Tickets are now on sale for the Carbonell Awards ceremony, that event known to insiders as Theater Prom when even stage managers and carpenters put on tuxes and gowns to walk down the red carpet, to pat each other on the back and exchange gossip.
The 35th annual event, sort of the South Florida Tony Awards recognizing excellence during 2010, begins at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Broward Center for the Performing Art, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
While the general public is welcome, even encouraged to attend, the Carbonells have become an industry insider’s night. Many of the theater community members arrive at least a half-hour early to schmooze, have a couple of drinks and show off their clothes.
Proceeds from ticket sales and other contributions fund three $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the tri- county area who are continuing their theatre education in college. Their names will be announced at the ceremony.
This edition is being produced by Michael McKeever and directed by Stuart Meltzer. Similar to last season’s edition, the ceremony will open with a parody song written by Maribeth Graham and include a stripped down excerpts from the five nominated musicals: Academy (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (Broward Stage Door Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Mack and Mabel (Broward Stage Door Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Actors’ Playhouse).
The Theatre League of South Florida will host an after party at the Green Room, 109 SW 2nd Ave., about three blocks from the Broward Center. Patrons can present their Carbonell tickets at the door, where they will be provided with a complimentary welcome drink and a drink ticket.
Individual tickets are $25; rates for groups of 10 or more are $20 per ticket by calling the Broward Center’s box office T 954-462-0222 or visiting browardcenter.org. Email any questions regarding to CarbonellAwards@gmail.com.