On Jan. 21, 2008, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the sixth annual Craig Noel Awards for Excellence in Theatre, honoring the outstanding achievements on San Diego stages in 2007.
The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s 2007 Craig Noel Awards:SPECIAL AWARDS:

  • Tribute to Floyd Gaffney, San Diego African-American theater innovator, who passed away in 2007.
  •  Jack O’Brien —- lifetime achievement award.
  • First Jack O’Brien Excellence in Directing award given to Esther Emery.


Outstanding New Musical:

“A Catered Affair,” The Old Globe


Resident musical:

“West Side Story,” Moonlight Stage Productions

“Ragtime,” Starlight Theatre


Lyrics  for a Musical:

David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, “Cry-Baby,” La Jolla Playhouse


Score for a Musical:

John Bucchino (Music and Lyrics), “A Catered Affair,” The Old Globe


Orchestrations for a Musical

Don Sebesky, “A Catered Affair,” The Old Globe


Direction of a Musical:

John Doyle, “A Catered Affair,” Old Globe


Music Direction:

Justin Gray, “Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story,” Welk Resort Theatre

Don Le Master, “The Full Monty,” San Diego Musical Theatre


Lead Performance in a Musical, Female:

Deborah Gilmour Smyth, “Ragtime,” Starlight Musical Theatre

Faith Prince, A Catered Affair, The Old Globe


Lead Performance in a Musical, Male:

Tom Wopat, “A Catered Affair”


Featured Performance in a Musical, Male:

Robert Barry Fleming, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,”
San Diego Repertory Theatre


Featured Performance in a Musical, Female:

Alli Mauzey, “Cry-Baby,” La Jolla Playhouse



Robin Christ and Kathy Meyer, “Sailor’s Song,” New Village Arts

Rob Ashford, “Cry-Baby,” La Jolla Playhouse


Original Music for a Play:

Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman,
(sound design and original compositions)
“after the quake,” La Jolla Playhouse


Direction of a Play:

Kristianne Kurner, “Sailor’s Song,” New Village Arts


Sound Design:

Paul Peterson, “Bell, Book and Candle,” Old Globe

Jeremy Siebert, “Cowboy Versus Samurai,” Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company


Costume Design:

Jessica John,” Sailor’s Song,” New Village Arts

Karen Perry, “Two Trains Running,” Old Globe


Lighting Design:

Brian MacDevitt, “A Catered Affair,” The Old Globe


Set Design:

Nick Fouch, body of work in 2007, including “Yellowman,” Cygnet Theatre; “Sailor’s Song,” New Village Arts; “Devil Dog Six,” Moxie Theatre



“Sailor’s Song,” New Village Arts

“Measure for Measure,” Old Globe Shakespeare Festival 2007


Featured Performance in a Play, Female:

Sandy Campbell, “Communicating Doors,” Cygnet Theatre


Featured Performance in a Play, Male:

Joshua Everett Johnson, “The Adding Machine,” La Jolla Playhouse

Luke Marinkovich, “Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen,” Moxie Theatre

Jonathan McMurtry, body of work, Old Globe Shakespeare Festival 2007


Lead Performance in a Play, Male:

Chuck Cooper , “Two Trains Running,” Old Globe Theatre

James Sutorius , “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Old Globe Theatre

Matthew Weeden, “Torch Song Trilogy,” Diversionary Theatre


Lead Performance in a Play, Female:

Monique Gaffney, “Yellowman,” Cygnet Theatre

Rosina Reynolds, “Wit,” North Coast Repertory Theatre


Solo Performance

Ron Choularton, “St. Nicholas,” Cygnet Theatre

Adriana Sevan, “Taking Flight,” San Diego Repertory Theatre


Touring Production:

“Jersey Boys,” Broadway/San Diego producers


New Play:

Itamar Moses, “The Four of Us,” Old Globe Theatre

Mary Fengar Gail, “Devil Dog Six,” Moxie Theatre


Dramatic Production:

“Yellowman,” Cygnet Theatre


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

Donald and Darlene Shiley
David C. Copley
Danah H. Fayman
The Seuss Foundation and Audrey Geisel
Broadway/San Diego
Harvey and Sheryl White Foundation
Sheila Lipinsky

Giuseppe Fine Catering
Martin Morawski and Creative Video Group
The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Stage manager Erica Boddie
Slide show operator Matt Kragen
Musical accompanist Justin Gray
Event photographer Ion Moe