By Howard Pousner
The Alliance Theatre nabbed 30 nominations in the 2010-11 Suzi Bass Awards, Atlanta’s version of the Tonys, with Atlanta Lyric Theatre scoring 21.
Three Alliance shows helped Atlanta’s largest stage pile up the nominations for the seventh annual honors: “August: Osage County” (including best play, two best actress ones, for Brenda Bynum and Tess Malis Kincaid, and a best director for Susan V. Booth) and “Bring It On: The Musical” each took eight, and David Mitchell Robinson’s “Carapace” (produced as part of the theater’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition for emerging writers) drew six.
Horizon Theatre received 19 Suzi nominations and Aurora Theatre, 16.
While there were Tony winners (Andy Blankenbuehler, Judith Ivey) and a Tony nominee (Debbie Allen) on the 25-category Suzi list, the nominations, as usual, focused on metro Atlanta talent. Jeff McKerley received two acting nominations as well as one for best choreographer. Leslie