CARBONELL AWARDS Announces Winners in First Virtual Ceremony

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Aug. 4, 2020 - PRLog -- (South Florida – August 3, 2020) Donald R. Walters, Esq., board president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida's Theatre & Arts Honors, today announced that the 44th awards ceremony—the first virtual one in its history—was livestreamed online tonight and will be viewable going forward on the YouTube Channel of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, easily accessible via the homepage of the Carbonell Awards ( The original live ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19.

"The online ceremony wasn't the only history-making event at this year's Carbonell Awards," says Walters. "Zoetic Stage, a Miami company with scores of nominations and many wins over the years, became the theatre company to win the most awards in a single year. It earned an unprecedented 12 Carbonell Awards, including the dual top honors."

Best Production, Musical

Sweeney Todd

Zoetic Stage

Best Production, Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Zoetic Stage

"Additionally, Stuart Meltzer won a pair of Best Director Awards for helming both shows. The only other time the same theatre and director took top honors happened in the 2001/2002 season, when A Lesson Before Dying and James Joyce's The Dead won Best Play and Best Musical, and the late Joseph Adler, long-time executive director of GableStage, won Carbonell Awards for directing both shows," adds Walters. "Adler had a long history with the Carbonell Awards, winning for Best Director, Play category at the second annual ceremony in 1978, and winning many more throughout the years. Sadly, he passed away in April 2020, and, in recognition of the impact he had on South Florida theatre, this year's virtual Carbonell Awards ceremony was dedicated to him."

By the way, Zoetic's Sweeney Todd earned a total of eight awards, tying it with a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Actors' Playhouse in the 1999/2000 season as the most awarded show in Carbonell history.

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Donald R. Walters, Esq.

The Carbonell Awards Board of Directors


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