Natasha Mumba, Makambe K. Simamba, Myekah Payne © 2019 TorontoArtsandEvents
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) celebrated the 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the 2018-2019 season in Toronto on Tuesday, June 25 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was hosted by multi-award-winning actor, singer Rick Miller. This year all performance categories for the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards are gender-inclusive,
Soulpepper Theatre was the biggest winner taking eight Doras in the musical theatre category. Its production of Rose won for direction (Gregory Prest), outstanding new musical (writer Sarah Wilson and writer/composer Mike Ross), performance in a featured role (Peter Fernandes), and scenic design (Lorenzo Savoini). The Royale, also produced by Soulpepper, won awards for sets, Ken MacKenzie; lighting, Michelle Ramsay; and sound/composition, Thomas Ryder Payne. Gillian Gallow won for her costume design of Orlando.
The Canadian Opera Company won seven Doras in the opera category: Its production of Eugene Onegin won awards as outstanding production and for its direction (Robert Carsen), lighting design (Christine Binder), and a double win for Michael Levine for his scenic and costume designs. Gerald Finley won for outstanding performance award in an opera for Otello. Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s Hadrian were awarded outstanding new opera.
Makambe K. Simamba won Doras for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance of an Individual goes to for Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers.
The 40th annual Dora Awards celebrated excellence in theatre, dance and opera productions in a grand fashion with the stars of theatre in attendance and the host Rick Miller performing a funny rendition of Mick Jagger in the after party. A great event for theatre –check back for next year’s event.
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