The Acclaim Awards smiled twice upon the CCM’s studio production of A Little Night Music, recommending the show and rewarding it with nominations for its musical director Anthony De Angelis and supporting actress Michelle Berkowitz.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler based upon the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of A Summer NightA Little Night Music explores the romantic misalignments of a quartet of lovers in turn-of-the-century Sweden. The show boasts one of Sondheim’s most melodic scores and perhaps his only bona fide hit song, “Send in the Clowns.”

Specifically, nominations were awarded in the following categories:

  • Anthony De Angelis, for his musical direction of the show. The Acclaim panel was particularly impressed with the vocal work of the cast. De Angelis most recently earned Acclaim recognition for his musical and vocal direction of CCM’sThe Human Comedy in the 2009-10 season.
  • Michelle Berkowitz, for best performance by a supporting, non-Equity actress, for her portrayal of Charlotte Malcolm, the long-suffering wife of a philandering husband who hides her heartbreak with an acerbic wit. Berkowitz, a junior from Boca Raton, Fla., appeared previously in CCM productions of EvitaAnything Goes and The Human Comedy.

A Little Night Music closed on Feb. 5. Upcoming CCM events can be found here.

The Acclaim Awards have celebrated excellence in Greater Cincinnati theater since 2006. More than 30 local theater experts — critics, practitioners, producers and educators — participate on Acclaim panels, reviewing area productions and awarding outstanding work. The program also funds initiatives to support area theater artists and educators, including local Guest Equity Artist contracts, Theatre Educator Awards, Rising Stars scholarships and the Theatre Forward showcase. Find 2010-11 Acclaim nominations, recommended productions and an explanation of voting procedures at

The sixth annual Acclaim Awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 23, at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater. This year, for the first time, the Acclaims will include the Cincinnati Theater Awards (CTAs), which invite the public to vote for favorite performers and productions by community theatres, as well as university theater programs.

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