstanding achievements on San Diego stages in 2005.  
Musical Revival
Big River, Moonlight Stage Productions

New Musical
Palm Beach, La Jolla Playhouse

Direction of a Musical
Kirby Ward, Big River, Moonlight Stage Productions

Female Lead, Musical

  • Chita Rivera, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Old Globe
  • Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Corridos Remix, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Male Lead, Musical

  • Peter Musante, Big River, Moonlight Stage Productions
  • Clarke Thorell, Palm Beach, La Jolla Playhouse

Featured Performance, Musical

  • Randall Dodge, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of Penzance, Moonlight Stage Productions
  • Amanda Watkins, Palm Beach, La Jolla Playhouse

Original Music
Michael Roth, The Scottish Play, La Jolla Playhouse

Music Direction
Mark Hummel, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Old Globe

Choreography
Graciela Daniele, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The Old Globe

Sound Design
Christopher Walker, Macbeth, The Old Globe

Lighting Design
Chris Rynne, Vincent in Brixton, The Old Globe
Eric Lotze, The Little Foxes, Cygnet Theatre

Costume Design
Jeanne Reith, Arms and the Man, The Winslow Boy, Lamb’s Festival of Christmas, The Little Foxes and The Smell of the Kill

Set Design
Mike Buckley, The Winslow Boy, Lamb’s Players Theatre

Dramatic Production
The Winter’s Tale, The Old Globe

Direction of a Play
Francis Gercke, Curse of the Starving Class, Cygnet Theatre & New Village Arts
Darko Tresnjak, The Winter’s Tale, The Old Globe

Featured Performance in a Play, Female
Glynn Bedington, The Little Foxes, Cygnet Theatre
Kandis Chappell, The Winter’s Tale, The Old Globe

Featured Performance in a Play, Male
Joshua Everett Johnson, Curse of the Starving Class,
Cygnet Theatre & New Village Arts
Adam Stein, Misalliance, The Old Globe

Lead Performance in a Play, Male
Francis Gercke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cygnet Theatre
Nick Cordileone, Lobby Hero, The Old Globe
Jeffrey Jones, Burn This, Cygnet Theatre
Bruce Turk, The Winter’s Tale, The Old Globe

Lead Performance in a Play, Female
Robin Pearson Rose, Vincent in Brixton, The Old Globe
Jessica John, Burn This, Cygnet Theatre
Katie MacNichol, The Winter’s Tale, The Old Globe

Ensemble
Curse of the Starving Class, New Village Arts & Cygnet Theatre
The Winslow Boy, Lamb’s Players Theatre

Solo Performance
Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife, La Jolla Playhouse

New Play
Bronze by Ruff Yeager, Sledgehammer Theatre
Wrinkles by Rebecca Basham, Diversionary Theatre
… and then he met a woodcutter by Dr. Marianne McDonald,
Zen Productions & Asian Story Theatre

Visiting Production
The Miser, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, La Jolla Playhouse
I Am My Own Wife, La Jolla Playhouse

Touring Production
The Lion King, Broadway/San Diego

Producer of the Year
Sean Murray, artistic and design work on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Invention of Love, Burn This and The Little Foxes at Cygnet Theatre

Special Award for 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity
San Diego Repertory Theatre, founders D.W. Jacobs & Sam Woodhouse

Theatrical Trailblazer
Kathy Brombacher, Moonlight Stage Productions


Special thanks to these contributors
for helping to make our presentation grand:

David C. Copley
Danah H. Fayman
The Seuss Foundation and Audrey Geisel
Donald and Darlene Shiley
Harvey and Sheryl White
Michel Malécot, The French Gourmet Inc.
Best Beverage Catering
Melissa Darisay, Eurobar Espresso Service
Chef Andrea Davis
Manny Keriakos, Golden Bagel Café
Chef Joan Sanchez
Ladeki Restaurant Group
Megan Hein, Brockton Villa
City Deli
D.Z.Akin’s

The Natural History Museum, and especially Debbie Luce