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Press Release



A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Leads All Winners with Five Awards, Including Best New Musical

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 11, 2014)—The Old Globe received eight San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Awards honoring excellence in 2013 San Diego County theater, the most wins of any theater company, at a ceremony held at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego on Feb. 10. The Globe’s world premiere production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which is now playing on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, led all winners with five awards: Outstanding New Musical, Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak), Lead Performance in a Musical (Jefferson Mays), Orchestrations, and Scenic Design. The Globe’s productions of The Merchant of Venice, Pygmalion, and Other Desert Citiesalso received one award each.

“I am so proud of the wonderful artists whose achievements were acknowledged by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle this year, and I congratulate them all,” said Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The bounty of superb work these gifted people brought to The Old Globe and our audiences is a measure of why San Diego is one of the great theater cities in the country. I’m grateful too that our city boasts such a strong critical community, whose passion for our art is another reason for its strength. That they have named their awards for Craig Noel, the Globe’s founder, honors our institution’s central position in the cultural life of our metropolis.”

The complete list of Craig Noel Awards received by The Old Globe:

  • Outstanding New MusicalA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical – Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male – Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Outstanding Orchestrations – Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Outstanding Scenic Design – Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male – Miles Anderson, The Merchant of Venice
  • Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male – Don Sparks, Pygmalion
  • Outstanding Lighting Design – York Kennedy, Other Desert Cities

In addition to the awards listed above, Randall Dodge received an award for Actor of the Year for his body of work in 2013, which included his role in the Globe’s 16th annual production of the holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, non-profit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theater in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence. The Circle’s annual awards for outstanding San Diego theater are named for the late Craig Noel, founder and longtime artistic director of The Old Globe and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to American regional theater in the 20th century.

LOCATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Valet parking is also available ($10). For additional parking information visit

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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 14 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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